Home and Away spoilers follow for UK viewers.
Home and Away introduced a new character in very unusual circumstances on Australian screens this week – bringing back actor Cameron Daddo to play a second role.
Cameron has only recently bowed out as Ryder Jackson's father Evan Slater, but we hope nobody bothered to throw him a leaving party as he's now back as someone entirely different – Summer Bay newcomer Owen.
Home and Away's UK fans won't get to meet Owen for a few weeks yet, but if you want an early preview of what on earth is going on, look no further.
Who is Home and Away's Owen?
Home and Away's Australian viewers had their first glimpse of Owen late last week, when Roo Stewart spotted a figure resembling Evan roaming around the Bay.
Given that Summer Bay has something of a reputation for ghostly visions, Marilyn was quick to suggest the possibility that Evan's spirit had come back to visit Roo.
Roo, meanwhile, feared for her own sanity as she wondered whether the loss of Evan had taken a toll on her mental wellbeing. She was the one who at Evan's side for his final days, and was also present at the moment he passed away from his terminal illness.
A freaked-out Roo saw further sightings of Evan's supposed "ghost" at the start of this week. Unable to find a rational explanation, she went ahead with Marilyn's suggestion of a séance in the hope of getting some answers.
Fortunately, no Ouija board was needed to solve this mystery when Alf and Ryder also came face-to-face with Evan's lookalike – who is very much alive and not a ghostly apparition. (For once in Home and Away.)
When the man introduced himself as Owen, he explained that he'd come to the Bay purely by chance while travelling. He'd felt drawn to the area while driving past (spooky!), so crossed paths with Evan's loved ones purely as a coincidence.
All started to become clear as Ryder suddenly remembered that Evan was adopted. He immediately figured out that Owen is probably Evan's long-lost twin, who didn't get a chance to meet him and never even knew he existed.
Owen denied being adopted himself, but Ryder suspected he was never told the full story of his background by his parents, who have since passed away.
Our verdict? All pretty confusing, but at least it's nowhere near as head-spinning as Neighbours' Fake Dee saga.
Home and Away spoilers – what's next for Owen?
Home and Away bosses haven't revealed too much about their plans for Owen so far. He's currently credited as a guest character, but has decided to stick around in the Bay for a short time while he gets his head around the revelations about his secret family member.
This looks likely to cause problems for Roo, who's struggling with the resemblance that Owen shares with Evan. His presence in the Bay is bringing back emotions that she hasn't fully processed, after being with Evan during his final moments.
Official teaser spoilers released by the show have revealed that Owen will start to seek further answers from the Stewarts about his family background in upcoming episodes, while Roo tries to deal with her grief. It seems like things are about to get complicated.
What has Cameron Daddo said about his new role?
Cameron has the unusual honour of playing two roles in Home and Away in quick succession – and he couldn't be happier with the way things have turned out.
The actor had previously told Digital Spy that he wished he could have stuck around as Evan for longer, as he loved his time playing the role. Looks like the creation of lookalike Owen was the next best thing.
In a recent interview with Woman's Day, Cameron explained: "Fortunately, I had some time between playing the two characters. I was able to put Evan 'to bed' and then create the backstory of Owen. Thankfully, I never played the two at the same time. Now that would have been fun!
"When I began the journey of Evan, I understood there was going to be an end. After a couple of weeks, I found myself wanting them to find 'a cure', or way to extend my time in the Bay. It was such a fun and creative place to work.
"I was thrilled when the idea of Owen was pitched to me."
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Monday to Thursday at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).
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