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Welcome back Sally

Sally Martin returns to our screens on Shortland Street this week, after a two month hiatus.

Martin's character Nicole Miller fled Ferndale earlier this year, when the going got tough.

But in real life, the break in filming proved the perfect opportunity for Martin to take a holiday, spend some time with her family, and shift her life to Auckland.

"I had a lovely Christmas with my family in Wellington and spent New Year's down there too. It was probably my best to date," says Martin. "I was also fortunate to have that extra time off to move up to Auckland properly. It was a major job, and I'm in no rush to do a move like that again. But it's been great getting to know a new city and enjoying the beautiful Auckland summer."

Martin first appeared on Shortland Street six months ago, when her character shockingly revealed she was the half sister of Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper), and though she enjoyed her time off, she was pleased to be able to sink her teeth back into working.

"I love working on Shorty Street. I get to work with the neatest bunch of people," says Martin. "It's a lot of fun being around energy like that and it's nice to have been here for long enough now to have forged some great mates beyond working relationships."

This week on Shortland Street, Maia (Anna Jullienne) and Gerald (Harry McNaughton ) decide to pay Nicole a visit in her hometown.

But it soon becomes apparent that Nicole isn't exactly over the moon about their arrival.

"Nicole is really taken off guard by their visit. She never anticipated Maia to turn up like this, and until now, has kept her life in Ferndale very separate from her family life," explains Martin. "Maia's arrival forces Nicole to confront her feelings about Maia and also challenges her to be honest with her mother about who she really is."

Playing the part of Nicole's mother Leanne, is award winning actress Jennifer Ludlam, whose past roles include the New Zealand feature film Apron Strings, television series Hercules, and theatre production Four Flat Whites in Italy.

"Jen is just fantastic. I wonder if she suspects I was a bit nervous when I met her," says Martin. "She's an icon in New Zealand within the acting community. Honestly, I just hoped that I could at least partially hold up next to her on screen. It was an absolute treat to work with her."


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