Home And Away has aired for an incredible 31 years, cementing itself as a beloved soap both in its native Australia and over here in the UK.
And since its first episode in 1988, the show has given rise to some of the most famous faces working today in Hollywood.
Earlier this year, there were concerns the soap faced the axe thanks to falling ratings – but after an outcry from fans, plans to scrap it were put well and truly on the backburner.
With more than its fair share of breakout stars, here's a look back at how Home And Away catapulted some of its young cast members to worldwide fame.
Chris Hemsworth (Kim Hyde)
Hollywood hunk Chris is one of the most famous stars to have found his feet on the Australian soap.
He bagged the role of Kim in 2004 – having originally auditioned for Robbie Huneter – and won a legion of fans for his penchance for topless surfer scenes.
Since leaving the show in 2007, Chris has gone on to become one of Hollywood's most bankable leading men.
He's starred as Thor in the superhero films and found a global audience thanks to the Avengers franchise, Ghostbusters and Star Trek.
Of his time in the soap, Chris once said: "The role in Home and Away is consistent work for me and is a great experience. It is so fast-paced and basically it allows me to learn a lot about the industry."
Isla Fisher (Shannon Reed)
Another world-famous star to break out from H&A is Isla Fisher, who was cast as the sweet schoolgirl Shannon in 1994.
Isla's portrayal of Shannon as increasingly scheming and manipulative scored her a nomination for Most Popular actress at the Logie Awards.
She was eventually written out of the soap when Shannon came out as bisexual and moved away from Summer Bay to be with her partner.
Since then, Isla has become one of the most recognisable actresses thanks to her roles in Confessions Of A Shopaholic, Wedding Crashers and Bachelorette.
She is now married to the comedian Sasha Baron Cohen and has two children with him.
Heath Ledger (Scott Irwin)
Heath first found his place in the spotlight as bad boy Scott, who managed to cheat his way through high school by taking advantage of the sweet and unsuspecting Sally.
Heath left the soap in 1997 after a short stint and immediately put his acting skills to good use in his first feature Blackrock, before starring in 10 Things I Hate About You in 1999.
Roles in Brokeback Mountain, A Knight's Tale and The Dark Knight – for which he won a posthumous Oscar – followed, but tragically Heath was found dead in his New York apartment in January 2008.
He had died of a prescription medication overdose, leaving his ex-wife Michelle Williams and their daughter Matilda Rose devastated.
Simon Baker (James Hudson)
Simon climbed to fame after just 19 episodes in Home And Away, which aired for three months between 1993 and 1994.
He left the soap and moved to Hollywood, where he starred in The Devil Wears Prada alongside Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep.
He also starred as Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, as well as roles in Land Of The Dead and The Guardian.
Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart)
Ray is now the only original member of the Home And Away cast, having appeared in the very first episode in 1988.
Ray, 75, holds the Guinness Book of World Record for longest-serving actor in an Australian series role and won the prestigious Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television in 2010.
As well as his TV work, Ray regularly flies to the UK for pantomime season and has starred in the stage version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
In August 2019, Ray was hospitalised for emergency heart surgery after doctors discovered three serious blockages during a routine health check.
He said he was "very, very lucky" to have survived with the blockages, which required a triple bypass to clear.
Emily Symons (Marilyn Chambers)
Emily first made her debut as Marilyn in 1989 and appeared on and off throughout the years until her last scene in 2001.
After Home And Away, Emily upped sticks and moved halfway around the world to the UK to take up the role of Louise Appleton in Emmerdale.
She played the barmaid from 2001 until 2008, even sparking a romance with her co-star Matt Healy, which came to an end in 2007.
Emily also found a new audience when she appeared in Dancing On Ice in 2008. She gave birth to her baby son in 2015 at the age of 45 and moved back to Australia to reprise her old Home And Away role.
Ben Unwin (Jesse McGregor)
Tragically, Ben died at the age of 41 in August 2019.
His body was discovered by police conducting a welfare check, and his death was not treated as suspicious.
Since his stint as bad-boy Jesse between 1996 and 2005, Ben had worked hard to gain his masters in law and had built up a solid career in New South Wales as a solicitor.
He'd also found success as a director, working on the music videos for Chumbawamba's Tubthumping in 1997, along with various videos for Boy George and Culture Club singles.
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