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Home and Away

EXCLUSIVE: The Home and Away cast reveal why their Silver Logie win was extra special this year

''It just shows you it's worth it if we all stick together and work hard. I'm extremely proud to be a part of this cast.''

By Tamara Cullen
Stone the flamin' crows, Home And Away won a Logie! Proving it continues to get better with age, the long-running drama series, which first aired in 1988, took home the TV WEEK Logie Award for Most Popular Drama, making it the show's 68th statuette.
The recognition wasn't lost on the cast, who celebrated their win through happy tears.
Ray Meagher, 77, who was also nominated for Most Popular Actor as well as the coveted Gold Logie, says he's "humbled" by the support – not just for himself, but all the cast and crew.
Home and Away took home the TV WEEK Logie Award for Most Popular Drama. (Image: TV WEEK)
Shortly after Home And Away's win, the veteran actor fought back tears as he soaked up the accolade.
"It means a hell of a lot and it's important to our industry," Ray, who plays stalwart Alf Stewart, says.
"This is the first Logies for some of the young kids in our show. It's wonderful that they get the opportunity to experience this."
"This is the first Logies for some of the young kids in our show. It's wonderful that they get the opportunity to experience this." (Image: TV WEEK)
Like many in the arts, Home And Away has had to battle through the pandemic, which brought shutdowns and filming restrictions. It makes the Logie win this year particularly special.
"It's been very hard to keep the show going… life as we know it at Home And Away has been quite difficult," Emily Symons, 52, who plays Marilyn Chambers, says.
"It just shows you it's worth it if we all stick together and work hard. I'm extremely proud to be a part of this cast."
Lynne McGranger, 69, who has played Irene Roberts since 1993, adds, "We all feel validated that we've been around for 30 years and that people are still loving it.
"People might stop watching, but others start and others come back to watching. It never gets old."
Ada Nicodemou, who plays Leah Patterson-Baker, had tipped success on the red carpet before the event.
"It's been very hard to keep the show going," Emily Symons, who plays Marilyn Chambers, says. (Image: TV WEEK)
"I think we could win!" the 45-year-old said. "I'm so proud of what we've done."
As the cast toasts another big year in Summer Bay, one thing is clear: the demand for local stories. Now more than ever, Australians are looking to connect, and Home And Away is ready to bring us closer.
"This show keeps getting support from the audience," Georgie Parker, 57, who plays Roo Stewart, says. "It's [winning the Logie] a resounding affirmation we're on the right track."

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