The Bill’s DC Jim Carver star Mark Wingett is unrecognisable 37 years on from show debut

The Bill’s DC Jim Carver star Mark Wingett is unrecognisable 37 years on from show debut

12/16/2021

DC Jim Carver was a firm fixture throughout the majority of The Bill's run.

The character – played by Mark Wingett – was one of two protagonists in the pilot Woodentop, before the show changed its name, and stayed with it until 2005.


During that time, Jim went from probationary PC, to DC and then back to uniform in 1999, before returning to his Detective Constable role in 2004.

Jim's personal life was as up and down as his professional one, as he dealt with an alcohol addiction, gambling addiction and being the victim of domestic abuse.

Some happiness came his way when he married long-term friend June Ackland before he left Sun Hill in 2005.

Mark returned as Jim in 2007 for June's final three episodes, revealing he had moved to Manchester and was now a DS.

Over 30 years on from his debut on the show, Mark still has the same floppy hairstyle as he did when he first played Jim.

However his blonde locks have turned whiter and he now sports a goatee and glasses.

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Mark is still a keen actor and in recent years has appeared in Vera and Call the Midwife as well as a number of independent films.

Back in April, The Sun revealed how The Bill would be backing a comeback, and Mark is one of the original cast members believed to be returning with it.

Mark will potentially be reuniting with his former co-stars Graham Cole and Trudie Goodwin, who played PC Tony Stamp, Sgt June Ackland.

We reported at the time that writer Simon Sansome, who is heading the project, was in advanced talks with channels interested in broadcasting the series and had written an early script.

Long-serving EastEnders writer and Holby City creator Tony McHale was also in discussions about adapting the new story for TV.

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