For over 30 years years, actor Ray Meagher has brought to life one of Summer Bay's most iconic characters in Alf Stewart.
Home And Away's straight-shooting, loveable larrikin has become engrained in our nation's folklore so much so, that fans often forget the man playing Alf is his own seperate person.
Over the weekend, the show's head make-up artist Laura Vazquez , who also played Sarah Thompson for several years in the nineties and again in 2005, posted a behind-the-scenes snap with Ray in the studio, and fans couldn't quite believe how different the 76-year-old looked in his off-duty clothes.
"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," Laura captioned the sweet snap, which shows Ray in a head-to-toe black ensemble, complete with black shorts, a black cap and black trainers.
Indeed, the casual look is a far cry from Afl's staple wardrobe of wide-brimmed hats, beige slacks and chequered shirts.
Cue the mass hysteria from shocked fans! And there was one precise detail they couldn't get over - seeing Ray in shorts.
One shocked 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 quipped.
"Ray had great legs!👍," a third raved.
"Almost didn't recognise him," a fourth said.
"Never seen him in dark clothes before," a final agreed.
Opening up about his long-running stint on the show, Ray recently old TV WEEK he believes he stumbled onto greatness not by skill, but by chance.
"My longevity in the show has been a hell of a lot more luck than good management," he explained.
"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."
Ray prefers not to weigh in on his legacy. Instead, he humbly picks up the script and gets to work on creating something that will last.
"I just turn up for work each day and try to stay true to the character," he said of his popularity.
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