After several small roles in the classic 1950s British TV shows 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' she found fame as Ken Barlow's wife Valerie in the #1 UK TV show 'Coronation Street' she remained with the show for a decade before leaving to give birth and bring up her son. Her character was accidentally electrocuted while trying to plug in a hairdryer.
She continued in steady work and in the late 1980's became one of the regulars used by 'Victoria Wood' in her TV shows. This bore fruit in the role of Jean in the hit sitcom 'dinnerladies' (1998 - 2000).
Her most critically acclaimed role came in 2003 when she took the lead in the film 'The Mother' about a woman who has an affair with her daughter's partner. The role of May saw her earn a BAFTA film nomination for Best Actress.
|Russell T. Davies
Russell T Davies was born in Swansea, Wales (UK) in 1963. After initially taking a BBC Television director's course in the 1980s, he briefly moved in front of the cameras to present a single episode of the BBC's version of the Australian young children's show "Play School" in 1987, before deciding that his abilities lay in production rather than presenting. Working for the children's department at BBC Manchester, from 1988 to 1992 he was the producer of summertime activity show "Why Don't You?" which ironically showcased various things children could be doing rather than sitting at home watching the television. While serving as the producer of "Why Don't You?" he also made his first forays into writing for television, creating a children's sketch show for early Saturday mornings on BBC One called "Breakfast Serials" (1990). In 1991, he wrote his first television drama, a six-part serial for children entitled "Dark Season" for BBC One, which effectively comprised of two different three-part stories based around a science-fiction / adventure theme. The production was extremely successful, and noteworthy for showcasing the acting talents of a young Kate Winslet. Two years later he wrote another equally well-received science-fiction drama in the same vein, entitled "Century Falls". In 1992 he moved to Granada Television, producing and writing for their successful children's hospital drama "Children's Ward". One of the episodes Davies wrote for this series won a BAFTA Children's Award for Best Drama in 1996. At Granada he also began to break into working for adult television, contributing an episode to the ITV crime quiz show "Cluedo?", a programme based on the popular board game of the same name, in 1993, and also working on the daytime soap opera "Families". He continued working on "Children's Ward" until 1995, by which time he was already consolidating his position outside of children's programming with the comedy "The House of Windsor" and camp soap opera "Revelations" (both 1994). After a brief stint as a storyliner on ITV's flagship soap opera "Coronation Street" (for which he later wrote the straight-to-video spin-off "Viva Las Vegas") and contributions to Channel 4's "Springhill" in 1996, the following year he wrote and created the hotel-set mainstream period drama "The Grand" for prime time ITV, winning a reputation for good writing and high audience figures. He contributed to the first series of the acclaimed ITV drama "Touching Evil", before beginning his fruitful collaboration with the independent Red Productions company. His first series for Red was the ground-breaking "Queer as Folk", which caused much comment and drew much praise when screened on Channel 4 in early 1999. A sequel followed in 2000 and a US version, which still runs successfully in that country to this day, was commissioned by the Showtime cable network there. In 2001 he followed this up with another popular mini-series for Red, "Bob and Rose", this time screened on the mainstream ITV channel in prime time. After writing an episode for a Red series he had not created, "Linda Green" (shown on BBC1) in early 2003 he wrote the religious telefantasy drama "The Second Coming" starring Christopher Eccleston, which cemented his position as one of the UK's foremost writers of TV drama. His current work includes another Red mini series for ITV, "Mine All Mine" due to be screened in early 2004, a series about the life of Casanova and the screenplay for a film version of the "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" cheating scandal. Most famously, he is the chief writer and executive producer of the BBC's revival of "Doctor Who", due to be screened in 2005. Outside of television and film, his prose work has included the novelisation of "Dark Season" and an original "Doctor Who" novel, "Damaged Goods", for Virgin Publishing in 1996. He lives in Manchester, UK.
Geoffrey began his extensive stage career at the Unity Theatre Stoke Liverpool. He then appeared in several West End productions, such as Say Goodnight to Grandma and Run for your Wife. He has appeared in numerous TV shows, including Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances, where he plays the slob Onslow. When not acting, Geoffrey enjoys sailing, cricket, and music. He lives on the Isle of Wight
Helen Flanagan was born in 1989, in Bury, Greater Manchester. She started taking drama lessons from the age of 5 at Carol Godbys Theatre Workshop in Bury. She was in numerous adverts, before landing the part of Rosie Webster Coronation Street, in 2000. She expressed a great passion and talent for acting at a very early age. She currently attends Westholme independent school, though has an on-set tutor as well.
Jill Halfpenny was born on 15th July, 1975, in Newcastle, to Maureen and Colin Halfpenny. However, her father passed away when she was very young, and her mother married Jill's uncle, Derek.
She attended St Edmund Campion RC Comprehensive School, and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Although her native accent is Geordie, she can also do many more, from New York to Northern Irish.
Her hobbies include roller-skating, ice-skating, fencing, dancing and she enjoys traveling. She is also friends with her old co-star, Kacey Ainsworth.
Her first major acting role was at the age of 14, where she starred in Byker Grove as Nicola. She is probably best known for her TV role as Rebecca Hopkins in Coronation Street, Kate Mitchell in Eastenders, and, more recently, Izzie Redpath in Waterloo Road. She has also had many minor roles in other well-known TV shows, such as The Catherine Tate Show, The Bill, and Shameless.
In 2004, she participated in the BBC1 show 'Strictly Come Dancing' with professional dancer Darren Bennett. They won the competition, and took part in the one off Christmas Special, winning the title 'Champion Of Champions'. They also made an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance. In December, it was then announced she would play the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago from January 2005.
Other theatre work includes The Bodies, in 2005, where she acted alongside her husband, and pantomimes at the Theatre Royal in 2005 and 2006. She also starred as Julia in a performance of George Orwell's 1984 in 2002, which is where her and Craig first met. She also starred as Norma Farnes in Surviving Spike, alongside Michael Barrymore, in early 2008, when she was 5-6 months pregnant.
Alexandra grew up and went to school in the UK. She moved to the USA in 1989 where she worked extensively in theatre, film and TV. For ten years she lived in Los Angeles performing in major motion pictures, TV guest star roles, commercials and voice overs. Since returning to London in 2006, she has played a recurring role on Coronation Street, guest starred in many BBC and ITV dramas as well as returning on occasion to work in the theatre.
Directing: In 2011 Alexandra directed a short film (You Don't Have To Fight To Win) based on the life of Harry Mallin, a two time Olympic gold medal winning boxer who grew up in Hackney Wick in London. She has expanded the story to a full-length screenplay called The Wilderness which is in development with her company New Thirty Pictures.
In 2013 Alexandra crowd-funded her second film through Indiegogo and shot a teaser trailer for The Wilderness. In February 2014, the film - Boxer On The Wilderness - screened at BAFTA for her backers, cast and crew and industry VIPs.
Frazer Hines came to prominence as a child actor, appearing in several films before he was fifteen, includingX The Unknown (1956) and Charlie Chaplin's A King in New York (1957). In 1957 he played Napoleon in the six part BBC serial Huntingtower and followed this with the role of Jan in the seven part BBC serial The Silver Sword (1957-8). Other credits as a child actor include Run to Earth (1958) and William Tell (1958). Other television roles in the sixties include the characters of Tim Birch in Emergency Ward 10 (1963-4), and Roger Wain in Coronation Street (1965).
His big break came when he was cast to play the part of Jamie McCrimmon in the BBC series Doctor Who, a companion of the second Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton. Frazer appeared in the series regularly from 1966 to 1969, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running companion of the Doctor. He returned to the show twice, as a cameo in the 30th anniversary show 'The Five Doctors' (1983), and alongside Patrick Troughton (second Doctor) and Colin Baker (sixth Doctor) in 'The Two Doctors' (1985).
In 1972, Frazer was cast in the soap opera Emmerdale Farm as Joe Sugden, a role he played regularly until 1994. Since leaving the show he has concentrated on a career in the theatre, appearing in many plays, and he currently believes he holds the record for the second most consecutive pantomime appearances - the record holder being Christopher Biggins with 38 appearances. His most recent theatre tour was in John A Penzotti's Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting On A Green Park Bench (2011).
Frazer has continued his association with Doctor Who and has appeared in and narrated several of the audio adventures published by Big Finish. He has also provided audio commentaries for several of his stories when released on DVD, and has narrated some of the soundtrack releases put out by BBC Audio and AudioGO.
In 1996 Frazer released his autobiography, Films, Farms and Fillies, but at the time of publication, the publishers were in the process of being sold, and so his book only received a rather lack-lustre paperback release. In 2010 therefore, he released a reissued hardback edition of the book, retitled Hines Sight, which corrected many of the typographical and production errors of the first release. This edition was then released in paperback in 2011, and as an audio edition in 2012. In 2013 he released a photographic book of images from his life called Fifty Shades of Frazer. Both are available from his website.
British born Emrhys Cooper was drawn to performance at a young age. His talent led him to be offered a place at the prestigious Laine Theater Arts College in London, which he graduated from at only 19 years old. Immediately after his graduation Emrhys was snapped up to make his debut in London's West End in the Queen Musical 'We Will Rock You'. This production set in stone his love affair with the stage. Soon a garnered role followed in the National Tour of 'Fame: The Musical'. Emrhys's ability to shine coupled with his passion for Shakespeare earned him rave reviews for his role of Orlando in 'As You Like It' with the Red Earth Theater Company.
His natural charm extended beyond the stage and Emrhys was offered his feature film debut in the critically acclaimed 'Bright Young Things'. This stellar production was also directed by the award winning Stephen Fry. With a growing fan base or producers and public alike it wasn't long before he quickly bolstered his film experience with sought-after roles in 'Mamma Mia', starring legendary Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, and the role of Henry in the thriller 'Natasha'.
Emrhys is no stranger to the small screen, with early experience on the hit UK soap-opera Coronation Street, 'I'd Do Anything' (BBC1), and '999 Lifesavers' (BBC). He is now becoming a familiar face stateside, guest starring in the high rating prime time show 'CSI: NY'. Most recently he can be seen as the character of Richard in the final season of 'Desperate Housewives'.
Going from strength to strength Emhrys also added the role of producer to his belt. His film career is unstoppable as he stars in three upcoming feature films-the romantic comedy 'Walk a Mile in My Pradas', Co-Starring Tom Arnold, 'I Want to Get Married', and 'Silver Case' (Satyicon Pictures) which are due for release later this year.
Emrhys recently starred in the critically acclaimed production of 'Entertaining Mr Sloane', his performance lead to rave reviews and 'The Stage Scene LA' award for 'Best performance by a Lead Actor', as well as Broadway World's Award for 'Person to Watch and Best Play.
Alex Bain was born in November 2001 in Manchester. His first TV appearance was in a Rice Krispies advert and he later went on to star in BBC Drama Sunshine.
In October 2008, he joined the cast of Coronation Street playing the regular role of Simon Barlow. Alex proved very popular with fans of the show and was nominated and won several awards for his portrayal, including Best Young Actor at the 2011 British Soap Awards and Best Young performance at the Inside Soap Awards in 2009 and 2010.
|John Saint Ryan
Born in Burnley, Lancashire, UK in 1953. Saint Ryan spent much of his earlier life in the world of Martial Arts both as a fighter and a Teacher. It was this life that led him in to the world of independent films. In 1983 he was brought on board the Brit cult action movie GBH as a fight choreographer, and was subsequently asked to play one of the villains of the piece. This developed over the next few years and Saint Ryan went on to co star in five more of these low budget independents finally in 1988 taking the lead in 'The Assassinator', an ambitious self penned dark action drama set in Northern Ireland,North West England and the mediterranean island of Malta. The project was initially picked up by the progressive UK Channel 4 but was considered too politically sensitive at that time given its subject matter of the IRA and the 'Troubles' in Ireland.
Following 'The Assassinator' Saint Ryan hit the 'boards' and spent some time in regional and West End Theatre. Then went on to co star in a number of British TV series until he was 're-discovered' in the bar of the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv. At the time he was once again playing an assassin, this time sent to kill Dolph Lundgren in the movie 'Cover Up'. At that moment the producers of the film Delta Force 3 were looking for a replacement for Gregory Pecks son Tony. Saint Ryan fit the bill and so co starred alongside Nick Cassavettes. A picture deal with Cannon films took him to the USA and a string of movie and TV roles. He bounced back to the UK in 1994 to co star in the award winning soap 'Coronation Street'. On his return to the USA he continued to work in both TV, film and commercials, his most prominent being the TV series 'Roar' with Heath Ledger. For several years now Saint Ryan's passion and interest in horses has established him as a well respected horseman and teacher. He won the US National Championship in Doma Vaquera 3 years in a row (2004-2006). In 2007 he formed Galloping Gelding Productions and has filmed several documentaries on his favorite horseman and mentor Tom Dorrance.
Brooke Vincent was born on June 1992 in Manchester. At the age of 7, she decided she'd like to become an actress after becoming bored of swimming and dancing lessons so she signed to Laine Management. Her first TV appearance was in 2002 when she appeared as Casey Glass in the League of Gentleman.
In March 2004, she was invited to audition for the part of Sophie Webster in Coronation Street after previous actress Emma Woodward decided to leave the soap. Brooke won the role and made her first appearance on 12th May 2004.
Brooke attended Fairfield High School for Girls and later went on to study drama at college in Manchester. As well as her role in Coronation Street, Brooke got a Saturday job in a local hairdressers. On a 2009 interview with This Morning, Brooke said that she loved her Saturday job but she wasn't allowed to answer the phones because she has a common voice!
Alice was born the eldest of four children. She grew up in Burnley, attending St Mary Magdalene's school and came to acting late in life, after her son had grown up and left home. After working as an extra she was spotted by a director who encouraged her to go for larger parts, leading to roles in 'Coronation Street'. Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights' and most famously as the owner of the best little whore house on the Chatsworth estate in 'Shameless'. Alice's sense of humour has been evidenced in her appearances for BBC's Comic Relief appeals when she spoofed the knickerless tennis player in the famous Athena poster and also parodied Mena Suvari's scene in 'American Beauty',Alice being covered in plastic red noses as opposed to the rose petals of the original film.
Denise is probably best known as siren hairdresser Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street, a role she played from '92 to '96, with a comeback in '07. Also as Denny's mum in Bad Girls and as Hazel, the mum all gay men wanted in Russell T Davies' Queer as Folk.
Denise was born in Portsmouth. She got her equity card with the Actor's Touring Company in the early '80s performing plays around the globe, including the South American continent, Israel, Greece, Yugoslavia, and the Orkney Isles. Later in England, she landed her first acting break in the title role of a Pam Gems' premiere of La Pasionaria at the Newcastle Playhouse. There she met Josie Lawrence and Kate McKenzie which led to the formation of Denise Black and the Kray Sisters, a 3 girl harmony trio of the late '80s.
Denise has a passionate interest in stage and music. She recently toured around GB playing the Mother Superior in Sister Act the musical. Also in Calendar Girls and Grumpy Old Women with Britt Eckland and Dillie Keane. She also won the Manchester Evening News Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Mrs Bryant in Roots (Wesker) at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
Denise's theatre credits include: Sisters (a verbatim play about muslim women) at the Sheffield Crucible; Bedroom Farce (Ackbourn) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; The Long Road (Stephenson) at the Soho Theatre; Aristo (Sherman) at Chichester Festival Theatre; The Seagull (Chekhov) at the Royal Court; Martha in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Albee) at the Liverpool Playhouse; The Retirement of Tom Stevens (Ivory) at the Lakeside; title roles in Yerma (Lorca) and Mrs Warren's Profession (Shaw) at the Manchester Royal Exchange; The Mistress (Wesker) at the Sherman in Cardiff; The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband at the Nottingham Playhouse and Plymouth Theatre Royal and Goneril in King Lear at the Ludlow Festival.
Denise writes songs with guitarist Graeme Taylor and gigs with her band The Loose Screw. Their album 'Kiss The Joy' is available on iTunes and at the Dress Circle, Covent Garden.
Tony Osoba was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has become a familiar face to TV audiences in a career spanning more than 30 years. Tony joined the RSAMD at the age of 18 in Glasgow. His breakthrough role came in 1974 when he starred opposite Ronnie Barker in the popular BBC sitcom 'Porridge'. Tony played in-mate Jock McLaren throughout the 3 seasons of the show, as well as appearing in the first episode of the follow-up series 'Going Straight' in 1978 and starring in the film version of Porridge in 1979.
During his career he has made more than 200 television appearances, including 'Doctor Who' opposite Tom Baker in the 1979 story 'Destiny Of The Daleks', and later in the 1987 story 'Dragonfire', with Sylvester McCoy. In 1985, Tony starred as Det. Sgt. Chas Jarvis in all three seasons of the Drama series 'Dempsey & Makepeace', and later joined the cast of 'Coronation Street' in 1990 as Peter Ingram. In the 1990s, he appeared in programmes such as 'The Bill', 'Taggart', 'Bugs' and 'Holby City'.
Tony has also had a successful career on the stage, and recently starred in a major UK Theatre Tour of Rodger & Hammerstein's 'The King & I' in 2005.
Born on the Island of Mauritius. She was educated in Paris and in London.
Her first film was Loving Feeling, a film by Bashoo Sen. Directed by Norman Warren. Then followed There's a Girl in My Soup with Peter Sellers playing Paola. Whilst she was having lunch with her then partner Richard Johnson at the White Elephant in Mayfair, Kirk Douglas spotted her and offered her the lead in Skallawag but she turned it down to do a Jean Rollin film, The Iron Rose. Fire broke out at her friend Vivianne Ventura's house in 1971 and she fell from the third floor house, landing on the railings, suffering a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder.
Her 11 tempestuous years with the legendary film actor Richard Johnson ended in 1980, a son Nicholas was born in 1976 during their years together. She broke into television in October 1971 in Coronation Street playing Ray Langdon's friend, paved the way for other actresses to act in the soap. Numerous guest star roles followed with Rex Harrison in Don Quixote, Lee Remick in Tennessee Williams' Summer & Smoke, Terry & June, Giants & Ogres for Granada. Whilst working on a sitcom written by Vince Powell called Rule Brittania at Thames TV, that she met Vince Powell and little did she know that he was writing the part of Danielle Favre for her in Mind Your Language. She did 3 years of MYL before she treaded the boards in 'Happy Birthday', reuniting with Fraser Hines and also in the Pantomine Alladin. She left for the USA in 1982 where she acted in Hollywood with a two year contract in The Young & The Restless, Gavillan, My Man Adam, Lightning, the White Stallion, she received rave reviews in Twelfth Night playing Olivia and Rosalind in As you Like It. She returned to London in 1987 because of her son. She has been active in charity work and will be co-starring in her very first film in 20 years in 2011.
Greg is from the industrial heart of England, son of a soldier and a nurse, with a childhood background in brass bands and community theatre. A working class boy, his expectations were set pretty low until he discovered music and theatre almost simultaneously in his mid teens. The ground-breaking, although sadly defunct, Wigan Young Peoples' Theatre gave Greg an outlet for previously undiscovered talents for performing, culminating with a life-changing run of the devised show 'Where there's Muck' at the Edinburgh Festival in 1981, immediately after which he entered Goldsmith's College London reading music graduating with honours in 1985. He enjoyed a varied career in media and music radio and as a composer during which he worked with Don Ray of CBS TV, launched a Jazz radio station, built a recording studio, got stuck in an elevator with Robbie Williams, got a little bit tiddly with Peter Gabriel, and helped the Beckhams design their sound system in their first home together. He has published a novel and once nearly got into problems with a bunch of Columbian gangsters on the Columbia/Venezuela border...(but that's another story)...
A chance meeting with an old youth theatre friend got Greg back on the stage after a 20 year absence, and he quickly realised that acting was his always greatest passion. Greg has since toured the UK extensively performing hugely varied stage roles in work ranging from Shakespeare (Leonato, Capulet, King Claudius, Prospero) and Brecht through to new writing such as the Country and Western musical Dolly, about the world famous cloning of Dolly the Sheep, or Martin Heidegger in a critically acclaimed production of Hannah & Martin by Kate Fodor at The Courtyard. He is active in new writing development.
He recently appeared with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as Good 'Lias Hatfield in the hit US series "Hatfields & McCoys' which won 5 Emmys, and this year appeared with Bradley Walsh in the current series of 'Law & Order UK'. Subsequent appearances include 'Vera-The Deer Hunters' alongside Brenda Blethyn, and a role in new US TV series The Assets. He has appeared in several episodes of Coronation Street as thug Jonny Smith and has featured in David Morrissey's directorial debut film Don't Worry About Me and alongside John Henson and Neil Fitzmaurice in the British comedy feature Charlie Noades RIP.
He will next bee seen on stage with Anne Archer in Terry Jastrow's hard-hitting play 'The Trial of Jane Fonda'.
Greg received an MA in Acting from Arts Educational Schools, London, in 2013.
Greg lives on a boat on the River Thames, plays several musical instruments (some not too badly) likes very hot peppers but hates falling off horses.
Sohm Kapila was raised in Nottinghamshire. At the age of 16 Sohm was picked to join the Central Television Workshop and later moved to London and New York to study Acting further. Sohm has worked alongside actors including Sue Johnstone, Dominic Cooper, Paul Bhattercharjee. She was Nurse Janet in the 50th Live Anniversary episode of Coronation Street. And most recently Honeycomb Lodge in which she played a lead won Best Film in the NRI Category at the Delhi International Film Festival.
David Neilson was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire on 13th March l949 and attended Garendon Secondary Modern School, leaving when he was l5 years old. He was 20 when he decided to try for drama school, auditioned successfully and did a 3-year drama course at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 1972 he went into rep in Watford. In his time, he has worked as a gas fitter, plumber, ice cream salesman and barman. Since becoming an actor he had stints as a theatre director, (running the Little Theatre Company in Bristol and directing the premiere of Raymond Briggs' "When The Wind Blows" at the Whitehall Theatre, London), taught drama at RADA Central and Rose Bruford College, and written plays. His "Robin Hood-The Truth Behind The Green Tights" is published by Samuel French, pre-dates and is funnier than Mel Brooks's version which has a similar title .He was interviewed for his current role as Roy Cropper in "Coronation Street" after having been recommended for it by the writer, Stephen Mallatratt.
Julie was born in Accrington, Lancashire in February 1970. A woman with a strong social conscience, she originally wanted to be a social worker. She was an amateur actress with the Oswaldtwistle Players and studied A-level Theatre Studies at Accrington and Rossendale College. Fate took a turn when she took an audition for drama school to be with her friends. It landed her a place at LAMDA, where she studied from 1988-1991. After graduating she set up her own theatre company, Arts Threshold, with a group of friends in Paddington, taking time out for TV roles in The Bill, the Catherine Cookson drama The Dwelling Place, a care home worker in Victoria Wood's comedy film Pat and Margaret and, just prior to Coronation Street, as an animal rights protestor in Dalziel & Pascoe. She was spotted by the casting crew for "Coronation Street" whilst playing in "Much Ado About Nothing" in the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester, playing the dual roles of a maid and a night watchman!
Christine was born in a Salford street very much like "Coronation Street" and trained at RADA, where she gained an Honours Diploma before touring as an understudy with the Old Vic. Before joining the original cast of "Coronation Street" in 1960, she had worked at Granada on the drama series "Skyport", a programme in which many other Street actors appeared.
Mikey North was born in Cayton, Scarborough and began acting around the age of twelve in productions at the local Y.M.C.A. and the Scarborough Dance Warehouse. Whilst acting in a play at the Scarborough Sixth Form College he was spotted and gained an agent at the age of 18. His first professional work was in the play 'Bottle Universe' in London's West End, which won him the British Theatre Guide's award for the most promising newcomer. Small roles in television shows like 'The Bill' and 'Waterloo Road' followed and in 2008 he joined the cast of 'Coronation Street' as a member of the troublesome Windass clan.
A native of Flagstaff, Arizona, Bubba was a high school football standout which earned him a college scholarship. Unfortunately, injuries cut his playing days short which led to his entry in to the entertainment industry.
In 1989, Bubba was called upon by his mentor Earl Gabbidon to provide personal protection to Country/Western singer Dolly Parton while she performed concerts throughout Arizona. After which he toured with Pop duo Milli Vanilli on their West Coast portion of their tour. Bubba was then recruited by the mega Pop group New Kids On The Block as Jordan Knight's personal bodyguard from 1989-1994. He continued working with Jordan until 2005, even doubling as his Asst. Tour Manager as well. Bubba has worked with numerous artist and groups before deciding to retire from touring in 2006 after being the Tour Manager for Reggae group Morgan Heritage.
Bubba made his first TV screen appearance on New Kids On The Block "Step by Step" music video as the drummer, and three of their videos as well. He was also seen in NKOTB 1990 Pay Per View special "No More Games Live", and in the Disney MGM Studio's NFL Super Bowl Special "NKOTB Wildest Dreams" on NBC in 1991. Bubba made his film debut in 1995 when long time friend Steve "Biscuit" Walker who was the original bodyguard for NKOTB and later solo Rap star asked if Bubba was interested in playing his bodyguard in a Feature Film "A Texas Payback". This is where Bubba caught the acting bug. He went on to be featured on NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" as legendary music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight. The episode was dedicated to Tupac Shakur's murder in Las Vegas. In 1997, Bubba was featured in the film version of the UK's longtime running soap opera "Coronation Street-Viva Las Vegas". He also found love in the theater where he portrayed Pvt. C.J. Memphis in a "Soldier's Story" and also the voice of Audrey II the plant in a a stage production of "A Little Shop of Horrors".
After a time away from acting, Bubba was called on once again to play himself in Spike TV's reality show "The Club". The show dealt with the everyday happenings in the nightclub business in Las Vegas. Bubba returned to Hollywood in 2009 after making his return to the big screen in Oxymoron Entertainments film "Middle Men". he has also completed two other films "Columbus Circle" and "Family Wedding". He plays opposite Forrest Whittaker and Carlos Mencia in "Family Wedding" where he roughed them up. All three films are due out the first part of 2010.
Bubba has one daughter (Scierra Ganter) who is six years old and making waves in the Nevada Modeling Pageants. He also has one brother (Lonnie Ganter) who he is very close to. You can always hear Bubba talk about his God-sister (Shar Jackson) star of longtime running sitcom Moesha, who over the years has become like a sister to him. He has signed his long time friend Steve "Biscuit" Walker to be his manager.
The glamorous Prunella Gee was trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She appeared in her first television series, 'Shabby Tiger' in 1973, which gave her instant notoriety due to her nude scenes. She became a virtual staple of British television thereafter, and was chosen to guest star in single episodes of 'The Sweeney', 'The Return of the Saint', 'Hammer House of Horror' and 'The Professionals'.
Prunella's impressive list of film credits include 'The Wilby Conspiracy' with Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine, the James Bond adventure 'Never Say Never Again' with Sean Connery, and 'Stormy Monday', in which she played Sting's wife.
On stage, she has played all three women in 'The Last of the Red Hot Lovers', the blind Sheila in 'Wait Until Dark', the double role of Alice in 'Double Take' and Romaine in 'Witness for the Prosecution'.
In 1998, Prunella went to Los Angeles to make 'The Merchants of Venus', in which she starred with Michael York, Beverly D'Angelo and Brian Cox. One year later she appeared as Doreen Heavey for a five month stint in the long-running British soap opera 'Coronation Street'.
Since giving up acting in 2004, Prunella has worked as a counselor and therapist in Camden, London. In 2011, she agreed to appear in the short film 'Trimming Pablo', a one-off return to the acting field.
Lynne Perrie (7 April 1931 - 24 March 2006) was a Yorkshire based actress and singer.
Known as ''Little Miss Dynamite'', due to her vibrant personality, Perrie performed her cabaret act in clubs all around Britain, and in France, Germany, South Africa and the United States throughout the 1960s. In 1964, she appeared as a regular support act for the Beatles, and appeared on the same bill as other emerging stars like Sacha Distel and the Rolling Stones. She also performed eight times at London's Royal Albert Hall. On television, she made appearances on various television variety programmes, including ITV's ''Stars and Garters''.
In 1970, she won critical acclaim for her debut acting role as the neglectful mother in Ken Loach's award-winning film ''Kes''. This led to various television roles, including Mrs. Petty in the ITV comedy series ''Queenie's Castle'' (1970-1972), starring Diana Dors.
Perrie is best remembered for playing Ivy Tilsley (later Brennan) in the UK's flagship soap opera ''Coronation Street'', in which she appeared from 1971-1994.
After she left the ''Street'', Perrie returned to the stage with a new cabaret act and published her best-selling autobiography ''Secrets Of The Street'', appearing on many popular television chat shows to promote it.
Stuart's passion for acting first began at North Chadderton School under the tuition of Colin Snell. After starring in the stage version of 'Kes' - as Billy Casper, he won the Best Actor under 21 award at the renowned Grange Arts Centre - Oldham, at the age of 13. At this time he was also a popular and leading actor at Oldham Theatre Workshop, under the guidance of David Johnson. At 15, Stuart landed his first role as Craig the paperboy in Coronation Street and also the BBC One children's drama Jossy's Giants.
He spent his teenage years learning his craft in Local Rep in theatres such as; Coliseum Theatre, Contact Theatre and Library Theatre in a wide range of productions.
When Stuart was 17 he landed a role in the BBC film 'My Kingdom for a horse' written by John Godber, as Bobby Shaw. He starred opposite Sean Bean and Sheila Hancock.
In 1989, while filming 'Making Out' for BBC he got his big break when Granada called to say he had won the part of Mark Casey in Coronation Street. He loved being part of Corrie and went on to play the character for 3 years until 1992. His highlight was being asked to do the Royal Command Performance in 1990, as part of their 30th Anniversary.
In Stuart's 28 year career he has gone from strength to strength working in TV on shows such as; 'Clocking Off', 'Fat Friends', 'Blue Murder' to name but a few. More recently he appeared in the critically acclaimed Jimmy McGovern drama 'Accused'.
His film career started back in 1992, when he auditioned for Jim Sheridan, and won a role in the powerful, political film 'In the Name of the Father'. Stuart is a huge fan of British directors such as; Jim Sheridan, Ken Loach and Shane Meadows. His passion for films grew and in 2003 he was lucky enough to audition for Shane Meadows. His character 'Herbie' in the cult, award-winning film 'Dead Mans Shoes' has become one of his most recognised roles to date.
Stuart recently auditioned again for the great Ken Loach, who was kind enough to send his audition tape to his son Jim Loach which lead to him being cast in the 2011 film 'Oranges and Sunshine', playing the character Bill. The film, a true story, starring Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving is receiving great reviews and media attention.
Jay Duffy was born in Dublin, Ireland to parents Lisa and Keith Duffy on 22 April 1996. He also has a younger sister named Mia (born 2000). His dad Keith is well known for his role on Coronation Street and for being part of the band Boyzone. As a child, Jay spent a lot of time on tour with his dad and on the set of Coronation Street and it was whilst on the set that Jay's interest in acting developed. His first acting role was playing Peter Pan in a school production. In May 2011 he secured his first big role, playing Declan Brady in Channel 4's popular soap Hollyoaks. Jay first appeared on the show for a six week stint during the summer of 2011. Hollyoaks producers were so impressed by Jay's performance on the show that they offered him the chance to become a full time cast member, offering to pay for a private tutor for him. However Jay turned the offer down as his parents were keen for him to complete his education. It was then decided that Jay would film with Hollyoaks during the school holidays and he filmed a one week guest role during the October half term which aired in January 2012. Whilst appearing on The Late Late Show in January 2012, Jay said that he would consider becoming a full time cast member in Hollyoaks when he had left school.
Duggie Brown is best known as one of the regular comics in Granada's popular television series ''The Comedians'' (1971-1993). Due to his success with the show, Brown became a well known television personality, and was seen on many popular shows of the day including the BBC's ''Stars and Garters'', where he appeared from 1971-1980. From 1995-1996, he was one of the team captains on Yorkshire Television's panel show ''Cryer's Crackers''.
Brown's acting career began with an appearance in the Ken Loach award-winning film ''Kes'' (1969). Numerous roles followed in standout television plays, including Jack Rosenthal's BAFTA nominated drama ''Another Sunday and Sweet F.A.' (1972), Colin Welland's ''Leeds United'' (1974) and ''The Price of Coal'' (1977), written by Barry Hines and directed by Ken Loach. Brown has starred in various television series, notably as Phil Strong in the BBC's detective drama ''The Enigma Files'' (1980). He was also the "Captain" of the Saturday morning children's series "The Mersey Pirate" (1979).
Over the years, Brown has regularly appeared as a guest character in established TV shows, including ''Crown Court'' (1978), ''All Creatures Great and Small'' (1989), ''Minder'' (1991), ''Last of the Summer Wine' (1997), 'Peak Practice'' (1999), ''EastEnders'' (2003), ''Heartbeat'' (2005) and ''Hotel Babylon'' (2006). Brown briefly joined the cast of Channel 4's soap opera ''Brookside'' as Ray Piper in 1994, and played George Freeman in ''Coronation Street'' in 1997, and Bernie Cooper in 2005.
Brown's film credits include ''A is for Acid'' (2002) with Martin Clunes and ''The Jealous God'' (2005) with Denise Welsh.
In the theatre, Brown played ''The Fool'' in a nationwide production of Shakespeare's ''King Lear'' (1999). In 2013, he toured the country as Mr. Boo in a critically acclaimed production of ''Little Voice''. Other recent work includes a 40th anniversary tour of ''The Comedians'', and a Summer gig at the Blackpool Grand theatre was filmed and released on a best-selling DVD in 2012.
Brown is also a highly respected after-dinner speaker and is frequently involved in many charity fund raising events. He is the younger brother of the late actress and singer Lynne Perrie (1931-2006).
Julie's father walked out on the family soon after Julie's birth, Julie took stepfather Bill Goodyear's name. Most famous as Bet Lynch, barmaid landlady of Coronation Street, her stepfather was a publican, and she served behind his bar, The Bay House in Haywood, to raise money for her modelling career dream. After her first failed marriage modelling career took off and led to various bit parts and six-week appearance in Coronation Street as Bet Lynch. During this time she was advised by Patricia Phoenix to get some formal acting training, and so she joined The Oldham Repertory Company. This also lead to a lifelong friendship with Phoenix, which ended only with the latter's death. Following a variety of straight and comic parts on stage and TV she rejoined Coronation Street in a regular role. In 1973 she married company secretary Tony Rudman but the marriage didn't last much longer than the wedding reception and was soon annulled. In 1979 during a routine check up Julie discovered she had cervical cancer and had two operations. In 1985 Julie married airline executive Richard Skrob but because they lived so far apart the marriage ended within two years. Julie formed a charity to finance a smear testing centre in Manchester. She was found not guilty of charge of fraud concerning the charity, and continued to raise money. The Julie Goodyear Laboratory now operates at The Christie Hospital, Manchester. In 1987, Julie left the series for a while to nurse her mother who was dying of terminal cancer. She quit Coronation Street in October 1995, returning only for a couple of guest appearances.
Going through old copies of the Radio Times and scanning the cast lists of vintage television productions, some names keep turning up, over and over again. Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence, prior to their horror stardom; Yvonne Mitchell, Andre Morell, Roger Delgado, Barry Letts, Patrick Troughton, John Robinson; and Paul Whitsun-Jones was another example of this breed. Corpulent, with thick black hair and often seen as appropriately solid authority figures, whether comically pompous or threatening in an oily manner, Whitsun-Jones facially resembled a heftier and rather bad-tempered version of Peter Bowles; his Avengers appearances are pretty representative of his work, respectively taking in Government man, fat villain and eccentric innocent bystander. Given the bluff, very old-school image he often projected, it's slightly surprising to find he was actually born in Wales, in 1923, though less surprisingly this was in Monmouthshire, near the border with England.
One of his early TV credits was a ground-breaking one for the medium; The Quatermass Experiment (BBC), the first adventure for Nigel Kneale's scientist hero, who after masterminding an early space mission has to take action when one of the astronauts (played by Duncan Lamont from "Stay Tuned") comes under the control of an alien, mutating creature. In typical 50s gear of trilby and trenchcoat, Whitsun-Jones was a regular in the series (or serial as it would have been called then), playing James Fullalove, an ironically named, cynical newspaper columnist who complicates matters by attempting to get to the unfortunate astronaut. (In Kneale's work, journalists are always bad news.) Only the first two episodes of this - "Contact Has Been Established" and "Persons Reported Missing" - exist today, the BBC at the time deciding against recording the last four; whether this was because they were not satisfied with the poorly lit, distinctly indistinct picture quality of the first two, or if the still-new process of telerecording was simply too expensive, is debatable. Famously, its prefacing continuity announcement contained the warning that the programme was not suitable for "those of you who may have a nervous disposition", or children. By contrast, The Gordon Honour (BBC, 1956), was a children's series, hovering somewhere between drama and comedy, about two feuding families called the Gordons and the Fitzwilliams, their rivalry centring around a candlestick, with the Fitzwilliams generally on the losing side. It ran for two series, from which no episodes exist now; each episode took place at a different point in history, but with the same actors playing the various family members, among them Roger Delgado, in a tailor-made role as a sword-wielding Spaniard, and Whitsun-Jones as a family butler. Occasional guest stars included the great Arthur Lowe from "Dead Man's Treasure" and Dad's Army.
In the first of several roles opposite Roger Moore, Ivanhoe, "The Gentle Jester" (Screen Gems, 1958) saw Whitsun-Jones as Sir Maverick, a fellow supporter of King Richard who seeks a replacement jester, after which it was a real switch for a deeply unusual entry in Sydney Newman's normally realistic Armchair Theatre, "Death of Satan" (ABC, 1958), set in Hell, in which he played Oscar Wilde, who along with Lord Byron was found to be rather enjoying himself there.
In the theatre, Whitsun-Jones was in the original West End production of Oliver!, by Lionel Bart out of Charles Dickens, in 1960, with Ron Moody (seen in "Honey for the Prince" and "The Bird Who Knew Too Much") giving it 100% as Fagin, as he would in the film, which Whitsun-Jones wasn't in. The latter's next TV series was Bonehead (BBC), a children's sitcom which went out in the same early Saturday evening slot (around 5.30) later filled by Doctor Who. Colin Douglas, a heavily built actor who later starred on the early 70s WW2 series A Family At War, had the title role of a dim Cockney villain in a bowler hat, Whitsun-Jones was The Boss, and each week their gang's criminal plottings ended in slapstick disaster. Unlike the career of its writer-producer, Shaun Sutton, who ended up becoming Head of Drama at the BBC, then oversaw the Corporation's 80s televising of all Shakespeare's plays.
Getting into the ITC series, where he was more often than not cast as foreigners of some kind, Whitsun-Jones was in the now obscure Man Of The World, "A Family Affair" (ATV/ITC, 1962), set in Paris, in which he was some way down the cast list as "A Midwesterner"; then, again with Roger Moore, he had three turns alone in the first batch of (black and white) episodes of The Saint. "The Golden Journey" (ATV/ITC, 1962), also with Roger Delgado (again) and Richard Montez, had Whitsun-Jones as a stereotyped lumberjack in a check shirt, who in one, deeply non-PC scene gives spoilt heroine Erica Rogers (seen in "The Bird Who Knew Too Much") a spanking; "Starring the Saint", which kept the budget down by involving Templar with the film industry, and had two Avengers spymasters-cum-villains, Whitsun-Jones and Ronald Radd, in similar roles as showbiz chancers; and "Teresa", which like the previous episode featured Alexander Davion, who with Whitsun-Jones, Richard Montez (again) and Coronation Street regular Alan Browning (seen in "Intercrime" and "Who Was That Man I Saw You With?"), here had to pretend to be Mexican. Paul Whitsun-Jones' film appearances were generally minor, and as easily defined types like policemen, stuffy gents, and pub customers (one suspects he probably liked a glass in real life).
The Moonraker was a costume swashbuckler set in the English Civil War and decidedly on the side of the Royalists, with Peter Arne doing well as a villain, although John LeMesurier as Oliver Cromwell required some suspension of disbelief. Whitsun-Jones was in both the minor classic Room at the Top, detailing the climb of Laurence Harvey and his phoney Northern accent, with Ian Hendry also among the bit-parters, and its less well remembered sequel Life at the Top, which featured Honor Blackman as a journalist; intriguingly, as this was just after Goldfinger, Harvey and director Ted Kotcheff were compelled to cast Honor with the box office in mind, when they had actually wanted Vanessa Redgrave. The intense, Scottish-set military drama Tunes of Glory, starring Alec Guinness and 'John Mills', had strong support from 'Dennis Price', Gordon Jackson, Duncan Macrae, Gerald Harper, and Whitsun-Jones as the Mess President. The latter also did a couple of the fondly recalled, British series of Edgar Wallace B-movies; Candidate for Murder, with the splendid Michael Gough from "The Cybernauts" and "The Correct Way to Kill," and The £20,000 Kiss (1963), plus that king of the American B-movie Roger Corman's The Masque of the Red Death, with Vincent Price and Nigel Green. The Wild Affair, a forgotten comedy-drama written and directed by Season Five director John Krish, with Whitsun-Jones as a party guest, is perhaps noteworthy as the only film in which the great Terry-Thomas appeared without his trademark moustache.
Whitsun-Jones was also a stooge for the annoying, later bewilderingly knighted Norman Wisdom in There Was a Crooked Man, having the bad luck to turn up later in What's Good for the Goose, which killed off Wisdom's film career by having him leching after girls a third his age; strangely, the director was the notorious Menahem Golan, who with his lowest common denominator Cannon Group would try to take over Hollywood in the 80s (after pretty well destroying what was left of the industry in Britain). Remaining very busy on television, Whitsun-Jones guested in the highly successful Maigret, "The Crime At Lock 14" (BBC, 1963), with Rupert Davies as the French detective, plus Isa Miranda from "Epic"; and in The Odd Man, "A Pattern Of Little Silver Devils" (Granada, 1963), a moody, noir-ish crime series, here also guest-starring Donald Sutherland as a drummer in a jazz band, and secret drug addict. He was next one of a regular repertory company, also including former stand-up Alfred Marks and Welsh loon Kenneth Griffith, in Paris 1900 (Granada, 1964), vigorously performing six stage farces from that time by Georges Feydeau, adapted and produced by Philip Mackie, an unfairly overlooked TV hero of the 60s whose literary adaptations were always good value.
The next two guest shots both saw Whitsun-Jones working with Patrick Macnee's then wife Catherine Woodville, killed off in "Hot Snow," and stuntman-director Ray Austin; G.S.5, "Scorpion Rock" (ATV, 1964) starred Ray Barrett and Neil Hallett as agents, with Whitsun-Jones (as a Mediterranean dictator called Emilio Zafra) and Woodville guesting, Austin as stunt arranger and Brian Clemens as script editor, while yet another episode of The Saint, "The Damsel in Distress" (ATV/ITC, 1964), directed by Peter Yates, had Whitsun-Jones and John Bluthal as members of a slightly dodgy Italian family, with Woodville and Austin also in the cast, again. Miss Adventure, "Journey to Copenhagen" (ABC, 1964) was, as the title suggests, a light comedy thriller which starred, of all people, Hattie Jacques (Eric Sykes' sister on TV, and a Carry On-er in films), and the producer was Ernest Maxin, later noted for his work with Morecambe and Wise; Whitsun-Jones guested here as a Russian, along with Eric Flynn, who died recently and was in "Murdersville."
Whitsun-Jones occasionally turned up on the successful P.G . Wodehouse adaptation The World of Wooster (BBC), as the fearsome Sir Roderick Glossop, father of the drippy Honoria, and generally causing complications for Ian Carmichael as Bertie, to be sorted out by Dennis Price as Jeeves. Going back to children's programmes, he was in Doctor Who, "The Smugglers" (BBC, 1966), a Tale of Old Dartmoor with Whitsun-Jones as a local squire, later revealed to be in league with the nominal ruffians. It was the penultimate story of the visibly ailing (and frankly, having trouble with his lines) William Hartnell; later, in "The Mutants" (1972) with Jon Pertwee, Whitsun-Jones' character of the Marshal, treating the inhabitants of an Earth colony shabbily, was intended by writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin as a critique of British imperialism, although this rather got lost in the usual juvenile runaround. Returning to successful stage musicals, he was in the West End production of Fiddler On The Roof, in 1967, with Topol (and later, Alfie Bass) taking centre stage as Tevye; Whitsun-Jones would, again, miss out on the later film version. On TV, Mr. Rose, "The Jolly Swagman" (Granada, 1967), a spin-off from the aforementioned The Odd Man, starred bald-domed comedy actor William Mervyn as the retired Scotland Yard man of the title, here taking a cruise on which Whitsun-Jones, John LeMesurier, and Derek Farr (seen in "Man-Eater of Surrey Green" and "The Eagle's Nest") were also present.
The first week of 1969 saw Whitsun-Jones as a regular in Wild, Wild Women (BBC), a vehicle for Barbara Windsor in between Carry Ons; it was written by Ronnie Wolfe and Ronald Chesney, who had earlier created The Rag Trade, and similarly this was set in a clothing factory with a truculent female workforce, the difference being it was set in 1902. Despite Windsor's (continuing) popularity, it only ran for one season; Whitsun-Jones played her pompous and somewhat lascivious employer, while his gormless assistant was forgotten stand-up Ken Platt, whose allegedly hilarious catchphrase was "I won't take me coat off, I'm not stopping". The pilot in 1968, unsurprisingly an episode of Comedy Playhouse, had Derek Francis (later in "House of Cards") in Whitsun-Jones' eventual role, similarly Penelope Keith (a very different type of comic actress from Windsor!) had been in this, but not the series. Then, two episodes, as different characters, of Department S; "A Cellar Full of Silence" (ATV/ITC, 1969), directed by former Hammer man John Gilling, with Peter Wyngarde and chums delving into the case of four corpses in fancy dress turning up in a cellar, and the later "Death on Reflection", involving killings somehow connected to a much sought-after mirror. The latter featured 40s leading man Guy Rolfe (who'd actually been in Dennis Spooner's mind when he created Jason King) as chief villain, and Whitsun-Jones, just as "Fog" did at around the same time. In a busy year, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (Thames) was another children's series, from a series of books, published for over half a century, by one-time magician Norman Hunter. Jack Woolgar, seen in "The Living Dead" and a specialist in old codgers, played the other-worldly, multiple-spectacle-wearing professor, with Whitsun-Jones in what seems like a perfect bit of casting as his militaristic chum Colonel Dedshott.
Next, he was in the then hugely popular, now deeply rickety Up Pompeii!, "Exodus" (BBC, 1970), with Frankie Howerd as slave Lurcio here put up for auction, and Whitsun-Jones and Gainsborough film star Jean Kent among the bidders; this was actually the last episode in the series, although Frankie carried on Up in three films and two belated TV specials (decades apart and for different networks, but both called Further Up Pompeii). Staying in comedy, Whitsun-Jones was in an early episode of another success of the 70s that many feel has not aged well, The Goodies, "Give Police A Chance" (BBC, 1970); its defenders point out it had some anti-Establishment elements, notably portraying the police as thuggish and corrupt, and certainly Whitsun-Jones, in an unrestrained performance as Commissioner Butcher, did much yelling and threatening towards the trio (especially Tim Brooke-Taylor), after being unamused by their attempts to give the force a "nice" image. He was then one of a team of regular performers, including the much-mourned young comedy actor Richard Beckinsale, in Elephant's Eggs In A Rhubarb Tree (Thames, 1971), yet another children's series and the kind of charmingly old-fashioned amalgam of poetry, prose and songs that sadly just isn't done any more.
On the big screen, Simon Simon was a short oddity directed by character actor Graham Stark in which various names, including Michael Caine, Peter Sellers and David Hemmings, put in unbilled cameos for free, as favours to Stark (in Sellers' case, shot during his lunch break); Whitsun-Jones, along with John Junkin, was among the credited (and presumably paid) cast members. One review, in the Monthly Film Bulletin, commented that the next time Stark tried to make a film, he must realise it involves more than just sticking a load of well-known people in front of the camera; however, he clearly hadn't learned this by the time of the sketch-film The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, with Whitsun-Jones in the segment on Avarice. He was a police sergeant in the intriguing but rather disappointing Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, written by Brian Clemens and produced by him and Albert Fennell for Hammer. Then he had the colossal misfortune of being in the very smutty Keep It Up, Jack, described by Verina Glaessner in Time Out as "defining a whole new low in British comedy", and with detachable naughty bits filmed for the continental version, without the knowledge of some of the cast; Whitsun-Jones and Frank Thornton (who deserved better than this, or Are You Being Served) played lawyers.
His last film was Assassin, a routine spy effort benefiting from Ian Hendry in the title role, plus various familiar faces including Frank Windsor; it was written by Michael Sloan, whose later revivals of old shows on American TV usually found space for Patrick Macnee, i.e. The Return Of The Man From Uncle (1983). Returning to TV episodes, Whitsun-Jones was a French police inspector in The Persuaders!, "Powerswitch" (ATV/ITC, 1971), yet again with Roger Moore, plus Annette Andre as a showgirl in trouble and, unbelievably, a cameo from deeply camp dancer and professional celebrity Lionel Blair; this episode was later stuck together with another, "The Gold Napoleon" and released in cinemas (and later on video) in some countries as Mission: Monte Carlo. And Whitsun-Jones' role was virtually identical in Jason King, "Chapter One: The Company I Keep" (ATV/ITC, 1972), his investigator was Italian this time but in a similar scenario, seen quizzing Ronald Radd in another teaming, with Stephanie Beacham as, yes, a showgirl in trouble. He was an innkeeper in The Adventures Of Don Quixote (BBC/Universal, 1972), filmed in Spain and shown in the prestige Play Of The Month strand, with a very rare TV role for Rex Harrison as Quixote, accompanied by Frank Finlay as Sancho Panza; Alexander Walker's biography of Harrison (Fatal Charm) claims this is one of the best things the star ever did, in which he really did act rather than just play himself (or Professor Higgins), and regrets how it remains virtually unseen since its premiere.
One of the last sightings of Whitsun-Jones was in Bowler, "Members Only" (LWT, 1973), a forgotten sitcom about a would-be refined Cockney gangster, played by the normally serious and upright George Baker. Whitsun-Jones died, shamefully young, very early in 1974, a small obituary of him appearing in The Times on the 18th January of that year.
Lorraine was born in Lancashire in England. Her passion for acting started from an early age watching many classic Black and white movies. She began doing drama at High school which led her to performing Arts college in Blackpool and then onto the prestigious drama school Webber Douglas of Dramatic Art in London. After graduating she performed in various plays on the fringe circuit in London.She gave a powerful performance in the play Glass hearts by the award winning writer David Spencer. Lorraine is also known for playing Ann Mcintyre in Coronation Street and has also appeared in various television shows including Eastenders , Holby city and The Bill. Lorraine can be seen in The Streets music video 'Blindin by the lights' alongside actors Johnny Harris and Charlie Creed Miles. In 2012 she worked with the Director Elias Riberio in the film 'Dying & other super powers 'which was Selected for 10 international film festivals in 5 continents in 2012 Other film credits include Hannah in Caravan 9, Tina in Fatum , Ellen in Goodbye Ivy, Robin in Young Blood, Sarah in 'Living with Harry', and Leila in 'Where the fireworks go'.
For one still quite young, Andrew has already had a wide and varied career. He had been studying Law at Hull University for two years before getting his first break in TV appearing in Where The Heart Is. From there on in, Andrew has not looked back and has starred in numerous TV shows such as Heartbeat and Doctors and in Coronation Street (as pizza boy Liam Strong). During 2004 Andrew was seen regularly on our screens with a starring role in teen soap Hollyoaks as aspiring Casanova Robbie Flynn, the good time party boy with an eye for the ladies. Andrew originally performed under his birth name "Andrew Newton", but after a few weeks on Hollyoaks had to change his stage name to avoid confusion with the controversial stage hypnotist of the same name.
Eve Pearce was born in Aberdeen in Scotland to a very poor family and was brought up in a one-roomed tenement, her mother dying when she was seven years old. When she was twelve her father re-married and she moved to London. She began her acting career in the early 1960s, making her television debut in 'Z-Cars' in 1962. She also took a recurring role in 'Coronation Street' in 1967, and has made many appearances on stage and television. She is a published poet, often writing on anti-war themes, and is also a volunteer reader with the Interact Reading Service, a charity which arranges therapeutic readings in hospitals for stroke victims.
Ellie Louise Leach was born on 15th March 2001 in Bury, Manchester. Ellie had an interest in acting from a young age. Her first appearance on TV was in a Staples back to school advert and she later landed a role in BBC daytime drama Moving On. Her most notable role is that of Faye Windass in Coronation Street. Ellie's cousin is actress Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster in Coronation Street.
Andy's a war veteran, ex-boxer and former emotional coach; he brings real drama to script, stage and screen as a writer and actor. In parallel, he also loves, lives and laps-up comedy, with a real desire to leave a legacy of laughter.
Born in Bolton (England), Andy left for Oxford University, leap-frogged to London and globe-trotted to hot-spotted Iraq, Australia, South America, and Asia. Adventures for Her Majesty's Government gave Andy stories to tell, emulate and stimulate in to a world of entertaining wonderment.
Andy was recently in multiple episodes of prime-time show, Emmerdale, starred in ITV drama, DCI Banks and played the lead in international TV series Dead or Alive. Before that he got down to the last few for a regular part on prime-time show Coronation Street.
He regularly maintains training in the Meisner technique (after Scott Williams introducing him to it) and has also now reprised the lead in feature film Love+1 (the short selling at the Cannes Film Festival).
Andy has also been commissioned and written two feature films, a TV drama pilot and Universal Studios used him to write their Christmas 2013 TV campaign for upcoming DVD releases. He also has his own slate of four feature films, options offered for two of them.
Lastly, Andy is a competent sportsman, natural dancer and mean fighter.
Elle Mulvaney was born in October 2002 in Bury. In March 2010 it was announced that she was to take over the role of Amy Barlow in the long-running UK soap opera Coronation Street after it was decided that the previous actress Amber Chadwick was not capable of handling bigger storylines. Elle made her first appearance in early May 2010. The role of Amy is Elle's first major acting role. However, she had previously appeared in Coronation Street as an extra several times throughout 2008 and 2009. She is represented by Linton Management.
Christopher Lee Power grew up in Birkenhead, Wirral. He has many stage and screen credits ranging from Shakespeare to TV dramas. He began his professional training in his late 20s at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Richmond Drama School. He later attended the Lee Strasberg School in London, studying the revolutionary 'Method' approach to acting learned by Marlon Brando and James Dean. It was here that he trained uder Maralyn Hill from the Godfather Two film.TV dramas include Coronation Street, Boiling Point, The Building of the Titanic as well as Sky TV's Mystery Files and touring in an award winning play Remembrance Day. Last year he appeared as Bill Sykes in Oliver! and more recently in Bullets and Daffodils, filmed for DVD as Wilfred Owen and the feature film 'For Loves Sake' directed by Andrew Walkington as Colin Jarvis. Christopher's dad named him after the actor Christopher Lee.
Anthony May Trained at R.A.D.A. from 1965 to 1967.
He played Wick in David Halliwell's Little Malcolm at the Royal Court Theatre for the National Youth Theatre. Then Zigger in Zigger Zagger, which transferred to the Strand Theatre, for which he was nominated for a Variety Award for most promising newcomer.
In his first film, he played the Young Poet in Karel Reisz's Isadora. Roles in TV, including [The Tenant of Wildfell Hall] for the BBC and the Wednesday play No Trams to Lime Street (musical version), followed. Then a film in Czechoslovakia, Micheal Kohlaas, with David Warner and Anna Karina, directed by the Oscar-winning director Volker Shloendorff. A play at the Royal Court, Trixie and Baba by John Antrobus and Richard Cromwell in Cromwell with Richard Harris and Alec Guinness.
He starred in the short film Les Bicyclettes de Belsize, directed by Doug Hickox. The Soldier in Brendan Behan's The Hostage, directed by Richard Eyre, was followed by a tour of the Far East playing Prince Hal in Henry IV, parts 1 and 2. He starred as 'Pirie' in Cornel Wilde's No Blade of Grass, and a guest star role in the children's hit series, The Double Deckers'.He was a director of Senta Productions who produced the film The Triple Echo, which starred Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed, directed by Michael Apted.
Playing Sloane in Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Kings Head Theatre preceded tours with the London Shakespeare Group's Macbeth of Iraq, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Africa, where they played to Maasai warriors in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. He played Macduff at Frank Dunlop's Young Vic Theatre, where a long association over the years developed. This production was toured around Mexico, finishing at the Guanahato Festival. Other plays at the Young Vic included King Lear, The Real Inspector Hound, A Man for all Seasons, Richard 11, Gloo Joo and Caesar in Anthony and Cleopatra. At the Bristol Old Vic Leonidik in Arbuzov's The Promise, and another production of 'Macbeth', this time playing Banquo, directed by Richard Cottrell. A film of Chekov's Zinotchka'. An Australiann film They Ran Before the Wind, filmed in the South Seas, in which Anthony played Fletcher Christian in a story of what happened after the mutiny on the Bounty. He then played Bobby in American Buffalo at the National Theatre, directed by Bill Bryden, and starred in an American drama documentary about Jack the Ripper. Anthony was also in the Jack the Ripper film Murder by Decree with James Mason and Christopher Plummer. He played Hamlet at the Northcott Theatre. Other roles there included Captain Plume in The Recruiting Officer and Sir Thomas Overbury in a new play Favours. Anthony worked with Mike Hodges on the Tom Stoppard written film Squaring the Circle, and was also in the film McVicar
There have been many TV appearances, including Z-Cars, Casualty, Juliet Bravo, Dickens of London, The Bill, London's Burning, Anna Lee, The Paradise Club, El Cid, Bulman, Between the Lines, Softly, Softly, Rockliffe's Babies, Minder, All Quiet on the Preston Front, Chandler and Co, Boon, Coronation Street, The Dream Team, The Hutton Enquiry, The Ice House and Messiah, working with directors Adrian Shergold, Anthony Minghella, Martin Campbell, Stephen Poliakoff and Tim Fywell. Other stage plays include Richard 11, Gloo Joo, Withdrawal Symptoms, A Chorus of Disapproval, Marino Faliero, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Launderette, A Last Belch for the Great Auk and The Nuns, which he also directed at the Roundhouse.
He was the voice of the King of the Dead in 'The Lord of the Rings' movie . In 2011 He played' Bootstrap Bill' in the Pirates of the Carribean video game and ' Thompson' in Tin Tin video game and 'Dickson' in The Xenoblade Chronicles. He recently played the Queen Elizabeth Hall reading the poetry of Rumi
Danny was born in Manchester, England .
He attended Buile Hill high School in Salford. Danny, at 16 years of age joined the 'Oldham Theatre Workshop'- founded by David Johnson.
He later went on to study for a Bsc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the age of 19.
Danny Seward's Screen Acting career began in 1998, when he was discovered by Tony Garnett' (producer of 'Kes', 'Ballykissangel', and 'This Life'). He had to audition 4 times consecutively, after later being picked to play regular character 'Dean Wishaw' - in a new critically acclaimed series called 'The Cops'.
Danny remained on the show for 3 series. 'The Cops' went on to receive 2 UK BAFTA awards for the 'Best Television Drama Series' of 1999 and 2000, along with an RTS award for the 'Best Drama Series' in 2000.
Danny later appeared in various TV and Theatre and Film roles, including Coronation Street, A&E, Heartbeat, Peak Practice, and Red Cap.
His Theatre work includes lead performances at 'The Contact Theatre' in 'Wiseguys', where he received a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 'M.E.N Theatre Awards'. He also played a leading role in 'Mapping The Edge' at the 'Sheffield Crucible'. In 2001 Danny was picked to play regular character 'Joe Beresford' in 'Where The Heart Is' (ITV1) where he remained for a further 4 series.
In 2005 during his final series of 'Where The Heart Is', Danny was spotted by the EMI record label when his singing was involved in a storyline on the show. Together with ITV, EMI released an album of Danny's material. In the same year Danny dedicated a self-penned song 'Heart Of A Winner' to fellow Mancunian Boxing Champion Ricky Hatton. 'Heart Of a Winner' went on to become the title theme to Ricky Hatton's life Story on DVD, which was released by Liberation Entertainment in November 2007.
In 2008 Danny returned to his Acting roots with appearances in both 'The Tudors' for Showtime (US) and in a remake of the classic BBC1 Drama series 'Survivors'. He continues to work in Tv and film.
Danny graduated with a first class honours degree at Salford university in Music Production in 2013 after following his passion to produce alongside performing Music.
In 2014 Danny appeared in the 6 part Drama 'Happy Valley', written by Sally Wainwright, starring Sarah Lancashire (BBC1).
Gareth D. Jones was born London 1951, son of BBC Foreign Correspondent Ivor Jones with whom he travelled to Germany, India and Lebanon. He studied at Westminster School, London, St John's College Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before training as a theatre director with Prospect Theatre Company in the 70s, where he directed Shakespeare, Brecht, Strindberg and Chekov.
He was Director of Productions at bilingual Welsh/English touring company Theatr yr Ymylon and freelanced at the Royal Court Theatre, London, Swan Theatre Worcester and Theatr Clwyd, Mold, where he directed his own plays My People (based on the short stories of Caradoc Evans) and Solidarity.
He published two historical novels Lord Of Misrule (Gollancz/Penguin, serialized on BBC Radio 4) and Noble Savage (Weidenfeld/Sphere) both set in Wales near his family home.
He trained as a television director in 1980 with HTV Wales, moving later to Granada TV where he directed Coronation Street and award-winning comedy drama Brass (BPG Best comedy 1983), which he also produced. He was also the initiating producer of Granada twice-weekly series Albion Market.
From 1984-7 he wrote original television miniseries Fighting Back (BBC2) directed by Paul Seed, and award-winning Shalom Salaam (BBC 2) which he also directed. (Cannes FIPA Best Actress/SACD Best Screenplay 1988)
Other directing for the BBC/C4 includes The Trial Of Klaus Barbie (screened FIPA 1987) Watch With Mother, Seeing In The Dark, Seduction.
In 1990/1 he shot and co-wrote 3-hour documentary Au Nom Du Meme Pere/Born Of The One Father for C4 and TF1.
He has worked extensively as a screenwriter in Europe, credits include Verbotene Zone, Sonntags Geoeffnet, Un Cadeau La Vie, the award-winning Bonhoeffer - Agent Of Grace, Nicht Ohne Dich, Joseph, Mary Magdalen, Thomas and Saul Of Tarsus.
His feature film Desire (2009) is the first of a trilogy of feature films to be produced by his own company Scenario Films.
Born in Sheffield, England, Dave moved to Canada in 1987, returning to the UK in 2006. Father of three children; Benjamin (2002), Sophie (2003) and Joseph (2006), Dave is engaged to Rebecca Morton.
Dave worked extensively in Canadian theatre, film, radio and TV and since returning to the UK has appeared in the top British soaps "Coronation Street" and "Emmerdale," popular TV shows "Law & Order: UK," "A Touch of Frost," "The Royal Today" and the new ITV1 drama "Homefront." He had a leading role in the award-winning short film "Scummy Man" which was re-edited as a pop video for The Arctic Monkeys song "When The Sun Goes Down," and has had a leading role in comedy pilots "The Unknown Stuntman" (written by/starring Paddy McGuinness) and the soccer comedy "Everything But The Ball." Most recently Dave had a leading role in the movie "The Zombie King."
Angela started her career young, playing truant from school to appear in 'Jane Eyre' by a touring company. She won the Gilbert award for Comedy, the Tree award for Drama and the Emile Littler award for Outstanding Talent during her years at RADA. By the time she had joined "Coronation Street" in 1960 she had already appeared as lead in many theatre productions, including Lily Smalls in the original stage production of 'Under Milk Wood'. Her television credits included "The Laughing Woman", playing opposite Peter O'Toole, and "The Dance Dress". Today, Angela is as busy as ever with her theatre work.
Andrew Mackintosh was born in Pennsylvania to English parents on August 9th 1960. He grew up in Scotland after the family moved back to the UK. His first love was music, but joining a local drama group spurred him into reading English and Drama at Bristol University in the South West of England, before going on to study acting at the Webber Douglas Drama Academy in London. He then worked as an actor and musical director with the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, in the northwest of England, which is a time of which he has fond memories. On television, he has played a music teacher in "Every Breath You Take" and an estate agent in "Coronation Street" as well as the more substantial roles listed below. He is often better known for his voice than his face, as he has provided voiceovers for various advertisements and promotional films throughout the United Kingdom.
Doris Speed was one of Britain's best-loved soap actresses, fondly remembered for her portrayal of Annie Walker, the snooty landlady of the Rovers Return pub in ITV's Coronation Street. She played the role for 23 years and was dubbed by the press as 'The Queen Mother of Soap.'
Born in Manchester, her father George was a singer and her mother Ada a repertory actress. She toured with both her parents as a child. She later left the stage to work as a clerk in the giant Guinness brewery in Manchester and remained with the company for several years.
'Coronation Street' creator Tony Warren became a close friend of Speed and wrote the part of Annie Walker specifically for her. She joined the series when it was first aired in 1960 and appeared in 1,746 episodes. Hugely popular with viewers she received more fan mail than any other member of the cast.
Offstage she was a shy and retiring person but a keen theatre-goer. She once said "I would love to have done more theatre work because that is how I started. There are so many roles I would love to have played. But I owe my life to 'Coronation Street' and I don't regret a minute of it."
She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to television in 1977 and received The Pye Television Award two years later. She was also an honorary member of the Licensed Victuallers' Association. Doris made her final television appearance in 1993, when she gave an interview on Classic Coronation Street, alongside her former screen son, Kenneth Farrington.
David Crellin was born in South Yorkshire in 1961. He first became interested in acting with the Crucible Youth Theatre in Sheffield under the guidance of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Michael Boyd, and he went on to attend the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London. However, upon graduation he returned to the North of England, albeit on the other side of the Pennines, moving to Horwich in Greater Manchester with his wife and children. He played Alan Wakefield in the Bafta award winning series "The Cops" for BBC 2, was Billy Hopwood in ITV's "Emmerdale" and has provided "Coronation Street" with assorted Gangsters and Nerds.
Nicholas 'Nick' Cochrane is best known for his role as Andy McDonald in 'Coronation Street'. After appearing in his school's production of 'My Fair Lady', he made his 'Coronation Street' debut as an extra playing football, before landing the role of Andy in 1989. Nick was axed from the show by a new producer in 1997, and ventured into television and radio presenting. He briefly worked on the MUTV channel, where he interviewed footballing legends such as Roy Keane and David Beckham OBE. He continued to act, guesting in TV serials such as 'Heartbeat' (1998), and became a hit on the stage, topping the pantomime bill on several venues, and starring in a nationwide tour of 'Spring and Port Wine' (1999), which toured leading venues including London, Oxford, Manchester, Crewe and Brighton. Nick has also briefly reprised his role as Andy in 'Coronation Street' - in 2000, 2004 and 2009. 2013 saw him making a guest appearance on BBC2's 'Celebrity Eggheads', take on the role of Buttons in 'Cinderella', and the Scarecrow in 'The Wizard of Oz', both at the St Helens Theatre Royal.
Born August 1964 in Halifax West Yorkshire. Carol became interested in acting at the age of 42 by going to college and gaining a Diploma in Performing Arts.
She has been in many Film/TV programmes including Emmerdale, Coronation Street to name but a few. She played Barbara Dunn a Documentary for the Crime and Investigation Channel called The Dunblane Massacre. Carol has also appeared in many short films including Oh Tea Tea, Lullaby, Poppy Fields and Weekillers. But most recently playing Penny Stevens in a feature film called Porcelain Presence. Also recently playing Penny in The Apostate a feature length horror film due to be released July 2014. Playing Iniko in a short film Flawless.
Born and raised in Maryland, the actor moved to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue his acting career. He developed, wrote and performed in over 40 TV shows worldwide in the comedy duo of Licassi and Siegel for 13 years
He has one daughter from his first marriage and a son and daughter from his second marriage. He moved to the UK in 1996 and after a 12 year hiatus Michael is now establishing himself in the UK Film and Theatre community performing on Coronation Street and in the acclaimed documentary "The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women" as well as loads of local theatre.
Lynsay and and her twin sister Leah were selected to play the role of Sarah Louise Tilsley in popular ITV soap opera Coronation Street. The two girls alternated in the role until Leah died from cot death in May 1987. Their parents, both keen fans of Coronation Street, agreed that Lynsay could continue playing Sarah Louise. Lynsay played Sarah Louise until 8 October 1999 when she decided to leave the show. She was replaced by Tina O'Brien. In 2004, King admitted that she had quit Coronation Street as she was being badly bullied at school about being in Coronation Street. She also said that she regretted the decision to leave. King started a course in Drama at Manchester College of Arts and Technology in 2003 but quit the course for financial reasons. King said in 2004 that she missed acting and hoped to do it again soon.
Ross Grant is a UK based actor from Urmston, Manchester.
Ross graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan University School Of Theatre in 2005 and has since obtained TV credits which include 'Accused', 'Exile', 'Coronation Street' and 'Emmerdale'.
He is also an established voiceover artist and can be heard on countless radio and TV projects throughout the UK.
Simon's first job was as a journalist on the 'Bridgwater Mercury'. He left the newspaper to go to drama school.
He began his acting career at Derby Playhouse in 1972 and it has included hundreds of roles in theatre, film, TV and radio.
His TV debut was as a conman, Jim Potts, in 'Coronation Street', trying to sell a dodgy shower to Ena Sharples. (She wasn't fooled.)
But much of his TV career has been spent on the other side of the law as policemen - including Sir Robert Peel (in a drama documentary) and D.I. Shiner in 'Heartbeat' from 1997-2005.
He's older now, playing judges. 'The Innocent', 'Heart', 'Emmerdale', 'Wire in the Blood', 'Poirot', 'Eastenders'...