4 July 1944 |
Roma, Queensland, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Gilly Meagher (2010–present)|
Ray Meagher (born 4 July 1944) is a veteran Australian character actor. He has appeared regularly 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 as of 2013. Meagher won the Gold Logie Award for his role in Home and Away in 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 folk music programme Around Folk. His first regular acting work on television was in the soap opera Number 96, briefly appearing as the character Fred Shrimpton in 1977. Subsequent television acting roles included three different roles as various 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. He also had 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 2012, 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".
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.
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.
Facebook incident and parody video series
see main article Alf Stewart Rape Dungeon
The misappropriation of the name, Alf Stewart, in the Australian Facebook page Alf Stewart Rape Dungeon created by comedian Mr Doodleburger, has been condemned as an insult to sexual assault victims as well as a smear on Ray Meagher's name. It led to calls for the social networking site to be more closely monitored.
- Home and Away: Hearts Divided (2003) (V) .... Alf Stewart
- Home and Away: Secrets and the City (2002) (V) .... Alf Stewart
- Luigi's Ladies (1989) .... Lance
- Home and Away (1988) TV Series .... Alf Stewart (1988–)
- True Believers (1988) (mini) TV Series .... Tom Burke
- Spit MacPhee (1988) (mini) TV Series .... Frank Arbuckle
- Vietnam (1988) small role as army sergeant
- The Shiralee (1987) (mini) TV Series .... Polkadot
- The Place at the Coast (1987) .... Uncle Doug
- Dark Age (1987) .... Rex Garret
- The Great Bookie Robbery (1986) (mini) TV Series .... Bob Temple
- Short Changed (1986) .... Marshall
- Land of Hope (1986) TV Series
- The Blue Lightning (1986) (TV) .... Hale
- Five Times Dizzy (1986) TV Series
- Prisoner (1986) TV Series .... Ernest Craven
- Bootleg (1985) .... Lawker
- A Fortunate Life (1985) (mini) TV Series .... Bad Bob (part I: 'Starting Out' (1897–1905))
- Relatives (1985) .... Herb Taylor
- The Fire in the Stone (1984) .... Dosh
- Kingswood Country (1984) 2 episodes .... Character unknown
- Mail Order Bride (1984) (TV) .... Kevin
- Mother and Son (1984) .... Small appearance as house guest in episode titled 'The Card Game'
- Prisoner (1984) TV Series .... Kurt Renner
- On the Loose (1984) .... Russell Leech
- On the Run (1983) .... Joe Thompson
- Who Killed Baby Azaria? (1983) (TV) .... Mr. Lowe
- The Mystery at Castle House (1982) .... Stakovich
- Prisoner (1982) TV Series .... Geoff Butler
- Holiday Island (1981) TV Series
- Sporting Chance (1981) TV Series
- Hoodwink (1981) .... Shaw
- Breaker Morant (1980) .... Sgt. Maj. Drummond (witness for the prosecution)
- Mystery Island (1980) .... Policeman
- A Piece of Cake (1980) (TV) .... Duty Sarglant
- Prisoner (1979) TV Series .... Geoff Butler (1979–1980)/Kurt Renner (1984)/Ernest Craven (1986)
- My Brilliant Career (1979) .... Mailman
- The Odd Angry Shot (1979) .... Range corporal
- The Journalist (1979) .... Senior Investigator
- Top Mates (1979) TV Series
- Newsfront (1978) .... Len's Second Brother
- The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) .... Dud Edmonds
- Because He's My Friend (1978) (TV) .... Kevin
- Run From the Morning (1978) TV Series
- Number 96 (1972) TV Series .... Fred Shrimpton (1977)
- Home and Away: Ray Meagher, Yahoo!7.
- Duck, Siobhan (29 July 2008). "Home and Away's Ray Meagher OK with career character". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane).
- Fife-Yeomans, Janet (19 December 2009). "Shadows fall on Home And Away – behind the scenes at Australia's most troubled soap opera". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney).
- Clune, Richard (13 September 2009). "Flamin' heck! Alf Stewart's worth a quid". Sunday Mail (Adelaide).
- "2010 Logie Awards: Full List of Winners". Perth Now (News Limited). 2 May 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Culture: Slurs and slingbacks". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 30 April 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- "Meagher taking Home and Away break". RTÉ TEN. Radio Telefís Éireann. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
- "Ray swaps the Bay for UK". Holy Soap. Channel 5. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- Margrave, Lauren (24 December 2008). "Aussie soap star crosses the globe for panto". Get Hampshire. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- Baynes, Valkerie (21 December 2009). "Light relief for Home and Away Meagher". Ninemsn. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- Vasek, Lanai (25 May 2010). "Facebook fury over pro-rape page". The Australian (Sydney).
- "Facebook group promoting rape and smearing Ray Meagher slammed". mX (Melbourne). 26 May 2010
- Ray Meagher at the Internet Movie Database
- Profile at Home and Away site
- Profile from UK TV channel Five
|Awards and achievements|
for Packed to the Rafters
|Gold Logie Award
Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
for Home and Away