Home and Away star Belinda Giblin says Martha Stewart is now a semi-regular character

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Home and Away star Belinda Giblin has spoken to Digital Spy about Martha Stewart's long-term future in the show.

Friday's episode for UK fans (March 20) sees Martha tie the knot with Home and Away's sole remaining original character Alf (Ray Meagher). The romantic scenes first aired in Australia in January.

Martha is Alf's first wife, who was presumed to be dead for the first 29 years of Home and Away. In 2018, viewers discovered that Martha was still alive and she began making guest appearances, reconnecting with Alf after so many years away.

In an exclusive chat with Digital Spy, Belinda has confirmed that viewers will be seeing more of Martha in the show from now on – although she's not currently classed as a full-time regular.

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Belinda told us: "I'm not full-time, I'm a semi-regular. One of the reasons for that is that I do a lot of work on stage over here. And part of Ray's contract is that he takes a certain number of holidays each year, so when he leaves, I will leave.

"That means I'm out of it when Ray's out of it. When I get offered a stage play, I'll go off and do that. I've been doing a play recently. So I'm always going to be in Home and Away, but probably in and out with Ray.

"I'd like to be a full regular, but I don't know what the writers are concocting. Now Martha is married to Alf, I'm obviously going to be there."

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Asked about the wedding, Belinda continued: "It's particularly poignant because Alf and Martha have been married before. Now they've renewed their vows, it's extra special. It's been 30 years and a lot has happened. I think the episode is very sweet.

"The lead-up to the wedding is a bit fraught. There's other drama happening around it, so it's not just one episode devoted to the wedding.

"When we were filming, we started the day very early and ended it very late. It must have been the hottest day in Australia at the time, so everyone was sweltering!"

Belinda also let us in on a secret regarding her involvement in Home and Away, revealing that Ray recommended her to play the role of Martha.

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She said: "Ray and I have known each other since we were in our 20s. We did our first ever television job together. It was in black and white and it was a show called Matlock Police.

"Ray's character was a big of a thug in that and tried to kill me! So we've known each other for a very long time and been friends for all those years.

"When they decided to give Alf a new relationship, the writers thought it'd be a great idea to bring back his first wife, who hadn't been seen in the show before.

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"I think Ray said that when they were deciding about the storyline and bringing Martha back, he had suggested me to play the role.

"It was lovely and we're such good friends. We get on famously. Georgie Parker who plays our daughter Roo is lovely too. The Stewart family unit is a lovely one to be part of."

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).

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