Abel Benson
Abel is happy-go-lucky, up for a joke and gladly goes along with Togger's scams. Once he would happily have turned his back on schoolwork to become a professional footballer. But the football academy rules placed unbearable strain on his friendships and eventually Abel realised his mates were more important. Dad was a plumber until an accident left him unable to work and for a long time the family lived off benefits. Mr Benson is now back at work in a shoe repair shop, but can't forgive Abel for passing up the chance of a lifetime...

Connections
  Brother: Theo
Best mate: Togger

Background
  Year 7 Abel is involved in the "sacred undies" challenge with Togger and Andy. He and Togger have an illicit swim but Abel's clothes go missing, turning up days later. The lads also discover Tranter's secret hideout and bring him food.

Year 8: Abel and Togger visit Bill Winston, Grange Hill's oldest surviving pupil, to interview him for their Citizenship project. During the holidays the pair don't do any work and go to visit Bill again - only to discover he has died. Their presentation is a farce - Mr Green is furious but the pair are spared Mrs Bassinger when Togger drops the bombshell.

Year 9: Abel wins a place in the football academy, and his relationship with Togger deteriorates under the restrictions imposed on him. Abel can't juggle the academy with the demands of school and is often tired in class. Malachay is furious when Abel eventually drops out of the academy but his friendship with Togger quickly heals.

Year 10: Abel is having a difficult time with his dad. He later finds out that racism ended his father's athletic career, and that's why Mr Benson is furious that Abel walked out on the football academy. Abel has to face racist attitudes himself, in the form of Donnie.

Year 11: With Andy packed off to another school, Abel finds himself as Togger's best mate and tries to help Togger do the right thing with Tanya.

Lowdown
TYPE: Sidekick
MATE RATING: Don't count on him - remember the Academy?
ROMANCE RATING: More interested in football than girls
REBEL RATING: Accessory to Togger's scams
 

SERIES 31
Laxo Archer
Abel Benson
Theo Benson
Miss Bettany
Ed Booth
Jake Briggs
Clooney
Ducket
Miss Greene
Gyngell
Lucy Johnson
Tigger Johnson
Togger Johnson
Sammy Lee
Mr McDonnell
Kathy McIlroy
Chloe Moore
Andrea O'Malley
Mrs Rawlinson
Serena Sulli
Rachel Towers
Bryn Williams
Megan Williams
XS
Jenny Young
Tanya Young

Ali Duncan
Andy Turner
Anika Modi
Anna Duncan
Annette Firman
Annie Wainwright
Baz Wainwright
Benny Green
Briony Jones
Calley Donnington
Calvin Braithwaite
Carl Fenton
Claire Scott
Clare Chaplin
Colin Brown
Danny Hartston
Danny Kendall
Darren Clarke
Dawn O'Malley
Delia Lodge
Donnie Briscoe
Duane Orpington
Eleanor Smith
Emma Bolton
Fay Lucas
Freddie Mainwaring
Gemma Lyons
Georgina Hayes
Gonch Gardner
Gordon Jones
Gripper Stebson
Holly Parsons
Ian Hudson
Imelda Davis
Jackie Wright
Jacko Morgan
James Arnold
Jeremy Bishop
Jessica Arnold
Joanna Day
Joe Williams
Josh Irvine
Judi Jeffreys
Justine Dean
Karen Young
Katrina Simpson
Katy Fraser
Kelly Bradshaw
Keiran Osbourne
Kyle Brown
Leah Stewart
Lisa West
Maddie Gilks
Martin Miller
Maria Watts
Matthew Cartwright
Matthew Pearson
Matt Singleton
Max Humphries
Mauler McCaul
Mel Adams
Mike Bentley
Mooey Humphries
Natasha Stevens
Nathan Charles
Neil Timpson
Pamela Cartwright
Pogo Patterson
Robbie Wright
Roland Browning
Ronnie Birtles
Ross Duncan
Sam "Cracker" Bacon
Shona West
Spencer Hargreaves
Suzanne Ross
Taylor Mitchell
Tom Smith
Tracy Long
Trevor Cleaver
Trisha Yates
Tucker Jenkins
Vikki Meedes
Wally Scott
Wayne Sutcliffe
Zammo Maguire
Ziggy Greaves
Zoe Stringer

Miss Adams
Mr Bronson
Miss Carver
Mr Deverill
Mr Garfield
Mr Hankin
Mr Hargreaves
Mrs Holmes
Mr Hopwood
Mrs Knuckle
Mr Malachay
Mrs McClusky
Scruffy McGuffy
Mr MItchell
Mr Robson
Mr Thomson