Jesse Birdsall (born 13 February 1963) is an English actor, known for his role as Marcus Tandy in the BBC1 soap opera Eldorado, his role in the adventure series Bugs (1995–1999) as Nick Beckett, his role in "Footballers' Wives" as football manager Roger Webb between 2004 and 2006, and his roles as Fraser Black in Hollyoaks and as villain Ron Gregory in a few episodes of The Bill.
Gwyneth Strong (m. 2000)
As a child, Birdsall attended the Anna Scher children's theatre school in Islington, and in his teens appeared in Nanette Newman's children's cooking programme Fun Food Factory and in several television plays and series, usually with his trademark rockabilly look. He had one line as an extra ("Watch it mate!") in an episode of Minder from 1980 entitled "Don't Tell Them Willie Boy was Here". In 1982 he starred alongside singer Hazel O'Connor in the TV drama series set in a nightclub called Jangles. He first came to wider public attention in the serial Annika in 1984, his first notable television role. He then subsequently appeared in the films Wish You Were Here (1987), directed by David Leland and co-starring Emily Lloyd, Getting It Right (1989), and Beyond Bedlam (1994). Another notable television role was his portrayal of slick playboy Marcus Tandy in the BBC1 soap opera Eldorado, which ran for just one year from 1992 to 1993 and came to be thought of as a notable flop. Nonetheless, the amount of coverage the programme received for its perceived low quality and lack of success would gain Birdsall much exposure, and from 1995 to 1999 he played one of the lead characters in another BBC1 programme, the successful futuristic action/adventure series Bugs.
In 2002 he appeared in an episode of Murder in Mind, S2xE04, called 'Swansong'.
He guest-starred in Midsomer Murders, playing two separate characters, in the episodes "Market For Murder" and "Small Mercies". He also appeared in several episodes of the ITV police drama The Bill in 2003 as a character named Ron Gregory, and for the same network appeared as a regular in series 3-5 of the popular drama Footballers’ Wives.
The son of Penguin Books designer Derek Birdsall, Birdsall attended Hampstead School in north London. He has been married to Only Fools and Horses actress Gwyneth Strong, with whom he has two children, since 15 July 2000.
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