Crossroads cast now – Amanda Barrie romance to dying weeks after wedding

Big shows Coronation Street and Emmerdale are known as the soap heavyweights, but until 2003 there was another show on the block.

Crossroads had two spells on ITV over the years; the show burst onto screens in 1964 and lasted until 1988 when it took a short break.

It then made a short comeback in 2001 again on ITV however in 2003 it was axed completely from the channel. Throughout the years the show accumulated over four thousand episodes.

Unsurprisingly, the show has seen plenty of cast members over the years, with some finding fame and fortune and others not being as lucky.

Jane Rossington- Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson was known for having a tough life in the show Crossroads and was played by Jane Rossington from 1968 until 2003.

79 year-old Jane was born in Derby and throughout her acting career has been involved in several shows such as Dramarama and Emergency Ward 10.

Throughout her life she has also toured the country with several shows including Murder in Mind and Don't Rock the Boat.

The mum-of-two has also appeared on the iconic show Lily Savage's Blankety Blank back in 2001 alongside Corrie legend William Tarmey.

It is believed that Jane now lives in Staffordshire with her second husband David Dunger but has not recently been involved in anything on-screen.

Ronald Allen- David Hunter

In the show David Hunter was the co-manager of the Crossroads Motel and husband to Barbara Hunter played by actor Ronald Allen.

Ronald Allen played David in the soap opera from 1970 to 1985 before he left with his wife to make a fresh start away from Kings Oak.

As for Ronald Allen throughout his career he starred in several shows and movies such as Doctor Who: The Dominators and The Projected Man.

In his personal life Mr Allen married his on-screen wife Sue Lloyd back in 2011 after Ronald was diagnosed with cancer.

Sadly the cancer turned out to be terminal and just three months after getting married Ronald Allen passed away aged just 60.

Sue Nicholls- Marilyn Gates

Possibly the most well known actress to come from Crossroads Sue Nicholls played Marilyn Gates in the show for four years from 1964 to 1968.

In the soap opera Marilyn Gates was a waitress who worked in the motel kitchens but then in 1968 Sue left the show and Marilyn was recast for the show.

From there Sue's career has been mainly in fellow ITV soap Coronation Street where she plays iconic hairdresser Audrey Roberts.

The 78 year-old is still with Corrie and during that time has won four soap awards including the outstanding achievement award in 2019.

Sue has been married to fellow actor Mark Eden from 1993 until sadly he passed away last year after he suffered with Alzheimer's disease.

Albert Shepherd- Don Rogers

Don Rogers starred in the original series of Crossroads back in 1970 until 1974 and he was played by actor Albert Shepherd.

Before his four years in the soap Albert had appeared in several shows but mostly in one off episodes the shows include Compact and Danger Man.

Once he left Crossroads in 1974 he had a few more acting roles including featuring in one episode of Emmerdale Farm back in 1977.

However in the 80s Albert made the choice to retire from acting after his wife passed away this was so he could look after his three children.

Sadly in 2019 aged 82 Albert passed away in York Hospital just three weeks after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Dorothy Edwards- Mrs. Oakley

In the first ever series of Crossroads back in 1964 Welsh actress Dorothy Edwards played Mrs. Oakley for one series only.

Despite only being in the show for one year Crossroads is what Dorothy is most known for along with playing Nancy in the mini-series The Owl Service.

Originally from Wrexham Dorothy enjoyed a successful career in radio, tv and theatre from the 30s appearing on shows like Waggoners' Walk and Emergency Ward 10.

However, in August 1974 Dorothy passed away in Devizes, Wiltshire after becoming ill during a performance of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce.

Jeremy Nicholas- John Maddingham

John Maddingham was one of the characters in the ITV soap opera for 24 years from 1964–1988 and during that time he was played by Jeremy Nicholas.

74 year-old Jeremy from Telford is an actor, broadcaster, writer and musician and since leaving Crossroads has gone on to be part of some iconic British TV shows.

Throughout his career he has had some memorable roles and has been in the shows such as Birds Of A Feather, Heartbeat and the Bill.

However, Jeremy is most well known for his voice on the radio and has presented and written several features and shows on BBC Two and BBC Three.

Now Jeremy is writing books with his latest book What Larks only being published in February this year.

Heather Chasen

Heather rose to fame as Valerie Pollard on Crossroads, appearing on the show from 1982 to 1986.

She went on to have a successful TV and radio career, appearing on Holby City, The Bill, EastEnders, as well as a long-running role on Navy Lark.

Heather also found love with Coronation Street icon Amanda Barrie after appearing with her on stage, and the pair dated for ten years.

The actress passed away aged 92 in 2020, with Amanda paying tribute to her ex, writing: "Remembering the fabulous Heather Chasen who sadly left us yesterday.

"She was wonderfully eccentric, gloriously funny, and a very special actress. There’ll never be another like her. Will always miss her."

For more of the latest showbiz news from Daily Star make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.

Source: Read Full Article