Lee Sparke had a whale of a time playing Jonah (!), and you might also have spotted him "behind the bike sheds"...
DOB: 20 February 1969

TV: THOMAS AND SARAH (LWT); Jonah Jones in GRANGE HILL (BBC 1982-1983); BEHIND THE BIKE SHEDS (Yorkshire 1984); EASTENDERS (BBC 1991)

ADVERTISING: Various commercials including one for McDonalds

FAMILY: Lee has one older brother, Dane.

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW... Lee almost missed out on the part of Jonah. Producers chose someone else, then decided that person wasn't right after all! And like many Grange Hill stars, Lee went to an ordinary school.

WHY LEE REALLY LEFT... Lee parted company with Grange Hill because producers wanted to kill off Jonah! According to Grange Hill Gold, Jonah was to drown in the school swimming pool after his classmates turned against him. Lee was disgusted with the plans and didn't sign up for the new series. So much of Series 7 had to be rewritten - Jonah was packed off to Wales and Jeremy Irvine, Zammo's cousin, returned as a Grange Hill pupil and took Jonah's place at the bottom of the pool.

Lee Sparke

HOBBIES: During his time on Grange Hill, Lee was a keen swimmer and even had a pool in his garden. Does he still keep it up?

WHERE IS HE NOW? Lee now lives in Australia where he works as a conference manager for the Sydney Futures Exchange, a sort of Aussie stock market. He is marries to Melissa and has two children - Taylor, 4, and Mason, 2. With Grange Hill's fan base Down Under, maybe it's not so easy getting away from Grange Hill?!

Many thanks to Lee for latest info! Other information from Grange Hill annuals.

John Alford
Rene Alperstein
Kacey Barnfield
Mark Baxter
Kate Bell
Alison Bettles
Paula-Ann Bland
Max Brown
Luisa Bradshaw-White
Clare Buckfield
Julie Buckfield
Brian Capron
Todd Carty
Kirsten Cassidy
Nadia Chambers
George Christopher
Chris Crookall
Aidan J. David
Oliver Elmidoro
Amanda Fahy
Joshua Fenton
Daniella Fray
Rochelle Gadd
Rebekah Gilgan
Tom Graham
John Hudson
Thomas Hudson
Simone Hyams
Martino Lazzeri
Samantha Lewis
Lee MacDonald
Tina Mahon
Holly Mai
Charlie McDonagh
Renee Montemayor
Peter Moran
Peter Morton
Sally Morton
Erkan Mustafa
Reece Noi
Sammy O'Grady
Nicholas Pandolfi
Terry Sue Patt
Chris Perry-Metcalf
John Pickard
Colin Ridgewell
Rachel Victoria Roberts
Laura Sadler
Sophie Shad
Michael Sheard
Amy Simcock
Joseph Slack
Lee Sparke
Adam Sopp
Jessica Staveley-Taylor
Susan Tully
Simon Vaughan
Fiona Wade
Emma Waters
Jade Williams
Rene Zagger