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Ray Meagher was born in Western Queensland, and grew up on a sheep and cattle station.

At the age of nine Ray went to boarding school on the Gold Coast. Here he was a keen sportsman and developed an interest in acting. His stage debut came at the age of 11 when he played the Wicked Witch in the school's pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

At high school in Brisbane, Ray excelled at sports and represented his school in tennis, swimming, athletics and football. After leaving school he played rugby and represented the State of Queensland in several games.

His first play at the La Boite Theatre was A Refined Look at Existence. Around this time, Ray made his television debut, hosting an ABC-TV music show called Around Folk.

In the 1970s Ray moved to Sydney to star in a year-long role in the play Dimboola. He also began working on some TV series, including Ben Hall and Rush.

His credits since then include the mini-series The Great Bookie Robbery, A Fortunate Life, True Believers, Spit McPhee and The Fire in the Stone.

Ray has appeared as a guest star in the television series Prisoner, The Restless Years, Cop Shop and Skyways.

He worked on the movies Breaker Morant and The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith. He won a Penguin Best Actor Award for his lead role in the telemovie Mail Order Bride.

He also played the mechanic in Priscilla - the musical.

Ray says when he auditioned for the pilot of Home and Away, he thought it may be only a few months' work. Nearly two decades later, he is still with the show!

Ray says: "In the words of Albert Facey (an Australian writer and World War I veteran) I think I've had a fortunate life".