Farewell Mr Brisley

Adam_Ray2It is with sadness that Grange Hill Gold has to report the passing of Adam Ray, Grange Hill’s Mr Brisley.

Joining Grange Hill in 1992, Adam played Tom Brisley, the school’s art teacher until 1999. Fair, creative and firm Mr Brisley became a popular teacher at Grange Hill. The character caused controversy when it was revealed that he was gay, but Adam’s portrayal and sensitively written scripts received positive praise from critics.

Adam left Grange Hill after moving to Australia with his family, where he continued to act and work in design, proving he was just as talented artistically as his alter ego; Mr Brisley.

Adam Ray – 21st June 1958 – 12th October 2014

Miss Booth visits Weatherfield!

B0anSnpIQAAwDcxIMAG0007Coronation Street viewers and Grange Hill fans had a pleasant surprise this week when actress Karen Ford appeared in Weatherfield. Karen, best known for playing Grange Hill’s art teacher Miss Booth, arrived on Coronation Street as ‘Kerry Waddle’ ; a potential client for Carla Connor’s Underworld.

To find out about Karen’s time at Grange Hill and what she’s been up to since hanging up Miss Booth’s painting smock, read our exclusive interview here.

The Partridge Has Landed!

KarenLewisPopular History teacher, Miss Roz Partridge found time to care for the pupils of Grange Hill as well as her own child. As an unmarried single mother Roz Partridge faced a hard time from colleagues and school governors. In an exclusive interview, actress Karen Lewis discusses her time playing Ms Partridge, her friendship with Anthony Minghella and the joy of working on Grange Hill. Click here to read!

Mr Hopwood Recalls!

BriancapronGrange Hill Gold has been fortunate enough to interview actor Brian Capron who played woodwork teacher Mr Hopwood between 1980-1983 . You can read the full interview here in which Brian recalls his favourite moments from Grange Hill and his career-to-date.

As well as this exclusive interview, GHG also has five other exclusive interviews being prepared for the site. Keep visiting GHG or follow us on Twitter @grangehillgold so you don’t miss out on upcoming interviews with Margo Selby (Julie Corrigan), James Wynn (Mr Sutcliffe), Karen Lewis (Ms Partridge), Chris Jury (Mr Knowles) and Anna Home, the lady who originally commissioned Grange Hill.

It’s The Beeb!

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Beeb – Issue 2

Grange Hill might have been hugely successful on television, but it also had a very successful time in print too! Grange Hill Gold has begun to look at some of these ‘imprints’ as part of our Grange Hill In Print feature. As well as our Golden Wonder Photo Stories gallery, we have also been able to post some of the Grange Hill features from ‘Beeb’ magazine. Published by the BBC as a rival to ITV’s LookIn!, Beeb only lasted for 20 issues, but have a look at some of the magazine’s fantastic GH features in our new Beeb gallery.

Where Are They Now? UPDATED

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Grange Hill Gold’s most visited page is always ‘Where Are They Now?’ with visitors always very keen to find out what their favourite stars of Grange Hill are up to nowadays. We’ve recently updated this page with plenty more familiar faces and will continue to do so in the coming months. You can visit the page here.

UPDATED 28/6/14 Check out further updates for the 1985-1990 yeargroup (including Ziggy, Robbie, Gonch and Trevor).