List of The Bill characters

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The Bill is a long-running British television police procedural television series, named after a slang term for the police. The characters are all police officers or civilian staff at the fictional Sun Hill police station in London.

Main characters[edit]

Final cast[edit]

The final ensemble, present during the episode "Respect, Part 2", first broadcast on August 31, 2010, was headlined by Simon Rouse, rounding out his twenty-first year as Jack Meadows. Other cast members included Alex Walkinshaw, as Inspector Dale Smith, and Sally Rogers as formidable DC turned Sergeant Jo Masters. Walkinshaw spoke the final line of the series, "Let's do it," echoing Mark Wingetts first line spoken in 1983.

Character Years Episode Total Portrayer Ranks Held
90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
Jack Meadows 842 Simon Rouse DSI / DCI / Superintendent
Dale 'Smithy' Smith 388 Alex Walkinshaw PC / Sergeant / Inspector
Mickey Webb 333 Chris Simmons DS / DC
Neil Manson 275 Andrew Lancel Acting DCI / DI
Terry Perkins 210 Bruce Byron DC
Roger Valentine 227 John Bowler PC
Jo Masters 177 Sally Rogers DC / Sergeant
Grace Dasari 95 Amita Dhiri DC
Max Carter 69 Christopher Fox DC / DS
Ben Gayle 108 Micah Balfour PC
Callum Stone 100 Sam Callis Sergeant
Mel Ryder 69 Rhea Bailey PC
Jacob Banks 65 Patrick Robinson DC
Eddie Olosunje 71 Jason Barnett CSE
Leon Taylor 70 Dominic Power PC
Stevie Moss 62 Lucy Speed DC / DS
Kirsty Knight 19 Sarah Manners PC

Former cast[edit]

Throughout its 27 years, The Bill featured a large ensemble including original cast members Trudie Goodwin and Mark Wingett, Loose Woman Lisa Maxwell and ex-Eastenders Roberta Taylor, Gary Lucy,Gillian Taylforth and Australian Actor Daniel MacPherson. A number of Special Guest Stars appeared throughout, including Serena Gordon and Caroline Catz.

Senior Officers[edit]

A number of recurring Senior Officers have appeared throughout the shows run, including Kazia Pelka as Georgia Hobbs, and John McArdle is Ian Barratt. Cyril Nri's Okaro, however, became the only regular senior officer, following his promotion from Superintendent to Borough Commanding Chief Superintendent.

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Trevor Hicks 22 Mike Burnside 1990-1999 Deputy Assistant Commissioner
(D.A.C.)
Georgia Hobbs 11 Kazia Pelka 2006-2007
Roy Pearson 5 Adam Bareham 2004-2005
Lisa Kennedy 7 Julie Graham 2010 Commander
Adam Okaro 204 Cyril Nri 2002-2006 Borough Commander
(D.C.S.)
Guy Mannion 13 Nick Miles 1999-2001
Jane Fitzwilliam 9 Maureen Beattie 2002-2003
Ian Barratt 8 John McArdle 2005

Station Chiefs[edit]

Ellis' Chief Superintendent Brownlow remains the highest ranking Station Chief, whilst Hartley's Tom Chandler became the station's first Detective Superintendent, appearing rarely in uniform. Guest Star Serena Gordon is, to date, the only female Station Chief.

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Charles Brownlow 346 Peter Ellis 1984-2002 Chief Superintendent
John Heaton 132 Daniel Flynn 2006-2009 Superintendent
(D.S.I.)
Tom Chandler 115 Steven Hartley 2000-2002
Amanda Prosser 8 Serena Gordon 2005

Division Heads[edit]

The ranks of Detective Chief Inspector (D.C.I.) and Chief Inspector (ChInsp.) act as Division heads, supervising Sergeants and Constables, as well as Inspectors. Derek Conway became the final ChInsp. in 2002, with his role being left empty following his death. Jack Meadows acted as the last D.C.I. prior to his promotion to Superintendent.

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Frank Burnside 250 Christopher Ellison 1988-2000 Detective Chief Inspector
(D.C.I.)
Kim Reid 39 Carolyn Pickles 1990-1992
Rowanne Morell 22 Tanya Franks 2004-2005
Andrew Ross 15 Ron Donachie 2002-2004
Gordon Wray 13 Clive Wood 1990
Derek Conway 402 Ben Roberts 1987-2002 Chief Inspector
Philip Cato 69 Philip Witchurch 1993-1995
Paul Stritch 13 Mark Spalding 1995

Division Supervisors[edit]

Division Supervisors act as second in command to Division Heads, and in their absence, take control of teams. Often a Detective Sergeant may act as Division Supervisor in the absence of both the roles of Chief Inspector and Inspector, as seen during Samantha Nixon's early appearances, and during Liz Rawton's return.

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Samantha Nixon 281 Lisa Maxwell 2001-2009 Detective Inspector
(D.I.)
Chris Deakin 265 Shaun Scott 1994-2000
Liz Rawton 135 Libby Davison 1996-2001
Alex Cullen 80 Ged Simmons 2000-2002
Sally Johnson 70 Jaye Griffiths 1993-2003
Roy Galloway 35 John Salthouse 1984-1987
Claire Stanton 33 Clara Salaman 1999-2001
Harry Haines 15 Gary Whelan 1992-1995
Karen Lacy 4 Liz May Brice 2008
Andrew Monroe 584 Colin Tarrant 1990-2002 Inspector
Gina Gold 344 Roberta Taylor 2002-2007
Christine Frazer 61 Barbara Thorn 1988-1990
Rachel Weston 41 Claire Goose 2008-2009
Brian Kite 12 Simon Slater 1987

Division Leaders[edit]

Sergeant's act as liaison's between Top Brass and patrol, and supervise the daily running and assignment of teams. Prior to 2010, four to six Sergeants would supervise one station, each with a sector to command; for example June Ackland often appeared as Custody Supervise, Matt Boyden as C.A.D. Supervisor and Craig Gilmore as relief supervisor, often alongside two to three Detective Sergeants in charge of Investigations.

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
June Ackland 882 Trudie Goodwin 1983-2007 Sergeant
Bob Cryer 670 Eric Richard 1984-2004
Matthew Boyden 610 Tony O'Callaghan 1991-2003
Alec Peters 173 Larry Dann 1984-2004
Tom Penny 141 Roger Leach 1984-1991
Ray Steele 136 Robert Perkins 1993-1996
Sheelagh Murphy 119 Bernadette Nolan 2003-2005
Craig Gilmore 101 Hywel Simons 2001-2003
John Maitland 80 Sam Miller 1990-1993
Diane Noble 61 Kaye Wragg 2006-2009
Nikki Wright 56 Gillian Taylforth 2006-2008
Stuart Lamont 41 Steve Morley 1989-2001
Joseph Corrie 5 Roland Oliver 1990-1991
Jane Kendall 5 Liz Crowther 1993
Jack Wilding 1 Peter Dean 1983
Jim Carver 720 Mark Wingett 1983-2007 Detective Sergeant
(D.S.)
Alistair Greig 288 Andrew Mackintosh 1989-1998
Phil Hunter 240 Scott Maslen 2002-2007
Ted Roach 210 Tony Scannell 1984-2000
Debbie McAllister 192 Natalie Roles 1993-2004
Don Beech 186 Bill Murray 1989-2004
Mike Dashwood 155 Jon Iles 1984-1996
John Boulton 138 Russell Boulter 1992-2000
Geoff Daly 115 Ray Ashcroft 1993-2000
Stuart Turner 108 Doug Rao 2006-2009
Ramani DeCosta 92 Thusitha Jayasundera 2003-2006
Danny Pearce 80 Martin Marquez 1991-1996
Jo Morgan 62 Mary Jo Randle 1991-1995
Vik Singh 43 Raji James 2000-2002
Rosie Fox 10 Caroline Catz 1998-2000

C.I.D. Constables[edit]

Detective Constables are the first line of Investigations, carrying out orders and assignments given to them by Sergeants and Inspectors. On several occasions, CID Constables would join uniform constables on patrol, however, for the most part, they would appear purely during serious investigations.

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Alfred 'Tosh' Lines 383 Kevin Lloyd 1988-1998 Detective Constable
(D.C.)
Rod Skase 245 Iain Fletcher 1994-2000
Suzi Croft 221 Kerry Peers 1990-1998
Viv Martella 203 Nula Conwell 1984-1993
Duncan Lennox 189 George Rossi 1998-2003
Alan Woods 173 Tom Cotcher 1992-1996
Will Fletcher 167 Gary Lucy 2005-2010
Gary Best 162 Ciaran Griffiths 2002-2005
Danny Glaze 157 Karl Collins 1991-2003
Ken Drummond 112 Russell Floyd 1993-2005
Tom Proctor 100 Gregory Donaldson 1997-2000
Kezia Walker 98 Cat Simmons 2006-2009
Eva Sharpe 91 Diane Parish 2002-2004
'Yorkie' Smith 83 Robert Hudson 1984-1991
Suzie Sim 83 Wendy Kweh 2004-2006
Kerry Holmes 80 Joy Brook 1998-2000
Zain Nadir 80 TJ Ramini 2005-2007
Brandon Kane 72 Pal Aron 2002-2004
Rob Thatcher 54 Brian Bovell 2003-2004
Kate Spears 41 Tania Emery 2000-2002
Paul Riley 39 Gary Grant 2000-2002
Juliet Becker 26 Rae Baker 2003
Tom Baker 10 Victor Gallucci 1990-2001

Crime Scene Examiners[edit]

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Lorna Hart 14 Siobhan Redmond 2007 Crime Scene Examiner
(C.S.E.)
Faye Donelly 1 Siobhan Reilly 2008
Rachel Inns 3 Amanda Abbington 2007 C.S.E. Photographer

Crown Prosecutors[edit]

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Matt Hinckley 30 Mark Dexter 2006-2007 Senior Crown Prosecutor
Jonathan Fox 22 Larry Lamb 2004-2005

Uniformed Constables[edit]

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Terry Knowles 4 Alex Avery 2001-2002 Special Constable
Reg Hollis 873 Jeff Stewart 1984-2008 Police Constable
(P.C.)
Polly Page 540 Lisa Geoghan 1992-2004
Taffy Edwards 111 Colin Blumenau 1983-1990
Robin Frank 41 Ashley Gunstock 1984-1989
Dave Litten 12 Gary Olsen 1984-1986
Nate Roberts Ben Richards
Sally Armstrong Ali Bastian
Timothy Able Mark Haddigan
Jamila Blake Lolita Chakrabarti
Adam Bostock Carl Brincat
Cathy Bradford Connie Hyde
Ruby Buxton Nicola Alexis
Dan Casper Chris Jarvis
Roz Clarke Holly Davidson
Character Portrayer Last Appearance (as Rank) Rank
Norika Datta Seeta Indrani 9 July 1998
Claire Brind Kelly Lawrence 28 December 1989
Andrea Dunbar Natalie J. Robb 24 February 2005
Suzanne Ford Vicky Gee-Dare 1992
Millie Brown Clare Foster 29 December 2009
Delia French Natasha Williams 26 March 1992
George Garfield Huw Higginson 14 October 1999
Gabriel Kent Todd Carty 6 October 2005
Arun Ghir Abhin Galeya 19 March 2009
Beth Green Louisa Lytton 18 March 2009
Vicky Hagen Samantha Robson 26 October 2001
Sam Harker Matthew Crompton 18 April 2002
Donna Harris Louise Harrison 27 February 1996
Lewis Hardy Aml Ameen 19 July 2007
Malcolm Haynes Eamonn Walker 22 August 1989
Honey Harman Kim Tiddy 1 February 2007
Ben Hayward Ben Peyton 16 April 2002
Yvonne Hemmingway Michele Austin 15 November 2006
Steve Hunter James Lloyd 12 April 2006
Mike Jarvis Stephen Beckett 8 May 1998
Leela Kapoor Seema Bowri 26 September 2007
Debbie Keane Andrea Mason 22 September 1998
Emma Keane Melanie Gutteridge 1 May 2008
Nick Klein René Zagger 8 April 2004
Steve Loxton Tom Butcher 14 November 1997
Amber Johannsen Myfanwy Waring 29 December 2005
Abe Lyttleton Ronnie Cush 10 February 1986
Cathy Marshall Lynne Miller 19 January 1996
Garry McCann Clive Wedderburn 12 December 2000
Ken Melvin Mark Powley 22 May 1990
Pete Muswell Ralph Brown 10 February 1986
Gemma Osbourne Jane Danson 21 May 2003
Danesh Patel Sonesh Sira 23 November 1987
Lance Powell Ofo Uhiara 24 November 2005
Dave Quinnan Andrew Paul 27 February 2002
Pete Ramsey Nick Reding 25 July 1989
Luke Ashton Scott Neal 18 June 2003
Cass Rickman Suzanne Maddock 12 December 2002
Billy Rowan Ben Lee 5 July 2007
Eddie Santini Michael Higgs 2 April 2000
Nick Shaw Chris Walker 7 December 1987
Nick Slater Alan Westaway 31 October 1997
Ron Smollett Nick Stringer 25 March 1993
Tony Stamp Graham Cole 5 November 2009
Barry Stringer Jonathan Dow 15 June 1993
Cameron Tait Daniel MacPherson 22 July 2004
Des Taviner Paul Usher 17 March 2004
Richard Turnham Chris Humphreys 10 April 1990
Di Worrell Jane Wall 16 April 2002
Phil Young Arin Alldridge 31 October 1991
Kerry Young Beth Cordingly 21 December 2004
Laura Bryant Melanie Kilburn 25 May 2006

Civilian Station Operatives[edit]

Character Episodes Portrayer Duration Rank
Dean McVerry Luke Hamill Dispatch Officer
Marion Layland Susan Majorlier Station Reception Officer
(F.D.O.)
Roberta Cryer Moya Brady
Marilyn Chambers Vickie Gates
Julian Tavell Nick Patrick
Colin Fairfax Tim Steed Community Support Officer
Mia Perry Jo Anne Knowles Press Officer
Rochelle Barrett Anna Acton Drugs Referral Officer

Notable cast members[edit]

Notable characters[edit]

This is a list of the most notable characters to have appeared on The Bill, being those who have been in the series for some considerable time and have had a significant impact on the series.

Notable actors[edit]

This is a list of some of the most notable actors to have made brief or cameo appearances in The Bill.[42]

  • Keira Knightley played child burglar Sheena Rose in a 1995 episode entitled "Swan Song".
  • Russell Brand played teenager Billy Case in a 1994 episode entitled Land of the Blind.
  • David Tennant played kidnapper Steven Clemens in a 1995 episode of The Bill called "Deadline".
  • Paul O'Grady - credited as "Paul Savage" - played transvestite Roxanne in three episodes of The Bill between 1988 and 1990.
  • Sean Bean played robber Horace Clark in a 1984 episode of The Bill entitled "Long Odds"
  • Ralf Little played Tommy Lawson in the 2001 episodes Judas Kiss, Shout, Aftershock and Night Games.
  • Emma Bunton played the role of Janice in the 1993 episode Missionary Work.
  • Catherine Tate appeared in the 1993 episode Give and Take and 1994 installment Fly on the Wall.
  • James McAvoy played a Scots runaway named Gavin in a 1997 episode entitled Rent.
  • Lewis Collins played a stem cell scientist named Dr. Peter Allen in the 2002 episode 034 (ep43).
  • Loraine Kelly appeared as herself in a 2003 episode when PC Cathy Bradford appeared on her GMTV show.

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