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Stars you'd forgotten were in Waterloo Road – from Strictly's Katie McGlynn to Bridgerton cast

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Katie McGlynn has been delighting viewers with her sultry tango and high-kicking jive – and when she doesn't have her dancing shoes on she is best known for roles in Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.

But before her Corrie days where she played Sinead Tinker, she starred in Waterloo Road as Jodi Allen.


Katie’s character – better-known as Scout – lived with her mum and three-year-old brother Liam in a flat on a rundown estate, and provided for her family in any way she could, whether that be stealing food or working as a drugs runner.

But the Strictly star isn’t the only famous face to have come out of the BBC show that followed the dramatic lives of Rochdale school kids and their teachers and recently announced it’s returning for a reboot.

Some of Waterloo Road’s alumni have gone on to star in hugely popular productions, including Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, as well as Killing Eve legend Jodie Comer.

Here, we take a closer look at some of the show's famous faces who you may have forgotten about…

Jodie Comer

Jodie Comer is now one of the UK’s most popular actresses, having made a name for herself as Villanelle on Killing Eve.

She most recently starred as a care worker dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in the heart-wrenching Channel 4 drama, Help, alongside Stephen Graham.

But her first taste of the TV world was in Waterloo Road, playing Sarah Evans for one episode on safe sex.

Jodie’s character was seen the day after she has had unprotected sex with Ronan Burley. 

Ronan was desperate for her to take the morning-after pill but Sarah was reluctant.

It ended with headteacher Karen Fisher creating an emergency contraception scheme – and Sarah was never seen again.

Phoebe Dynevor

When Bridgerton hit our screens last year, the Netflix period drama immediately became a hit and made a star out of Phoebe Dynevor, who played the lead, Daphne Bridgerton.

But the actor – who’s the daughter of Corrie legend Sally Dynevor – appeared in Waterloo Road between 2009 and 2010, as Siobhan Mailey.

Siobhan was from a well-off family, and initially looked down her nose at Waterloo Road when she joined the school.

However, she quickly tried to fit in with the other girls, including her best friend Amy, who encouraged her to join a gang.

After a bit of boyfriend drama, she moved schools at the end of series five.

Rege-Jean Page 

In a spooky coincidence, given he played Phoebe's on-screen lover in Bridgerton, Rege-Jean Page appeared in the final series Waterloo Road – but as a teacher, Guy Braxton.

Mr Braxton was a young, homeless teacher, who was secretly spending some nights in the school.

Jack O'Connell 

Most people think that Jack O’Connell – who has most recently been seen in The North Water with Colin Farrell – started out on Skins.

However, he had already appeared in Waterloo Road as pupil Dale Baxter before that.

Naughty Dale – who only appeared in series two of the show – skipped school so frequently that his mother, Shelley, was arrested and Dale was put into care.

He was forced back into school, and ended up enjoying it. However Dale was diagnosed with Overactive Bladder Syndrome, and wet himself in front of the class.

Eventually, Shelley and Dale were reunited and he apologised for getting her into trouble.

Matty Healy

Denise Welch was one of the longest-running cast members of Waterloo Road, playing Steph Haydock from series one to series six of the show.

And her then-husband Tim Healy played security guard Dave Miller, who had unrequited feelings for her, in series four.

But many will be unaware that their real-life son, Matty Healy, who’s now the lead singer of band The 1975, also had a cameo in series four – although he never actually spoke.

Jenna Coleman 

Jenna Coleman has now appeared in everything from Doctor Who to Victoria to the Hollywood film, Me Before You.

And it was clear from the fifth series of Waterloo Road that the actor was going to be a star – as she took on a huge storyline for the BBC show, when she played Lindsay James.

Lindsay had moved to the school from a private school and it became clear she was hiding a secret.

We later learned her dad had been murdered and her mum arrested.

She got herself into some vicious fights with Michaela White – played by EastEnders star Zaraah Abrahams – leading to a gang war in the school.

Eventually, Lindsay was found guilty for murdering her father, having covered it up with help from her mum.

She was sent to jail at the end of the series.

Tom Payne 

Tom Payne is now a star across the pond, best known for playing Paul ‘Jesus’ Rovi in The Walking Dead.

But he started out in Waterloo Road as Brett Aspinall, the son of stuck-up millionaire Roger Aspinall.

He quickly gained the affections of both Mika Grainger and her friend Leigh-Ann Galloway, but he was more interested in the school secretary Davina Shackleton, who he’d slept with shortly before joining Waterloo Road.

He eventually got with Mika, but then slept with her sister Chlo while tutoring her in French.

Mika got over it and left with Brett for university, after they both graduated.

Reece Noi 

Game of Thrones has starred a huge number of British talent, including Reece Noi, who played Mossador.

The actor, who also starred in Grange Hill from 2004 to 2007, joined the cast of Waterloo Road as Earl Kelly for the fourth series in 2009.

Earl, 16, was part of the dysfunctional Kelly family, and was immediately portrayed as a psychopathic, violent, second child of alcoholic Rose Kelly, opening his bag to show off a gun in one scene.

Later in the series, Earl stormed the playground with his gun, but framed his younger brother, Denzil, 11, for the crime, believing he’d get a lighter sentence.

However, he was jailed.

Earl eventually got into a toxic drug and sex-fuelled relationship with Maxine Barlow – who he ended up killing.

He went to jail, and his brother was released.

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