Mark Farmer (1962-2016)

Gary HargreavesIt is with sadness that Grange Hill Gold has to report the death of Mark Farmer who played Gary Hargreaves in Series 2-4, after a short battle with cancer.

Gary was the popular football team captain, who enjoyed a brief romance with Trisha Yates, his sister Cathy’s best friend.

Having joined Grange Hill when he was 17, Mark went on to play the lead in the BBC drama Johnny Jarvis, before having a recurring role on Minder. A keen musician, Mark was a member of the band Lighthouse and had also played for Bad Manners.

Grange Hill co-stars paying tribute to Mark included :

Paul McCarthy (Tommy Watson) : He was a good Guy. Very sad news. RIP Mark. 2016 has started out very tough. Stay well everyone Xxx

George Armstrong (Alan Humphries) : Just heard an old friend Mark Farmer has passed away, when I started Grange Hill Mark was one of the people who helped me through the first few series. My thoughts and love go out to his family, gone too young

Linda Slater (Susi McMahon) : It was so sad to hear about poor Mark. He was in Grange Hill at the same time I was – he played such a great character. It’s just so awful that he was so young xx

Mark Burdis : (Stewpot Stewart) : Very sad to hear the dreadful news about an old friend, Mark Farmer. Yet another talent lost to this dreadful disease. We must find a cure.

George Wilson (Ziggy Greaves) : Legendary character came to l’pool years ago & couldn’t get him to go home, very very sad news.

Ricky Simmonds (Ant Jones) : Minder, Grange Hill…But forever Johnny Jarvis.
RIP Mark Farmer.