Ray Meagher is an Australian Actor 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.
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.
In September 2009, Meagher was the third-highest paid personality on Australian television, behind Eddie McGuire and Rove McManus.
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.