He’ll join the cast as Jordan, causing trouble for PC Mel Ryder (played by Rhea Bailey). The reason? Apparently, he gets arrested for a stabbing and it’s Mel who has to bring him in to the station. However, what her colleagues don’t realise immediately is the tearaway is actually her brother. Anyway, it’ll be good to see David Judge back on our screens again, even if it is just a small part in The Bill. As we know, the former Hollyoaks star featured in several meaty storylines during his time on the Channel 4 soap, including the carbon monoxide incident, and the ill-fated relationship with Hannah. But did you know that David Judge’s previous credits include appearances in Casualty and Doctors? It just goes to show that the young star’s not averse to a bit of soap-hopping. Who knows? We may see him in a regular soap role again soon. Maybe he could try Emmerdale because if the mass exodus of cast members continues, they’ll be filming one-character episodes of the soap a la EastEnders.
Anyway, David Judge becomes the latest soapster to be ‘Nicked’. He joins the likes of:
:: Todd Carty: After leaving behind a lengthy stint as Mark Fowler in EastEnders, in which he became soap’s first main character to become HIV positive, he (ludicrously) became bad copper PC Gabriel Kent. Subscribing to the Dirty Harry school of policing, Gabriel hired thugs to beat up local criminals and involved himself in a complex of web of deceit – claiming he was another officer’s long-lost son. He also allowed another colleague to burn to death, while trying to smother the real long-lost son to death. Todd Carty left the show in 2005.
:: Gillian Taylforth: Best known for playing Kathy in EastEnders, she first joined Gary Lucy on Footballers’ Wives before becoming Sergeant Nikki Wright. She officially resigned back in June so that she could spend more time with her daughter.
:: Lucy Speed: She was famed for playing Natalie Evans in EastEnders during two spells: from 1994 – 1995, and from 1999 – 2004. Leaving the show after her character pointed out Janine as Berry’s killer, she’s now a regular at Sun Hill tracking down the criminals as DC Stevie Moss.
:: Roberta Taylor: The former EastEnder, who played Irene Raymond, wife of Terry, gave up propping up the bar at the Queen Vic in Albert Square to take up the more honourable role of Inspector Gina Gold in the Bill. Her character was known as the station’s dragon and she was accused of bullying younger police officer PC Emma Keane. Actress Roberta Taylor has now left the show.
:: Ali Bastian: As Becca Dean in Hollyoaks (for six years), she went from being stuck behind bars to putting people there. On The Bill, she portrays PC Sally Armstrong.
:: Gary Lucy: Having won the Best Newcomer award at the 2000 British Soap Awards for his role of Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks, he then went on to play Kyle Pascoe in Footballers’ Wives and PC Will Fletcher in The Bill. Once voted Bachelor Of The Year by Company magazine, he is in no rush to marry his girlfriend yet.
If this soaps/The Bill trend continues it won’t be long before ex EastEnder, Mohamed George is back on our screens again. Hooray! He’ll sweep up the crime in Sun Hill!
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