Heartbeat cast now from millionaire lifestyle to fatal fall

The aptly named ITV drama Heartbeat made hearts beat faster when the catchy theme song hit our TV screens at the end of each weekend.

The Yorkshire-based police drama of the 1960s began in the early 90s and was hugely loved by weekly viewers of 18 million viewers for 18 years.

The long-running ITV drama initially centered on a young couple, PC Nick Rowan and his GP wife, Kate, who were moving from London to the fictional North Yorkshire village of Aidensfield.

In its 18 series and 372 episodes, the village beat Bobby and the doctors changed several times, and viewers met many locals.

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And the good news for superfans, or those who missed it, is you can still rerun the show on ITV3.

So what have the cast been up to since leaving the North Yorkshire moors?

Nick Berry – Nick Rowan

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Nick, 57, played Nick Rowan for seven series on Heartbeat and faced difficult storylines such as losing his wife to leukemia and finding love.

In his exit story, he left the village for Canada.

Nick also had a successful career as a singer with the title Every Loser Wins, which became number one in 1986 – and he was the voice behind Heartbeat’s theme song.

His other popular acting roles included playing Simon Wicks in EastEnders from 1985 to 1990.

He married Rachel Robertson in 1994 and put his acting career on hold to stay home with their sons Louis and Finley.

After starting a family, he made an on-screen appearance in EastEnders following the death of his mother, Pat Butcher.

He has not appeared in any series or film since then.

He is believed to have amassed an estimated £ 5 million from his time in the spotlight – enough to fund a sprawling home in Epping, Essex, and a beach home in Hove.

To speak to Daily mail In 2011, he said of his decision to step back from the limelight, “I chose to be a home dad and I loved it. I’ve always said that as a teenager I could go back, but the longer you are do something not, the harder it is to do and I haven’t really missed it. “

Clare Wille – Rachel Dawson

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Clare, 48, played local DS Rachel Dawson, who was related to PC Joe Mason, for four years.

The Cheshire-born actress played a recurring role as Trish Davidson on Coronation Street in 2012.

Since Corrie she has appeared in Victoria, W1A, Vera and Silent Witness.

She has also made appearances on television shows Defending the Guilty and Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.

Mark Jordon – Phil Bellamy

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Lancashire-born Mark, 56, played the lovable PC Phil Bellamy from series 1 through series 17.

He was best known for his relationship with barmaid Gina, whom he eventually married before Phil was killed.

After his days at Heartbeat, he became a soap star performing on Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Casualty and Emmerdale.

Mark started a production company to produce his first short film, To the Sea Again, which he also directed and which took him to Hollywood.

Tricia Penrose – Gina Ward

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50-year-old Liverpool actress Tricia played Gina Ward – first seen in her uncle’s pub.

Tricia was only supposed to appear on Heartbeat for 12 months but stayed on the show for 18 years.

She later appeared on popular shows such as Brookside, The Royal, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Tricia said the show changed her life, even leading to the release of the single Where Did Our Love Go in 1996.

Since the series ended, she has been a regular reality TV star, appearing on Celebrity MasterChef and the 2013 series of Celebrity Big Brother, and has shown daytime shows including Who’s Doing the Dishes?

The star has not appeared in many TV roles since her cameo on Crime Stories.

The actress now has two sons and has become a radio host for Radio Wirral.

Bill Maynard – Claude Jeremiah Greengrass

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From 1992 to 2000, Bill played the lovable villain Claude Jeremiah Greengrass.

The actor had a long 60-year career in the showbiz industry and is believed to have made millions after first appearing on screen in Great Scott, It’s Maynard in 1955.

He appeared in carry-on films in the 1970s and also starred in Oh No It’s Selwyn Froggitt.

The actor decided to retire in 2000 after suffering a series of strokes.

However, he made a comeback in 2003 when he landed a presentation appearance on BBC Radio Leicester.

His show, called Bill of Fare, aired every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for almost five years until he was fired without notice on February 5, 2008.

He returned to the stage in October 2009 when he appeared as the Guest of Honor at the Pride of Bridlington Awards in East Yorkshire.

Unfortunately, Bill died in 2018 at the age of 89 after a serious fall from a mobility scooter that broke his hip.

David Lonsdale – David Stockwell

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Southport born actor David, 57, is best known for his role as David Stockwell in Heartbeat, which he appeared in until his end in 2010.

The father of three has since had roles in Corrie, Casualty and Vera, as well as film roles in The Real Full Monty and Downton Abbey.

That year, actor Gary starred in the popular ITV drama The Bay.

He has a wife of 28 and the couple have three children together.

Peter Benson – Bernie Scripps

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Peter played Bernie Scripps in Heartbeat between 1995 and 2010. Bernie was the drama funeral director and also ran a garage in Aidensfield.

After the show ended, he played two different cameo roles in Casualty in 2011 and 2013.

His other credits included A Touch of Frost, The Bill and Coronation Street, in which he played the recurring role of Mr. Murdoch.

Peter died in September 2018 at the age of 75.

Nikki Sanderson – Dawn Bellamy

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Nikki, 36, starred as the popular Dawn Bellamy from 2008 to 2009.

Her character was sent to stay at the pub with Gina to escape a bad crowd in Manchester, and she soon became a fan favorite.

After performing as Candice on Coronation Street when she was only 13, the actress kept walking down the soap line and performing as Maxine Minnver in Hollyoaks.

She has played Maxine since 2012 and her character is still on the show and has won multiple awards over the course of her career.

Derek Fowlds – Oscar Blaketon

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Derek played Sgt Oscar Blaketon in Heartbeat for 18 years.

He was a sergeant in the first seven series of Heartbeat before a heart attack forced him to retire and take on other jobs, including becoming the owner of the Aidensfield Arms Pub.

The role introduced him to a whole new audience when the nostalgic police drama became a TV sensation. After the series ended, Derek had roles on other TV shows such as Casualty and Doctors.

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Early in his career, he was known for his role as Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister, a role he played for four years.

Derek died in January 2020 at the age of 82.

Jason Durr – Mike Bradley

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LAMDA-trained Jason, 53, was PC and DC Mike Bradley in Heartbeat for six years.

His character came from London and rubbed people the wrong way at first before getting involved in village life.

He’s been on TV since Heartbeat and can now be seen as Nurse David Hide in Casualty.

The actor now lives in Wiltshire with his three children and TV presenter and gardener Kate Charman.

William Simons – Alf Ventress

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William played as PC Alf Ventress throughout the series – a character known for her superior local knowledge.

After Heartbeat, the Wales-born actor starred in Casualty as well as The Bill, The Royal, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Simons died in June 2019 at the age of 78.

Joe McFadden – Joe Mason

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Crow Road star Joe, 45, played PC Joe Mason in Heartbeat from 2007 to 2010.

After Heartbeat he appeared in Casualty and then became a favorite in Holby City as Raffaello “Raf” di Lucca.

He moved further into the spotlight in 2017 after teaming up with Katya Jones on Strictly Come Dancing – and taking the crown.

He has also forged a successful career in the theater including the UK tour of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

Geoffrey Hughes – Vernon Scripps

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Liverpool actor Geoffrey played Vernon Scripps, who replaced Greengrass as the lovable villain in the village.

He was also known to millions of viewers in the 1970s and 1980s as Twiggy in The Royle Family, Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances, and Coronation Street Binman Eddie Yeats.

He died in 2012 at the age of 68 after battling prostate cancer.


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