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Home and Away's Georgie Parker shares heartfelt birthday tribute to Ray Meagher

''Happiest of birthdays to my onscreen father.''

By Alex Lilly
If you have a scroll through Georgie Parker's Instagram, there's one person who pops up quite frequently.
The Home and Away star has graced our screens as Roo Stewart for nine years and Ray Meagher, who plays her onscreen father Alf has been there all the way. So for his 74th birthday, Georgie made sure to celebrate her co-star in appropriate fashion.
Taking to Instagram, the soap star shared a picture of herself, Ray and their co-star Belinda Giblin who plays her mother, Martha Stewart smiling sweetly at the camera from an old Home and Away set.
"Happiest of birthdays to my onscreen father ( of nearly ten years )Ray💙. One the kindest and hardest working actors I've ever met. He's truly one in a million. ❤️❤️#raymeagher," she captioned her photo.
Fans of the show commented their own birthday messages below, including Home and Away alum Scott Lee who left the show last year and shared his final scene with Ray.
"My last scene was with Alf [Ray Meagher] giving my character advice," Scott told TV WEEK in 2018.
"It was so nice to spend those moments with Ray – the face of H&A. I'll never forget it."
Georgie shared this sweet snap with her onscreen parents for Ray's birthday. (Image: Instagram @georgieparker)
Ray also had a special birthday shoutout on the official Home and Away Instagram page.
"Wishing Ray Meagher the happiest of birthdays today! Summer Bay wouldn't be the same without you 🤗🥳🎉🍺 🎈 Post your birthday wishes 👇👇 👇#summerbaycelebrations #Happybirthday #Homeandaway #Summerbay," a photo of a smiling Alf in his trademark hat was captioned.
Cue the onslaught of "stone the flamin' crows" and "flaming galah" quotes.
Stone the flamin' crows! (Image: Instagram @homeandaway)
There's no doubt that Home and Away wouldn't be the same without Ray, who's won multiple Logie Awards for his portrayal of Alf Stewart.
But speaking to TV WEEK at this year's Logie Awards, Ray, who won the TV WEEK Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television in 2017, revealed he was glad he "won it when he did".
"I'm not glad about what's going on at the moment," Ray admitted, referring to Tom Gleeson's "hard campaigning" that took place this year. "It's not my bag."
"I'm a bit old-fashioned," he added. "I think you go to work and you do the best job you can and if people vote for you of their own volition that's great and if they don't that's okay too."