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Tuesday, April 02  2019

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  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.

 

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