Jamie Foreman

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Jamie Foreman
Jamie Foreman.jpg
Foreman in March 2011
Born (1958-05-25) 25 May 1958 (age 58)
Bermondsey, South London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Notable work A Bunch of Fives (1977)
Johnny Jarvis (1983)
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Elizabeth (1997)
Layer Cake (2004)
Oliver Twist (2005)
Law and Order: UK (2009)
EastEnders (2011–2012)
Birds of a Feather (2014, 2016)
Spouse(s) Carol Harrison (divorced)
Children Alfie Sean Foreman
Louis Foreman
Billy Foreman
Parent(s) Maureen Foreman
Freddie Foreman

Jamie Foreman (born 25 May 1958) is an English actor best known for his roles as Duke in Layer Cake (2004) and Bill Sikes in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist (2005). He played opposite Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke in Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth (1997) and also featured in Elizabeth (1998), Gangster No. 1 (2000) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). He appeared in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "The Idiot's Lantern" and featured as a racist taxi driver in The Football Factory (2004). In the 2008 film Inkheart Foreman played Basta. He also appeared in one episode of Law and Order: UK in 2009.

His recent work for BBC Radio includes the title role in Wes Bell, directed by Matthew Broughton, and the six part series Hazelbeach by David Stafford and Caroline Stafford. He also played a small role in I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.

In 2011, Foreman joined the cast of EastEnders as Derek Branning, taking over the role from Terence Beesley.[1] It was later confirmed in 2012 that Foreman was leaving and that the character Derek would be killed off.

He has appeared as Lenny in multiple episodes of Birds of a Feather. In 2015, he narrated the six-part series Double Decker Driving School for ITV.

Foreman played Albert Wilson in Home Front radio series on BBC Radio 4, starting from Season Six in December 2015.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Jamie Foreman is the son of Maureen Foreman and Freddie Foreman, a former south London gangster and associate of the notorious Kray twins. He was married to actress Carol Harrison and they have one son, Alfie.[3]

Foreman is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur.[4]


Year Title Role Other notes
1977 A Bunch of Fives Chris Taylor
Sky Pirates Sidney
Holding On Charlie (youth) Episode No.1.5 and Episode No.1.2
King of the Castle Ripper/Warrior 1x1 – 1x7
1978 Wings Airman Bates 2 Episodes
The Quiz Kid Andy
1980 McVicar Driver
1981 Kinvig Clerk 1 episode
1982 Squadron Dodger Dickens 1 episode (Mascot)
1983 Johnny Jarvis Manning 6 episodes
1984 Letty Pete Sloan
Shine on Harvey Moon Plumber's Mate 1 episode (Fools Rush In)
1985 Dempsey and Makepeace Ramsey 1 episode (No Surrender)
1987 London's Burning D.C. Pope First episode
Witness Ron Daker (Linda's Secret)
Empire State Danny
1989 First and Last Dave TV film
Tank Malling Danny
1992 Inspector Morse Chas 1 episode (Happy Families)
Between the Lines P.C. Roper 1 episode (Out of the Game)
1994 Dogging Around Wells TV film
1993–1994 The House of Eliott Gerry Althorpe 6 episodes
1995 I.D. Previous Team No.2
1997 The Detectives Billy 1 episode (Cardiac Arrest)
1985–1997 The Bill Various Characters 5 episodes
1997 Nil by Mouth Mark
Melissa 2nd Hood
The Hunger Dean 1 episode (The Swords)
Our Boy Orme
Bugs Decker 1 episode (Identity Crisis)
Elizabeth Earl of Sussex
1998 Love Story Dave
1999 This Year's Love Billy
Murder Most Horrid DS Brown 1 episode (Whoopi Stone)
Sleepy Hollow Thuggish Constable
2000 Without Motive DC Jim Boulter TV series
Saving Grace China MacFarlane
Black Cab Dave 1 episode (Talk Radio)
Gangster No. 1 Lennie Taylor
Remember a Day The Record Producer
Breathtaking Brian Maitland
2001 High Stakes Brian Wallis 2 episodes
Goodbye Charlie Bright Tony
Micawber Ismail Kane 1 episode (Micawber Learns the Truth)
2002 Rescue Me Roy Carter Episode No.1.3
Murder in Mind Stuart Jackson 1 episode (Flashback)
Out of Control Jim
2003 Family Dave Cutler
Danielle Cable: Eyewitness Keith Phelan
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Mickser
2004 Family Business Marky Booker Episode No.1.1
The Football Factory Cabbie
Layer Cake Duke
2005 The Last Detective Leonard Crowe 1 episode (Willesden Confidential)
Oliver Twist Bill Sikes
2006 My Family Terry 1 episode (An Embarrassment of Susans)
Doctor Who Eddie Connolly 1 episode (The Idiot's Lantern)
2007 Botched Peter
Hustle Dickie Brennan 1 episode (Signing Up to Wealth)
2008 Heroes and Villains Slave Trader 1 episode (Spartacus)
2008/I Out There Graham TV Short
2008 Inkheart Basta
1995–2008 Casualty Various Characters 4 episodes
2009 The Devil's Wedding The Narrator TV Short
Minder Danny Blake 1 episode (Thank Your Lucky Stars)
Law & Order: UK PC Ray Griffin 1 episode (Samaritan)
2010 Just for the Record Graham
Baseline Terry
2011 Ironclad Coteral
Screwed Rumpole
2011–12 EastEnders Derek Branning 144 episodes
2011 St George's Day Nixon
2012 The Grind Dave Lead Role
I, Anna Albert
The One Show Himself, guest 1 February 2012
2014, 2016 Birds of a Feather Lenny 2 episodes
2015 Double Decker Driving School Himself, narrator Six-part series


  1. ^ "'EastEnders' announces Derek Branning casting – EastEnders News – Soaps". Digital Spy. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Character profile: Albert Wilson". BBC. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Family Business Jamie Foreman". BBC Online. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "'EastEnders' Foreman talks Derek, awards". Digital Spy. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 

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