Wieder­se­hen stars now?

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erse­hen, Pet, and his role as Jack Ker­ruish in the drama se­ries Peak Prac­tice, al­though he has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous other roles.

His act­ing ca­reer in­cludes sev­eral stage plays, among them an adap­ta­tion of Twelve An­gry Men, and film ap­pear­ances in The Re­turn of the Sol­dier, The English Pa­tient, Para­noid and Purely Belter.

In 1985, Whately ap­peared in a 3-part Miss Marple adap­ta­tion (“A Mur­der Is An­nounced”) for the BBC. Two years later he was cast as De­tec­tive Sergeant Lewis, the down-toearth com­ple­ment to the epony­mous In­spec­tor Morse played by John Thaw. Whately starred op­po­site Thaw in 32 episodes over 13 years in the hugely suc­cess­ful se­ries that es­tab­lished him as a house­hold name in the UK.

He reprised the role in the spinoff se­ries Lewis, in which Lewis re­turns to Ox­ford as a full In­spec­tor.

Timothy Spall – Barry

Auf Wieder­se­hen, Pet is where Spall be­came a house­hold name.

And since then his ca­reer has gone from strength to strength.

He re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim for his per­for­mance in Se­crets & Lies (1996), for which he was nom­i­nated for the BAFTA Award for Best Ac­tor in a Lead­ing Role. Sub­se­quently, he starred in sup­port­ing roles, in­clud­ing Si­mon Gra­ham in The Last Samu­rai (2003), Peter Pet­ti­grew in the Harry Pot­ter film se­ries (2004-2010), Albert Pier­re­point in Pier­re­point (2005), Bea­dle Bam­ford in Sweeney Todd: The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street (2007), Peter Taylor in The Damned United (2009), and Win­ston Churchill in The King’s Speech (2010).

He starred in the tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary Timothy Spall: Back at Sea (2010-2012) and in 2014 won the Best Ac­tor award at the 2014 Cannes Film Fes­ti­val for por­tray­ing J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s bi­o­graph­i­cal film Mr Turner.

He was ap­pointed Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Empire (OBE) in the 2000 New Year Hon­ours.

In 1996, Spall was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, but has since been in re­mis­sion.

Gary Holton – Wayne

Holton was a singer-song­writer, mu­si­cian and ac­tor from Lon­don. He was the front­man of the band Heavy Metal Kids (1972-77), he worked with Casino Steel (1981-84), and played the part of Wayne in Auf Wieder­se­hen, Pet from 1983 to 1985. He died from an over­dose of mor­phine com­bined with al­co­hol in 1985 aged 33.

In his early years he worked with the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany at Strat­ford. But in Auf Wieder­se­hen, Pet, Holton played a Cock­ney car­pen­ter who liked his women, mu­sic and drink, which was sim­i­lar to his off-screen per­son­al­ity.

The first se­ries of Auf Wieder­se­hen, Pet ran be­tween 1983 and 1984. In Fe­bru­ary 1985, film­ing be­gan on the sec­ond se­ries. The fi­nal episode of the sec­ond se­ries, broad­cast af­ter Holton’s death, was ded­i­cated to his mem­ory. He died mid­way through the sec­ond se­ries.

Pat Roach – Bomber

Roach was an English ac­tor and pro­fes­sional wrestler. Dur­ing an act­ing ca­reer in the 1970’s - 1990’s he ap­peared in mul­ti­ple cin­ema films, usu­ally cast as a sup­port player strong­man vil­lain.

He ap­peared in the In­di­ana Jones cin­ema films, as well as Auf Wieder­se­hen, Pet as the West Coun­try brick­layer Brian “Bomber” Bus­bridge and in the role of Petty Of­fi­cer Edgar Evans in the tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion The Last Place on Earth.

He died in 2004 at the age of 67.

Christo­pher Fair­bank – Moxey

Ac­tor Christo­pher Fair­bank was best known for his role as Moxey in Auf Wieder­se­hen, Pet.

He has nu­mer­ous tele­vi­sion cred­its to his name, in­clud­ing Sap­phire and Steel, The Pro­fes­sion­als, and The Scar­let Pim­per­nel. He pro­vided voice talent for two Aard­man fea­ture-length films, Curse of the WereRab­bit and Flushed Away.

In 2011 Fair­bank starred in Pi­rates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as a pi­rate called Ezekiel, and in 2012 he ap­peared as an Aus­tralian in Sky 1’s Star­lings.

In 2017 he played Ib­bot­son, De­laney’s ten­ant farmer in BBC One’s drama Taboo. ES­CORTED HOL­I­DAYS

Ac­tor Timothy Spall played Barry

Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy & Kevin What­ley

Gary Holton at El­stree Stu­dios, 1982

Den­nis, Oz and Neville of the show

The boys re­united in 2002 for a new se­ries

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