Ray Meagher reveals sweet gesture for young Home and Away stars

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Veteran Home and Away star Ray Meagher has shared how he supports younger cast members when they join the show.

"I don't consciously take anybody under my wing unless I can see that somebody's really struggling," he told TV Week.

Home and Away star Ray Meagher
Home and Away star Ray Meagher reveals how he supports young cast members when they join the show. Photo: Getty

"I don't go tell anybody how to act. But hopefully, a bit of the way I operate may rub off on people. By that I mean nothing to do with the acting, but turning up on time, always being ready and prepared, never having a sick day."

Ray, who has played Alf Stewart on the show since 1988 shared that he will offer help during scenes if he thinks it can improve things.

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"They're feeling enough pressure as it is, they need encouragement – not to be shouted at," he added.

Ray is in the running for his second Gold Logie this year after winning for the first time in 2010. He's also nominated for a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.

The actor is competing with Big Brother host Sonia Kruger, Today host Karl Stefanovic, MasterChef judge Melissa Leong, Hard Quiz host Tom Gleeson, LEGO Masters host Hamish Blake, and I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! presenter Julie Morris.

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Ray with some of his fellow Gold Logie nominees Karl Stefanovic, Julia Morris, Hamish Blake, Tom Gleeson, and Sonia Kruger. Photo: Getty

Sonia has shared who she thinks should win the award, saying it's "high time" a woman took home the top prize, and told TV Tonight she was the most deserving winner.

"Look Karl, Tom, Hamish and Ray already have a Gold Logie at home so it’s high time for one of the girls to get a turn," she said.

"And it’s not a popularity contest but I did host every show on Channel Seven last year and deserve it more than everyone else. Plus, I’ve been eating salads every meal for a year. Don’t let that be for nothing."

However, she added that if a woman didn't take out the top prize then it should go to Ray.

"He's a living legend who's been in our lounge rooms as Alf in Home and Away just about every night since 1988. By my calculations, he’s clocked up around 40,000 television hours… which means he’s just eclipsed my total this year. So Ray wins," she added.

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