As one of Australia's most loved TV characters, it's easy to mistake long-time film and TV actor Ray Meagher for his small-screen counterpart, the grumpy but loveable Alf Stuart from Home and Away.
Inviting New Idea into his Sydney home for an exclusive chat, the familiar Aussie TV veteran and his wife Gilly reveal how they live their down-to-earth life outside of the show.
"We enjoy a glass of wine, a nice meal, movies, doing a bit of exercise but nothing formal, just walking around the harbour," Ray says.
And elegant Gilly - who married the actor three years ago - is quick to differentiate her gentle husband from his tough-natured, stoic country character Alf.
Of her husband's character's iconic catch phrases and demeanor, Gilly says:
"He’s not grumpy like his character... He really doesn’t say things like: “Stone the flamin’ crows!”"
Despite his relaxed, content Sydney lifestyle, good-humoured Ray says there's no sign of him slowing down just yet.
"I’ll be with Home and Away for a while yet, the good Lord willing. I really like my life right now and retirement certainly isn’t something I’m hanging out for."
For Ray's exclusive interview - including what happened when he met Prince Phillip! - check out this week's issue of New Idea, out now!