I’m a TV legend in one of the biggest soap operas on TV, but I’ve still been a cab driver for ten years despite being world famous

A former TV star who starred in one of the biggest soap operas has revealed he still had 10 years to drive a cab.

The actor is best known for playing Alf Stewart on Home and Away.

The actor has starred in the Australian soap opera since 1972


The actor has starred in the Australian soap opera since 1972Photo credit: Home and Away
Ray Meagher rose to fame playing Alf Stewart in the soap opera


Ray Meagher rose to fame playing Alf Stewart in the soap operaPhoto credit: Channel 5

He played that role from 1972 to the present.

Now Ray Meagher has revealed that despite appearing to be at the peak of his career and reportedly making big bucks from the soap, he was actually far from it.

The star shared that he got a taxi license early in his acting career and drove a car on some weekends.

“As an actor, I got my cab license early on, but I’ve probably only driven cabs for half a dozen weekends,” Ray said Things.

He continued, “That gave me enough money to get through the week so I could still audition.”

Ray admitted he wasn’t sure if his acting career would last, so he kept his cab driver’s license as a backup in case he wasn’t making any money.

The actor said: “I kept that taxi license for about ten years because I was kind of like, ‘I’m just not going to get any more acting work. It’s all going to dry up, so I’m going to persevere,'” the actor said. and I persevered and persevered, but I kept working and doing little things.

“Not much at first, but enough to get you from one job to the next.”

But Alf’s thinking wasn’t exactly right as he renewed his contract with Home and Away for a further five years earlier this year.

He told The Sun: “It seems ridiculous now but I wouldn’t agree with the two-year deal I was asked to sign.”

But in an exclusive interview with The Sun Online, 78-year-old actor Ray Meagher – who celebrates his 35th anniversary as Alf Stewart as the soap hits its special milestone today – reveals he initially refused to sign a two-year deal, and only wanted to commit to six months in Summer Bay.

Ray said: “It seems ridiculous now but I wouldn’t agree with the two year deal that I was asked to sign.

“We had done the pilot and to be honest I was older and more cynical and convinced it would crash and burn like most. So when they said we’re doing a series and we want all the main characters to stay for two years, I thought they must be kidding!

“It felt like forever so I told them there was no way I was going to sign for two years. Then they tried to get me to sign for a year, but I refused again.

“In the end I agreed to six months. I thought it would be nice to be able to go back to my own bed every night after work instead of filming something in Melbourne or Western Australia or hanging out all over the shop, which I’ve really enjoyed over the years.

“After being home for six months I was a little seduced by it and signed on for another six months.

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“Then they said what about another year? And then it became three-year contracts and five-year contracts, and here they are, 35 years later, and I’m a lot older.”

Ray has been at the heart of Summer Bay since it first aired in Australia on January 17, 1988. The Australian soap, which first revolved around foster parents Tom and Pippa Fletcher and their foster children, hit British screens the following year.

Ray admitted that he drove a cab for ten years early in his acting career


Ray admitted that he drove a cab for ten years early in his acting careerPhoto credit: Dan Jones – The Sun

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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