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    alison bettles born 22 April 1969 is an English television actress. She is best known for playing Fay Lucas in BBCs Grange Hill for six series 1982 to 1987.

    alison appeared in 88 episodes




    Bettles was recruited into acting at the age of eight by Sylvia Young of the Sylvia Young Theatre School. As a child, Bettles appeared in various television advertisements, which included a Public Information Film" for the Green Cross Code with Bob Carolgees in 1981.

    She is most famous for her childhood role in the Children's BBC drama, Grange Hill. Bettles played the prominent character Fay Lucas between 1982 and 1987 who was most notable for having an affair with one of her teachers, Mr King David Straun Bettles was one of various Grange Hill actors to feature in the UK's Just Say No anti-drug campaign. The cast recorded a song (also entitled "Just Say No which was released as a single, and reached number 5 in April 1986. Bettles was also featured on a special music album released by the Grange Hill cast, with songs written by Steve Wright, who composed the theme tune for Channel 4's Brookside. Bettles sang a solo track entitled "School Love which was based on her character's doomed relationship with Mr. King. In 2005, Bettles was reunited with some of her former Grange Hill castmates in Justin Lee Collins's Channel 4 documentary, Bring Back Grange Hill, which saw them perform their top ten hit, Just Say No, in front of an audience at the Hammersmith Palais.

    Aside from her Grange Hill music projects, Bettles also sang on the chrarity single "Let It Be released by Ferry Aid in 1987 to raise money for victims of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. In 1988 Bettles appeared in a spin-off of the popular BBC soap opera, EastEnders. The spin-off, entitled Civvy Street, was set during the second world war, and looked back on the early life of some of EastEnders' senior residents. Bettles played a young Ethel Skinner.Among Bettles other credits are ITV's police drama The Bill 1988 No Strings 1989 Closing Numbers 1993 Ostatni Accord 1994 and London's Burning 2001

    Bettles gave up performing for a while in the 1990s to marry and bring up her family. During her time away from acting Bettles qualified as a beauty therapist, and in 2005 she set up a specialist freight forwarding company called Kenvale Recruitment. She has since returned to acting, and in 2006 she appeared in an episode of the Channel 4 sitcom, The IT Crowd.


    Bettles was born on april 22nd 1969 to mother June, who worked as a chaperone for the Grange Hill series from its inception in 1978 to 2002. She and her two brothers, Mark and Dean, grew up in Essex, where Bettles attended Aveley Comprehensive.

    Bettles is married and has four children three boys, Harry Albert and Arthur and a daughter who was born on New Year's Day 2005. Bettles children have also taken to performing. Her son Albert Valentine has appeared in the Doctor Who episodes, The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, and Arthur has appeared in EastEnders.

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    Yeah Darren Allison has always seemed a really friendly person from the interviews i've seen with her in. Last time i saw a picture of her she was still really good looking given her age I think. Ihave the Ferry Aid L.P but sadly it does'nt play properly ... though until I can find a better copy (which is about a 1 in 1000 chance I believe/feel) i'll never ever throw it away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80sChav View Post
    Yeah Darren Allison has always seemed a really friendly person from the interviews i've seen with her in. Last time i saw a picture of her she was still really good looking given her age I think. Ihave the Ferry Aid L.P but sadly it does'nt play properly ... though until I can find a better copy (which is about a 1 in 1000 chance I believe/feel) i'll never ever throw it away!
    i must say she has not really changed much in terms of how she looks.
    she still has that babyface.

    ill keep a lookout for that L.P for you as i collect them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren View Post
    i must say she has not really changed much in terms of how she looks.
    she still has that babyface.

    ill keep a lookout for that L.P for you as i collect them.
    Did you know Allison and Tim Polly (Banksie) were also famous for being on the Ferry Aid Record Let It Be, Darren?, which was recored and etc to raise money for the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster in 1987.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80sChav View Post
    Did you know Allison and Tim Polly (Banksie) were also famous for being on the Ferry Aid Record Let It Be, Darren?, which was recored and etc to raise money for the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster in 1987.
    thanks for letting me know mate.
    something i did not know.

    i just looked up and hey presto your correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren View Post
    thanks for letting me know mate.
    something i did not know.

    i just looked up and hey presto your correct.

    Just a shame it don't play right (my record of it though). I must've got it about 10 year's since but for the life of me can not recall where ... unless it was a Car Boot Sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80sChav View Post
    Just a shame it don't play right (my record of it though). I must've got it about 10 year's since but for the life of me can not recall where ... unless it was a Car Boot Sale.
    was it damaged as you say it does not play right when you bought it mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren View Post
    was it damaged as you say it does not play right when you bought it mate.

    Dunno mate, just did'nt work when got it home. Did you get my Email b.t.w?, (I have tried Pm-ing you too but it say's your storage is full). Sorry.

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    By the time we reach the "smoking in McCartney's house" episode of series 8, as far as I am concerned, Fay Lucas became an adult (or behaved like an adult anyway) from that episode onwards - (the occupational hazard of actresses being a couple of years older than their characters, no doubt). No wonder Peter King couldn't resist in the following series...
    I am now in my 40s (just in case anyone asks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren View Post
    Bettles is married and has four children three boys, Harry Albert and Arthur and a daughter who was born on New Year's Day 2005....
    So, what's her daughter's name?!

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