Grange Hill: where are they now?

Grange Hill: where are they now?

15/10/2015

Without a bit of Grange Hill, after school telly would have been a whole lot less exciting! The exploits of Zammo and crew kept us glued to our screens for years, but the big question is, where are those Grange Hill stars now? Well… 

 

 

 

Samuel ‘Zammo’ Maguire (Lee Macdonald) 

Samuel ‘Zammo’ Maguire (Lee Macdonald)

Zammo was a cheeky chappy until he became addicted to heroin

Zammo was a cheeky chappy until he became addicted to heroin. The dramatic storyline remains in the minds of many who grew up with the show and spawned the musical hit Just Say No. His pals and long-suffering girlfriend Jackie helped him fight his addiction.

Where’s Lee now? 

Where’s Lee now?

After leaving the show Lee Macdonald had a few minor roles

After leaving the show Lee Macdonald had a few minor roles in shows like Birds of a Feather, but never really made it. Now he runs a locksmith in Surrey, and has appeared on reality shows including Cirque de Celebrité and Celebrity Scissorhands.

Fay Lucas (Alison Bettles) 

Fay Lucas (Alison Bettles)

Pretty blonde Fay had the pick of the schoolboys at Grange Hill

Pretty blonde Fay had the pick of the schoolboys at Grange Hill, but caused a scandal when she had an affair with teacher, Mr King. She'd originally wanted to be a PE teacher, but failed her exams after her romance with Mr King went awry.

Where’s Alison now? 

Where’s Alison now?

Alison Bettles left acting after Grange Hill and started a recruitment company

Alison Bettles left acting after Grange Hill and started a recruitment company. She's a trained beauty therapist and a mum of four. Two of her children have started acting, winning minor roles in Dr Who and EastEnders, so the family acting talent is very much in effect!

Eric ‘Ziggy’ Greaves (George Wilson) 

Eric ‘Ziggy’ Greaves (George Wilson)

Scouser Ziggy wasn't exactly dedicated to his schoolwork

Scouser Ziggy wasn't exactly dedicated to his schoolwork - he spent most of his time at Grange Hill getting into trouble and mucking around (remember the donkey smuggling incident?), but his cheeky grin usually saw him alright.

Where’s George now? 

Where’s George now?

George Wilson appeared as a heroin addict in Brookside

George Wilson appeared as a heroin addict in Brookside (what’s with Grange Hill and addictive substances?) and still works as an actor with a steady career in theatre. He's also turned his hand to writing, working on shows for Channel 4.

Robbie Wright (John Alford) 

Robbie Wright (John Alford)

Robbie was Jackie's little bro and sidekick to Ziggy

Robbie was Jackie's little bro and sidekick to Ziggy. The two were constantly getting into scrapes, and Robbie was also involved in lots of Gonch's scams. He later turned into a bad boy when he got involved with some football hooligans… And that face looks like butter wouldn’t melt!

Where’s John now? 

Where’s John now?

He recently appeared in Trust Me I'm a Beauty Therapist

John Alford became a bit of a heart-throb with his role as fireman Billy Ray in London's Burning. But things soon turned sour for the star after he was convicted of drug dealing in the late 90s and was sent to prison. He recently appeared in Trust Me I'm a Beauty Therapist.

Roland Browning (Erkan Mustafa) 

Roland Browning (Erkan Mustafa)

He later surprised everyone by bagging himself a French girlfriend

Poor Roland (or 'Ro-land', as he was known) was bullied about his weight, but didn't help matters by constantly eating. He later surprised everyone by bagging himself a French girlfriend, Fabienne. You go Ro-land!

Where’s Erkan now? 

Where’s Erkan now?

Erkan Mustafa appeared in an episode of the Lenny Henry comedy Chef

Erkan Mustafa appeared in an episode of the Lenny Henry comedy Chef. He’s also been on The Bill, and now has a career as a music and club promoter.

Peter ‘Tucker’ Jenkins (Todd Carty) 

Peter ‘Tucker’ Jenkins (Todd Carty)

One of the most memorable characters, Tucker was the coolest kid in school

One of the most memorable characters, Tucker was the coolest kid in school. Leader of a gang that included Alan Humphries and Benny Green, he was the original rebel and starred in spin-off show Tucker's Luck.

Where’s Tucker now? 

Where’s Tucker now?

Todd Carty went where all good Grange Hill kids go - EastEnders

Todd Carty went where all good Grange Hill kids go - EastEnders - where he played Mark Fowler for years. He then moved to The Bill, where he honed his evilness as bent copper Gabriel Kent. Most recently he was seen making a fool of himself on Dancing on Ice.

Mrs McCluskey (Gwyneth Powell) 

Mrs McCluskey (Gwyneth Powell)

Grange Hill had nearly 10 heads over the years, but the only one anyone remembers is Mrs McCluskey

Grange Hill had nearly 10 heads over the years, but the only one anyone remembers is Mrs McCluskey. Stern but fair, she introduced some discipline into the wayward school. She also hated Mr Bronson as much as the kids!

Where’s Gwyneth now? 

Where’s Gwyneth now?

Most recently she made an appearance in A Touch of Cloth

Actress Gwyneth Powell has had a steady TV career, appearing in Heartbeat, Doctors, Peak Practice and Echo Beach. Most recently she made an appearance in A Touch of Cloth, once again playing Mrs McCluskey! 

Justine Dean (Rachel Victoria Roberts) 

Justine Dean (Rachel Victoria Roberts)

Justine started out as a rebel, but by sixth form she was one of the school's most respected pupils

Justine started out as a rebel, but by sixth form she was one of the school's most respected pupils. Her friendship with Tegs Ratcliffe showed her softer side. She ended up editing the school mag and became an ambassador for Grange Hill. Good work Justine.

Where’s Rachel now? 

Where’s Rachel now?

Since the late 90s Rachel has disappeared from the acting scene and now lives in South London with her kids

After the show, Rachel Victoria Roberts continued acting, starring in the first episode of Touch of Frost and appearing in The Bill. Since the late 90s Rachel has disappeared from the acting scene and now lives in South London with her kids.

Maria Watts (Luisa Bradshaw-White) 

Maria Watts (Luisa Bradshaw-White)

Maria's school life was overshadowed by her bullying father

Maria's school life was overshadowed by her bullying father. She ended up rebelling against his strictness by turning into a Goth and stomping about the school. Thankfully Justine Dean helped her see the error of her ways.

Where’s Luisa now? 

Where’s Luisa now?

Luisa Bradshaw-White did the rounds of TV drama after Grange Hill

Luisa Bradshaw-White did the rounds of TV drama after Grange Hill, including Holby City, The Bill, A Touch of Frost and This Life. A spiritualist, she's turned away from acting over the last few years and now lives in Hertfordshire with her family.

Natasha (Patsy Palmer) 

Natasha (Patsy Palmer)

Patsy Palmer wasn't the first EastEnders star to start out in Grange Hill

A certain red-headed young actress played Natasha during the mid-80s. Patsy Palmer wasn't the first EastEnders star to start out in Grange Hill. Others include Letitia Dean, Daniella Westbrook, Susan Tully, Sean Maguire and Sophie Lawrence. They should have made Grange Hill the official school for EastEnders!

Where’s Patsy now? 

Where’s Patsy now?

Patsy is and will forever be best known as Bianca

Patsy still has the red hair and pout, and puts them both to good use as the stonewashed denim-clad Bianca in EastEnders. Despite trying other roles, Patsy is and will forever be best known as Bianca. Altogether now… RICKY!

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