Characters & Actors
Don Reid (Derek Riddell)
South West TV crewmember Don isn't having a good time of it. His wife's left him, he's been demoted from his job, and frankly, no-one likes him.
So when Hero tells him the huge crush he has on her has to end, he doesn't cope well at all. Creepy and bitter, he determines to teach her a lesson.
Glasgow-reared actor Derek graduated from LAMDA (The London Academy of Dramatic Arts)* in 1990, and then worked solidly in the theatre for few years. He even played the role of Claudio - Don's rival - in one production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Since 2001 he's appeared more and more frequently on television. Meaty roles in a range of classy TV series have included repressed gay man Rab in The Book Group, Jaime in two seasons of Clocking Off, Richard in political one-off drama The Project and egomaniac doctor Jamie in No Angels*
Derek can soon be seen in the role of Sir Walter Raleigh in BBC ONE's historical drama The Virgin Queen, about Queen Elizabeth I.
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