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Penny McNamee says it’s the ‘right time’ for her to leave Home and Away after nearly six years

Penny McNamee says it’s the ‘right time’ for her to leave Home and Away after nearly six years and reveals the silver lining of Sydney’s lockdown as she enjoys a ‘slower pace of life’


She announced her shock exit from Home and Away this week after playing Dr. Tori Morgan on the soap for five-and-a-half years.

Speaking to The Herald Sun on Monday, the 38-year-old said she feels it’s the ‘right time’ for her to leave and will forever be grateful to producers for the ‘incredible role’.

Penny’s final scenes air this week with her character marrying Dr. Christian Green and the on-screen couple flying to London afterwards with her daughter Grace. 

New chapter: Penny McNamee (pictured), 38, told The Herald Sun on Monday that she feels it’s the ‘right time’ for her to leave Home and Away after nearly six years 

‘I’m a big believer in there’s a season for everything and I felt that it was the right time for me to leave the show and for Tori to leave the Bay,’ she told the publication.  

‘I have a real sense of gratitude for this incredible role on this incredible Australian show which has such a legacy.’

Penny said she doesn’t ‘really feel sad’ as she’s based in Sydney, where the show is filmed, and can easily catch up with the cast and crew post-lockdown. 

No regrets: 'I'm a big believer in there's a season for everything and I felt that it was the right time for me to leave the show and for Tori to leave the Bay,' she said. Penny, who plays Dr. Tori Morgan, is pictured with her on-screen husband, Dr. Christian Green, played by Ditch Davey

No regrets: ‘I’m a big believer in there’s a season for everything and I felt that it was the right time for me to leave the show and for Tori to leave the Bay,’ she said. Penny, who plays Dr. Tori Morgan, is pictured with her on-screen husband, Dr. Christian Green, played by Ditch Davey

The actress, who shares son Jack and daughter Neve with husband Matt Tooker, added that she’s managed to find comfort in Sydney’s lockdown.

‘It’s been really good for me – a nice forced break after five years of working full time. I can home school my son and my daughter. I can cook dinner every night and just enjoy a slower pace of life,’ she said.  

Penny reiterated the same thoughts in an interview with Who magazine this week, where she announced her shock exit from the Channel Seven soap.

‘Who doesn’t love a wedding storyline? It’s the perfect send-off for my character,’ Penny told the publication. 

Slowing down: Penny, who shares son Jack and daughter Neve with husband Matt Tooker (all pictured), added that she's managed to find comfort in Sydney's lockdown. 'It's been really good for me - a nice forced break after five years of working full time,' she said

Slowing down: Penny, who shares son Jack and daughter Neve with husband Matt Tooker (all pictured), added that she’s managed to find comfort in Sydney’s lockdown. ‘It’s been really good for me – a nice forced break after five years of working full time,’ she said 

Shock exit: Penny reiterated the same thoughts in an interview with Who magazine this week, where she announced her shock exit from the Channel Seven soap

Shock exit: Penny reiterated the same thoughts in an interview with Who magazine this week, where she announced her shock exit from the Channel Seven soap

Moving on: The actress said she was happy with the way her character's storyline ends - a dream wedding and move to London. 'Who doesn't love a wedding storyline? It's the perfect send-off for my character,' Penny told the publication

Moving on: The actress said she was happy with the way her character’s storyline ends – a dream wedding and move to London. ‘Who doesn’t love a wedding storyline? It’s the perfect send-off for my character,’ Penny told the publication

‘I’m not someone who looks backwards. I’m a real believer in everything has its season and leaving the show felt like the end of a season to me.’ 

She said she loved playing a female doctor on the soap and will miss her co-stars and the crew, especially James Stewart who would make her ‘belly laugh’ all day.

Penny said she’s looking forward to spending more time with her family at home and will look at work next year.

She also revealed she is focusing on her singing career after starting out in musical theatre.   

Great pals: Penny said she loved playing a female doctor on the soap and will miss her co-stars and the crew, especially James Stewart (pictured) who would make her 'belly laugh' all day

Great pals: Penny said she loved playing a female doctor on the soap and will miss her co-stars and the crew, especially James Stewart (pictured) who would make her ‘belly laugh’ all day 

A fairytale ending: Penny's character tied the knot onscreen on September 27 - in what is being dubbed as the 'wedding of the year'

A fairytale ending: Penny’s character tied the knot onscreen on September 27 – in what is being dubbed as the ‘wedding of the year’

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