Ryan Thomas is officially joining the cast of Neighbours.

The Coronation Street star took to his Instagram to share the news with his fans and everyone's all kinds of excited.

He uploaded this picture with the caption: "Watched this show growing up as kid and here I am the other side of the world playing the part of Raphael. @neighbours #grateful".

Credit: Instagram

Fans can't contain themselves, with one writing: "Wow, from one to street to another, good luck down under, the cobbles are waiting your return though, being so close to your family must be a killer being apart, but how proud they will be".

Another added: "Omg thought this was just a rumour!". A third commented: "That's so cool. Haven't watched it in forever. But might have to start".

He's play a secretive ''dark'' character called Rafael Humphreys, who arrives in Ramsay Street to resolve and confront a issue from his past.

Speaking to Metro, he 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.''

Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor at Channel 5 said on Ryan: ''With his good looks and Corrie years under his belt, Ryan is the perfect handsome devil.'

''His arrival in Erinsborough marks the start of darker times for a particular Ramsay St favourite.''

''Prepare to be gripped.''

Lucy Mecklenburgh and Ryan Thomas recently went public with their relationship after the TOWIE reality star and Coronation Street actor met while appearing on Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island...

Credit: Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls/Channel 4

They were put through gruelling tasks, and went days without anything to eat or a sip of water.

Both Lucy and Ryan revealed the shocking effect the show had on their bodies by posting underwear selfies on their Instagram.

Credit: Instagram/Lucy Mecklenburgh

Posting to her 1.2 million followers, Lucy wrote: "My poor little body!!!! Soooooo emotional watching the last ep of #celebrityisland .. I can't believe we did it.. I can't believe I did it.

"What an experience! I will never doubt myself ever again!! Met some incredible people that will be friends for life. So proud of us all!!

"PS It only took me 3 weeks to put all my weight back on! I ate ALOT HAHAHHA [sic]!!!!"

In his picture, Ryan revealed to his 398k followers that he had gone eight days without eating.

He captioned it: "The Final episode tonight everyone. The journey we ve been on is indescribable. Not even a television show can put into perspective how mentally and physically we got tested on this island.

"My before and after is an example of the lack of food, 8 days no eating trying to survive with so little energy. I m extremely proud of myself and my fellow islander. Couldn't have done it without you guys [sic]."

Fans praised the new couple for making it to the end of the challenging programme, and were glad they were back to their former, healthier selves.

One fan gushed: "Well done u should be so proud of yourself, u done brilliant [sic]."

A second added: "Bless you!! Well done for keeping your spirits high."

"Omg you lost so much weight! Looking good again already," wrote a final fan.

Good luck with the new job, Ryan!

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

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