Derek the Sheep

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Beano strip
Derek the Sheep
Current/last artist Gary Northfield
First appearance Issue 3214
(21 February 2004)
Last appearance June 2011
Regular characters Derek, Lenny, Big Baz, Cecil the Bee, Vera the Cow, Barry the Chicken, Kevin the Rabbit.

Derek the Sheep is a fictional character and comic strip in the British comic The Beano. He first appeared in issue 3214, dated 21 February 2004. The strip is set on a farm and revolves around Derek's endless problems with the other animals.

Derek the Sheep was created by Gary Northfield and appeared occasionally in the comic, however, since the Beano re-vamp Derek has not been seen, but appeared regularly in monthly BeanoMAX until June 2011. Gary Northfield both writes and draws for the character.

Derek has been published in France by Actes Sud/Editions De L'an2 and a collection the first thirteen strips was published in bookform from Bloomsbury Publishing in September 2008.


  • Derek the Sheep
  • Lenny the Sheep: He is Derek's friend. Appeared less in the last couple of years
  • Cecil the Bee: Another one of Derek's friends.
  • Doris the Bee: Cecil's sister. Has a crush on Derek. Normally quite sweet-natured, but dangerous when angry.
  • Nobby the Hedgehog
  • Kevin the Rabbit: Generally took over as the second character in the last couple of years.
  • Big Baz: Derek's worst enemy.
  • Mad Nigel: Derek's second worst enemy. Hasn't been seen since the last part of Sold Out, when he was given to the zoo in place of zebras.
  • Rodney the Bull:
  • Bernard the Goat:
  • Bingo the Goat: Seen only in the strip "Sold Out".
  • Farmer Jack: Mentioned quite a lot, but rarely seen.
  • Alan the Horse:
  • Benny the Sheep: Derek's nephew, who always said "Beep!".
  • Dave Carrot, who was Derek's companion when he became stranded on an island.
  • Bert Worm, mentioned on the weblog, although never seen in the comic.
  • Alan Chicken: A chicken who has wonky legs, who has also only been mentioned on the weblog.
  • Gnasher, Dennis the Menace's dog, has appeared in the 2007 Beano Annual episode.
  • Walter The Softy also appeared in that story.
  • Vera Cow: The only girl on the farm, during the last few years.
  • Barry Chicken: Derek doesn't like him.