John McArdle

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John McArdle
Born (1949-08-16) 16 August 1949 (age 66)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Kathy Jamieson

John McArdle (born 16 August 1949 in Liverpool) is an English actor. He is most notable for playing Billy Corkhill in the soap-opera Brookside, with many other smaller appearances in other soaps and dramas. Playing a regular character in Brookside's heyday (alongside Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston, and working with writers such as Jimmy McGovern), he burned himself into the viewers' memories with his portrayal of a man beyond breaking point, which culminated with him ranting at neighbours and churning up their lawns, as he drove his car around in circles.

John was the subject of This Is Your Life in 2003 when he was surprised by Michael Aspel on the set of Merseybeat.

In 2006, he portrayed Frank Taylor in the BBC's Surviving Disasters edition of the Munich air disaster of 1958, in which Taylor was the only newspaper reporter to survive.[1]

In 2010 he played Christher Mead's father in Waterloo Road.

McArdle is also an accomplished stage actor, recently seen in Our Country's Good at the Liverpool Playhouse.

He is a patron of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.


Year Programme Role
1982 (Episode 6) Brookside Mr. P. Todd (Economics Teacher)
1985–1990 Brookside Billy Corkhill
1993 Gallowglass Paul Garnet
2001 The Cazalets Tonbridge
2001–2002 Merseybeat Supt. Jim Oulton
2009 Starred in the hit show 'One Night in Istanbul' as Gerry Edwards at the Liverpool Empire. All the Small Things Jimmy
2010 Waterloo Road Oliver Mead


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