It is impossible to think about Grange Hill in the 1980s without mentioning the character of Samuel ‘Zammo’ Maguire, the cheeky chappy whose life spiralled into heroin addiction in one of children’s television’s most ground-breaking storylines. Actor Lee MacDonald played Zammo for six years and helped to make Zammo one of the iconic characters of the 1980s.
Lee MacDonald was best known for playing the part of Zammo Maguire in the classic children's TV series Grange Hilll from 1982-1987. Since then he has made cameo appearances on Birds of a Feather, The Bill and a TV version of A Midsummers Night Drream. He trained as a boxer, but a car crash left him unable to fight anymore. He now runs a Locksmith/key-cutting shop in Wallington, Surrey. He learned this trade while filming Grange Hill, and opened his business around 1999.
He appeared in the Sky One show Clique de Celebrite until he was voted out on the fourth show. He was however invited back when Sophie Anderton left due to injury, but was again voted out on the seventh show of the series.
Drugs would feature in less high-profile storylines. 1995 saw Anna Wright selling them for her brother Gordon and four years later, Sarah-Jane Webster found herself addicted to temazepam.