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William Mellor (born 3 April 1976) is an English actor, singer, and model. He is best known for his television roles, including Jambo Bolton in Hollyoaks, Gaz Wilkinson in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, DC Spike Tanner in No Offence, Steve Connolly in Broadchurch, Georgie in Barking!, and Ollie Curry in White Van Man.[1]

Will Mellor
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Mellor in September 2012
William Mellor

(1976-04-03) 3 April 1976 (age 43)
OccupationActor, singer, model
Years active1995–present
Michelle McSween (m. 2007)


Early lifeEdit

Mellor was born in Bredbury, Greater Manchester.


Mellor first came to the public's attention in 1990, when he played Ben Rowlingson in the children's programme Children's Ward. In 1995, he joined the cast of the soap opera Hollyoaks and played James "Jambo" Bolton until 1998. He had a cameo as Jambo in a Christmas edition of Hollyoaks. He released a cover of Leo Sayer's "When I Need You", which reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart, as well as a follow-up single called "No Matter What I Do", which reached number 23.[2] He also made an appearance in the music video for Boyzone's Comic Relief single "When the Going Gets Tough".

Shortly after, Mellor appeared as Greg in Is Harry on the Boat?. He played Jack Vincent in Casualty from 2001 to 2003, and starred as Gaz Wilkinson in the comedy Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps from 2001 to 2011. Mellor starred as "Barmpot" in the postal worker drama Sorted, and played DC Jed Griffiths in the second series of Murder Investigation Team.

In 2004, Mellor provided the voice for Georgie the dog in the CITV series Barking!. He played Tom in the second series of The Street. Mellor won the first series of the BBC singing contest Comic Relief does Fame Academy in 2003.[3] He made his EastEnders debut on 20 May 2007 playing womanising salesman Warren Stamp.

Mellor was a guest star in the BBC fantasy drama Merlin. In October 2008, he starred in The Prisoner, a documentary about prison life. Mellor portrayed Chris in the British horror thriller film The Reeds.[4][5] Mellor did a brief stint on children's television channel CBeebies, in which he read books for the audience. In 2011, he starred in the BBC Three comedy White Van Man and the BBC One drama Waterloo Road.[6]

From 2011 to 2012, he played Liam Flynn in the BBC One comedy series In with the Flynns.[7] Mellor had a guest role in the final episode of the BBC Three comedy series Mongrels. In 2013, he played Steve Connolly in the ITV detective drama Broadchurch. In 2014, he appeared on BBC One's Kay Mellor drama series In The Club.

In 2015, he was the narrator of Tattoo Disasters UK for Spike.

Other venturesEdit

Mellor has pursued a career in modelling, notably for Topman. Mellor voices the mascot of card and gift company

Personal lifeEdit

Mellor met dancer Michelle McSween when they starred together in the stage musical Oh, What a Night in 1999. They married in 2007,[8] and have two children.


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Children's Ward Ben Rowlingson 5 episodes
1995–1998, 2004 Hollyoaks James "Jambo" Bolton 73 episodes
2001–2003 Casualty Jack Vincent 72 episodes
2001–2011, 2019/2020 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Gaz Wilkinson 79 episodes
2004–2006 Barking! Georgie Voice
20 episodes
2006 Sorted Barmpot
2007 The Street Tom Episode: #2.3
2008 Merlin Knight Valiant Episode: "Knight Valiant"
2008 The Prisoner Himself
2008 Miss Conception Brian
2009 Agatha Christie's Marple Martin Waddy/Ralph Collins Episode: "Nemesis"
2011 Waterloo Road Dan Hargrove Episode: 6.18
2011–2012 White Van Man Ollie Curry
2011–2012 In with the Flynns Liam Flynn
2013 Broadchurch Steve Connolly 7 episodes
2013 Dates David
2014–present In the Club Rick 12 episodes
2015 Death in Paradise Karl Slater Episode: #4.2
2015– No Offence DC Spike Tanner 19 episodes
2016 Line of Duty PC Rod Kennedy 2 episodes

Guest appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "Will Mellor's 'White Van Man' lands second series". Alex Fletcher. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 360. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Mellor wins Fame Academy". 15 March 2003. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  4. ^ Trailer and Sales Art: The Reeds
  5. ^ "Horrorfest '10: After Dark Heading Deep Into 'The Reeds' -".
  6. ^ "BBC One – Waterloo Road, Series 6, Episode 18". BBC. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  7. ^ "BBC One Cancels Comedy Series 'In with the Flynns'". TV Wise. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  8. ^ "WILL MELLOR ON MARRIAGE". 18 November 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2011.

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Preceded by
Comic Relief Does Fame Academy Winner
Series 1 (2003)
Succeeded by
Edith Bowman