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Derek Riddell (born 11 January 1967) is a Scottish television and theatre actor. He is best known for the portrayal of Dr. Jamie Patterson in the Channel 4 television series No Angels. He has also guest starred in Doctor Who, Ugly Betty, Silent Witness and Waterloo Road.

Derek Riddell
Born (1967-01-11) 11 January 1967 (age 52)
Glasgow, Scotland
Partner(s)Frances Carrigan
Parent(s)Hope Ross
Ian Riddell


After finishing drama school, Riddell was cast in BBC Scotland production Strathblair and guest-starred in a number of popular TV shows such as Taggart, Casualty and The Bill. His big break came in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 series The Book Group and comedy drama No Angels.[1] In addition to his television work he also regularly works in theatre productions.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Riddell was born in Glasgow, the son of teacher and former actress Hope Ross and former St Mirren and Berwick Rangers footballer Ian Riddell.[3] He graduated from the University of Strathclyde[4] with a degree in business before training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating in 1990.[1] His partner is the actress Frances Carrigan; they have twins.[5]


Year Work Role Notes
1992–1993 Strathblair Alec Ritchie 20 episodes
1995 Taggart Dr Costello 1 episode
1996 Casualty Jeff Marriot 1 episode
1997 The Bill RSPCA Insp. Goodman 1 episode
2000 Taggart Stevie 1 episode
2001 Urban Gothic Billings 1 episode
2002 Casualty Lewis 1 episode
2002–2003 The Book Group Rab 12 episodes
2002 Where the Heart Is Wilson 1 episode
Spooks Steven 1 episode, uncredited
2003 Clocking Off Jamie Campbell 1 episode
2004–2006 No Angels Dr Jamie Patterson 20 episodes
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Don Reid "Much Ado About Nothing"[6]
2005/2006 The Virgin Queen Sir Walter Raleigh
2006 Doctor Who Sir Robert McLeish 1 episode, "Tooth and Claw"[nb 1]
Vincent Martin Downing 1 episode
2007 Dalziel and Pascoe Mark Croft 2 episodes
State of Mind Dr James Lecroix 8 episodes
2007–2009 Ugly Betty Stuart 7 episodes
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lachlan Weaver 1 episode
2009 Trust Me Dan 1 episode
Law & Order: UK Dr Alec Merrick 1 episode, "Alesha"
Micro Men Nigel Searle
2010 Five Days Nick Durdon Series 2
2011 M.I. High Edward Dixon Halliday 1 episode
Death in Paradise Patrick Knight 1 episode
Garrow's Law Matthew Bambridge 1 episode
2012 Secrets and Words John Jones Episode 5[7]
DCI Banks Simon Harris "Innocent Graves" Parts 1 & 2
2013 Silent Witness Michael Trenter "Change" Parts 1 & 2
Waterloo Road Joe Mulgrew 1 episode
Ripper Street Superintendent Constantine 1 episode
Bob Servant Rev Thomson 2 episodes
Frankie Andy Peat [8]
2014 Happy Valley Richard Cawood
The Village Bill Gibby [9]
2015 Inspector George Gently Walter Nunn Series 7 episode 1
New Tricks Craig Bentham 1 episode
2016 Midsomer Murders Des McCordell 1 episode
Undercover Paul Brightman [10]
The Missing Adam Gettrick Series 2 regular
2017 W1A Clive Cook
2017 Gunpowder King James VI & I 3 episodes
2018 Hard Sun Roland Bell 6 episodes
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Torquil Travers


Riddell took the part of Roj Blake in the three-part Blake's 7 audio drama broadcast on BBC Radio in 2007.


  1. ^ He is also seen as part of a flashback montage from this episode in the series four finale, "Journey's End".


  1. ^ a b "Q & A: Derek Riddell". The Guardian. 18 March 2006.
  2. ^ Peter and Alice casting update – West End Theatre
  3. ^ "Dad is in different league". Sunday Mail. 13 March 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Strathclyde People" (PDF). University of Strathclyde. Spring 2005. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Ugly Betty star Derek Riddell: Role in drama Five Days drew on my experience as new dad". Daily Record. 25 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing – Derek Riddell as Don Reid". BBC.
  7. ^ "Interview with Derek Riddell". BBC. 9 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Eve Myles to star in new BBC One drama series, Frankie". BBC. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  9. ^ "BBC One's second series of The Village and life moves into the 1920s". Deborah Goodman Publicity. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Undercover: Episode 1: Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 3 April 2016.

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