What Rachel McKenna Looked Like When She First Appeared on Shorty St

Shortland Street fans are reeling after one of the series' longest running characters has been written out of the show.

Rachel McKenna, played by actress Angela Bloomfield, has been a regular feature on the series since 1993.

Tonight's episode saw Rachel leave Ferndale - following a self-destructive episode that saw her trash a wedding before ending her long-term relationship with Dr Chris Warner.

We are holding onto hope that she may one day return to Ferndale, but to celebrate her time on the show we've got pictures of Rachel McKenna through the years.

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