Raymond Francis Meagher OAM (born 4 July 1944) is an Australian actor. He has appeared in Australian film and television since the mid-1970s, and is notable as the longest continuing performer in an Australian television role, as Alf Stewart on Home and Away, having played the role since the first episode in 1988. He is the only original actor still with the series. Meagher won the Gold Logie Award for his role in Home and Away in 2010. Meagher has currently played the role of Alf for over 30 years.
|Born||4 July 1944|
Roma, Queensland, Australia
Gilly Meagher (m. 2010)
Meagher was born and raised on a sheep and cattle station in Queensland, before attending a boarding school on the Gold Coast from the age of nine. He became a keen sportsman at high school, Marist College Ashgrove in Brisbane, representing the school at a number of sports including rugby union, a sport which he ultimately played at state level.
His early film roles included appearances Breaker Morant, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Newsfront, My Brilliant Career and The Shiralee He also had a cameo in the 1979 war comedy The Odd Angry Shot.
He first appeared on television as host of the late night ABC folk music programme Around Folk in June–August 1973. His first regular acting work on television was in the soap opera Number 96, briefly appearing as Fred Shrimpton in 1977. Subsequent television acting roles included three different roles as villains in Prisoner, including Geoff Butler between 1979 and 1980, Kurt Renner in 1984, and Ernest Craven in 1986. He also had two different guest starring roles in A Country Practice and substantial roles in several 1980s miniseries, including A Fortunate Life.
Meagher joined the cast of soap opera Home and Away in 1988 and as of 2019, he remains in the role of Alf Stewart. Meagher holds a Guinness World Record as the longest-serving actor in an Australian serial for his role of Alf.
Meagher won the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 2010 Logie Awards. He was also nominated for "Most Popular Actor". Meagher won the Most Popular Actor Logie Award in 2018.
In 2007, Meagher took over the role of Bob the mechanic in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, taking over from Bill Hunter. From 30 September 2010, he took over the role of Bob in the West End production of Priscilla until March 2011. In June 2011, it was announced that Meagher would be returning to the West End production from October. He then rejoined the show for its New Zealand tour in 2016.
Meagher regularly travels to the United Kingdom to take part in the traditional Christmas pantomimes. In December 2008, he played Abanazar in a production of Aladdin at the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke and in 2009 he performed as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.
|1978||The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith||Dud Edmonds|
|Newsfront||Len's Second Brother|
|1979||The Odd Angry Shot||Range Corporal|
|My Brilliant Career||Mailman|
|The Journalist||Senior Investigator|
|1980||Breaker Morant||Sgt. Maj. Drummond|
|1982||Mystery at Castle House||Stakovich|
|1983||On the Run||Joe Thompson|
|1984||On the Loose||Russell Leech|
|The Fire in the Stone||Dosh|
|1987||Dark Age||Rex Garret|
|The Place at the Coast||Uncle Doug|
|1988||Vietnam||Army Sergeant||Small role|
|1973||Matlock Police||Kurt Fisher||Episode: "By Hook or by Crook"|
|1977||Number 96||Fred Shrimpton||Season 6|
|1978||Glenview High||Policeman||Episode: "Accident"|
|Because He's My Friend||Kevin||TV film|
|Run from the Morning||TV series|
|1979||Skyways||Sergeant Murphy||Episode: "The Crated Crim"|
|1979–1980||Prisoner||Geoff Butler / Ernest Craven / Kurt Renner||Recurring role; season 1-2|
|1980||A Piece of Cake||Duty Sarglant||TV short|
|1981||Sporting Chance||TV series|
|Holiday Island||TV series|
|1982–1986||A Country Practice||Wally Stanley / Trev Bennett / Tom Skilton||Guest role; 6 episodes|
|1983||The Weekly's War||Frank Packer||Mini-series|
|The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain||Mr. Lowe||TV film|
|1984||Five Mile Creek||Lightening Ridge||Episode: "The Hangman's Noose"|
|Kingswood County||Keith Mitchell / Bank Manager||2 episodes|
|Mail Order Bride||Kevin||TV film< br/>Penguin Award for Best Actor (1984)|
|1985||A Fortunate Life||Bad Bob||Mini-series|
Episode: "Starting Out (1897-1905)"
|Mother and Son||Geoff||Episode: "The Card Game"|
|Colour in the Creek||Clarrie||8 episodes|
|1986||Blue Lightning||Hale||TV film|
|Land of Hope||Mini-series|
|Five Times Dizzy||TV series|
|The Great Bookie Robbery||Bob Temple||Mini-series|
|1987||The Shiralee||Polkadot||TV film|
|1988||True Believers||Tom Burke||Mini-series|
|The True Story of Spit MacPhee||Frank Arbuckle||Mini-series|
|1988–present||Home and Away||Alf Stewart||Soap opera; Leading role |
Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (2010)
Logie Award for Most Popular Actor (2018)
Nominated – Logie Award for Most Popular Actor (2010)
Nominated – Logie Award for Most Popular Actor (2012)
|2002||Home and Away: Secrets and the City||Alf Stewart||Video special|
|2003||Home and Away: Hearts Divided||Alf Stewart||Video special|
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- "Ray swaps the Bay for UK". Holy Soap. Channel 5. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- Andrew Whiteside (14 October 2016). "Priscilla the Musical hits Auckland" – via YouTube.
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- "Mail Order Bride (1984)". Australian Screen Online. Retrieved 27 April 2019.