John Alford (actor)

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John Alford (born John Shannon 30 October 1971 in Glasgow) is a Scottish-born English actor.


Alford attended Anna Scher's stage school from age 11 in London, alongside future EastEnders stars Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer.[1]

He appeared as a child actor in ITV sitcom Now and Then before landing the role of Robbie Wright in 1985 in Grange Hill. Alford featured on the Grange Hill "Just Say No" anti-drug single. In 1980, he appeared in Not The Nine O Clock News, joining in a song about a strike-breaking train driver.

In 1993, prior to his solo singing career, he took his most famous adult role as fireman Billy Ray in ITV's London's Burning", he remained in the role for 5 years. In 1996 this led to a short lived singing career during which he released a self-titled album. His first single release was Smoke Gets In Your Eyes which reached number 13 and stayed in the UK chart for 5 weeks. His highest hit was Blue Moon / Only You which reached number 9 in the UK charts and stayed in the UK chart for 4 weeks. His last release was If / Keep on Running which got to number 24 and stayed in the UK chart for 3 weeks.

In 2001, he gained a role in the film Mike Bassett: England Manager. In 2003 he played the part of drug-dealing and scheming flight attendant, Dean, in Mile High.

In 2005, Alford appeared in the Reality TV show Trust Me...I'm A Beauty Therapist, where celebrities trained and worked in a salon doing Hair and Beauty. He has since appeared twice in Casualty, in May 2009 and May 2010.


Studio Albums[edit]

Date Title Chart positions
November 25, 1996 John Alford
  • Debut studio album


Date Title Chart positions Album
February 5, 1996 "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" #13 John Alford
May 13, 1996 "Blue Moon"/"Only You" #9
November 11, 1996 "If"/"Keep on Running" #24

Personal life[edit]

In 1999 he was convicted of supplying drugs to the News of the World undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, and subsequently jailed for nine months.[3] During his trial, Alford said in his defence that he was set up, and complained that Mahmood was not punished for this. He was released after six weeks after agreeing to electronic tagging.[4]

In January 2006 Alford was found guilty of drunk driving and subsequently banned from driving for sixteen months. Magistrates ordered him to pay a £150 fine and £100 costs.[5]


  1. ^ Daphne Lockyer (2000-05-21). "Interview Patsy Palmer". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: A - Azzido Da Bass". Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  3. ^ "drugs | Alford guilty on drugs charges". BBC News. 1999-05-24. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Entertainment | London's Burning star released". BBC News. 1999-07-16. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  5. ^ "UK | England | London | Alford banned over drink driving". BBC News. 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 

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