Derek Riddell

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Derek Riddell
Born (1967-01-11) 11 January 1967 (age 53)
Glasgow, Scotland
Partner(s)Frances Carrigan
Parent(s)Hope Ross
Ian Riddell

Derek Riddell (born 11 January 1967) is a Scottish television and theatre actor. He is best known for the portrayal of Dr. Jamie Patterson in the Channel 4 television series No Angels. He has also guest starred in Doctor Who, Ugly Betty, Silent Witness and Waterloo Road.


After finishing drama school, Riddell was cast in BBC Scotland production Strathblair and guest-starred in a number of popular TV shows such as Taggart, Casualty and The Bill. His big break came in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 series The Book Group and comedy drama No Angels.[1] In addition to his television work he also regularly works in theatre productions.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Riddell was born in Glasgow, the son of teacher and former actress Hope Ross and former St Mirren and Berwick Rangers footballer Ian Riddell.[3] He graduated from the University of Strathclyde[4] with a degree in business before training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating in 1990.[1] His partner is the actress Frances Carrigan; they have twins.[5]


Year Work Role Notes
1992–1993 Strathblair Alec Ritchie 20 episodes
1995 Taggart Dr Costello 1 episode
1996 Casualty Jeff Marriot 1 episode
1997 The Bill RSPCA Insp. Goodman 1 episode
2000 Taggart Stevie 1 episode
2001 Urban Gothic Billings 1 episode
2002 Casualty Lewis 1 episode
2002–2003 The Book Group Rab 12 episodes
2002 Where the Heart Is Wilson 1 episode
Spooks Steven 1 episode, uncredited
2003 Clocking Off Jamie Campbell 1 episode
2004–2006 No Angels Dr Jamie Patterson 20 episodes
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Don Reid "Much Ado About Nothing"[6]
2005/2006 The Virgin Queen Sir Walter Raleigh
2006 Doctor Who Sir Robert McLeish 1 episode, "Tooth and Claw"[nb 1]
Vincent Martin Downing 1 episode
2007 Dalziel and Pascoe Mark Croft 2 episodes
State of Mind Dr James Lecroix 8 episodes
2007–2009 Ugly Betty Stuart 7 episodes
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lachlan Weaver 1 episode
2009 Trust Me Dan 1 episode
Law & Order: UK Dr Alec Merrick 1 episode, "Alesha"
Micro Men Nigel Searle
2010 Five Days Nick Durdon Series 2
2011 M.I. High Edward Dixon Halliday 1 episode
Death in Paradise Patrick Knight 1 episode
Garrow's Law Matthew Bambridge 1 episode
2012 Secrets and Words John Jones Episode 5[7]
DCI Banks Simon Harris "Innocent Graves" Parts 1 & 2
2013 Silent Witness Michael Trenter "Change" Parts 1 & 2
Waterloo Road Joe Mulgrew 1 episode
Ripper Street Superintendent Constantine 1 episode
Bob Servant Rev Thomson 2 episodes
Frankie Andy Peat [8]
2014 Happy Valley Richard Cawood
The Village Bill Gibby [9]
2015 Inspector George Gently Walter Nunn Series 7 episode 1
New Tricks Craig Bentham 1 episode
2016 Midsomer Murders Des McCordell 1 episode
Undercover Paul Brightman [10]
The Missing Adam Gettrick Series 2 regular
2017 W1A Clive Cook
2017 Gunpowder King James VI & I 3 episodes
2018 Hard Sun Roland Bell 6 episodes
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Torquil Travers


Riddell took the part of Roj Blake in the three-part Blake's 7 audio drama broadcast on BBC Radio in 2007.


  1. ^ He is also seen as part of a flashback montage from this episode in the series four finale, "Journey's End".


  1. ^ a b "Q & A: Derek Riddell". The Guardian. 18 March 2006.
  2. ^ Peter and Alice casting update – West End Theatre
  3. ^ "Dad is in different league". Sunday Mail. 13 March 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Strathclyde People" (PDF). University of Strathclyde. Spring 2005. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Ugly Betty star Derek Riddell: Role in drama Five Days drew on my experience as new dad". Daily Record. 25 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing – Derek Riddell as Don Reid". BBC.
  7. ^ "Interview with Derek Riddell". BBC. 9 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Eve Myles to star in new BBC One drama series, Frankie". BBC. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  9. ^ "BBC One's second series of The Village and life moves into the 1920s". Deborah Goodman Publicity. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Undercover: Episode 1: Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 3 April 2016.

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