15 Surprising Celebrities Who Were In “The Bill”

Time to take a trip down memory lane.

1. Keira Knightley.

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When did she first appear? Season 11, Episode 39: “Swan Song”, in 1995.
Who did she play? Sheena Rose, a 10-year-old thief who is found to have a valuable collection of old coins in her backpack.
Where do you know her from? Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement.

2. Russell Brand.

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When did he first appear? Season 10, Episode 127: “Land of the Blind”, in 1994.
Who did he play? Billy Case, a teenager who is accused of assault.
Where do you know him from? Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Arthur.

3. Denise Van Outen.

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When did she first appear? Season 14, Episode 117: “The Personal Touch”, in 1998.
Who did she play? Melanie Lehmann, who calls the police after being robbed by a gang but fails to mention that she’s dating one of its members.
Where do you know her from? The Big Breakfast.

4. Craig Charles.

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When did he first appear? Season 11, Episode 124: “Honeypot”, in 1995.
Who did he play? Martin Bailey, a pupil in a school with a drugs problem.
Where do you know him from? Coronation Street.

5. Catherine Tate.

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When did she first appear? Season 9, Episode 99: “Give and Take”, in 1993.
Who did she play? WDC Palmer, a stern police officer investigating a drugs offence.
Where do you know her from? The Catherine Tate Show.

6. Paul O’Grady.

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When did he first appear? Season 3, Episode 33: “Personal Imports”, in 1988.
Who did he play? Paul Savage, a drag artiste who is running rent-boys in the area.
Where do you know him from? The Paul O’Grady Show.

7. Ray Winstone.

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When did he first appear? Season 7, Episode 85: “Innocence”, in 1991.
Who did he play? Simon Fielder, who is interviewed about two boys having been reported missing.
Where do you know him from? The Departed.

8. James McAvoy.

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When did he first appear? Season 13, Episode 75: “Rent”, in 1997.
Who did he play? Gavin Donald, a 15-year-old Scottish boy who is interviewed about the hit-and-run of a young busker.
Where do you know him from? X Men.

9. Sean Bean.

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When did he first appear? Season 1, Episode 4: “Long Odds”, in 1984.
Who did he play? Horace Clark, who holds up a shopkeeper at gunpoint.
Where do you know him from? Lord of the Rings.

10. David Tennant.

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When did he first appear? Season 11, Episode 128: “Deadline”, in 1995.
Who did he play? Stephen Clemens, a violent paedophile who abducts and murders schoolgirls.
Where do you know him from? Doctor Who.

11. Roger Daltrey.

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When did he first appear? Season 15, Episode 45: “Cracked Up”, in 1999.
Who did he play? Larry Moore, who speaks to an ex-con who claims to have gone straight.
Where do you know him from? The Who.

12. Ralf Little.

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When did he first appear? Season 17, Episode 76: “Night Games”, in 2001.
Who did he play? Tommy Lawson, a hotel rep who accepts a bribe to set up two cops.
Where do you know him from? Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

13. Lorraine Kelly.

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When did she first appear? At some point in 2003.
Who did she play? Herself! A cheeky guest appearance!
Where do you know her from? GMTV.

14. David Walliams.

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When did he first appear? Season 18, Episode 45: “034”, in 2002.
Who did he play? Ben Fletcher, an animal rights activist who takes part in an anti-vivisection march.
Where do you know him from? Little Britain.

15. Emma Bunton.

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When did she first appear? Season 9, Episode 22: “Missionary Work”, in 1993.
Who did she play? Janice, who just leans against a wall in a youth club.
Where do you know her from? The Spice Girls!

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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