Kate Ritchie has finally broken her silence with her surprise role in Channel 7’s The Claremont Murders.
Her triumphant return to the small screen has been kept under wraps as filming took place in August and September last year in Perth, Western Australia.
Now the former Home and Away star, 44, spoke about the ‘privilege’ she felt while filming in an Instagram post she shared on Friday.
“It was truly an honor and privilege to be a part of bringing such a nuanced, home-grown story to the screen,” she said, along with a trailer for the series.
In the teaser, Richie pleads, “Just tell us where Sarah is please,” as she performs alongside Eric Thompson.
Kate Ritchie, 44 (pictured) broke her silence about her surprise role in Channel 7 miniseries The Claremont Murders during an Instagram post on Friday
She’s referring to Sarah Spiers, who went missing from Perth in 1996.
Richie and Thompson appear to play the missing woman’s parents, Carol Spiers and Don Spiers.
The miniseries covers the Claremont murders, one of the most infamous mysteries gripping the nation.
“It was truly an honor and privilege to be a part of bringing such a tender, home-grown story to screen,” she said, along with a trailer for the series.
Richie and Eric Thompson (left) play Carol and Dawn Spiers, the parents of Sarah Spiers who went missing from Perth, Western Australia in 1996
When three young women went missing in Claremont in the late 1990s, it led to the largest unsolved murder case in Western Australian history.
It took 25 years to solve the crime, and the series will tell the story of how Claremont Killer was caught.
The Claremont Murders follows the twists and turns of a police investigation that brings a serial killer to justice.
It focuses on the police who never let the case go and the journalist who followed the case from the day the first woman disappeared, to the end of the trial.
Don and Carol Spiers pictured in 2019
In the clip, Richie emotionally pleads, “Just tell us where Sarah is please.”
Sarah’s body was never found. She was only 18 years old when she disappeared. Sarah Spiers pictured
The two-part drama stars Rian Johnson, Kathryn Von Davies, Aaron Glennan, Laura Gordon, Andrea Dimitriadis, Craig Hall, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Tasma Walton, Joel Jackson, Tom O’Sullivan, Eric Thompson, and Kate Ritchie.
No release date has been announced for the series yet, but the series is coming soon on channel 7 and 7 plus.
Ritchie hasn’t had an acting role since leaving Home and Away in 2013, having played lovable Sally Fletcher from 1988.
She also appeared in Underbelly as Judy Kane in 2009 and Cops LAC as Samantha Cooper in 2010, as well as her roles in Mr & Mrs Murder and It’s a Date in 2013.
Since then, Richie has turned her attention to a successful broadcasting career.
The miniseries covers the Claremont murders. Three young women went missing in Claremont in the late 1990s, resulting in the largest unsolved murder case in Western Australian history.
The Claremont Murders follows the twists and turns of a police investigation that brings a serial killer to justice
It comes after the actress pondered her decision to get professional help after being charged with drink driving in August.
In December, Daily Mail Australia broke the news of Richie’s admission to a private mental health facility in Sydney to help treat her alcohol addiction.
I told Sunday Telegraph After struggling with many personal challenges last year, she decided it was time to seek help.
‘It was a long time coming. I sought professional help, the help I needed. Sometimes that’s enough.”
Life has thrown me with its challenges over the past few years, but I’m not alone in this. I was lucky to be able to take some time off.
“I’ve gained clarity and that’s why I feel so good about coming back now,” she added.
It comes after the actress pondered her decision to get professional help after being charged with drink driving in August. ‘It was a long time coming. I sought professional help, the help I needed. Sometimes this is enough
Ritchie’s new lease comes to life ahead of her new radio hosting gig starting earlier this month on Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa’s new breakfast show with Kate Ritchie.
I just wanted to be a better version of myself for me and my family. “I’ll come back clear and fresh,” she said.
In October, Richie announced that she was stepping away from The Kate, Tim & Joel Show in October, before it was revealed that she was seeking treatment at an exclusive rehabilitation clinic in Sydney.
In December, she said in a statement that the past year had been challenging and stressful, leading to an “unhealthy dependence on alcohol.”
Richie re-readed 0.06 – just above the legal limit – when police stopped her for a random breath test in her carriage in Bagwood at 2.45pm on 22 August.
she He was fined $600, suspended from driving for three months, and apologized on Instagram.
Ritchie’s new lease comes to life ahead of her new radio hosting gig starting earlier this month on Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa’s new breakfast show with Kate Ritchie. Pictured LR: Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, Kate Ritchie, Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli