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Why we will be seeing LESS of THIS Home and Away legend on screen

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Home and Away star Ray Meagher has revealed we will be seeing a little less of legendary Alf Stewart...

Home and Away legend Ray Meagher has revealed that he is reducing the number of hours he spends filming at the soap after more than three decades playing the role of Summer Bay favourite, Alf Stewart.

Ray currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-serving actor in an Australian TV show, but thankfully while he might be winding down a little, he doesn't have any plans for retirement just yet.

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Ray has revealed we will be seeing a little less of Alf in the future...

He told the Sydney Morning Herald: "I don't really think much about retirement. I guess the time will come and I will, but I just signed another contract for three years... but sometimes contracts are made to be broken!"

Considering what a Home and Away legend he is, it is understandable that after all this time Ray gets to call some of the shots when it comes to his working hours.

He has also revealed there are some clauses in his contract that mean he can 'work less' if he wants too...

Alf Stewart has been at the centre of some of the biggest storylines in Home and Away...

Alf Stewart has been at the centre of some of the biggest storylines in Home and Away...

"We work for 46 weeks of the year," he told the Australian newspaper. "But I have clauses where I can give producers reasonable amount of notice for them to write me out to go to the UK and do pantomimes or go to London and do Pricilla in the West End.

"In this latest contract I said I wanted to work less weeks, so we've worked that out. But I'm still here more often than I'm not.

"I'm taking a tiny little bit of extra time... but it's not a bridge to retirement."

But with Alf still at the very heart of Summer Bay, it's going to take a while for fans to notice his reduced hours on screen.

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Alf will be reunited with his first wife Martha this week...

The Home and Away stalwart currently has a big storyline on the cards that sees his first wife Martha returning to the Bay.

A promo for the soap has hinted that there could be romance on the cards for the pair more than 29 years after it was believed that Martha was dead.

Is this the reunion we have all been waiting for?

Watch Home and Away every weekday at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5. 

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Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.