TO those of a certain age, he’ll always be Tucker Jenkins from Grange Hill, while for millions more he was Mark Fowler in EastEnders.
But it’s probably playing evil policeman Gabriel Kent in The Bill that will help actor Todd Carty out in his latest role – King Rat in Ferneham Hall’s annual pantomime.
This year the Fareham theatre is putting on Dick Whittington and His Cat.
Todd is a veteran of numerous pantos and said: ‘It’s just a laugh, I’m looking forward to it.
‘I get bored by Boxing Day if I can’t get out of the house – eating cold turkey and Brussels sprouts.’
And this is a role he’s returning to: ‘I played King Rat many years ago, I’ve been doing Abanazaar for the past five years.
‘I’ve been playing the baddie for a few years now – scaring the little children and the old grannies.
‘This year Chris Jordan and Jordan productions decided to bring Dick Whittington back, which hasn’t been seen in a while – I think it might be coming back into fashion.
‘It’s good old traditional panto.’
He is joined by returning star Lloyd Warbey of Disney’s Art Attack as Idle Jack. Lloyd played Herbie the Huntsman in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the theatre last year.
It’s just a laugh, I’m looking forward to it. I get bored by Boxing Day if I can’t get out of the house – eating cold turkey and brussel sproutsTodd Carty, King Rat in Dick Whittington and His Cat
‘I’ve got to come back, which is great,’ he said. ‘It’s rewarding to come back and see the audience again, many of whom I hope saw me here before.
I really enjoyed it last year, it was one of the favourite pantos I’ve done.
‘So when they invited me, I said: “Yes!” straight away.’
There will also be a messy scene known as ‘a splosh’, and Lloyd promises: ‘If you saw last year’s, oh my word, this year’s will be much bigger.’
And Julia Cave will help keep the tradition of the principal boy alive as she plays Dick.
‘It’s a tradition that’s not staying as much, which is a shame,’ she said.
‘I love it. Why lose this tradition?
‘I’ve played The Prince five times in Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, but this is my first time as Dick Whittington – he’s going to be a bit more rough and ready.’
The pantomime runs from December 11 to January 3. Tickets cost from £12 to £19 depending on time and date.
To book tickets go to fernehamhall.co.uk or call the box office on (01329) 231942.