Home and Away spoilers follow.
Home and Away has welcomed a new character to Summer Bay on Australian screens, with Ryder Jackson's father Evan Slater finally making an appearance.
Evan, played by Cameron Daddo, turned up unannounced in the closing moments of Thursday's triple bill of episodes on Australia's Channel 7 (May 14).
What do we know about this new arrival and how will he fit into Summer Bay? Here's our quick guide.
Home and Away's Evan Slater – who is Ryder Jackson's father?
While Ryder Jackson has been a Summer Bay regular since 2017, viewers haven't been introduced to his father Evan until now.
Evan has never been part of Ryder's life, as the Summer Bay favourite was raised solely by his mum Quinn Jackson. This explains why Ryder failed to recognise Evan when he first turned up in the Bay in the show's latest Australian episode.
Some of the backstory was mentioned in passing when Quinn last paid a visit to the Bay in 2017.
Quinn explained that she met Evan when they were both musicians on a cruise ship. The pair had a brief fling and they made plans to settle down on the Gold Coast after Quinn got pregnant. Evan later reneged on his promises and left Quinn high and dry.
In 2018, Lukas Radovich – who plays Ryder – told Digital Spy that he'd like the show to introduce his on-screen father.
"I think it would be really interesting to see what happens with [Ryder], his dad and his mum and his own family dynamic, and whether they'll come back. That's something that interests me, his own personal family life," Lukas explained at the time.
Looks like the writers were listening…
Home and Away spoilers – what's to come for Evan Slater?
At Australian pace, Thursday's Home and Away episodes saw Evan turn up out of the blue, armed with his guitar. When Ryder started asking questions about who he was, Evan introduced himself as the young barman's long-lost father.
Evan now has a mountain to climb to get back on good terms with his son. The show has revealed that Evan put his career before his family commitments back in the day, touring the world as a singer and guitarist.
Many years later, Evan has finally changed his ways, but the big question is whether Ryder is prepared to forgive him for his past mistakes. Early next week, Ryder will instantly reject Evan, asking him to leave.
Evan then turns to Ryder's aunt Roo for help, hoping that she'll agree to play peacemaker so that he can make up for lost time with his son.
Will Roo agree to work her magic? And is there more to Evan's sudden arrival than meets the eye?
Home and Away fans in the UK can look forward to seeing Evan make his first appearance on Friday, June 19 on Channel 5.
Who is Home and Away newcomer Cameron Daddo?
Cameron Daddo, who plays the role of Evan, is an Australian musician, actor and TV presenter. His previous TV jobs include the part of photographer Brian Peterson in Melrose Place spin-off Models Inc, and Adam Goodman in Aussie drama Packed to the Rafters.
Cameron is expected to appear in Home and Away for a two-month run of episodes – and he's sure to pack in plenty of drama during that time.
Cameron recently told the Herald Sun: "Summer Bay is everything and more – it's a delightful place to be. I didn't think I'd be adding an early evening serial to my resume at this stage in life.
"As an actor, you don't know what you're doing month to month so I'm really grateful, especially being an artist because a lot of my contemporaries are doing it tough."
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).
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