Home and Away actress Penny McNamee announces she’s quitting as Tori Morgan and flags possible career change

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Home and Away actress Penny McNamee is set to farewell Summer Bay after five years on the show as Dr Tori Morgan.

McNamee’s exit is expected to play out for fans in the coming week and the actress said she is “at peace” with her decision to leave the iconic Aussie show.

Her departure follows her TV wedding to Christian Green in a romantic backyard wedding, which will air on Monday.

“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 told WHO magazine.

“I feel hugely grateful for the amazing time I’ve had on the show.”

Ditch Davey and Penny McNamee on the set of Home and Away.
Camera IconDitch Davey and Penny McNamee on the set of Home and Away. Credit: Jeremy Greive

The beloved actress said she will miss the banter onset between the cast and crew but is grateful for her time as Dr Morgan.

“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 said.

“I really loved learning so much about medicine and surgery, and the medical language she used. If her character was just someone who went to the diner every day and talked about her boyfriend, I don’t think I would have stayed on the show for so long.”

McNamee insisted she wouldn’t be accepting jobs interstate due to the ongoing pandemic and doesn’t want to risk being away from her children but could even consider a career change.

“I’m brushing up on my singing, because I started out in musical theatre, so I’m taking a weekly singing lesson and practising for an hour every day.”

The Home and Away wedding episode airs 7.00pm Monday, 27 September on Channel 7.

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