Ray Meagher's fans see double as new wax figure is unveiled
Home and Away fans went wild on Wednesday, after seeing what seemed like two versions of Ray Meagher in Summer Bay.
As part of Ray’s campaign to win the Gold Logie at the upcoming TV WEEK Logie Awards, Madame Tussauds created an identical wax figure of his character Alf Stewart and displayed it on Palm Beach.
The crowd were chanting in support for the much-loved star, shouting “Vote for Ray Meagher, ya flaming’ galah!” and holding posters that read “#RAY4GOLD”.
Making a surprise appearance as his character Alf Stewart, the actor rattled off some of his iconic catchphrases to the delight of the onlookers.
“Stone the flamin’ crows! What are you yahoos doing here?” he asked.
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This isn’t the first time that Ray has been nominated for the Gold Logie, in fact, he won the award for his work in Home and Away in 2010. This year, he’s up against Sonia Kruger, Karl Stefanovic, Hamish Blake, Melissa Long, Julia Morris and Tom Gleeson, but the actor is still as humble as ever.
“I honestly think I am just making up the numbers this year,” he told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.
“Everybody has worked incredibly hard through the Covid period and for our show to be nominated six times is just fantastic and it is a reflection of everybody in the cast and crew.”
The star was blown away by the uncanny resemblance, and stood side-by-side with his wax figure so everybody could compare the two.
“We’ve seen plenty of action over the years, with actors coming and going on the set. But to see this rally in support of Ray to win a Logie was ‘Bonza!’,” a fan gushed excitedly.
“The lifelike figure of Ray on Palm Beach was a vision, and when the legend himself came over in character, we couldn’t believe our eyes! Ray’s our winner!”
The 77-year-old made his debut on the very first episode of Home and Away in 1988, and he holds the record as the longest-serving actor in an Australian drama series.
While the star doesn’t have social media to help push Logie votes his way, the show's passionate fanbase that will surely make up for that.
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