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Where the cast of Kes are now: Oscar winner and plastic surgery drama

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Ken Loach’s Kes was dubbed one of the top 10 British films by the British Film Institute – and is one of Yorkshire’s most successful exports.

A harrowing coming of age story, the 1969 film followed the struggles of Billy, a South Yorkshire lad who escaped the pressures of his home life by training a fledgeling kestrel. Based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave, author Barry Hines helped adapt it for the big screen.

The film was praised for capturing the spirit of a community, with a backdrop of familiar locations.

Kes won David Bradley the most promising newcomer BAFTA, with Colin Welland winning best actor in a supporting role.

For some of the cast, the film was a springboard into successful TV and film careers, soap stardom and more.

Here’s what happened to the cast of Kes -and where they are now.

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David Bradley

Kes starring David Bradley
Kes starring David Bradley
(Image: Channel 4)

David’s role as Billy Casper was hit break-out one. At just 14, he was thrown into the spotlight but walked away with a BAFTA for his performance.

The Barnsley lad went on to appear in theatre, soaps and other films.

After wrapping up his role on Kes, David, also known as ‘Dai’ joined the cast of children’s shows The Flaxton Boys and the Jenson Code in 1973.

By the mid-seventies, he’d been asked to join Broadway after appearing in Equus in the West End.

But his film career wasn’t over: he appeared in All Quiet on the Western Front and 1978’s Absolution.

However, by the mid-80s he was trying his hand at something new and turned to a quieter life.

He became a carpenter and renovator, then in the late nineties, began writing children’s novels.

In 2015, he popped back up on our TV screens in Holby City, playing an elderly man who thought he was a bad luck charm.

Freddie Fletcher

A lad from the West Riding of Yorkshire, he once said the only acting he’d ever done was in the headmaster’s office.

But after appearing as Jud, Billy’s violent brother in Kes, Freddie was offered plenty of TV work.

Playing a wayward son in Queenie’s Castle from 1970-72, he also appeared in Yorkshire’s beloved Emmerdale.

He joined the soap in 1980 as law-breaking Derek Warner, and he reprised the role in 1984.

He also tried his hand at television plays appearing in four BBC Play for Today episodes.

In the nineties, he appeared in Children’s Ward, Heartbeat and Peak Practice.

Freddie retired as an actor in 1996, after playing another ‘Judd’ – this time a pub landlord in the film When Saturday Comes – after being recommended for the role by the film’s star, Sean Bean!

He’s since returned to his home town of Grimethorpe and is happily married.

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Lynne Perrie

Lynne as Corrie's Ivy
Lynne as Corrie’s Ivy
(Image: ITV)

The Rotherham star became a household name during her time on Coronation Street.

But Lynne, who played Mrs Casper, was already a star even before appearing in the Ken Loach film.

She appeared as a support act for the Beatles, and also shared the spotlight with Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and Shirley Bassey.

And her time as Coronation Street’s Ivy Tilsley earned her the nickname ‘Poison Ivy’ thanks to her character’s sharp tongue and quick wit.

But after 23 years on the cobbles, she was reportedly sacked after having lip enhancements. Lynne denied the plastic surgery was the reason for her exit, saying her character ‘had run its course’.

Her final episode was March 1994 – although she did briefly as a ghost in 1996, with residents claiming to have seen her spirit around the street.

In 2003, Lynne appeared on ITV’s ‘Facelifts from Hell” where she told the show: “Everyone was laughing and calling me fish face.

“I couldn’t go anywhere without the cameras following me.

“I don’t think plastic surgery is an answer to it all, you’ve got to be happy with yourself.”

Lynne was married to carpenter Derrick Barksby, and they had a son, Stephen. She died aged 74 in 2006.

Colin Welland

Not the only Liverpudlian in the cast, Colin played Mr Farthing and for his role, earned himself a BAFTA.

He later won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for 1981’s Chariots of Fire and later wrote the screenplay for 1994’s War of the Buttons.

Colin battled Alzheimer’s disease for several years before passing away aged 81, in 2015.

Brian Glover

Brian played Cyril in Porridge
Brian played Cyril in Porridge
(Image: BBC)

Brian played Mr Sugden, a comically overbearing PE teacher.

The Sheffield native went on to join the comedy classic Porridge playing the slightly slow Cyril Heslop.

Before his acting career, Brian was a wrestler, known in the ring as Leon Arras.

He passed away in London in 1997.

Joey Kaye

Joey played the comedian at the pub.

After Kes, he went on to star in films such as No Surrender and Letter to Brezhnev.

Bill Dean

While his role in Kes was only the fish and chip shop man, Bill went on to perform in lots of soaps, dramas and even more films.

He became a soap star, joining Brookside to play Harry Cross for seven years from 1983-1990, and reprised the role in 1999.

He also enjoyed a stage career, performing at Old Vic and with the Royal Shakespeare company.

Wirral born Bill passed away in 2000.

Written by: Rother Radio News


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