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‘Finally got hitched!’ Grange Hill’s Zammo actor Lee MacDonald marries his girlfriend Jess

Lee MacDonald 

Played: Zammo McGuire

Lee MacDonald, 52, was the star of one in all Grange Hill’s most hard-hitting storylines when his character Zammo turned hooked on heroin. 

As a end result, he turned concerned in quite a lot of anti-drugs campaigns encouraging kids to ‘Just Say No’.

After six years as Zammo, Lee left Grange Hill with vital approval for his portrayal of Zammo. 

Lee had at all times had an curiosity in boxing and continued to develop his ability to a excessive degree however sadly a automotive accident within the early Nineties left him unable to pursue the game.

Lee MacDonald as Zammo who was the star of one of many collection’ most hard-hitting storylines when he turned hooked on heroin. Now 52, he runs a locksmith business and continues to look on TV as himself on reveals similar to Celebrity Pointless 

Lee MacDonald performed Zammo and now runs a locksmith business in London

Lee had at all times had an curiosity in boxing and continued to develop his ability to a excessive degree. 

Unfortunately, a automotive accident within the early Nineties left Lee unable to pursue with the game.

Lee has made a number of TV appearances since leaving Grange Hill, together with an episode of The Bill during which his love curiosity was performed by Melissa Wilkes – who additionally performed his girlfriend Jackie Wright in Grange Hill. 

In April 2019, it was introduced that he would seem within the BBC cleaning soap opera EastEnders as Terry. 

He stays within the public eye showing as himself on reveals similar to Celebrity Scissorhands and Celebrity Pointless. He additionally runs a locksmith business in Wallington, Surrey.  

Zammo turned hooked on heroin in arguably the largest storyline on the college drama

Todd Carty

Played: Peter ‘Tucker’ Jenkins

Todd Carty, 57, stays one of many present’s most well-known alumni having remained on TV screens for the reason that first collection aired in 1978. His Grange Hill character was so standard, he was given his personal spin-off present Tucker’s Luck from 1983 to 1985.

He then starred as Mark Fowler in EastEnders from 1990 to 2003, with a groundbreaking storyline when his character was recognized with HIV.

But after his departure from the sq., he performed away from kind portraying the villainous PC Gabriel Kent in The Bill.

Todd Carty is well-known for his function as mischievous character Tucker Jenkins and even had his personal spin-off from the collection which ran for 3 years

Todd Carty went on to have a profitable career in a number of tv soaps, together with Eastenders

Plotting a deranged revenge plot on the mom who gave him away involving incest and raping a colleague, psychopathic Gabriel turned a serial killer and finally dedicated suicide.

As properly as persevering with to behave on stage and display, he is additionally delved into producing and directing and made a memorable look on Dancing On Ice in 2009 due to his lack of aptitude.

His uncoordinated strikes turned a scores draw and in a single routine he by chance skidded via the exit.

He performed Mark Fowler for 13 years, pictured at Wendy Richards’ funeral, who performed his on-screen mom Pauline Fowler

As properly as starring in panto, he appeared on Celebrity Masterchef in 2014 and  

In 2015, the actor and his eldest son James filmed a documentary, Dangerous Adventures For Boys, for Channel 5 primarily based on the e-book by Conn and Hal Iggulden

Carty and his eldest son, James, filmed collectively in a factual tv collection for Channel 5, Dangerous Adventures For Boys, primarily based on the e-book written by Conn and Hal Iggulden

Most just lately, he appeared within the movie Silver Birches in 2017 about an creator struggling to rebuild his life after the premature loss of life of his spouse.   

Todd has been with his childhood sweetheart Dina Clarkin since 1990, and so they have two sons James and Thomas. 

Actress, entrepreneur and PR boss Paula-Ann Bland performed edgy Claire Scott within the hit present, who had a crush on instructor Mr Hopwood

Paula-Ann Bland 

Played: Claire Scott 

Paula-Ann’s edgy character Claire precipitated a stir by fantasising about instructor Mr Hopwood in her diary, who was then hooked up by her overprotective father. 

She additionally loved a romance with Stewpot, earlier than discovering he was seeing Annette Firman behind her again.

Because of her success on the small display report company bosses eyed Paula-Ann as a possible British Kylie and she or he even launched a cover model of The Locomotion. 

She left the collection in 1985 and continued to behave, showing in TV collection similar to Spender and Only Fools and Horses. 

In 1988, she precipitated a stir by posing topless for males’s journal Mayfair. 

During the ’90s she turned her again on appearing and opened shoe retailers referred to as Paola in Knightsbridge and Chelsea earlier than beginning her personal PR company.

She’s a mother-of-two and can also be an envoy for the Good Grief Trust.  

John Alford

Played: Robbie Wright 

John Alford as Robbie and George Christopher as ZiggyTuesday in 1986

John Alford as Robbie and George Christopher as ZiggyTuesday in 1986

Actor John Alford performed glad go fortunate Robbie Wright between 1985 and 1991. 

Little brother to Jaqui, Robbie is greatest remembered for his romances with Calley Donnington and his friendship with Ziggy Greaves. 

After leaving the present, he went on to be an everyday on ITV collection London’s Burning taking part in Billy Ray.

He additionally loved a number of prime 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 medication sting.

The former teenage pin-up was caught by the News Of The World’s Fake Sheikh after which served a six week sentence after being charged.

John Alford was jailed for nine months last year after being convicted of supplying cocaine and cannabis to a bogus Arab prince in 2000

John Alford was jailed for 9 months final year after being convicted of supplying cocaine and hashish to a bogus Arab prince in 2000

The actor was discovered responsible by a jury at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court in 1999 of 1 rely of supplying 2.036 grammes of cocaine to Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood, in addition to an identical cost involving 11.9 grammes of hashish resin.

He struggled to return to his earlier success after being launched however has had small elements since. He’s appeared in Casualty and CBBC present Mile High and had a long-term relationship with Tina Mahon who performed Ronnie Birtles. 

In 2016, Mahmood was discovered responsible of plotting to pervert the course of justice and following the case, it was urged that as much as 72 defendants in legal circumstances during which he performed a job might apply for convictions to be quashed. 

Alford’s case was amongst these taken up by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Gwyneth Powell 

Played: Bridget McClusky

Headmistress Bridget McClusky, performed by Gwyneth Powell, was one of many longest standing characters within the present showing on display between 1981 and 1991.

The star had really skilled as a instructor however by no means taught within the classroom, as she determined to pursue appearing as a substitute.  

She beforehand instructed the BBC that she was decided to make the function extra trendy as a result of she was solely 35 when she took on the function. 

‘At first Mrs McClusky was written as a ‘”twin set and pearls” function however I used to be fairly younger on the time and did not wish to play it like that. We began with the garments and she or he was fairly style aware and stylish.

‘I used to be instructed by a lot of folks she was an excellent fillip to younger ladies lecturers who began making use of for headships.’   

After leaving Grange Hill she appeared in standard reveals similar to Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost and Holby City. Her most up-to-date TV function was in an episode of Casualty in 2014. 

Michelle Herbert 

Played: Trisha Yates 

Michelle performed unhealthy lady Trisha Yates within the college drama from 1978 to 1982 however after leaving Grange Hill, Michelle gave up appearing and labored for a significant candy producer. 

She made a short return as Trisha within the ultimate episode of Tucker’s Luck, a Grange Hill spin-off primarily based on Todd Carty’s character Tucker.

Michelle moved to Dundee within the early Nineties to carry up her household, the place she works alongside her husband operating their household glazing business.

She seen a small dimple on her breast whereas on vacation in Rome in May 2015.

She was recognized with breast most cancers and following a mastectomy was given the all-clear. Now she campaigns to lift consciousness of the lesser-known signs of breast most cancers.

As Benny Green, Terry Sue-Patt was the first character to ever be seen on the show and became one of the most popular characters

As Benny Green, Terry Sue-Patt was the primary character to ever be seen on the present and have become one of the crucial standard characters 

Benny Green 

Played: Terry Sue-Patt  

As Benny Green, Terry Sue-Patt was the primary character to ever be seen on the present and have become one of the crucial standard characters.

He was found aged 14 by a expertise scout whereas taking part in soccer within the park and loved success in 1989 movie The Firm, starring alongside Gary Oldman and Phil Davis.

He stated: ‘I mainly performed myself in Grange Hill. There weren’t many black actors about on TV at the moment. 

‘I had a good time, getting break day college to play soccer. It was a little bit of a dream come true, actually.’

He additionally had minor roles in different TV reveals together with Desmonds, General Hospital and Jackanory.

In October 2015, Terry was sadly discovered lifeless at his London dwelling, aged 50, following a battle with alocholism.  

He was discovered mendacity face down in mattress and stories urged his physique might have lain undiscovered for a month.

Todd Carty stated he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the sudden loss of life of his Grange Hill co-star.

Taking to Twitter, he stated: ‘Deeply saddened by the information of a pricey pal Terry Sue-Patt passing away. Thoughts with his household RIP xxx.’ 

They performed greatest buddies Tucker Jenkins and Benny Green. The pair left the present within the early Nineteen Eighties simply 4 years after becoming a member of however remained buddies all through their careers.

Alison Bettles, now 51, played Fay Lucas from 1982 to 1987 in six series of the show

Alison Bettles, now 51, performed Fay Lucas from 1982 to 1987 in six collection of the present

Alison Bettles

Played: Fay Lucas

Alison Bettles, now 51, performed Fay Lucas from 1982 to 1987 in six collection of the present.

Bettles was one of many cast members to participate within the well-known Just Say No single, to advertise an anti-drugs message after the programme’s controversial storyline with Zammo McGuire who turned hooked on heroin as a baby.

The single reached quantity 5 within the charts in 1986. 

In 1988, Alison appeared in an Eastenders spin-off referred to as Civvy Street, set in the course of the second world warfare, taking part in a younger Ethel Skinner.

She continued appearing with small roles in The Bill and No Strings within the Eighties and Nineties and final appeared on British TV screens in London’s Burning in 2001.

Now married with 4 kids, she is a certified magnificence therapist and has reportedly arrange a freight business. Meanwhile two of her sons have adopted in her appearing footsteps, clinching roles in Doctor Who and EastEnders.

Erkan Mustafa 

Played: Roland Browning

Erkan Mustafa discovered fame within the Eighties as Roland ‘Roly’ Browning who was bullied for being overweight. 

He performed the function for six years and have become an iconic character within the collection, struggling horrific bullying by the hands of Gripper Stebson.

By the time he left Grange Hill six years later, Roland was capable of rise up for himself and had developed a expertise for overseas languages. 

Erkan Mustafa found fame in the Eighties as Roland 'Roly' Browning

Erkan Mustafa discovered fame within the Eighties as Roland ‘Roly’ Browning

After leaving the college drama in 1987, he went on to behave in two collection of Chef! with Lenny Henry in addition to a number of episodes of Blackadder.

He nonetheless groups up with Lee ‘Zammo’ MacDonald for public appearances and charity occasions.

Erkan was additionally instrumental in bringing the cast again collectively for a 2009 reunion at Sound nightclub in London’s Leicester Square.

Now 50, he continues to behave, write and direct in line with his Twitter profile.

He was bullied for being obese on the show

He was bullied for being overweight on the present

George Christopher

Played: Ziggy Greaves

Popular Scouser Ziggy Greaves arrived at Grange Hill in 1986 and spent 4 years on the present, with his character in comparison with unique scamp Tucker within the first collection.

He went on to look in Brookside as Little Jimmy Corkhill.

George has additionally appeared in quite a few theatre productions, together with some he is written himself and is presently engaged on a stage model of Papillion.

He reunited with a few of his Grange Hill class mates for Channel 4’s Bring Back Grange Hill and in addition works for a taxi agency. 

John Holmes

Played: Luke ‘Gonch’ Gardener 

Luke ‘Gonch’ Gardener stepped into the sneakers of Pogo Patterson as Grange Hill’s ginger entrepreneur, becoming a member of the cast in 1985. 

Always stuffed with money making schemes, Gonch was a wheeler vendor who ran a toast bar, a courting company, a homework service and a PE equipment lending scheme all from the classroom. 

In 1989, throughout Gonch’s final collection, he fell in love with Mandy Freemont. 

Actor John Holmes left the present to finish his schooling and studied on the University of East Anglia, the place he finally turned president of the Student Union for a number of years. 

John gave up appearing after Grange Hill and now works because the supervisor of a on line casino.

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