Actor Ray Meagher has brought to life one of Alf Stewart’s most popular Summer Bay characters for over 30 years.
Home And Away’s straight-shooting, lovely larrikin has become so embedded in the folklore of our nation that fans sometimes forget that the man playing Alf is his own separate entity.
The show’s head make-up artist, Laura Vazquez, who also played Sarah Thompson for many years in the nineties and again in 2005, shared a behind-the-scenes snap with Ray in the studio over the weekend, and fans couldn’t quite believe how different the 76-year-old looked in his off-duty clothes.
Laura captioned the sweet snap, which shows Ray in a black head-to-toe wardrobe, complete with black shorts, a black cap, and black shoes, “Twinning with the one and only Ray. Saturday morning made with the legend himself ❤️ Been working with the nicest man in Television since I was 17 ? #SarahandAlfReunited,”
Indeed the casual look is a far cry from the wide-brimmed hats, beige slacks and chequered shirts of Afl’s staple wardrobe.
Cue the mass hysteria from the fans in shock! And they couldn’t get over one precise detail – seeing Ray in shorts.
One surprised user said, “I have never seen him in anything other than long pants!!!”
“Showing off his legs instantly makes him look 10 years younger haha,” another joked.
“Ray had great legs!?,” raved a seventh.
“Almost didn’t recognise him,”I almost didn’t recognize him.
“Never seen him in dark clothes before,” agreed the final one.
Ray’s recent old TV WEEK, opening up about his long-running stint on the show believes he stumbled into greatness not by talent, but by chance.
“My longevity in the show has been a hell of a lot more luck than good management,”My longevity at the show was a hell of more luck than good management.
“It’s been a terrific run. People ask me when I’m leaving, or if I’ve ever wanted to leave, and there have probably been four or five movies I’ve been offered to do that I couldn’t because of the show.”
“However, without Home And Away, I wouldn’t have been able to do stage shows in the West End. The net gain is far wider with it.”
In his legacy, Ray chooses not to weigh in. He humbly takes up the script instead and gets to work on making something that’s going to last.
Every day I just turn up for work and try to stay true to the person, “I just turn up for work each day and try to stay true to the character,”