Where is the class of Grange Hill now? As it’s revealed the series will be remade as a movie, Femail reveals the varied fortunes of the original stars – from homelessness and an alcohol addiction to a career on EastEnders
Fans of the classic BBC One children’s show Grange Hill will have been thrilled by the news that the hit series is said to be returning as a film later this year – 以上 40 years after it first hit our screens.
The movie is expected to feature former cast members from the show in the roles of parents – and even grandparents.
Grange Hill, set in a fictional comprehensive school, ran as a BBC children’s TV series for 30 years between 1978 そして 2008.
Among the characters that featured over the years were Tucker Jenkins, played by Todd Carty, Benny Green, Zammo McGuire, Justine Dean, and Norman ‘Gripper’ Stebson.
And this month it emerged that Grange Hill creator Phil Redmond, 72, the TV producer and screenwriter also behind Brookside and Hollyoaks, reportedly completed the script for a film based around the children’s programme set in a school.
It is thought that the planned film, due later this year, will deal with the planned closure of the school as well as issues around social media and children’s grief.
Todd Carty, 57, who played hit character Tucker Jenkins. remains one of the show’s most famous alumni having remained on TV screens since the first series aired in 1978 – most memorably asEastenders’ Mark Fowler.
Sadly not every story was one of success, with Terry Sue-Patt, who played popular character Benny Green, tragically found dead in his London flat aged 50 に 2015, after a battle with alcoholism.
ここに, FEMAIL looks at what happened to the cast after the show made them household names…
Played: Zammo McGuire
Lee MacDonald as Zammo who was the star of one of the series’ most hard-hitting storylines when he became addicted to heroin (左) 今 52, he runs a locksmith business and continues to appear on TV as himself on shows such as Celebrity Pointless (正しい)
Lee was the star of one of Grange Hill’s most hard-hitting storylines when his character Zammo became addicted to heroin (左) 結果として, he became involved in a number of anti-drugs campaigns encouraging youngsters to ‘Just Say No’. He was working as a locksmith, until his agent told him to concentrate on getting his acting career back and joined EastEnders in 2019 (正しい)
Lee MacDonald, 52, was the star of one of Grange Hill’s most hard-hitting storylines when his character Zammo became addicted to heroin.
結果として, he became involved in a number of anti-drugs campaigns encouraging youngsters to ‘Just Say No’.
After six years as Zammo, Lee left Grange Hill with critical acclaim for his portrayal of Zammo.
Lee had always had an interest in boxing and continued to develop his skill to a high level but unfortunately a car accident in the early 1990s left him unable to pursue the sport.
Lee had always had an interest in boxing and continued to develop his skill to a high level.
残念ながら, a car accident in the early 1990s left Lee unable to pursue with the sport.
Lee has made several TV appearances since leaving Grange Hill, including an episode of The Bill in which his love interest was played by Melissa Wilkes – who also played his girlfriend Jackie Wright in Grange Hill.
However Lee had previously claimed that playing drug addict Zammo in Grange Hill ‘ruined his career’.
He claims that he struggled to find any work afterwards as potential employers didn’t want to be associated with drug use.
He was working as a locksmith, until his agent told him to concentrate on getting his acting career back.
4月中 2019, it was announced that he would appear in the BBC soap opera EastEnders as Terry.
He remains in the public eye appearing as himself on shows such as Celebrity Scissorhands and Celebrity Pointless. He also runs a locksmith business in Wallington, サリー.
Lee got engaged to his long-time love Jess in March 2020.
He took to social media to reveal he had popped the question and gave a nod to his famous former on-screen character Zammo.
Sharing a picture of the happy couple, Lee wrote: My partner Jess ‘JUST SAID YES’! Wedding next’ alongside a red heart emoji.
Played: Peter ‘Tucker’ Jenkins
Todd Carty is well-known for his role as mischievous character Tucker Jenkins and even had his own spin-off from the series which ran for three years. Todd Carty went on to have a successful career in several television soaps, including Eastenders
He played Mark Fowler for 13 年, pictured at Wendy Richards’ 葬儀, who played his on-screen mother Pauline Fowler
Todd Carty, 57, remains one of the show’s most famous alumni having remained on TV screens since the first series aired in 1978. His Grange Hill character was so popular, he was given his own spin-off show Tucker’s Luck from 1983 に 1985.
He then starred as Mark Fowler in EastEnders from 1990 に 2003, with a groundbreaking storyline when his character was diagnosed with HIV.
But after his departure from the square, he played away from type portraying the villainous PC Gabriel Kent in The Bill.
Plotting a deranged revenge plot on the mother who gave him away involving incest and raping a colleague, psychopathic Gabriel became a serial killer and eventually committed suicide.
As well as continuing to act on stage and screen, he’s also delved into producing and directing and made a memorable appearance on Dancing On Ice in 2009 because of his lack of flair.
His uncoordinated moves became a ratings draw and in one routine he accidentally skidded through the exit.
As well as starring in panto, he appeared on Celebrity Masterchef in 2014 とで 2015, the actor and his eldest son James filmed a documentary, Dangerous Adventures For Boys, 元BBCの巨人アンドリューニールが政治テレビ放送に戻る 5 based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden.
Carty and his eldest son, ジェイムス, filmed together in a factual television series for Channel 5, Dangerous Adventures For Boys, based on the book written by Conn and Hal Iggulden
ごく最近, he appeared in the film Silver Birches in 2017 about an author struggling to rebuild his life after the untimely death of his wife.
Todd has been with his childhood sweetheart Dina Clarkin since 1990, and they have two sons James and Thomas.
Played: Suzanne Ross
Susan Tully starred as rebellious school girl Suzanne Ross (seen on the show in 1982) in Grange Hill from 1980 に 1984, and was the daughter of Mrs Ross. After getting her first taste of directing on EastEnders in the 90s, she went on to direct and produce episodes of Tin Star, The A Word, Britannia, Musketeers and Silent Witness, and more recently Line of Duty (正しい)
歳の時に 17 she was cast as teenager Michelle Fowler in Eastenders, playing the role of a 16-year-old single mother after becoming pregnant with 39-year-old adulterer ‘Dirty’ Den Watts (seen on the show in 1995), a role which she stayed in from 1985 に 1995
Susan Tully starred as rebellious school girl Suzanne Ross in Grange Hill from 1980 に 1984, and was the daughter of Mrs Ross.
歳の時に 17 she was cast as teenager Michelle Fowler in Eastenders, playing the role of a 16-year-old single mother after becoming pregnant with 39-year-old adulterer ‘Dirty’ Den Watts.
Susan rose to fame in EastEnders as Michelle, joining the hit BBC One soap in 1985 and leaving ten years later in 1995.
Susan rejected various offers to return to Eastenders as Michelle, とで 2016 gave the show her blessing to recast her character.
Since her EastEnders exit, Susan has paved a successful career in directing with the likes of The Bill, ホーンジー市庁舎の敷地内にあるモダンなアパートは£500,000から販売されています, Lark Rise to Candleford and Secret Diary of a Call Girl on her résumé.
The actress even returned to her former home of EastEnders briefly in 1989 に 1999 to direct 12 エピソード.
After getting her first taste of directing on EastEnders in the 90s, she went on to direct and produce episodes of Tin Star, The A Word, Britannia, Musketeers and Silent Witness, and more recently Line of Duty.
Talented director Tully was praised for the nail-biting final episodes of Line of Duty.
Taking to Twitter after the show aired, show watchers shared their shock after discovering the show had been directed by the Michelle Fowler star.
一人が言った: ‘I’ve only just realised that Sue Tully (Michelle Fowler) directs #LineOfDuty She should win an award! @BBC.’
Played: Robbie Wright
Actor John Alford played happy go lucky Robbie Wright between 1985 そして 1991 (左). John Alford was jailed for nine months last year after being convicted of supplying cocaine and cannabis to a bogus Arab prince in 2000 (正しい)
Actor John Alford played happy go lucky Robbie Wright between 1985 そして 1991.
Little brother to Jaqui, Robbie is best remembered for his romances with Calley Donnington and his friendship with Ziggy Greaves.
After leaving the show, he went on to be a regular on ITV series London’s Burning playing Billy Ray.
He also enjoyed several top 40 hit singles, produced by Stock/Waterman, following his TV success.
But his fortunes turned when he was written out after being caught in a drugs sting.
The former teenage pin-up was caught by the News Of The World’s Fake Sheikh and then served a six week sentence after being charged.
The actor was found guilty by a jury at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court in 1999 of one count of supplying 2.036 grammes of cocaine to Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood, as well as a similar charge involving 11.9 grammes of cannabis resin.
He struggled to return to his previous success after being released but has had small parts since. He’s appeared in Casualty and CBBC show Mile High and had a long-term relationship with Tina Mahon who played Ronnie Birtles.
に 2016, Mahmood was found guilty of plotting to pervert the course of justice and following the case, it was suggested that まで 72 defendants in criminal cases in which he played a role could apply for convictions to be quashed.
Alford’s case was among those taken up by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Played: Terry Sue-Patt
As Benny Green, Terry Sue-Patt was the first black character to ever be seen on the show and became one of the most popular characters (左) 10月中 2015, Terry was sadly found dead at his London home, 高齢者 50, following a battle with alocholism (正しい)
As Benny Green, Terry Sue-Patt was the first black character to ever be seen on the show and became one of the most popular characters.
He was discovered aged 14 by a talent scout while playing football in the park and enjoyed success in 1989 film The Firm, starring alongside Gary Oldman and Phil Davis.
彼は言った: ‘I basically played myself in Grange Hill. There weren’t many black actors about on TV at that time.
‘I had a great time, getting time off school to play football. It was a bit of a dream come true, 彼女は、アレンが自分が見たものを知っていると確信していると言いました’
He also had minor roles in other TV shows including Desmonds, General Hospital and Jackanory.
10月中 2015, Terry was sadly found dead at his London home, 高齢者 50, following a battle with alocholism.
He was found lying face down in bed and reports suggested his body may have lain undiscovered for a month.
Todd Carty said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the sudden death of his Grange Hill co-star.
Twitterに連れて行く, 彼は言った: ‘Deeply saddened by the news of a dear friend Terry Sue-Patt passing away. Thoughts with his family RIP xxx.’
They played best friends Tucker Jenkins and Benny Green. The pair left the show in the early 1980s just four years after joining but remained friends throughout their careers.
Played: Roland Browning
Erkan Mustafa found fame in the Eighties as Roland ‘Roly’ Browning who was bullied for being obese (左) 今 50, he continues to act, write and direct according to his Twitter profile (正しい) Speaking in an interview with blog GrangeHillGold , he explained he looks back on his memories of the series and remembers ‘great fun’
Erkan Mustafa found fame in the Eighties as Roland ‘Roly’ Browning who was bullied for being obese.
He played the role for six years and became an iconic character in the series, suffering horrific bullying at the hands of Gripper Stebson.
By the time he left Grange Hill six years later, Roland was able to stand up for himself and had developed a talent for foreign languages.
After leaving the school drama in 1987, he went on to act in two series of Chef! with Lenny Henry as well as several episodes of Blackadder.
He still teams up with Lee ‘Zammo’ MacDonald for public appearances and charity events.
Erkan was also instrumental in bringing the cast back together for a 2009 reunion at Sound nightclub in London’s Leicester Square.
今 50, he continues to act, write and direct according to his Twitter profile.
Speaking in an interview with blog GrangeHillGold, he explained he looks back on his memories of the series and remembers ‘great fun’.
彼が説明した: ‘It made me the person I am today. It gave me some good memories and some bad memories. I never really wanted to be an actor and doing Grange Hill, that made for 10 または 15 世界的大流行の中でジェレミーもリチャードも見なかった方法を振り返る, think I was going to be an actor.
‘Now I know I get more pleasure from writing than acting. But it was all good really. I’ve come out with great experiences.
‘I’ve done things that other people have never done in their life, but most of all, I’ve come out with some good friends. ‘
Played: Joseph ‘Hughesy’ 「子供はわがままな小さなc ***
Joseph ‘Hughesy’ Hughes actor Donald Waugh starred on the show from 1978 に 1980 (seen left). After the show his life began to spiral out of control and he turned to alcohol, and was eventually forced to live on the streets. He now works to help others who are battling the same problems and attended the 2014 Grange Hill Memories Reunion with his former stars
Joseph ‘Hughesy’ Hughes actor Donald Waugh starred on the show from 1978 に 1980.
As a child actor, he had starred in several other film and TV series, including Bugsy Malone and Are You Being Served.
After leaving the show, he turned to theatre and launched a successful career, starring in the original West End cast of Cats and La Cage Aux Folles.
However his life began to spiral out of control and he turned to alcohol, and was eventually forced to live on the streets.
と話す MyLondon, he explained he ended up ‘sinking all his money into a business deal that went wrong.’
彼が説明した: ‘I felt ashamed and embarrassed and felt like a fool to be honest with you.
‘The more I drank I thought I could just bury all the emotions I had incrued from losing all my money through this bad debt.’
Speaking about becoming homeless to enterprise Pavement to Catwalk, キリルルイスドレイファスはヘリコプターに乗り込み、日帰り旅行の前にパイロットに話しかけます: ‘Working with and being homeless for a period of time has opened my eyes to the potential and talent within this un-tapped society.
‘In this I have learned that the secret to helping yourself is to help others. I still hold this very close to my heart today.’
He now works to help others who are battling the same problems and attended the 2014 Grange Hill Memories Reunion with his former stars.
Played: Tommy Watson (series one)
While the character would later be played by actor Paul McCarthey, James Jebbia was the original Tommy Watson in the first series of Grange Hill. He would go on to found the fashion label Supreme
While the character would later be played by actor Paul McCarthey, James Jebbia was the original Tommy Watson in the first series of Grange Hill.
His American father was formerly in the United States Air Force, while his English mother was a former teacher, with his parents moving him to the UK when he was just one.
He appeared as the original Tommy in the series in 1978, starring in five episodes of the programme when he was fourteen-years-old.
高齢者 19, he moved back to the US and settled in New York where he began working at a skate shop and clothing store located in SoHo.
に 1989, he managed the streetwear store, Union NYC, which carried a mix of mostly English clothing brands.
Its first store opened in 1989 on Spring Street in Manhattan, and later closed in 2009.
から 1991 に 1994, he partnered with Shawn Stussy, the founder of the clothing brand, Stüssy.
に 1994, Jebbia founded the clothing brand and skateboarding shop Supreme, and opened its first store on Lafayette Street in Manhattan. Among his earliest designs was a cut-and-sew pair of tiger-stripe cargo pants.
「彼はそれらの美しい目で私を見て、「私があなたに加わってもいいですか」と言いました 2021, Supreme has 13 locations worldwide, one each in New York City, ブルックリン, サンフランシスコ, 天使たち, ロンドン, パリ, 今クリスタルパレスマネージャー, and six in Japan (Harajuku, Shibuya, Daikanyama, Nagoya, 大阪, and Fukuoka).
に 2017, Supreme collaborated with Louis Vuitton, with their debut collection unveiled during Paris Fashion Week.
Jebbia has collaborated with high-profile artists, such as Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.
He rarely gives interviews and, バニティフェアによると, Supreme currently generates over $500m annually, 60 per cent of which comes from online orders.
Played: Janet St Clair
Actress Simone Nylander played kind school girl Janet St Clair from 1982 に 1986, seen on the show. Her character was known for trying to get her friend Roland to fit into Grange Hill. に 2020, she launched SN VOICES, a voiceover specialist and management agency for diverse voices
Actress Simone Nylander, born in London, played kind school girl Janet St Clair from 1982 に 1986. Her character was known for trying to get her friend Roland to fit into Grange Hill.
The actress left the show after four years, and ended up living with university and celebrity pal Russell Brand for a time.
It was through her experience on the show that she developed an interest in production work, and it was there she realised this was where her future was.
Simone also worked for Simon Fuller’s 19 Management organisation and does modelling work.
以来 2011, she has been in voiceover work and remained involved with television, working extensively in production and development for documentaries to series producing for Channel Four and the BBC.
彼女のウェブサイトによると, she has cast for radio, 劇場, film and commercials.
に 2020, she launched SN VOICES, a voiceover specialist and management agency for diverse voices.
In a description オンライン, she describes her passion for her work, 言って: ‘I’ve always loved nurturing artists of all calibre and I am passionate about finding fresh, marketable voice talent.
‘With the experience I’ve notched up over the years, it only made sense that I start an agency, a home to a diverse range of collective voices.’
Played: Fay Lucas
After Alison Bettles’ stint as Fay Lucas (写真), she continued acting with small roles in The Bill and No Strings in the Eighties and Nineties and last appeared on TV screens in 2001. Now married with four children, she is a qualified beauty therapist and has reportedly set up a freight business
Alison Bettles, 今 51, played Fay Lucas from 1982 に 1987 in six series of the show.
Bettles was one of the cast members to take part in the famous Just Say No single, to promote an anti-drugs message after the programme’s controversial storyline with Zammo McGuire who became hooked on heroin as a child.
The single reached number five in the charts in 1986.
に 1988, Alison appeared in an Eastenders spin-off called Civvy Street, set during the second world war, playing a young Ethel Skinner.
She continued acting with small roles in The Bill and No Strings in the Eighties and Nineties and last appeared on British TV screens in London’s Burning in 2001.
Now married with four children, she is a qualified beauty therapist and has reportedly set up a freight business. Meanwhile two of her sons have followed in her acting footsteps, clinching roles in Doctor Who and EastEnders.
Played: Claire Scott
女優, entrepreneur and PR boss Paula-Ann Bland played edgy Claire Scott in the hit show, who had a crush on teacher Mr Hopwood (左). She’s a mother-of-two and is also an ambassador for the Good Grief Trust (正しい)
Paula-Ann’s edgy character Claire caused a stir by fantasising about teacher Mr Hopwood in her diary, who was then attached by her overprotective father.
She also enjoyed a romance with Stewpot, before discovering he was seeing Annette Firman behind her back.
Because of her success on the small screen record company bosses eyed Paula-Ann as a potential British Kylie and she even released a cover version of The Locomotion.
She left the series in 1985 and continued to act, appearing in TV series such as Spender and Only Fools and Horses.
に 1988, she caused a stir by posing topless for men’s magazine Mayfair.
During the ’90s she turned her back on acting and opened shoe shops called Paola in Knightsbridge and Chelsea before starting her own PR company.
She’s a mother-of-two and is also an ambassador for the Good Grief Trust.
Played: Anthony Underwood and Tommy Watson
Actor Paul was a member of the original cast of the series, playing Anthony Underwood, having been invited to audition by his drama school (左右の写真) He now lives in Spain and runs a wedding entertainment company
Actor Paul was a member of the original cast of the series, playing Anthony Underwood, having been invited to audition by his drama school.
とのインタビューで GrangeHill.Tumblr.com, he explained that he ended up leaving the show before realising how big it was going to be.
He later returned to play Tucker’s friend Tommy Watson in series three, before he went on to star in the spin off show Tucker’s Luck for three series.
He explained he was ‘totally the same’ as his character and there was ‘no acting required.’
Since leaving the show, he went on to star in a series of different films and TV series, including Through The Looking Glass’ in which he played the lead and an episode of The Bill.
He now lives in Spain and runs a wedding entertainment company.
Played: Trisha Yates
Michelle played bad girl Trisha Yates in the school drama from 1978 に 1982 but after leaving Grange Hill, Michelle gave up acting and worked for a major sweet manufacturer (左右)
Michelle played bad girl Trisha Yates in the school drama from 1978 に 1982 but after leaving Grange Hill, Michelle gave up acting and worked for a major sweet manufacturer.
She made a brief return as Trisha in the final episode of Tucker’s Luck, a Grange Hill spin-off based on Todd Carty’s character Tucker.
Michelle moved to Dundee in the early 1990s to bring up her family, where she works alongside her husband running their family glazing business.
She noticed a small dimple on her breast while on holiday in Rome in May.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer and following a mastectomy was given the all-clear.
Michelle is now trying to raise awareness of the lesser-known symptoms of breast cancer and is urging women to check their breasts for dimples.
Played: Cheryl Webb
Health conscious Cheryl Webb first appeared in 1986, alongside her sister Louise keeping their terminally ill father a secret (左) Amma Asante who played Cheryl continued to act, with roles in series such as Birds Of A Feather and also worked as a children’s presenter for a year (正しい)
Health conscious Cheryl Webb first appeared in 1986, alongside her sister Louise keeping their terminally ill father a secret.
Unknown to their friends, the girls lost their dad and then brought up their two brothers on their own.
Amma Asante who played Cheryl continued to act, with roles in series such as Birds Of A Feather and also worked as a children’s presenter for a year.
しかしながら, Amma has made a highly successful career for herself as a writer and director, 彼女と 2004 feature film A Way Of Life winning the Carl Foreman award at the BAFTAs.
Her series Brothers And Sisters ran for two series on BBC2. Amma is married to Soren Kragh Pedersen, a former chief of media at Europol in the Netherlands.
に 2014 the film she directed the film Belle, about Dido Elizabeth Belle – an illegitimate mixed race daughter of an enslaved African woman and a British navy captain – who was placed with her great uncle and his wife in late 18th-century London.
She also directed ‘A United Kingdom’ with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, which she filmed in Botswana.
Played: Mr ‘Bullet’ Baxter
Michael Cronin from Bedfordshire has had a prolific acting career since starring as teacher Mr ‘Bullet’ Baxter (左) He’s also appeared on stage and become a writer with three children’s novels and a number of screenplays to his name (正しい)
Michael Cronin from Bedfordshire has had a prolific acting career since starring as teacher Mr ‘Bullet’ Baxter.
He was already working as a character actor and had appeared in Fawlty Towers, but it is the role of the no-nonsense PE teacher he’s best known for.
マイケル, ロンドンに住んでいる人, joined Grange Hill in 1979 and saw his character promoted to Deputy Head, before eventually leaving to run a leisure centre.
Since leaving Grange Hill in 1987, Michael has continued to act, taking on a range of television and theatre roles, including parts in a touring production of Hamlet and ITVs The Mayor Of Casterbridge.
Michael reprised his role as Mr Baxter in the ITV sitcom The Grimleys during the late 1990s.
He has appeared in shows including fantasy family drama Merlin, detective show Vera and the daytime soap Doctors as well as Law And Order.
He’s also appeared on stage and become a writer with three children’s novels and a number of screenplays to his name.
Played: Ziggy Greaves
Popular Scouser Ziggy Greaves arrived at Grange Hill in 1986 and spent four years on the show, with his character compared to original scamp Tucker in the first series (左) He reunited with some of his Grange Hill class mates for Channel 4’s Bring Back Grange Hill and also works for a taxi firm (正しい)
Popular Scouser Ziggy Greaves arrived at Grange Hill in 1986 and spent four years on the show, with his character compared to original scamp Tucker in the first series.
He went on to appear in Brookside as Little Jimmy Corkhill.
George has also appeared in numerous theatre productions, including some he’s written himself and is currently working on a stage version of Papillion.
He reunited with some of his Grange Hill class mates for Channel 4’s Bring Back Grange Hill and also works for a taxi firm.
Played: Luke ‘Gonch’ 庭師
Luke ‘Gonch’ Gardener stepped into the shoes of Pogo Patterson as Grange Hill’s ‘ginger entrepreneur’, joining the cast in 1985 (seen left in 1985 on the show) John gave up acting after Grange Hill and now works as the manager of a casino (正しい)
Luke ‘Gonch’ Gardener stepped into the shoes of Pogo Patterson as Grange Hill’s ‘ginger entrepreneur’, joining the cast in 1985.
Always full of money making schemes, Gonch was a wheeler dealer who ran a toast bar, a dating agency, a homework service and a PE kit lending scheme all from the classroom.
に 1989, during Gonch’s last series, he fell in love with Mandy Freemont.
Actor John Holmes left the show to complete his education and studied at the University of East Anglia, where he eventually became president of the Student Union for several years.
John gave up acting after Grange Hill and now works as the manager of a casino.
Played: Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson, played by Lucinda Duckett, was part of Grange Hill’s original female cast however ended up leaving the school after just one series.
学校を卒業した後, Lucinda trained as a journalist, working in Fleet Street before moving to Sydney in 1988.
She now works as Director of Corporate Affairs for GB News, having joined the company in December 2020.