Where the cast of Balamory is now – from adult actress daughter to tragic death

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BBC's Balamory is known for its colourful houses, bubbly characters and almost every scene erupting into a song and dance delighting its millions of viewers.

And while the characters were kid-friendly, the stars of the show haven't all had such squeaky clean lives – and some sadly died in the years after the series ended.

While some people may not be lucky enough to have seen the hit programme during its heyday, many will remember it for being arguably one of the best shows on children's television.

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Despite Balamory only running for four seasons before it was axed in 2005, the show has since become an international hit attracting viewers across the world.

After the show ended in 2005, some of the cast opted for a more relaxed life, with one going on to star in Harry Potter, while others watched as their children entered very adult work.

But after appearing in more than 250 episodes, where are they today? Daily Star has dived deep into the archives to bring you the lowdown on the cast as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Julie Wilson Nimmo – Miss Hoolie

Actress Julie, 48, is perhaps most recognisable to many as Miss Hoolie, often parading around the village in her green rain mac.

Each day, her character would open the episode as she headed to the local nursery where she appeared to be the headteacher.

However, appearing on Balamory made Julie's life somewhat chaotic, with the actress saying she couldn't go to the park with her children as she would be mobbed.

But where is she now you ask? Well, since the retirement of Balamory, Julie has appeared on several radio shows as well as taking on the role of DC Megan Squire in the BBC Scotland comedy, Scot Squad, during which, her character arrested fellow Scottish star, Lorraine Kelly.

Julie is married to fellow actor, Greg Hemphill, who is known for his role of Victor McDade in Still Game.

Miles Jupp – Archie the Inventor

Newcastle-born Miles 41, was known for his lavish pink castle and mesmerising inventions – as well as his famous pink and purple kilt.

While he was loved by millions, Miles has previously addressed the damaging impact his role on Balamory has had on his comedy career away from the small screen.

Discussing a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he told The Guardian: "I went on stage and there were 10 children in the front row, nightmare," before revealing he had to axe "huge chunks of filth".

Since walking away from his pink castle, Miles has gone on to star in the likes of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, albeit a small part playing a weatherman.

He has also starred alongside actress Claire Foy in the Netflix smash hit, The Crown.

Rodd Christensen – Spencer the Painter

Las Vegas-born Rodd, 54, was the only lead actor on Balamory who wasn't British.

His character Spencer, famed for living in his orange home, was seen taking care of every decorating need within the Scottish village, with his ladder making sounds depending on which step he was on.

However, after the ending of Balamory, Rodd's acting career also dried up, with him taking up the role of a bus driver for Stagecoach, all while still remaining a key figure in the hearts of the nation's children.

"Kids still recognise me," he said at the time.

While Rodd has lived a relatively quiet life since moving back to the States, his daughter Raylin Joy, became the centre of scandal in 2011.

She ventured into the lucrative adult entertainment world, posing nude before eventually going by the name of Skin Diamond as she launched her porn career.

However, just six years later, she ditched her alter ego and attempted a career as a pop singer, releasing seven singles between 2016 and 2017.

Raylin's porn career however was much more successful, with her winning Female Performer of the Year at the 2012 Urvan X Awards before bagging Best Supporting Actress a year later at the XBIZ Awards – as well as a few more X-rated sounding gongs.

Mary Riggans – Suzie Sweet

Known for her soft personality, Mary played the iconic Suzie Sweet and ran the local village store with Penny Pocket.

In every scene, she would be holding her feather duster while wearing a blouse over her top.

Before becoming Suzie Sweet, Mary had won a Sony award for her role as Jean Armour in the radio play, Till A' the Seas Run Dry in 1993.

Sadly, Mary's health rapidly deteriorated in 2012 after suffering a stroke, before dying in December 2013, aged 78, holding her daughter's hand.

At the time of her death, BBC Scotland executive Yvonne Jennings who had worked as a producer on Balamory said: "As Suzie Sweet in Balamory, Mary was well respected by those who worked with her and much loved by the CBeebies audience."

Julie Wilson Nimmo said she was "shocked and saddened" by the news.

Andrew Agnew – PC Plum

Balamory's resident police officer PC Plum was often seen sitting around in his police station or cycling due to the lack of crime in the Scottish village.

Following the end of Balamory, he went on to become a television director, mainly focusing on children's television.

After starring in pantomimes such as Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and Cinderella, he has also landed his own CBeebies theatre show that was scheduled to go ahead in 2020, however, it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kim Tserkezie – Penny Pocket

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Alongside Suzie Sweet, Penny managed the village shop and joining cafe, keeping the villagers stocked up as well as fed.

Her character was known for her mathematician skills, often working out sums instantly.

Kim had been diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disorder spinal muscular atrophy during her earlier years and subsequently had to use a wheelchair for most of her life.

In 2019, she was listed as one of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK by the Shaw Trust Power 100.

Last year, she bagged two Royal Television Awards for her role in the short film, Obsession.

Juliet Cadzow – Edie McCreadie

Edie was perhaps the most organised out of every character in Balamory, with her yellow bus ferrying the children to nursery on time.

The village's mechanic was regularly fixing any broken-down vehicles in her famous garage, helping everybody get back up on their feet again.

Julie is still in the acting industry, having appeared in the likes of Doctor Who, Skins and Still Game, however, her most recent role was in BBC's Clique back in 2018.

Buki Akib/Kasia Haddad – Josie Jump

Athletic Josie Jump was often seen ensuring that the children at the local primary school remained in tip-top condition.

Josie taught kids everything from gymnastics and dance, with children even exercising in the comforts of their own home.

However, the character sparked major confusion when Buki Akib who had originally played Josie, left to study for an art degree.

After completing her degree, Buki left the entertainment industry and became a fashion designer, with her creations being sold via Not Just A Label having graduated from Central Saint Martins University in 2010.

Her character was later taken over by Kasia Haddad in series 3, leaving viewers at home perplexed.


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