June 22, 2022

The cast of London’s Burning now – from Hollywood blockbusters to professional poker player

ITV’s much-loved firefighter drama London’s Burning has kept us all captivated from the safety of our sofas for a remarkable 14 years.

Its high-octane blend of emotionally charged stories, action-packed drama, and an often laugh-out-loud script proved an irresistible combination, with many wishing the series was still going. Its success was largely due to audiences warming to Blue Watch’s extremely friendly crew.

We’ve taken characters such as Rambo, Sicknote, Recall and Poison to heart, religiously granting each week to check in with the boys and girls of Blackwall.

London’s Burning started life as a two-hour movie in 1986 before becoming the 1988 TV series we all know and love.

There were a total of 172 flamboyant episodes before the series died out in 2002.

The firefighter drama was originally filmed at Dockhead Fire Station in Bermondsey, with filming for the first three series taking place in the duty room, mess hall and bay – where the actual firefighters jumped at the chance to work shifts as extras.

Whether it was an explosive setting, a steamy romance or a bit of character building, Burning London truly had something for everyone and still holds a special place in the hearts of the nation.

With that in mind, let’s find out what happened to the cast members:

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Glen Murphy, who played firefighter George Green

Glen Murphy – George Green

Gorge Green was the longest running character in the series and the only one to appear in all of London’s Burning series.

This hot-tempered former boxer joined Blue Watch at the start of the first series and enjoyed a steady stream of romances throughout his tenure.

Actor Glen is best known as the character in London’s Burning, but he also appeared in British thriller Tank Malling and The Bill.

In 2007 he was awarded an MBE for his charity work after raising over £1million for good causes.

Now 64, Glen starred with childhood pal Ray Winstone in the 2014 thriller Lords of London.



Actor Sean Blowers who played John Hallam
Actor Sean Blowers who played John Hallam

Sean Blowers – John Hallam

Has the immensely sympathetic but rather uptight John ever gotten the promotion he’s been looking for? He never did, did he?

The character was badly traumatized after being buried alive when a wall collapsed during a job in the fourth series.

Five years later, John was brutally killed after falling 80 feet when a gantry gave way in the middle of a hellish warehouse.

Actor Sean, now 61, has also appeared in EastEnders, Crossroads, Heartbeat and Doctor Who.

You may also recognize him for playing Wyman Manderly in the season six finale of the wildly popular Game of Thrones.



Actor Richard Walsh who played Bert 'Sicknote' Quigley
Actor Richard Walsh who played Bert ‘Sicknote’ Quigley

Richard Walsh – Bert ‘Sicknote’ Quigley

Blackwall’s resident hypochondriac, the aptly named ‘Sicknote’, complained incessantly of one illness or another.

An aspiring stage star, he often made theater appearances alongside his wife Jean, whom his colleagues reluctantly accompanied to show their support.

Sicknote bowed out in series 12, when he sadly perished in an explosion at a fireworks factory.

Since leaving the show, actor Richard has appeared in Doctors, the movie Daddy’s Girl, Midsomer Murders and Heartbeat.

The 70-year-old also made an appearance in the Netflix series The Crown as Joe Gormley in 2019.



Jerome Flynn played Kenny 'Rambo' Baines
Jerome Flynn played Kenny ‘Rambo’ Baines

Jerome Flynn – Kenny ‘Rambo’ Baines

“But he wasn’t at London’s Burning!” we hear you cry.

Well, he only featured in the initial TV movie, but we felt actor Jerome was worth mentioning because he had phenomenal success after Blackwall.

Jerome of course starred as Paddy Garvey of The King’s Fusiliers alongside Robson Green in the hit drama Soldier Soldier.

The pals even enjoyed multiple number ones on the music charts with their versions of Unchained Melody, I Believe, and What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?

Jerome, now 58, appeared in the chilling 19th century drama Ripper Street and an episode of Charlie Brooker’s disturbing Black Mirror in 2016.

Game of Thrones fans will instantly recognize him as the lovable rogue Bronn, who starred in countless episodes from 2011 to 2019. In 2019 he also appeared as Berrada opposite Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in John Wick. : Chapter 3 – Parabellum.



James Hazeldine played Mike 'Bayleaf' Wilson
James Hazeldine played Mike ‘Bayleaf’ Wilson

James Hazeldine – Mike ‘Bayleaf’ Wilson

An extremely popular member of the team, Bayleaf was in charge of the mess until he left the show in Series 8.

The character has been involved in many gripping storylines, such as being knocked out when a wall collapsed and being buried alive.

Truly a stage and film star, actor James was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and starred in the children’s TV series Chocky as well as Heartbeat.

James starred as Sigmund Freud in the play The Talking Cure in December 2002, but was soon taken ill and sadly died a week later. He was 55 years old.

Trevor Nunn, director of the Royal National Theatre, described him as “a leading actor of painstakingly observed truthfulness, comedic brilliance and emotional audacity” who “was also a man of contagious enthusiasm , of great warmth and humanity that was universally popular among his colleagues”.



London actor Burning Ben Onwukwe
London actor Burning Ben Onwukwe

Ben Onwukwe – Stuart ‘Recall’ MacKenzie

Nicknamed “Recall” thanks to his incredible photographic memory, Stuart joined the team midway through Season 4.

The firefighter was nearly fired from the team when he refused to shave his beard – which the team rectified by tying it up and shaving it for him!

Since the series ended, actor Ben, now 64, has taken care of appearing in Coronation Street, Clyde Johnson in Holby City and Dessie Dunn in EastEnders.

In 2018 he starred as Eric Pratchett in the drama Safe, and the following year took on the role of WEB Dubois in Hero, inspired by the life and times of the Caribbean war hero, judge and diplomat. Ulric Cross.



Ross Boatman and Sam Beckinsale
Ross Boatman and Sam Beckinsale

Ross Boatman – Kevin Medhurst

Recognized as Blue Watch’s resident troublemaker, this temperamental firefighter often got into fights with his colleagues and questioned the authority of those above him.

Kevin’s character came from a broken home and suffered a lot of sadness in his life before joining the Station Boys.

The actor Ross is a top poker player and a member of the professional gaming quartet The Hendon Mob.

Now 58, the actor has also enjoyed success on the European Poker Tour and proudly has several poker titles to his credit.



Michael Garner played Geoffrey Pearce in London's Burning
Michael Garner played Geoffrey Pearce in London’s Burning

Michael Garner – Geoffrey ‘Poison’ Pearce

It wasn’t until Series 6 that old Poison joined the watch. He got his unpleasant nickname because he had a penchant for gossip and flattered his elders too much.

The character wasn’t all bad, however, and could be quite sensitive at times.

After Blackwall, actor Michael joined several of his co-stars appearing in Doctors, Holby City and Casualty.

Rather unexpectedly, he appeared in pop starlet Ellie Goulding’s music video for How Long Will I Love You in 2013.

Michael, now 67, is perhaps best known for having walked the stage, with high-profile roles in countless plays by Shakespeare, Educating Rita and the less brainy An Evening With Gary Lineker.



Actress Sam Beckinsale who played Kate Stevens
Actress Sam Beckinsale who played Kate Stevens

Samantha Beckinsale – Kate Stevens

Kate joined the crew in 1990 and quickly became a much-loved member of the team during her two-year stay.

Actress Samantha previously starred as WPC Martin in an episode of Thames Television’s Never The Twain.

Later in 1994, she landed the role of Gillian on the sitcom Time After Time.

Three years later she starred as Jilly Howell on the short-lived sitcom Get Well Soon and in 1998 became Gillian Monroe on the short-lived sitcom Duck Patrol with One Foot in The Grave’s Richard Wilson.

Samantha, now 55, has also appeared in Doctors, Holby City and Heartbeat.



Connor Byrne played Rob 'Hyper' Sharpe
Connor Byrne played Rob ‘Hyper’ Sharpe

Connor Byrne – Rob “Hyper” Sharpe

Emotional scenes ensued in series 12 and 13 when Hyper came out as gay to his co-workers.

He was later promoted to chief firefighter but never got a proper release as he left for unknown reasons early in the series finale.

Actor Connor is perhaps best known for playing Mike Milligan on all three Tracy Beaker shows, becoming the longest-serving actor on the show.

Now 57, he also played Geoff in three episodes of Emmerdale in 2019 and is appearing on our screens this year as Dale Roberts in Doctors.

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