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Kate Ritchie's next TV role will be a long way from schoolgirl Sally Fletcher when she plays a "rampant lesbian".

Best-known for her long-running Home and Away gig, 34-year-old Ritchie has signed up for a risque role in the ABC comedy It's A Date, according to TV Week.

Created by Peter Helliar, It's A Date also stars Aussie actress Nadine Garner, who plays Ritchie's on-screen girlfriend.

"I'm playing a single woman who's dating Kate," Garner told TV Week.

"I know Kate isn't normally portrayed as a rampant lesbian," she said, laughing.

It's A Date is set to air on the ABC in 2013.