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Flamin Galah, flamin Alf, the longest serving character ever.

Sun kissed beachside soap Home And Away began in January 1988 and has had over 200 regular characters over the years, many of them teens and twenty-somethings. Alf Stewart is the only original character, as of 2022 still going strong after 34 years. Below is a list of the longest serving characters in Home And Away. This list includes characters with the longest continuous duration, and longest time between first and last appearances. Actor Ray Meagher even hit the "Guinness World Records" for the longest serving continuous soap character on Australian TV.

List of longest serving Home And Away characters by duration

# Character Actor First appearance Final appearance Duration Total duration Longest continuous duration Time between first and last appearance
1 Alf Stewart Ray Meagher Pilot Episode (17 Jan 1988) Current 1988-present 34 years, 5 months 34 years, 5 months 34 years, 5 months
2 Irene Roberts Lynne McGranger
Jacqy Phillips
Ep 887 (29 Oct 1991) Current 1991, 1992, 1993-present 29 years, 9 months 29 years, 5 months 30 years, 8 months
3 Leah Patterson Ada Nicodemou Ep 2793 (22 Mar 2000) Current 2000-present 22 years, 3 months 22 years, 3 months 22 years, 3 months
4 Sally Fletcher Kate Ritchie Pilot Episode (17 Jan 1988) Ep 5825 (5 Sep 2013) 1988-2008, 2013 20 years, 5 months 20 years, 3 months 25 years, 8 months
5 Marilyn Chambers Emily Symons Episode 309 (18 May 1989) Current 1989-1992, 1995-1999, 2001, 2010-present 18 years, 7 months 12 years, 5 months 33 years, 1 month
6 VJ Patterson Matt Little
Felix Dean
Ep 3190 (30 Nov 2001) Ep 6818 (5 Feb 2018) 2001-2018 16 years, 0 months 16 years, 0 months 16 years, 3 months
7 Donald Fisher Norman Coburn Pilot Episode (17 Jan 1988) Ep 4502 (11 Sep 2007) 1988-2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 15 years, 7 months 15 years, 5 months 19 years, 8 months
8 John Palmer Shane Withington Ep 4820 (27 Mar 2009) Current 2009-present 13 years, 3 months 13 years, 3 months 13 years, 3 months
9 Colleen Smart Lyn Collingwood Episode 36 (7 March 1988) Ep 5664 (24 Jan 2013) 1988, 1989, 1997, 1999-2013 13 years, 1 month 12 years, 8 months 24 years, 10 months
9 Roo Stewart Georgie Parker
Justine Clarke
Episode 3 (20 January 1988) Current 1988-1989, 2010-present 13 years, 1 month 11 years, 8 months 34 years, 5 months
11 Ailsa Stewart Judy Nunn
Nancye Hayes
Pilot Episode (17 Jan 1988) Ep 3445 (14 Feb 2003) 1988-2000, 2002-2003 13 years, 0 months 12 years, 11 months 15 years, 1 month
11 Duncan Stewart Benedict Wall
Brendan McKensy
Lewis Devaney
Allana Ellis
Episode 328 (14 Jun 1989) Episode 6545 (9 Nov 2016) 1989-2001, 2004, 2005, 2016 12 years, 6 months 12 years, 0 months 27 years, 4 months
13 Pippa Ross Debra Lawrance
Vanessa Downing
Pilot Episode (17 Jan 1988) Ep 4840 (24 Apr 2009) 1988-1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 10 years, 3 months 10 years, 2 months 21 years, 3 months
14 Christopher Fletcher Rian McLean
Shaun Wood
Dylan McCready
Ashleigh Bell-Weir
Episode 156 (22 August 1988) Ep 3544 (3 Jul 2003) 1988-1998, 2003 9 years, 7 months 9 years, 6 months 14 years, 10 months
15 Sam Marshall Ryan Clark Ep 738 (3 Apr 1991) Ep 4000 (8 Jul 2005) 1991-2001, 2002, 2005 9 years, 2 months 8 years, 10 months 14 years, 3 months
16 Hayley Lawson Ella Scott Lynch
Rebecca Cartwright
Ep 2481 (28 Sep 1998) Ep 4100 (25 Nov 2005) 1998-2005 7 years, 2 months 7 years, 2 months 7 years, 2 months
17 Morag Bellingham Cornelia Frances Episode 102 (7 June 1988) Ep 6645 (25 April 2017) 1988-1989, 1993, 2001, 2002-2009, 2011-2013, 2016, 2017 6 years, 2 months 2 years, 5 months 28 years, 10 months
18 Kirsty Phillips Christie Hayes Ep 2856 (19 Jun 2000) Ep 4973 (28 Oct 2009) 2000-2005, 2008-2009 6 years, 0 months 4 years, 8 months 9 years, 4 months
19 Justin Morgan James Stewart Episode 6442 (7th June 2016) Current 2016-present 5 years, 11 months 5 years, 11 months 5 years, 11 months
20 Bobby Marshall Nicolle Dickson Pilot Episode (17 Jan 1988) Ep 1710 (9 Jun 1995) 1988-1993, 1995 5 years, 8 months 5 years, 7 months 7 years, 6 months
21 Michael Ross Dennis Coard Ep 651 (22 Oct 1990) Ep 1912 (30 Apr 1996) 1990-1996 5 years, 6 months 5 years, 6 months 5 years, 6 months
22 Martha MacKenzie Jodi Gordon
Burcin Kapkin
Episode 169 (8 September 1988) Ep 5093 (9 Jun 2010) 1988, 2005-2010 5 years, 4 months 5 years, 3 months 21 years, 9 months
22 Tori Morgan Penny McNamee Episode 6416/6417/6418 (5th May 2016) Ep 7662 (27 Sep 2021) 2016-2021 5 years, 4 months 5 years, 4 months 5 years, 4 months
24 Tony Holden Jon Sivewright Ep 4020 (5 Aug 2005) Ep 5138 (11 Aug 2010) 2005-2010 5 years, 0 months 5 years, 0 months 5 years, 0 months
24 Ziggy Astoni Sophie Dillman Ep 6681 (20 June 2017) Current 2017-present 5 years, 0 months 5 years, 0 months 5 years, 0 months
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