Neighbours star unrecognisable after career pivot: 'Blast from the past'

Rebecca Ritters has swapped her tartan skirt for a life on the frontlines.

She grew up on Australian TV screens, spending seven years on Neighbours as Hannah Martin. And now actress Rebecca Ritters is living a very different life, reporting on wars and conflict as a news anchor.

The 39-year-old former child actress is now an anchor and correspondent for DW News, a German news channel.

Her Instagram is dotted with impressive footage of her reporting live from the frontlines in Ukraine and Afghanistan.

Hannah Martin on Neighbours
Hannah Ritters looks very different to her time spent as Hannah Martin on Neighbours. Photo: Channel 10
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Rebecca is now an anchor for a German news station. Photo: Instagram/Rebecca Ritters

However, her days of wearing a tartan skirt in Erinsborough are never far from her mind, as she recently uploaded a throwback magazine interview to her Instagram account, where she sat down with her mum and dad to talk about her acting career.


“Someone sent me this blast from the past on Twitter. Why were the 90s so unkind? Mum and dad looking cute, though,” she wrote, alongside the hashtags: #throwback #braceface #neighbours #ramsaystreet

Rebecca Ritters magazine article from the 90s
She uploaded this old magazine article to her Instagram account. Photo: Instagram/Rebecca Ritters

Many people were quick to comment on the snap, saying they remember her on the show back in the day.

“I loved your character in Neighbours back in the day! You should have made a comeback for the finale!” one person said.

“I still instantly recognise you as Hannah!” another said.

“Wow. I remember these days so clearly - Beth & Jurgen and your days on Neighbours - crazy and to see what an amazing young woman you’ve become,” another wrote.

Rebecca Ritters on DW News
Rebecca reports from the frontlines of war-torn countries. Photo: Instagram/Rebecca Ritters
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She starred in the soap from 1992 until 1999. Photo: Channel 10

Fans no doubt have fond memories of Rebecca’s character, Hannah, who was the daughter of Philip and Julie Martin on the soap from 1992 to 1999.

Much like many of the characters on the show, Hannah came up against her fair share of obstacles during her stint, dealing with the death of her mother, Julie, after a balcony fall, a near-abduction and getting her heart broken a few times.

Rebecca moved to the UK after her time on Neighbours and briefly held a role in the long-running soap Coronation Street.

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