tele­vi­sion: Home and Away favourites tie the knot... ......

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Ste­wart in Home and Away, which airs on Tues­day. It is fol­lowed by triple­header episode on Wed­nes­day – the last time Home and Away airs this year.

Hav­ing never wed, Gra­ham says fam­ily and friends were shocked when he posted the on-screen wed­ding snaps on Face­book with­out ex­pla­na­tion.

‘‘Friends they were say­ing ‘con­grat­u­la­tions we thought it would never hap­pen’,’’ Gra­ham says.

Gra­ham has played dozens of stage and screen char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Lewis Caine in the orig­i­nal Un­der­belly se­ries.

His act­ing ca­reer took off when he got the part of Wheels on the soapie E

in the late 1980s. Peo­ple still call him Wheels though the role lasted four years, end­ing in 1993. The char­ac­ter, he says, must have stuck with peo­ple.

It’s also why he is sur­prised by Melissa Ge­orge’s melt­down af­ter be­ing asked about Home and Away.

Gra­ham po­litely ra­tio­nalises her spin-out as pos­si­ble ‘‘jet­lag’’.

‘‘I missed it when it all hap­pened, but it did sur­prise me,’’ he says.

‘‘Maybe they just got her on the wrong day or she had just got off the plane and had jet­lag.’’

Gra­ham’s cred­its in­clude All Saints, The Se­cret Life of Us, Blue Heel­ers, Crown­ies and spin-off Janet King, which airs on the ABC next year.

He is launch­ing his own the­atre com­pany Se­ri­ous Boys in Sydney.

‘‘I get of­fered lots of the­atre. I turned down four shows be­cause I don’t have the time,’’ he says. ‘‘I’ve been work­ing on an in­de­pen­dent the­atre com­pany and spent a year re­hears­ing. I di­rect and find that re­ward­ing.’’

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