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'Waterloo Road' Grantly actor calls for Denise Welch return

20 August 2012 4:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Waterloo Road's Philip Martin Brown has outlined his desire to reprise his on-screen partnership with Denise Welch. Celebrity Big Brother star Welch, who played incompetent French teacher Steph Haydock, starred on the BBC school drama between 2006 and 2010. Speaking to Digital Spy, the actor revealed: "I would always like Steph Haydock to make a shock return, yeah! The 56-year-old added: "I've been really, really lucky with the females that I've played against on Waterloo (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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'Waterloo Road' star Philip Martin Brown recalls epilepsy struggle

26 March 2012 3:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Waterloo Road star Philip Martin Brown has spoken of how epilepsy almost destroyed his theatre career. The actor, best known for playing strict teacher Grantly Budgen on the BBC One show, was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy at the age of 19. He later had to quit the stage as his seizures became increasingly frequent. Brown told The Sun that doctors finally cleared him for successful brain surgery 15 years after he was first diagnosed. "Epilepsy affected my life, my career, everything," he explained. "It took away a lot of confidence because I never knew where it would happen or who I would be with." Recalling one occasion when he suffered a seizure on stage, Brown continued: "I'm told the cast covered for me and the audience didn't (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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'Waterloo Road' Philip Martin Brown promises emotional Grantly plot

16 February 2012 1:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Waterloo Road star Philip Martin Brown has revealed that fans can expect an "emotional rollercoaster" for his character Grantly Budgen in the show's new series. A new storyline on the BBC One drama will see Grantly clash with dinner lady Maggie Croft, before their spark takes a romantic twist as they develop feelings for each other. The possibility of a new relationship puts Grantly in a difficult position as he must also consider his wife Fleur, who has Alzheimer's. Teasing the Grantly and Maggie plot, Brown told TV Choice: "I can tell you that their rivalry develops. It's the whole 'will they, won't they'? They spark off one another, and Melanie Hill - who plays Maggie - is great fun." (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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