FIRST LOOK: Shirtless Ryan Thomas displays a scarred back as he makes Neighbours debut as a mysterious newcomer with a dark secret

He swapped the Manchester cobbles for the Melbourne beaches.

And fans are given their first glimpse of Ryan Thomas making his hotly anticipated arrival on Ramsay Street as the scarred stranger in Neighbours' special episode.

In scenes which will leave fans on the edge of their seat, the 33-year-old former Coronation Street star showcased his hunky physique when he stripped off his shirt.

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Neighbours SPOILER: First look at shirtless Ryan Thomas as the mysterious newcomer when he arrived on Ramsay Street in nail-biting scenes which will air on Neighbours

Neighbours SPOILER: First look at shirtless Ryan Thomas as the mysterious newcomer when he arrived on Ramsay Street in nail-biting scenes which will air on Neighbours

The television hunk slips into the shoes of newcomer Rafael Humphrey who is an English tourist harbouring a dark secret and a taste for bitter sweet revenge.

A shocking photograph revealed Ryan's transformation as his back can be seen covered in scars when he is stripped down to his Calvin Klein's.

Rafael's arrival on the scene and motives remain an enigma but when he begins to fall in love with a resident, it could throw his revenge plans into chaos. 

Enigmatic: A shocking photograph revealed Ryan's transformation as his back can be seen covered in gruesome scars when he is stripped down to his Calvin Klein's

Enigmatic: A shocking photograph revealed Ryan's transformation as his back can be seen covered in gruesome scars when he is stripped down to his Calvin Klein's

Ryan's latest role is worlds away from the cheeky character and mechanic Jason Grimshaw who made him famous on Coronation Street.

It was time for the soap star to master a new role as he finally decided to make the advantageous move after 16 years on the cobbles.

The hunk and his Corrie co-star Tina O'Brien, who plays Sarah Platt, share their eight-year-old daughter Scarlet but the pair called it quits on their six-year romance.

In recent months, Ryan made the move to Australia despite finding love with Essex girl Lucy Mecklenburgh in 2017.

Fresh character: The television hunk slips into the shoes of newcomer Rafael Humphrey who is an English tourist harboring a dark secret and a taste for bitter sweet revenge

Fresh character: The television hunk slips into the shoes of newcomer Rafael Humphrey who is an English tourist harboring a dark secret and a taste for bitter sweet revenge

Dramatically different: Ryan's latest role is worlds away from the cheeky character and mechanic Jason Grimshaw (pictured in 2012) who made him famous on Coronation Street

Dramatically different: Ryan's latest role is worlds away from the cheeky character and mechanic Jason Grimshaw (pictured in 2012) who made him famous on Coronation Street

But the couple proved they were still going strong when the former TOWIE star joined his family for New Year's celebrations.

They found love on Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island where they were in the midst of water shortages, extreme hunger and tropical storms.

Keen to keep the flames of their passionate romance going after the show, they continued seeing each other on home turf.    

Neighbours one hour special 'Hit and Run' will air at 10pm on Channel 5 on Monday February 12.

Moving on: It was time for the soap star to master a new role as he finally decided to make the advantageous move after 16 years on the cobbles (pictured with co-star Michelle Collins)

Moving on: It was time for the soap star to master a new role as he finally decided to make the advantageous move after 16 years on the cobbles (pictured with co-star Michelle Collins)

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