Home and Away’s Irene star Lynne Granger talks leaving role after 27 years

Home and Away star Lynne McGranger has been playing the role of Irene Roberts for a whopping 27 years, making her the longest serving female cast member of the iconic soap.

She has currently been in the centre of Jasmine Delaney's drama, as she has been helping her to recover following her recent exit from Summer Bay.

Jasmine had a breakdown after becoming too attached to baby Grace, and was horrified when Tori took out an AVO against her to keep her away from her daughter, worrying about her erratic behaviour.

Next week, Irene steps up her attempts to help Jasmine by tracking her down on the Shaw family farm and urging her to come home.

Jasmine will then be convinced to get therapy as she builds bridges with Tori, but will she be able to let go of her demons?

And as Jasmine considers a life away from Summer Bay, could Irene be about to join her?

Speaking about whether Irene will be leaving the soap any time soon, Lynne told Daily Star Online: "At this stage I have no firm plans to leave.

"While I've got my health and fitness I would love the opportunity to do the odd theatre play or pantomimes over there when there's no Covid.

"But I've got no plans to go anywhere at the moment, I feel very blessed at this current climate to have a job

"I have so many friends in Australia and the UK who had all these wonderful plans and shows which have come to nothing."

Lynne also recalled the past 27 years on the soap, as she spoke about the weird and wonderful stories which have kept Home and Away going since 1988.

She said: "We're all telling a story and we can't all be goodies all the time, or nobody would watch it

"How boring would it be?

"The soap has been going now for 32/33 years and it is because of those stories, sometimes they can be farfetched like with Alf and the brain tumour which turned him indigenous.

"We've seen a lot of bizarre storylines.

"But at the end of the day we've kept going and people love it and keep tuning in."

Home and Away continues on Monday at 1.15pm on Channel 5.

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