Todd Carty is an Irish actor and director, who has grown up on television screens in a variety of roles. His stage work has varied from pantomime to serious drama, as...Read More
Todd Carty is an Irish actor and director, who has grown up on television screens in a variety of roles. His stage work has varied from pantomime to serious drama, as well as radio plays, voiceovers, commercials, narrations, and films. He is best known for his roles as Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill, Mark Fowler in EastEnders, and villainous policeman Gabriel Kent in The Bill.
Carty made his first stage appearance at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane, as the young Lionel in Lionel Bart's autobiographical musical Lionel; however, his television career in his youth was mostly defined by his role as Tucker Jenkins in Phil Redmond's popular BBC drama Grange Hill (1978–1982), and the subsequent spin off series Tucker's Luck (1983–1985).
During the 1970s and 1980s, Carty also appeared in Z-Cars (1976), Our Mutual Friend, Drummer and Headmaster, all for the BBC. And for German TV, Focus on Britain and The Idle Bunch. His film work at the time included Please Sir! (1971) and Professor Popper's Problem (1974). In 1983, he landed the role of Oswyn in the fantasy film Krull.
From 2003 to 2005 Carty played PC Gabriel Kent, in ITV's The Bill. In 2005 Carty returned to the big screen as the aristocrat Harvey Van Bollingbroke in the movie Treasure of Albion (2006). He appeared in The School That Roared (2009) as the eccentric Mr. Haig, for which he was also second-unit director. Carty has guest-starred as Ray Hallam in the Christmas special of the TV series Heartbeat, and in BBC's Holby City, as villain Cameron Cooke. In 2008, he guest-starred in BBC's Doctors, playing the part of Kev Blake.
In 2003, Carty reprised the role of Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill, as the uncle of one the pupils, Patrick 'Togger' Johnson. He appeared in just this one episode, but he was brought back once again to film for Grange Hill's final series, broadcast in 2008 — a one-off special episode to celebrate the 30th birthday of the long-running BBC TV show. He appeared as Tucker in the final televised episode.
Carty was a guest on the BBC1 show I'd Do Anything, in May 2008, with Cameron Mackintosh, helping to choose one of the selected boys to play Oliver Twist for the new West End production of Oliver!.
He appeared in the fourth series of the UK version of Dancing on Ice, which began on 10 January 2009. Carty partnered professional skater Susie Lipanova and was eliminated in the 5th round.
Carty's radio work includes such dramas as Les Misérables, The Three Loves of Ida Bliss, We Are Happy, Wavelength, Midweek, Jellybones, The London Particulars, and The Chocolate Frigate. Narration work includes Paddington Green, Scene in New York, The Fame Game, Driving Mum Crazy, Snapshot-Eddie Kidd, The Jungle Creatures and many more. In 1989, Carty reprised the role of Tucker in the musical stage version of Grange Hill: Grange Hill: Tucker's Return, at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Between 2007 and 2008, he toured the UK in The Business of Murder as Police Detective Hallett.
Carty stars as Patsy, from May 2010, in the Monty Python touring production of Spamalot.
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