Trisha Yates s1If there was one Grange Hill character best known for standing up for a cause, it was Trisha Yates. Played by Michelle Herbert for the first five series of Grange Hill, strong minded Trisha became one of the best remembered female pupils at Britain’s best loved school! Now on behalf of Trisha, Grange Hill Gold needs to ask for your help!trisha3

Grange Hill Gold is sad to report that Michelle has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, Michelle’s daughter, Chloe Anderson,  is working hard to fund-raise for the Breast Cancer Care charity. To find out all about Chloe’s fundraising quest, and to see how you can donate to this fantastic cause, Grange Hill Gold begs you to visit Chloe’s Justgiving page here.

Please help Chloe4be228e9bb9226404f9bd518e666539a to raise her target amount by giving generously. She’s already beaten her first fundraising target of £500, so lets see if Grange Hill fans can help her raise even more.

Make a difference – just like Trisha Yates!

Chloe’s Just Giving Page is here:

Terry Sue Patt 1964-2015

181055_558266280857790_330834587_nIt is with huge sadness that GHG has to report the news that Terry Sue Patt who played Grange Hill’s Benny Green, has passed away.

Benny Green was the first Grange Hill pupil seen on screen, and it was Terry’s talented portrayal that persuaded the audience to fall in love with the talented footballer who couldn’t afford a pair of boots.

It was always clear that Terry had huge affection for his time in Grange Hill and he attended last year’s Grange Hill Memories convention where he talked animatedly about his time on the show.

hillboysv2As well as acting, Terry was a hugely talented street artist, producing a range of work and exhibitions, often inspired by Grange Hill.

GHG was fortunate enough to interview Terry and meet him again the following year. He was a friendly, thoughtful, engaging  and talented speaker and lit up the room at last year’s convention ; bringing together people from all eras.

Terry Sue Patt will be sorely missed.

You can read our interview with Terry here.

Grange Hill friends and co-stars have been posting messages on condolence, which we have shared below, as a tribute to Terry.

Robert Craig Morgan (Justin Bennett) –

“I can not find the words to describe my shock and utter sadness on hearing my good friend and Grange Hill colleague, Terry Sue Patt has passed away. Terry was a beautiful person, who I loved from the first time I met him.
A fine actor,artist and a great soul, he will be so missed by those who were lucky enough to have known him. I will treasure forever my memories of my friendship with him.
I’m devastated by hearing this, I send my deepest condolences to all his family and loved ones.
God bless you Terry. You are legend my friend.
xx xx”

Paula Ann Bland (Claire Scott) – 

“I’m totally in shock and devastated at the passing of Terry Sue-Patt.
RIP lovely man xxx

Lee Macdonald – (Zammo Maguire)

“R.I.P. To the loveliest man you could EVER meet and my memories will stay with me FOREVER, love you R.I.P. To the loveliest man you could EVER meet and my memories will stay with me FOREVER, love you Xxxxx”

Sheikh Up Brings John Alford Back To BBC

$(KGrHqFHJBcE7)y6+CbqBPHHio3Pt!~~60_12Grange Hill star, John Alford, who played Robbie Wright between 1984-1990, returned to BBC 1 this week after 18 years in the TV wilderness. John who went on to star in London’s Burning, lost his home and career when in 1996, the News Of The World ran a story claiming he was a drug dealer. Involving the infamous ‘Fake Sheikh’ reporter, Mazhar Mahmood, the story lead to John being imprisoned in 1999, for six weeks for supplying drugs.  London’s Burning terminated his contract and John found it hard to get regular acting work after his release.

However, in July 2014, pop singer Tulisa Contostavlos found herself on trial following a similar ordeal at the hands of the News Of The World reporter. Unlike John Alford’s trial, Tulisa’s collapsed after the judge claimed there were “strong grounds for believing” that Mr Mahmood had committed perjury in court. This then threw a spotlight on to the Fake Sheikh’s previous ‘sting’s’, particularly John Alford’s.

johnalford2014BBC1’s Panorama ran an investigative special this week in which they interviewed victims of Mr Mahmood and showed unseen footage of his stings.

Talking to Panorama, John revealed that after the conviction he had considered suicide. He was quoted as saying, “No one can give me the 18 years I’ve lost, no one can give me that back. I hope this is the first day of a new life for me.”

It is thought that, after the events of July’s ‘Tulisa’ trial, further legal action will follow from victims of the ‘Fake Sheikh’.

Panorama gave John Alford the chance to honestly and openly discuss his own side of the story, which up until July, he had been unable to do.

Read The Guardian’s report here.

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.