Grange Hill FAQ Who was Grange Hill's longest serving actor?
Didn't some Grange Hill actors appear in the show before getting lead roles?
Did Michelle Gayle play that girl who fussed over Roland?
How many Grange Hillers went onto EastEnders?
Anyone famous appear in the Hill?
What about Perry Fenwick? Didn't he play the assistant caretaker in 1990?
Have any Grange Hill actors dated in real life?
Have any lead actors been substituted?
Are any Grange Hill actors no longer with us?

Stuart OrganWho was Grange Hill's longest serving actor?
That would be Stuart Organ , who played Mr Robson from 1988-2003. In second place is Lee Cornes ( Mr Hankin - 1990-2002) and third is Gwyneth Powell ( Mrs McClusky - 1981-1991).


Didn't some Grange Hill actors appear in the show before getting lead roles?
There have been one or two. John Drummond (Trevor Cleaver) first appeared in Series 6 as Barry, a Rodney Bennett boy. Mark Savage (Gripper Stebson) was an extra a year before landing the part. Likewise with Fiona Wade (Joanna) and Amanda Fahy (Shannon). Two years before playing Nigel Flavin, Gary Hailes popped up as part of a gang playing Space Invaders in 1982. Kelly George , aka Ray, first appeared in 1987 as a St Joe's boy out to make trouble for Ant Jones.


Simone Nylander as Roland's friend JanetDid Michelle Gayle play the girl who fussed over Roland?
No, that was Simone Nylander (pictured). Michelle didn't join Grange Hill as a regular until after Simone left. More info on our character page.


How many Grange Hillers went onto EastEnders?
Loads of them! The most famous being Todd Carty, who became the second actor to play Mark Fowler in Albert Square. His screen sister was Susan Tully, aka Suzanne Ross. Then there was Sean Maguire (Tegs/Aidan), John Pickard, Gary Hailes, Ashvin Luximon (Asif) and now Joseph Kpobie (Juley). Belinda Crane, aka Lucy, played Teresa di Marco's friend Ally in early 1998. Other EastEnders had minor roles in Grange Hill. Extras included Patsy Palmer, Letitia Dean, David Scarboro, Daniella Westbrook and Sophie Lawrence. Oliver Elmidoro turned down the part of Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders to concentrate on Grange Hill! However, Kacey Barnfield (Maddie) is rumoured to have lost out to Louisa Lytton for the role of Ruby Allen.


Wayne NormanWhat about Perry Fenwick? Didn't he play the assistant caretaker in 1990?
No he didn't. The part of Rod, the assistant caretaker in Series 13, was played by Wayne Norman, a former child actor who previously appeared in Worzel Gummidge. As you can see from our photo, Wayne and Perry are similar in looks.


Alex KingstonAnyone famous appear in the Hill?
ER and Moll Flanders actress Alex Kingston (left, pictured with co-stars) joined Grange Hill in 1980 as judo-toting bully Jill Harcourt. In 1982 supermodel Naomi Campbell was an extra in the Chessington Zoo episode. Francesca Martinez - Rachel Burns - is now a successful stand-up comedienne, actress and writer. One of her co-stars in 1997 was a certain Antony Costa - later of boyband Blue. Another Grange Hill alumnus who made it big in comedy was Kevin Bishop who played Sam Spalding; he now has his own series Star Stories and The Kevin Bishop Show.


Have any Grange Hill actors dated in real life?
Yes! John Alford and Tina Mahon, Robbie and Ronnie in the 1980s, got together on set and are believed to still be together. Laura Sadler (Judi) dated Iain Robertson who ironically played her screen attacker Sean in the late 1990s. In 2002 there were rumours of a liaison between Charlie McDonagh (Lisa) and Rob Stuart (Matt). Sadly there was never anything between Lee MacDonald (Zammo) and Melissa Wilks (Jackie), even though Lee fancied the pants off her!


Have any lead actors been substituted?
Once only, as far as we know. Tucker's mate Tommy Watson was played by James Jebbia in Series 1. Two years later, the character returned with Paul McCarthy playing him. Paul appeared in the first series playing a boy called Underwood.


Are any Grange Hill actors no longer with us?
Sadly yes. Robert Hartley, who played gruff deputy head Mr Keating in the early years, died in the 1990s. Two years later we lost Anne Kristen, who played strict Miss Clark in Series 6. David Scarboro, EastEnders' original Mark Fowler who had a non-speaking role in Series 7, took his own life in 1988. Laura Sadler, who played Judi Jeffreys, died from severe head injuries after falling from a second floor balcony in 2003. The circumstances of her death were cruelly similar to how her screen character died. The legendary Michael Sheard, who made Mr Bronson the most famous teacher in Grange Hill's history, lost his battle with cancer in August 2005. He was 65. Six weeks later Lucinda Gane (Miss Mooney) succumbed to the same affliction.

Graham Ashley, who played caretaker Mr Garfield, died after completing work on Series 3. Off-screen, script editor Anthony Minghella died after surgery in 2008 aged only 54.