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24 June 1951 |
Heaton, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Annie Holloway (1978-present)|
He first appeared on The Bill as Jack Meadows in a semi-regular role with two appearances in 1990 and twice again in 1991. The character of Jack Meadows became a regular between 1992 and 2010.
Rouse was born in Heaton, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. Prior to The Bill, he had a long career working mainly with the BBC, appearing twice in their Play for Tomorrow strand, a sci-fi offshoot of the Play for Today series. He also guest starred in the 1982 Doctor Who story Kinda and played an unnamed character simply credited as "Yizzel's mate" in Carla Lane's Bread in 1986. He also appeared in films, including The Ragman's Daughter (1972), Butley (1974), Pop Pirates (1984) and Parker (1985).
He later played the role of another police officer, Detective Sergeant Vernon Cooper, in Operation Julie, a three-hour dramatisation (shown in three parts) of the real-life drugs investigation. Coincidentally, Robert Gwilym also appeared as Detective Constable Dan Richard: he would return opposite Rouse for a recurring role in The Bill in 2004.
Rouse appeared in J.B. Priestley's When We Are Married, playing Albert Parker. The production ran at London's Garrick Theatre from 19 October 2010 to 26 February 2011 and also starred Maureen Lipman and Sam Kelly. In February and March 2012 he appeared in The Bomb, a series of short plays about nuclear weapons at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn.
In 2013, he appeared in Coronation Street as Rita's ex lover Rusty and as journalist Len Danvers in Broadchurch. The same year Rouse toured the UK in a stage production of Simon Beaufoy's 1997 comedy-drama film The Full Monty, in which he plays the role of Gerald. He continued playing the role in the West End in 2014, at the Noël Coward Theatre.
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