Grange Hill Actor Joins EastEnders
Former Grange Hill star Lee MacDonald,
who played drug addict Zammo McGuire, is joining the cast of
EastEnders, the soap has confirmed.
The actor, who appeared in the iconic
BBC childrenís drama between 1982 and 1987, will appear in a
guest role for two episodes later this spring as bus driver
Terry who competes against Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter (Danny
Dyer) in a competition to win tickets to a concert. With Mick
desperate to get his hands on the tickets as a gift for wife
Linda (Kellie Bright), will Terry stand in the way?
MacDonald, 50, now runs a locksmith
and key-cutting business in south London, but has been
reportedly tempted back to acting for the EastEnders gig.
Reacting to the news, he said: ďI am absolutely chuffed to bits
and so excited to be briefly joining the cast of EastEnders. I
canít say too much yet but watch this space. Top banana!
ďMy agent wants me to drop the shop.
She says I should try and push myself as an actor and not a
locksmith. But Iím quite happy to say Iím a locksmith, ícos
thatís what pays the mortgage!Ē
Boy next door Zammoís descent into
drug addiction became the most famous storyline in Grange Hillís
history, and was one of the hardest-hitting moments of kidsí
drama up to that point.
The plot famously led to an anti-drugs
campaign including a number one single recorded by the cast, a
cover of La Toya Jacksonís ĎJust Say Noí which soared to the top
of the charts in 1986 raising money for charity. Stars involved
in the storyline were also invited to the White House to meet
then First Lady Nancy Reagan to discuss the anti-drugs message.