Written by Zoë Holloway, April 29, 2016

Former Home and Away actress Jodi Anasta has announced that she will be returning to acting after landing a role in Neighbours!

The 31-year-old Aussie beauty revealed to The Daily Telegraph that she was ‘thrilled to be working’ again after returning to her TV career following her recent split from husband Braith Anasta, 34.

Jodi took a six-year sojourn from acting after playing Martha Mackenzie on Home and Away from 2005 to 2010, and will play Elly Conway in Neighbours.

‘Elly is the fun, feisty unpredictable niece of Susan and Karl Kennedy,’ she says of her character. ‘She is an English teacher, which is amazing because I get to play out one of my childhood dreams of being a teacher and I get to have fun and be a little bit naughty.’

‘She is a little bit wild and has an unconventional way of teaching so all these great layers of naughtiness but with a heart of gold,’ she adds.

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When asked how she’ll balance her work commitments shooting the soap in Melbourne, while her family – including two-year-old daughter Aleeia – is based in Sydney, Jodi says she packs a full week of work into a few days.

‘[The producers] understand that Aleeia is my priority, which says a lot about their family values and how they operate with their actors,’ Jodi explains. ‘I find it so incredible that they are allowing me to fulfil a dream but they’re also letting me be the best mum I can.’

Jodi will make her Neighbours debut in July.

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