Jesse Birdsall

Jesse Birdsall
Born (1963-02-13) 13 February 1963
Highbury, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Gwyneth Strong (m. 2000)
Children 2

Jesse Birdsall (born 13 February 1963) is an English actor, known for his role as Marcus Tandy in the BBC1 soap opera Eldorado, his role in the adventure series Bugs (1995–99) as Nick Beckett and his role as Fraser Black in Hollyoaks.


As a child, he attended the Anna Scher children's theatre school in Islington, and in his teens appeared in Nanette Newman's children's cooking programme, Fun Food Factory and in several television plays and series, usually with his trademark rockabilly look. Also an extra with one line, ("Watch it mate!"), in an episode of Minder from 1980 entitled "Don't Tell Them Willie Boy was Here". He first came to wider public attention in the serial Annika in 1984, his first notable television role. He then subsequently appeared in the films Wish You Were Here (1987), directed by David Leland and co-starring Emily Lloyd,[1] Getting It Right (1989), and Beyond Bedlam (1994). Another notable television role was his portrayal of slick playboy Marcus Tandy in the infamous BBC1 soap opera Eldorado, which ran for just one year from 1992–93 and gained a reputation as one of the biggest television flops of all time. Nonetheless, the amount of coverage the programme received for its perceived low quality and lack of success would gain Birdsall much exposure, and from 1995 to 1999 he played one of the lead characters in another BBC1 programme, the successful futuristic action/adventure series Bugs.

In 2002 he appeared in an episode of 'Murder in Mind', S2xE04, called 'Swansong'.

He guest-starred in Midsomer Murders, playing two separate characters, in the episodes "Market for Murder" and "Small Mercies". He also appeared in several episodes of the ITV police drama The Bill in 2003 as a character named Ron Gregory, and for the same network appeared as a regular in series 3-5 of the popular drama Footballer's Wives.

He had a small role in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in August 2012, playing John Hewland, jilted fiancé of Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), in two episodes.[2][3][4][5]

He played the role of Fraser Black in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks but left the show in spring 2014 following a whodunit storyline in which he was murdered.[6][7]

Personal life

The son of Penguin Books designer Derek Birdsall, Birdsall attended Hampstead School in north London. He has been married to Only Fools and Horses actress Gwyneth Strong, with whom he has two children, since 15 July 2000.


  1. Maslin, Janet (July 24, 1987). "Wish You Were Here (1987) FILM: 'WISH YOU WERE HERE'". The New York Times.
  2. "Soapland's joiners, movers and leavers - Soaps Information". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  3. Published Friday, Jun 8 2012, 08:48 BST (2012-06-08). "'EastEnders' Letitia Dean's return storyline revealed?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  4. Director: Nic Phillips; Executive Producer: Bryan Kirkwood; Writer: Daisy Coulam (13 August 2012). "Episode dated 13/08/2012 (2 of 2)". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  5. Director: Nic Phillips; Executive Producer: Lorraine Newman; Writer: Daisy Coulam (14 August 2012). "Episode dated 14/08/2012". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  6. Digital Spy
  7. Hollyoaks confirms whodunit death victim in spring trailer - Hollyoaks News - Soaps - Digital Spy

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