All Creatures Great and Small: Season two trailer
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All Creatures Great and Small season two has been airing on Channel 5 and fans loved seeing James Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph) return. The escapist TV series set in the Yorkshire Dales was inspired by the real-life stories of vet Alf Wight. Another TV series aired from 1978 to 1990 and here’s all you need to know about where the original cast are now.
Where are the original cast of All Creatures Great and Small now?
James Herriot – Christopher Timothy
Christopher Timothy took the lead role of Yorkshire vet James Herriot for all seven seasons.
The Welsh actor, now 80, has also starred as Mac McGuire in BBC’s Doctors and Ted Murray in EastEnders.
The actor recalled meeting the real Alf Wight when he took on the role, telling The Guardian: “He was a very private man who hated all the fuss about his books, which recalled his days as a vet in Yorkshire.
“We were already filming when he finally came to see us on set. He turned out to be hospitable and friendly, with a soft, lilting Scottish accent – though I was told to keep my speech neutral to retain the universality of the part.
“Which I thought was complete b******.”
He had also narrated the audiobooks of the James Herriot series.
His latest TV role was as Dennis in the series Kate and Koji in 2020.
Siegfried Farnon – Robert Hardy
Siegfried was inspired by Alf Wight’s real-life boss and he was played by Robert Hardy throughout the whole series.
The actor died in August 2017, aged 91, at Denville Hall which is a home for retired actors.
Fans may have recognised him as playing Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter film series.
His last roles were in Snapshot Wedding and In Familia, both in 2017.
His last TV appearance was as the title character in Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain.
Tristan Farnon – Peter Davison
Seigfried’s brother Tristan featured in a total of 65 episodes and he was played by Peter Davison.
The actor is now 70 and he is married to Elizabeth Morton and is a father of three.
One of his children is Georgia Tennant, who is the wife of renowned actor David Tennant.
Just like his son-in-law, Davison played the title character in Doctor Who and was known as the Fifth Doctor.
His latest roles were in an episode of Call the Midwife in 2020, and as Henry Reynolds in the series Life.
Fans may also recognise his voice from The Yorkshire Vet, as he narrates the factual entertainment series.
Helen Alderson – Carol Drinkwater/Lynda Bellingham
The love interest of James was played by two different actresses throughout the course of the series.
For the first three seasons, she was played by Carol Drinkwater, with Lynda Bellingham taking over from season four.
Carol, now 73, went on to write a successful children’s book called The Haunted School, as well as other books for young readers.
In 2015, Penguin Books offered her a deal to write two novels – The Forgotten Summer and Lost Girl.
She later released two more books – The House on The Edge of The Cliff and An Act of Love.
Lynda Bellingham died aged 66 in October 2014, following a battle with cancer.
She became one of the Loose Women panellists in 2007 and starred in the 2009 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Mrs Hall – Mary Hignett
The woman of the house was played by Mary Hignett, who starred in the first three seasons.
She died aged 64 in 1980, shortly after the third season of All Creatures Great and Small was filmed.
Her All Creatures co-stars attended the funeral and her death was written into the script of the 1983 Christmas Special.
The four remaining characters honoured her by raising a toast.
She was married to actor Michael Brennan and they had a daughter together.
All Creatures Great and Small airs on Thursdays on Channel 5 at 9pm.
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