MICHALA Banas is leaving McLeod's Daughters. Following the recent departure of Aaron Jeffery, she has announced she will be next to go.
"After nearly four years with McLeod's Daughters, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave the series," she says. "I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities McLeod's has given me as an actor, and I will miss the show dearly.
"I have sincerely loved working with such an fantastic cast and extremely hard-working crew, many of whom are my dear friends. I would especially like to thank the fans of the show, who have shown my character, Kate, such support over the years, and wish to let them know that Kate will still be working hard at Drover's Run 'til 2008."
Cast and crew return to Gawler on Monday, where it's understood Michala will shoot her final scenes over the next few weeks.
Executive Producer Karl Zwicky says: "It's been a privilege to see Michala Banas mature on screen so wonderfully and for her character, Kate, to grow from eccentric and comic to one that's really complex and satisfying - funny by turns and then tragic. Kate won't be leaving the series until next year, so we'll have plenty of time to continue to enjoy her."
Michala, who made Drovers Run her home in 2004, joins a long list of recent departures from the show, including Michala's former housemate Rachael Carpani, Brett Tucker and Zoe Naylor.