Penny McNamee, the star of Home and Away, has announced her retirement from the show.
Since 2016, the Australian actress has played Tori Morgan on the soap opera.
The 38-year-old explained her decision to depart to Who Magazine, stating she wanted to spend more time with her family and concentrate on her singing career.
She said: “I’m not someone who looks backward. I’m a real believer in everything has its season and leaving the show felt like the end of a season to me.”
Tori’s narrative will conclude with a storybook wedding to her lover Christian, and she will then relocate to London.
Penny said: “Who doesn’t love a wedding storyline? It’s the perfect send-off for my character. I was definitely holding a few real tears back on the day.”
Speaking on her character, Penny said: “Being gifted such an amazing character was incredible. She was a career woman, a doctor, she’d lost both her parents, and she opted to have a baby on her own.”
“It was a challenge to play this complicated woman every day but I loved it, too.”
She added: “I’m going to miss the banter on-set between the cast and crew so much. Because he plays my brother Justin, I’ve had a lot of scenes with James Stewart. He and the crew would make me belly laugh 20 times a day!”