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MetiNews.Com - As Ant & Dec gear up to celebrate 30-years in TV we take a look at life after Byker Grove for its cast members

North East UK news What happened to the Byker Grove cast 14 years after show finished MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - As Ant & Dec gear up to celebrate 30-years in TV we take a look at life after Byker Grove for its cast members

North East UK news  What happened to the Byker Grove cast 14 years after show finished MetiNews.Com
01 August 2020 - 09:48

Breaking News ! For many the hit Newcastle drama Byker Grove formed the backdrop to their lives as they grew up, the on-screen antics of its young cast striking a chord with school age viewers everywhere. And in the North East even mere mention of the long-running series has us feeling nostalgic. The popularity of the drama, set around a fictional youth club in Byker, made household names of its cast, the most famous being of course Ant and Dec who we knew way back as PJ and Duncan. We know that they're back on screen with a new series of Saturday Night Takeaway at the moment, but what about some of the others in the cast? Six years ago, both cast and crew from the children's drama reunited at Tyneside Cinema to celebrate a quarter century since it made its debut on TV in 1989 and then last year many of them got together to celebrate 30 years since the show's launch. Here is a look at the careers of some of the show's well known characters... Ant & Dec Ant & Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway (Image: itv) We’ll get these two out of the way first as they're most definitely the biggest success story to come out of the Grove. After releasing their debut single as PJ and Duncan, the much loved duo have never looked back. With three albums to their name as well as a string of top 20 hits including Eternal Love, U Krazy Katz and, of course Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly became Saturday morning and prime time TV stars hosting the likes of SMTV Live, Pop Idol, Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain’s Got Talent. Read More Related Articles Denise Welch 'terrified' of Coronation Street co-star after iconic scene Read More Related Articles The bands of Byker Grove: Cast members who had a crack at pop stardom While Ant has very publicly faced his demons, fans welcomed him back with open arms and last year he resumed his rightful place at Dec's side to host the latest series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Jill Halfpenny Jill Halfpenny Another household name spawned by Byker Grove is this popular actress who appeared on the show between the ages of 13 and 17, Back in the early days of the show, Halfpenny's character Nicola Dobson was a big favourite with viewers and the now 44-year-old actress remains in-demand and hugely popular with fans decades on. She's been a TV regular, with stints in Coronation Street and as Kate in Eastenders - which led to a winning run in Strictly Come Dancing and a West End career in the likes of Chicago and Legally Blonde, for which she won an Olivier award Other dramas have included Waterloo Road, In The Club and Dark Money - which saw her speak about being put through the emotional wringer -while stage roles have seen her star in Abigail's Party. She should soon be back on screen in new Channel 5 drama The Drowning, although she was filming for the show in Ireland just before coronavirus hit. Donna Air Donna Air opening TK Maxx After initially finding fame as Grover Charlie Charlton from the age of just 10, Air and co-stars Jayni Hoy and Vicky Taylor set their sights on the pop charts, with single Love Your Sexy peaking at number 46. She and Jayni then attempted to ‘do a PJ and Duncan’, launching the double act Crush. Their singles Jellyhead and Luv’d Up didn’t make the Top 40 here, but won them fans in Japan and America. Air, from Newcastle, turned TV presenter which saw her at the helm on the likes of The Big Breakfast, MTV’s Total Request Live and Live from Studio Five. She is now known for being something of a fashion entrepreneur and has also shown off her skills on Dancing on Ice. Donna, who was once in a long-term relationship with Kate Middleton's brother James, has recently been back on screen in BBC drama series The Split. Andrew Hayden-Smith Andrew Hayden-Smith After his bad boy character Ben was killed off, Andrew, from Gateshead, landed himself a few presenting gigs on the likes of Live & Kicking and CBBC. He then added an impressive string to his acting bow by appearing regularly on Doctor Who. Other subsequent TV roles have seen him in Russell T.Davies’ new Channel 4 drama Cucumber and Hollyoaks as DS Gavin Armstrong, who was killed in a shocking Christmas murder at the end of 2017. You'll now regularly hear his voice on many ITV links as he has been a voice over guy for the channel for a number of years now. In 2015, Andrew, now 36, took home the Rising Star accolade at the LGBT Awards. Charlie Hunnam Geordie actor Charlie Hunnam Yes Charlie Hunnam! Ok, so he appeared in only three episodes as Jason but the Newcastle-born 39-year-old has to have a mention as he's gone on to have worldwide success, firstly starring in Russell T Davies’s Queer as Folk and secondly landing the lead role in smash hit US drama Sons of Anarchy.Roles - which very nearly included Fifty Shades of Grey film - have ranged from Green Street, to the lead in 2002's Nicholas Nickleby to the star spot in Guy Ritchie's 2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.Charlie lives in Los Angeles with his partner of 15 years, the jewellery designer Morgana McNelis. Lyndyann Barras Lyndyann Barras No longer such a household name, during her time on Byker Grove, Lyndyann was most definitely one of the show’s most famous faces. Spuggy was a dedicated Grover for six series and although she hasn’t made such an impact on the small screen since, she has appeared on stage in local amateur productions of Annie Get Your Gun and High Society and still lists herself as an actress as well as a businesswoman on Twitter and Instagram.

. Last year she hosted a segment on Channel 5 throwback show Top of the Box, fronting the children's TV highlights from 1989, which saw her in front of the camera both at 'the Grove', which is actually in Benwell and on Newcastle Quayside. Billy Fane Billy Fane with on screen dad Jeff Murphy back in 1995 Like Spuggy, Billy’s character Geoff was a staple of Byker Grove for many years, until the club’s head honcho met an unfortunate end in a gas explosion in 2000. Billy, now 74, appeared in countless pantomimes across the region as well as in Heartbeat. He is perhaps best known for appearing in North East films Billy Elliot and Purely Belter. In other news he graduated with a postgraduate course in Education and Educational Special Needs from Hull University. Brett Adams And David Oliver A very young Brett and David The lads, better known to Byker Grove viewers as Noddy and Marcus (looking very young here!) went onto be in boyband Point Break, who had a top 10 hit with Stand Tough in 2000 and other chart hits with the likes of Freakytime and Do We Rock. Denise Welch Denise in Byker Grove She might have only had a short seven episode stint on the Grove as Polly between 1990 and 91, but Welch went on to achieve bigger fame in hit TV series Soldier Soldier, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road and as a regular panellist on Loose Women. Denise, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2012, is back on Loose Women these days and has also appeared on stage in Calendar Girls, The Wind in the Willows and of course Sunday for Sammy. The now 61-year-old is mam to 1975 frontman Matt and Vera and Emmerdale star Louis, her two sons with Tim Healy. Charlie Hardwick Another familiar face to Byker Grove viewers, Charlie, now 59, played youth leader Sian for a number of series, including in a return role for Geoff’s funeral. playing Val in Emmerdale - which won her a British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance - until her character's demise and remains a popular all-rounder.A regular at Sunday for Sammy fund-raisers at Newcastle City Hall, Charlie's stage roles include touring with Lee Hall's Cooking With Elvis; Sting's The Last Ship and a recent run of Clear White Light at Live Theatre while other TV roles include the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge. Chelsea Halfpenny Chelsea in Emmerdale Another Grover to find fame in ITV hit Emmerdale, Chelsea followed her Auntie Jill into soapland, working closely with Charlie as Amy Wyatt, as well as playing Alicia Munroe in BBC's Casualty. A cracking singer, she has also performed at Christmas carol concerts at St Nicholas’ Cathedral and at Sunday for Sammy, including the most recent one at the Utilita Arena last month. She was in the spotlight last summer with the news she was due to take over the lead role in the West End production of 9 to 5: The Musical. Nicola Bell Nicola (second left) with Jill and other castmates at the 10th anniversary Nicola's character Debbie Dobson broke both PJ and Duncan’s hearts on various occasions, not to mention unintentionally blinding PJ during a paintball match. After starring in an episode of Kavanagh QC in 1995, the acting dried up and Nicola got work as a flight attendant. She is now a very happy mum. Guari Vedhara Gauri with co-star Chris Woodger in 1995 As Sita, Guari effectively grew up on Byker Grove. The former Gosforth High pupil was thrilled to land the role back at the age of 12 and stayed with the show until 2000. Since leaving the Grove, she has toyed with the idea of being a singer and has rediscovered her love of acting with roles in Emmerdale and North East-shot dramas Wolfblood as well as Vera as well as 2017 film Twins 2. She is now married and a mum. Steven Douglass Byker Grove teacher Jeanette Healy with Steven in 1998 Still close friends with Gauri and Andrew, Steven was originally cast as an extra but was soon taking time out of his studies at Jarrow’s Hedworth Field school to learn lines and shoot scenes for the bigger role of Barry. Steven left the show aged 16 and afterwards worked in a stockbrokers. He is now with estate agency Signature North East. Victoria Hawkins Victoria alongside Charlie in Emmerdale Playing Claire, on-off girlfriend of Andrew’s character Ben, Vicky went on to star as Sharon Lambert in Emmerdale and shortlived ITV series Steel River Blues. Her voice was also well known to listeners of Century Radio as ready travel news as Husky Hawkins from 2002 to 2004. A recent role saw her star in Moreland's Firm with fellow North East actors Craig Conway Stephen Tompkinson as gangsters.

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