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Monday 14th October 2019

See the first shots of Ryan Thomas as the 'bad boy' of Neighbours

He's sure to get fans hot under the collar Down Under

Swapping gloomy Weatherfield for sunny Erinsborough is a move that most people would take in a heartbeat - and new images showing Ryan Thomas on the set of Neighbours show he's very happy with his decision.

The hunky ex-Corrie actor, 32, has been unveiled as the newest cast member in the decades-old Australian soap , and will play a "handsome devil" called Rafael Humphreys.

Ryan Thomas has been revealed as the newest resident of Ramsay Street (Credit: Channel 5)

Fans of the smouldering actor will be happy to hear his new role will cover some pretty dark territory.

With a plot that will force him to "confront a difficult chapter from his past."

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Ryan said: "I grew up watching Neighbours so to get the chance to join the cast is amazing.

“I was on holiday with my daughter when I got a phone call from my agent asking if I’d like to play this part.

"I spoke to the producer and found out more - it was very different from anything I’d played before - it was quite a deep, dark story, that really interested me.

“It’s a new challenge and I can’t wait to start filming.”

The star quit Corrie in 2016 (Credit: Channel 5)

Greg Barnett, commissioning editor at Channel 5, said: "With his good looks and Corrie years under his belt, Ryan is the perfect handsome devil.

It was very different from anything I’d played before - it was quite a deep, dark story.

"His arrival in Erinsborough marks the start of darker times for a particular Ramsay Street favourite. Prepare to be gripped.”

Ryan will be starring alongside Olympia Valance - the half-sister of former Neighbours star Holly (Credit: Channel 5)

Ryan's first scenes are set to air in early 2018, which means fans of both soaps don't have long to wait to see how he gets on Down Under.

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Ryan's first Neighbours scenes are due to air early in 2018 (Credit: Channel 5)

He may be known as Rafael Humphreys now, but we'll never forget him as Jason Grimshaw!