yan Thomas has officially joined the cast of "Neighbours".
The 33-year-old actor - who portrayed Jason Grimshaw in ITV's longstanding soap "Coronation Street" for 16 years - has confirmed he will be starring in the popular American show and will be jetting off across the globe to play the role of Rafael Humphreys.
And the dark-haired hunk is excited for the project because he has always been a fan on the show.
Speaking about his new role, Ryan 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.
"It's a new challenge and I can't wait to start filming."
Not much is known about Rafael Humphreys except he is an individual with a dark secret who turns up on Ramsay Street to confront a difficult chapter from his past.
And Ryan has been hailed as the "perfect handsome devil" to take on the position.
Greg Barnett, commissioning editor at Channel 5, said: "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 Street favourite. Prepare to be gripped."
Ryan - who has eight-year-old daughter Scarlett with his former partner Tina O'Brien - left the cobbled streets of Weatherfield in 2016, and ever since he has been desperate to have a "complete change" in his career, and he was eager to break into Hollywood because he felt he needed to be taken out of his "comfort zone".
Ryan - who is currently dating former "The Only Way Is Essex" beauty Lucy Mecklenburgh - is set to make his debut on the Channel 5 show in early 2018.