She portrayed Sally Fletcher on long-running soap Home and Away for 20 years.
And now Kate Ritchie has candidly revealed her body image struggles while growing up in the public eye.
Speaking to Good Health Magazine, the 39-year-old actress said she felt 'self conscious' when people would comment on her weight.
Scroll down to video
'People would say "wow you're not as fat as I thought you were"': Kate Ritchie reveals her body image struggles after growing up in the public eye on Home and Away
The Nova star also revealed some of the nasty things people would say to her.
'I spent the formative years of my life having people come up and say "wow, you're not as fat as I thought you were",' she told the publication.
Kate, who starred on the show from 1988 to 2008, said quite often people thought they were giving her a complement, but understandably it had a negative impact on her.
'It comes from an honest place but I can't deny that in some ways it made me develop a self-consciousness,' she said.