Where are They? 2005/6

Where to find SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE POP and TV Stars

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With the end of Big Brother 6 on Channel 4, Pantoland is now boasting three previous winners! Starring this year - Craig Philips (winner of BB1) in Runcorn and Torquay in Aladdin and Cameron Stout (winner of BB4) can be found again in Aberdeen in Jack and the Beanstalk. Fresh from winning Big Brother 6 Anthony Hutton is playing the role of the Jester in Beauty and the Beast in Darlington. We also have BB6's Kemal playing the Fairy God Diva in Southsea.


By today's celebrity roundabout she can be classified as a pantomime veteran, as well as a regular presenter on ITV's This Morning, Alison Hammond can be found in Derby. Paul Ferguson aka Bubble from BB2 cut his teeth in pantomime last year and can be found in Weymouth this year.




The original and the best, allegedly, but the career plans of the five members of Hearsay has been very different. Kym Marsh has already appeared in the West End in Saturday Night Fever and can be found in Pantoland in Stoke with Jonathan Wilkes in Mother Goose. Suzanne Shaw has also appeared in the West End as the Narrator in Joseph, as well as touring with Summer Holiday - she can be found in Milton Keynes.

Another reality show and another crop of performers for panto - Zoe Birkett, from the original series, will be appearing in Beauty and the Beast in Darlington. Andy Scott-Lee, from series 2, will be in Canterbury.




The inclusion in any reality series with 'Celebrity' in the title obviously points to some form of fame over the years and we can find four jungle survivors treading the boards in pantomime this year! Wayne Sleep is in Windsor, Toyah Wilcox is appearing in Milton Keynes, Darren Day in Derby, Sheila Ferguson is appearing in Canterbury. Of course the King of the Jungle 2004, Joe Pasquale, returns to Birmingham. Cannon and Ball will be appearing in Hull. But who will be crowned King of the Jungle this year - it won't be Tommy Cannon but could Bobby Ball or Sid Owen (who isn't appearing this year in pantomime) take over Jack's crown!


Having just completed its second series on Channel Five where Keith Harris (see below) was crowned as Top Farmer, the winner of series one Jeff Brazier can be found in Chatham.



Eastenders past and present make up a huge part of pantoland as always this year:-

Jill Halfpenny (Kate) -


Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) -


Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale)



Also to be seen in Footballers Wives

Leila Birch (Teresa De Marco) -


Andrew Lynford (Simon) -


Shaun Williamson (Barry Evans) -


Richard Elis (Huw) -


Lucy Benjamin (Lisa Fowler) -


Des Coleman (Lenny) -


Leslie Grantham (Dirty Den)

St Albans

Gary Beadle (Paul Trueman) -


Carly Hillman (Nicci De Marco) - Croydon

Russell Floyd (Michael Rose)


Todd Carty (Mark Fowler)

High Wycombe

John Altman (Nick Cotton) -


Sophie Lawrence (Diane Butcher) -


Mark Homer (Tony Hills) -


Dean Gaffney (Robbie Jackson) - Hastings

Ulric Brown (Winston) -


Jake Maskall (Danny Moon) -


Mark Wingett (Mike)


Scarlett Johnson (Vicki Fowler) -



And now to some of the biggest films of the last couple of years!!

Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) and Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) take the stages in Telford and at the Old Vic Theatre in London to play two very different roles from those on film. After his triumph last year Sir Ian McKellen will again be playing Widow Twankey in Aladdin and Chris Rankin is playing King Rat in Dick Whittington.


John Rhys Davies treads the boards in Woking in Aladdin - last seen in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as Gimli.


Two veterans of pantomime have been seen in the last instalment of the Star Wars series of films. Revenge of the Sith marks Kenny Bakers sixth appearance as R2-D2 and he can be seen in Blackpool. Warwick Davies who, as well as Star Wars, has appeared as Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter Films and can be found in Milton Keynes.



And of course we can't forget Garfield!


The world of music is served this year by singers from one of the most successful boybands - Boyzone. Keith Duffy, who has also appeared in Coronation Street, is in Weymouth, Shane Lynch, who made his pantomime debut last year, is appearing in Stevenage and Stephen Gateley who has carved out quite a career on stage already appears in Bromley.


Also making her pantomime debut this year in Nottingham is one half of the Irish Pop Band Bewitched - Keavy Lynch.

Ian Watkins aka 'H' from Steps returns to pantomime in Eastbourne this year and Lee Brennan from 911 returns as Peter Pan but this year in Preston.


Back to television, we travel around the world to Australia for cast members of Neighbours and Home and Away!

Anne Charleston (Madge)

- Bath


Lucinda Cowden (Melanie)

- Doncaster


Richard Grieve (Sam)

- Telford


Ryan Maloney (Toady)

- Canterbury


Shane Connor (Joe Scully)

- Stoke on Trent

Ian Smith (Harold)

- Hastings

Blair McDonough (PC Stuart Parker) - Stafford

Mark Raffety (Darcy Tyler)

- York


Ray Meagher (Alf) - Bournemouth


We also draw upon other soaps, Coronation Street, Crossroads, Brookside, Emmerdale, The Bill and Hollyoaks -


Two veterans of the street Nigel Pivaro (Terry Duckworth) appears in Broxbourne and Ken Morley (Reg Holdsworth) appears in Stockport. It must also be remembered that Britain's most famous street has been honoured with the appearance of Sir Ian McKellen during 2005! Father and Daughter - Tommy and Katy Harris make separate appearances this coming season. Tommy (Thomas Craig) is in Sheffield whilst Katy (Lucy Jo Hudson) is in Salford. Pauline Fleming (Penny) appears in Billingham, Eric Potts, who plays Diggory Compton, is appearing in Stoke on Trent and Casey Lee Jolleys (Orchid) is appearing in Mansfield. Ex-Stripper/Mechanic Scott Wright, who played Sam Kingston, appears in New Brighton. Another veteran of the street is Kevin Kennedy who played Curly, he is appearing in Southsea. Keith Drinkel (currently playing Bob) is appearing in Buxton. Susie Blake, who is currently on tour in High Society, who plays Bev appears at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff



One of the most famous ex-residents of Brookside Close is Claire Sweeney who, since leaving the soap, now graces musical stages and daytime television screens regularly as well as Celebrity Big Brother. She can be found in Nottingham with actor John McCardle who will be know to all Brookside experts as Billy Corkhill but has more recently been seen in Mersey Beat.


Other former residents appearing in pantomime so far this year include Michael Starke (Sinbad) who is appearing in Southport, Sarah White (Bev) appearing in Rotherham, Danny McCall (Owen) in St Helens and Steven Pinder (Max Farnham) appearing in Swindon.





There are three pantomime veterans from Emmerdale on duty again this year - all ex-residents of the village, indeed one is an original resident of Emmerdale Farm - Lisa Riley (Llandudno), Malandra Burrows (Sheffield) and Frazer Hines (Newark). From the newer generation of ex-residents, chef Carlos (Gary Turner) is performing in Mansfield, Joe (Edward Baker Duly) in Horsham and Paul Marsden (Matthew Booth) is in Buxton.


Patsy Kensit who has been enjoying herself in the Dales finds herself in Richmond. She doesn't really need any introduction as a celebrity but she's famously romped with Mel Gibson in the Lethal Weapon films. It's a tough job....






So far Bernard Latham (Mr Cunningham) in Porthcawl, Kate Baines (Beth Morgan) in Grimsby, David Brown (Adam Morgan), Christina Baily (Danii) in Bath, Andy Newton Lee (Robbie) in Northampton, Richard Calkin (Richard Taylor) in Basingstoke, Steven Fletcher (Steven Murray) in Stockport, Catherine Le Brun in Carlisle, Henry Luxemburg (Toby Mills) in Richmond,  Katherine Dow Blyton (Sally Hunter) in Tunbridge Wells and Kathryn George (Helen Cunningham) is in Buxton.

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The Bill has gone through a number of changes in format over its history and certainly Mark Wingett (currently featured in Eastenders) saw most of them as one of the longest serving actors on the series playing Jim Carver. Tony Scannell who played Ted Roach has made quite a few returns to the series over the years but has been a regular in pantoland over the last couple of years. Mark can be found in Redhill (well it's almost Sun Hill) and Tony can be found in Blackpool. Russell Floyd who plays Ken Drummond is appearing in Hunstanton. With the demise of the evil Gabriel Kent, actor Todd Carty (see also Eastenders) can be found in High Wycombe. Larry Dann, who played the part of Sgt. Peters for over 200 Episodes, appears in Newport. Peter Ellis, Chief Supt. Brownlow, appears in Hayes.




With the launch of the new series of Doctor Who, the long running series is now building a whole new fan base!! Two previous incarnations of the doctor are starring in pantomime this year - Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy in Truro and London Zoo in Regents Park. We also have three of the doctor's assistants as well - Bonnie Langford in Guildford, who really needs no introduction to pantomime audiences, or any theatre audience come to that! Frazer Hines is appearing in Newark and Captain Jack, John Barrowman, is a pantomime first-timer but he has been a major star of the West End and Broadway musicals for many years and is currently starring in 'A Few Good Men' in the West End.


During this new series there has also been a number of high profile cameo appearances, Richard Wilson and Simon Callow to name but two. Richard Wilson is probably better known to TV audiences as long suffering Victor Meldrew - he appeared as Doctor Constantine in the controversial recent episode of the new series. Simon Callow appeared as Charles Dickens in an episode filmed at the New Theatre in Cardiff and his stage and screen credits would take forever to list - his most memorable appearance, however, was perhaps in the hit comedy 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', if that doesn't remind you he is, he was the funeral mentioned in the title.



The world of Childrens Television lends its support to cast lists all around the country - from CBBC, CBeebies, CITV and Channel 5 we offer the following:-


Chris Jarvis - Bournemouth

The Chuckle Brothers - Plymouth

Neil Armstrong (Carlisle)

Blue Peter Peter Duncan (Wimbledon)

Stephen Mulhern (Croydon)

Rescue Robots and Scary SleepoverAnna Williamson (Brighton)

Angellica Bell (Chatham)

Barney Harwood (Basingstoke)

Engie Benjy (Scunthorpe)

Milkshake Naomi Wilkinson (Wimbledon)

Dani Harmer (St Albans)

  Dave Benson Philips (Crawley)

Diggit Laura Jaye (Billingham)

Sidney Sloane (Hayes)

Aston Merrygold (Cardiff)

Anna Kumble (Horsham)

Basil Brush (High Wycombe)

Miles Jupp (Aberdeen)

Laura Hamilton (Bromley)

Sooty and Sweep (Northampton)

Kirsten O'Brien (Ipswich)

  Kasia Haddad (Malvern)

  Andrew Agnew (Tunbridge Wells)


Steve Wilson (Woking)

Mark Powlett (Newport)

Polly Parsons (Wolverhampton)

Juliet Cadzow (Glasgow)

Laura Evans (Liverpool)

Jacqueline Boatswain (Weston-Super-Mare)

Channel 5's HAVAKAZOO Gabrielle Bradshaw - Luton

Deepal Parmar (Chantal) - Flambards, Helston

John Joseph (Ian Hudson) - Flambards, Helston

Kacey Barnfield (Maddie Gilks) - Maidstone

Ben Hanson (Bouncer) - Maidstone

Darragh Mortell (Crash) - Halifax

Colin White (Spencer) - Folkestone

Diggin It Liam Dolan (Kilmarnock)




I would hate to refer to the next section as a blast from the past but these television programmes are probably only known to kids of a certain age!! Although in the days of UK Gold and Digital Television they can still be seen on any number of television screens around the world. The World of Music is featured with perhaps the original girl group and some hearthrobs from the 60's and 70's.


The fiery Helga (Kim Hartman) will be appearing in Middlesborough and Lieutenant Gruber (Guy Siner) will be appearing in Aladdin in Woking. Yvette and Mimi aka Vicki Michelle and Sue Hodge will be appearing together in Peterborough. The multi-talented Arthur Bostrom (who played the mis-pronouncing Crabtree) will be directing and starring in Cinderella in Stafford (he also wrote the script).





Set in Maplins holiday camp, this series was the main-stay of Saturday night entertainment on the BBC. Now being repeated on digital channels and having a new lease of life (and fans) on DVD re-issues. Stars of this series who are appearing this year are Ruth Madoc (Gladys) in Blackpool, Su Pollard (Peggy) in Rhyl, Jeffrey Holland (Spike) in Barnstaple, Nikki Kelly (Sylvia) in Rickmansworth and Paul Shane in Derby.



Recently voted Britain's Favourite Sitcom and you can't switch the BBC on and not find a repeat of many of the classic episodes. Now appearing in their own spin-off 'The Green Green Grass' - John Challis (Boycie) is in Wolverhampton and Sue Holderness is in Windsor.





The Story of Sharon and Tracey (No, not the Ugly Sisters!!!!) with their next door neighbour Dorien! Linda Robson (Tracey) can be found in Aylesbury, while Lesley Joseph (Dorien) can be found scaring small children as the Wicked Queen in Snow White in Bradford.




Up above the streets and houses, Rainbow climbing high...... Who can forget George, Bungle and Zippy - not to mention Rod, Jane and Freddy. The man holding it all together was of course Geoffrey - Geoffrey Hayes! He can be seen in pantoland in Durham.



A new entry this year for two residents who are pantomime veterans, Sarah Thomas (Glenda) and Tom Owen (Tom Simonite) appear in Sheffield and Grimsby respectively. Juliette Kaplan (Pearl) appears in Folkestone.

Simon Shepherd


Currently starring in a tour of the play 'Art', Simon was a star of Peak Practice.

Bobby Davro


A highly experienced comedian and pantomime performer. During the 80's and 90's he had a succession of comedy shows on television.

Brian Conley


A person who needs no introduction to regular readers of IBY! Star of stage and screen, was recently in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End. Had a number of television programmes on ITV, including his own chat show. It's a puppet.....

Stu 'Crush a Grape' Francis


Eamonn Holmes


Okay so he's only providing a recorded voice & image for the mirror but this ex-GMTV sofa sitter makes his first pantomime appearance.



A bit of glamour for pantoland in the form of the 60's model and actress Twiggy. Not that her stage and screen experience was limited to the 60's - Broadway Musicals and Daytime Television presenting are the extremes of her career!

Linda Lusardi



A former Page 3 Girl, she has recently taken part in the Channel 4 Programme 'The Games'.

Duncan Norvelle



Chase Me! So much more than a catchphrase!


Paul Nicholas



Just Good Friends on Television and in the theatre as a performer and producer (Grease). Too many to mention (Jesus Christ Superstar being just one) - currently touring in the musical Jeckyl and Hyde.

Jimmy Cricket

Weston Super Mare

Come Here! Comedian who is famous for his catchphrase and his wellies.

Keith Harris and Orville


Along with Cuddles the monkey, used to have their own children's television show. I Wish I Could Fly - the single made it into the charts. Most recently been award 'Top Farmer' in Channel Five's reality shop The Farm.

Cannon and Ball


Rock on Tommy!

The Nolans


The Original Girl Group!!

Linda (Belfast), Denise (Portcawl), Anne (York) - the next generation of Nolans finds Amy in York as well.

Faith Brown


Started on television as an impressionist - probably most famously Margaret Thatcher. Recently touring with musicals.

Jeremy Beadle


Game for a Laugh, Beadles About and You've Been Framed

Helen Fraser


Sylvia Hollamby from Bad Girls

Jonathan Wilkes

Stoke on Trent

You've Been Framed, A Pinball Wizard on tour with Tommy plus his best friend is Robbie Williams!

Isla St Clair


Larry Grayson's glamorous assistant on The Generation Game, a host on CITV in the 80's and a major musical talent in Scotland.

Melvyn Hayes


Currently playing Michael Rawlins on Eastenders but probably best remembered as Gloria in It Ain't Half Hot Mum.

Susan Hampshire


Most recently seen in Monarch of the Glen but probably best remembered in the original Forsyte Saga.

Paul Hendy


Host of Family Fortunes and Don't Try This At Home.

Sandra Dickinson


A stalwart of stage and screen for many years - probably best remembered for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the original TV series not the film)

Derek Griffiths


Probably better known for his days on Playschool but he has also graced the stage of the West End in Beauty and the Beast as well as many other productions around the country.

Lynda Baron


Best remembered as Nurse Gladys in Open All Hours but has graced the stage and screen in credits too numerous to mention.

Michelle Hardwick


Plays Lizzie Hopkirk in ITV's The Royal

Julian Clary


What hasn't Julian done? Answers on a postcard! Has been hosting the National Lottery on BBC1 and of course took part in Strictly Come Dancing.

Mina Anwar


Mina makes the journey to join Joe Pasquale in Birmingham. A regular face in a number of television programmes but who can forget WPC Maggie Habib in The Thin Blue Line!

Brian Blessed


Has appeared in Z-Cars, Doctor Who, Blackadder, I Claudius on TV and has appeared in the films Flash Gordon and Star Wars - Episode 1 to name but two!

Jean Fergusson


Marina from Last of the Summer Wine.

Hildegard Neil


No stranger to the film world having starred as 'Cleopatra' along side Charlton Heston in the 1973 Hollywood interpretation of 'Anthony and Cleopatra'

Anna Karen


Forever remembered as Olive in On The Buses but occasionally pops up as Aunt Sal Mitchell in Eastenders.

James Gaddas

Tunbridge Wells

Neil Grayling from Bad Girls and has also appeared as Vinny in Coronation Street - to name but two of his TV highlights!

Bernie Clifton


Britt Ekland


A Bond Girl and the star of Wicker Man and Get Carter. Also famously married to Peter Sellers.

Richard O'Brien

Milton Keynes

It's just a jump to the left.........

The creator of the phenomenon that is the Rocky Horror Show and also the wacky presenter of the Crystal Maze.

Joe McFadden


Started at the age of 12 with a role in Taggart, has spent 6 years in Take the High Road and other numerous film and television credits. He has appeared in the West End in Rent and will come to pantomime from the Chichester Festival where he is appearing in 'How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying'.

Jonathan Watson


One of the stars of Naked Video, now can be found in 'Only An Excuse'.


Ken Drury


The name may not ring a bell but the face probably seems familiar - probably because he has appeared in almost everything - Taggart, Monarch of the Glen, Hamish Macbeth, The Bill, Only Fools and Horses, Foyles War, Holby City, Inspector Morse, Wycliffe, A Touch of Frost, Doctors and Heartbeat!

Steve Purdon


Bob from River City

Ryan Fletcher


Vader from River City

Sam Hudson


This ex-Brookside resident can now be found playing Eddie in Born and Bred.

Jess Conrad


60's Hearthrob! (That's what the publicity material says!)

Michael Fenton Stevens


Most recently seen in Casualty but his face is familiar in a huge number of comedy programmes including Absolute Power, Nighty Night and Footballers Wives.

Paul Daniels



Master Magician, he appears alongside his wife - the lovely Debbie McGee.


Bobby Crush


The UK's favourite Piano Entertainer

Lucinda Rhodes Flaherty

Weston Super Mare

Currently appearing as Jodie in the Dream Team, but has also appeared in Morris 2274, Cavegirl and Harry & Cosh

Mike Holoway


Best Remembered for The Tomorrow People but has gone on to star in West End Musicals including Joseph and Grease.

Syd Little


Once part of the legendary Double Act of Little & Large - now making it on his own. See their entry in Double Acts

Julie Buckfield


Hollyoaks, Grange Hill, Casualty, The Bill, Les Miserables, Shakespeare, London's Burning - to name but a few!

Debbie Korley


From ITV's Night and Day


Stacey Cadman


Moving from Cavegirl to Mile High and presenting on Monster Jam on Channel 4

Sam Kane


From the television Sam has appeared in Brookside and Coronation Street but for the last couple of years he has appeared in musicals touring the UK including Boogie Nights and Carousel. He is appearing with his wife Linda Lusardi in pantomime in Southend.

Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart


A huge star of radio with his own show on Radio 2 but people of a certain age will always remember 'It's Friday, It's 5 to 5 and it's CRACKERJACK'!

Melinda Messenger


The former Page Three girl from Swindon, turned television presenter takes over from Caprice in Woking. She has appeared in a large number of pantomimes over the years.

Georgina Mellor


Georgina has appeared in Coronation Street, but has recently appeared as Anika in Footballers Wives and Footballers Wives Extra.



If you know of any other stars we have missed please let us know and we will add them to the list immediately - there are probably loads of people we have missed, not to mention the stars who need no introduction or show to recognise them! This section has so much more to offer and will continue to updated as the panto season approaches!!


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