Top TV school drama Waterloo Road taught rival soaps a lesson when it came to gripping plot lines.
It blended troublesome teens, drama and scandalous storylines in an explosive mix.
The no-holds-barred show made St Trinian’s and Grange Hill look like a book at bedtime.
Broadcast on the BBC over nine years, Waterloo Road saw 200 drama-packed episodes tackling many taboo topics such as drug addiction, knife attacks and sexual assault, with viewers gripped, YorkshireLIve reports.
The pupils and teachers of the Rochdale based school were at the heart of the unpredictable scenes and often sudden plot twists.
The show was notorious for shaking things up by killing off characters out of the blue, meaning new pupils and staff were constantly introduced, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats,
During it’s run between 2006 and 2015, the much-loved show became known for its incredibly high turnover of characters with 48 in the main cast.
Waterloo Road saw six headteachers losing the will to live during its run, Chelsee Heeley was one of the longest standing stars, in her role as sassy teen, Janeece.
Even the school itself was at the forefront of many touch and go plots from a gas explosion to being destroyed by a digger.
Sadly, in 2015 the school gates to Waterloo Road closed for one final time.
But have you ever wondered what happened to the stars after the show?
The pupils have now grown into their adult years, and many have remained in the spotlight.
Here’s where some of the Waterloo Road cast are now:
Chelsee Healey – Janeece
Chelsee Healey was one of Waterloo Road’s longest-standing actresses.
Her character Janeece was left heartbroken by the death of her best pal Maxine and left Waterloo Road in series four.
However, pregnant Janeece returned in series six as the school’s secretary and named her baby Cheryl after the Girls Aloud singer.
Chelsee left the role in 2009 and went on to take part in Strictly Come Dancing she came runner-up with dance partner, Pasha Kovalev.
The actress later went onto star in Casualty for two years as Honey Wright, before being cast as Hollyoaks’ most feisty character, Goldie McQueen.
The star gave birth to adorable baby daughter Coco in 2017.
In more recent times, Chelsee is quite the Instagram star boasting an impressive 611K followers, she is often seen doing brand deals in fashion and cosmetics.
She openly shares her lavish lifestyle online and is often seen jet setting in first-class to exotic countries and sporting designer gear.
However, the actress was forced to apologise to her fans after she attended an illegal lockdown rave last year.
The 31-year-old actress from Salford addressed her wrongdoings in an Instagram post after she joined 4,000 others at the event in Oldham.
She said at the time: “On Saturday I made a silly mistake! I now realise it was stupid and irresponsible and I am truly sorry.”
It was one of two lockdown raves in the region that breached coronavirus rules.
Neil Morrissey – Eddie
Neil Morrissey played Deputy Head, Eddie Lawson, on Waterloo Road and has since gone on to have a hugely successful TV career.
The 58-year-old actor has appeared in many popular TV shows including the Tracey Beaker series The Dumping Ground, A Gert Lush Christmas, Grantchester, The Good Karma Hospital, and Unforgotten, to name a few.
He also took part in the second series of ITVs extreme challenge show Bear Grylls: Mission Survive in 2016.
Most recently he appeared as a corrupt cop on much-loved BBC police thriller LIne of Duty.
The dad-of-one also provides the voice of many cartoon characters, including Bob, Roley, Scrufty, Lofty, Mr. Angelo Sabatini, Mr. Fothergill and Farmer Pickles in Bob the Builder.
Holly Kenny – Sambuca
Poor Sambuca never did have much chance after being named after her mum’s favourite alcoholic beverage.
The troubled teen joined in series four alongside the rest of her wayward family, but she seemed to be the most compassionate.
Off-screen, actress Holly Kenny went on to star in BBC pregnancy drama In The Club, as well as Channel 4 period drama The Mill – both in 2014.
Lucien Laviscount – Jonah
Jonah let loose when he attended Waterloo Road after being home-schooled for years and quickly got into a relationship with Jess Fisher.
The 28-year-old actor has continued to remain in spotlight and has landed some killer gigs.
Lucien has since appeared in Shameless, Skins and the TV version of British gangster film Snatch with Rupert Grint.
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In 2011 he took part in Celebrity Big Brother where he finished fifth, later releasing a single called ‘Dance With You’ in 2012.
His latest gig is in Hollywood as he stars in romantic drama film Trust, alongside Nickelodeon actress and singer Victoria Justice.
According to his socials, the star is often jet setting, or working on his physique.
Phoebe Dynevor – Siobhan
Many will know Phoebe for her leading rule as Daphne in Netflix’s most-watched show ever – Bridgerton.
But fans might not know that Phoebe Dynevor started her acting career as Siobhan in BBC’s Waterloo Road, it was her first big TV role.
She played a teenage schoolgirl alongside her former co-star Jenna Coleman, who currently played Marie-Andree Leclerc in new BBC drama The Serpent.
Phoebe’s other TV roles include Doctor Who and Emmerdale.
The young actress is at the height of her career right now as she is set to reprise the role of Daphne in Bridgerton’s second series.
Phoebe is also the daughter of Coronation Street legend, Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster.
Katie Griffiths – Chloe
Chloe was one of the original members of the girl’s football team and was the first pupil to get married before finishing school.
After her Waterloo Road gig, actress Katie Griffiths went on to appear in Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips.
The 31-year-old star also appeared in Five Days, Hatfields & McCoys, Father Brown, and Prime Suspect 1973.
She has also appeared as three separate characters in Casualty and most recently on Doctors.
Jenna-Louise Coleman – Lindsay
Jenna Coleman is one of the biggest stars to come out of the school drama.
Lindsay arrived with a bang when Waterloo Road merged with John Foster Private School – leading to violent clashes between the rivals.
Worried Lindsay was hiding a big secret – that her dad was killed by her mum.
Following on from her role in Waterloo Road, Jenna starred in Emmerdale between 2005 to 2009 as Jasmine Thomas.
As one of the biggest stars to come out of the show, Jenna’s biggest role has been Doctor Who assistant Clara Oswald.
She has also appeared in the West End and is currently best-known for playing the lead role of Queen Victoria in ITV series Victoria.
Adam Thomas – Donte
Rogue teen, Donte, started off as a bit of a bad boy but soon realised he had to change after his reckless behaviour caused the death of best friend Adam.
He married Chloe, who then cheated on him with her sister’s boyfriend, but they later got back together and had a baby.
He left the show in 2009 before joining Emmerdale where he played Adam Barton for nine years, his best known role, before leaving the ITV soap in 2018.
He later took on three days a week of work at a property management company owned by a businessman friend and became a property executive for Kamani Property.
The 32-year-old star returned to our screens earlier this year with his brothers for Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai.
Adam is married to dance teacher Caroline Thomas and the couple have a son named Teddy and daughter named Elsie-Rose.
Craig Fitzpatrick – Lewis Seddon
Fitzpatrick portrayed Lewis in Waterloo Road, the bad boy of the school community, who later knuckled down and got a job working for the school’s canteen.
The 34-year-old actor, who played Lewis Seddon in the BBC drama for three series has also had a troubled life off-screen, much like that of his Waterloo Road character.
Craig was jailed last year for 18 months after he threatened a family member while wielding a machete.
It was reported that Fitzpatrick was ‘highly intoxicated and under the influence of drugs’ when he arrived with the weapon at the victims’ home alongside a relative following a ‘family dispute’.