The legend of Grange Hill and EastEnders that will make you feel old when you find out how old he is now

If you grew up in the 80s, you’ll probably remember Lee Macdonald as a young Samuel McGuire AKA Zammo. The then 14-year-old actor starred alongside Ant and Dec on Grange Hill and had one of the show’s most notorious storylines involving teen drug addiction and a cast single titled ‘Just Say No’ .

His six years at Grange Hill ended in 1987 and since then Lee has appeared on Birds of a Feather, The Bill and even Eastenders. The legendary actor played Terry the bus driver, fulfilling a “dream”, on the BBC soap in 2019.

Today, the legendary actor turned 54, and some fans were shocked at how quickly the time flew by. Responding to a birthday tweet from Classic British TV, Lee wrote: “54 today! Where did the time go.”

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“I will never believe you are that age,” one fan replied. “I still see the little boy on Grange Hill.” Another chimed in to share a realization: “How is Zammo 54? Mrs. McCluskey (Gwyneth Powell) is only 75. Was she *really* only 20 years older than him? My mind is absolutely blown away by the thought.”

After his days at Grange Hill, Lee became a professional boxer. However, it all came to a halt when, at the age of 21, he had a serious car accident and was hit by a car traveling at 90 mph. He was told he couldn’t box anymore.

As Zammo in Grange Hill, Lee MacDonald was as well-known to teenagers in the 1980s as almost anyone in the country.
As Zammo in Grange Hill, Lee MacDonald was as well-known to teenagers in the 1980s as almost anyone in the country.

He worked for a wholesaler and did a few acting stints here and there. In 2000 he bought a locksmith business in Wallington, Sutton. The Mentor Lock & Safe Co website encourages customers to “Pick the Best and ‘Just Say No’ to the Rest!!”

He continues to pay homage to his character Zammo when he can, including when he announced his engagement to partner Jess in 2020. “My partner Jess ‘JUST SAID YES’,” he posted alongside a photo of the beaming couple. married at the end of 2022.

Lee also has two children, son Harry and daughter-in-law Katie, who are in their early teens. In 2018, he admitted he didn’t let the kids (who were ten at the time) watch Zammo’s heroine story on Grange Hill.

He said of Lorraine: “My kids started watching Grange Hill and I won’t let them watch the drug story, which is ironic because they’re ten now, years ago, when it was on the air, there was a four-year-old age group watching this.”

A lot has changed since Lee’s days at Grange Hill, but his legendary status remains intact at 54. Happy Birthday Zomo!

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