Home and Away's Patrick O'Connor and Sophie Dillman share final message

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Departing Home and Away stars Patrick O'Connor and Sophie Dillman have shared a final goodbye message to fans.

The two stars exited their roles as Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni in Australian scenes that aired today (March 9). Dean decides to move to Queensland to be closer to son Jai, and Ziggy agrees to the move as they can begin a new chapter together.

Patrick and Sophie, who are a couple in real life, shared a series of farewell photos on Instagram. Both stars individually thanked fans and the Home and Away creative team for their support.

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"Well my friends my time as a river boy has come to an end," Patrick wrote in his post.

"To @louise.bowes the woman who made it all possible, what a character you made. A boy from a broken family, now a man off on [a] new adventure of raising his own. Thank you for inducting me into the Blood & Sand.

"To the producers, cast and crew, I can't thank you enough for staring at my big mug the last five and a bit years and giving me such a rare opportunity. It's been such an incredible place to work, I miss it a lot, but more so the people I met along the way. I made some really good friends.

"Lastly to the fans, there would be no show without you. You truly have made the experience unforgettable. Thank you for the support, I'll always remember the love #alwaysariverboy".

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Sophie said in her own post that she couldn't "believe Ziggy Astoni broke down on the shores of Summer bay almost six years ago", going on to praise her time on Home and Away.

"I never dreamed I would be lucky enough to work as an actor, let alone score the best job, in the best place with the best people," she continued.

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"Every day I played Ziggy, she inspired me to do better as an actor and as a woman. Thank you to everyone who created her. Thank you to the cast and crew. I miss you everyday but I'm sure you don't miss me screaming down the corridors without my shoes on.

"The biggest thank you goes to the fans. We only get to do what we do because of your support. I will be forever grateful."

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.45pm on Channel 5 and 6pm on 5STAR. First-look screenings air at 6.30pm on 5STAR and the show also streams on My5.

In Australia, the show airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 and streams on 7plus.

Selected classic episodes are available via Prime Video in the UK.

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