School swot Pamela Cartwright stepped comfortably into Penny Lewis' shoes in 1981. And Rene Alperstein shared an equine interest with her alter-ego...
Rene Alperstein DOB: 30 June 1964

STAR SIGN: Cancer

TV: Pamela Cartwright in GRANGE HILL (BBC 1981-1982); ALAS SMITH AND JONES (BBC); WHO DARES WINS (Channel 4)

ADVERTISING: Numerous TV commercials (details unavailable)

FAMILY: Rene has one older sister

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW...Like her character, Rene was a keen horse-riding fan. She was also a full-time pupil at the Italia Conti stage school and trained in tap, ballet and jazz dance. Of her time on Grange Hill, Rene said the cast were like "one big happy family".

WHERE IS SHE NOW...? After leaving Grange Hill, Rene spent the next couple of years in theatre, including The King And I and various pantomimes. She toured the Middle and Far East with Derek Nimmo's company in "There's A Girl In My Soup" then returned to TV with Alas Smith And Jones, and Who Dares Wins.

Rene then quit acting to become a medical recruitment consultant. Now married, she's known as Rene Anisfield.

Information from 1980s Grange Hill annuals


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