Poor Roland often found himself on the end of Gripper's fist. But Erkan Mustafa was much happier and quite sporty at school!
Erkan Mustafa DOB: 14 May 1970

STAR SIGN: Taurus

TV: Roland Browning in GRANGE HILL (BBC 1982-1987); Enormous Orphan in BLACKADDER'S CHRISTMAS CAROL (BBC 1988); Otto in CHEF! (BBC 1991); BRING BACK GRANGE HILL (Channel 4 2005); E4 MUSIC (2005)

ERKAN ON ROLAND: Unlike Roland, Erkan was a happy chap with plenty of friends. "I'm not like Roland at all", he told the 1984 Grange Hill annual. Sometimes Erkan would get stick because of his weight but he never let it get to him.

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW: Roland was Erkan's first acting role. His teacher and his mum suggested he auditioned for the part when Grange Hill producers placed an ad in The Sun newspaper.

HOBBIES: Roland may have been lonely but Erkan was always a busy chap! When not filming he played rugby for his school and did judo. Erkan once had to decline an offer to join a rugby team because he was busy with filming. He was also a talented drummer and demonstrated his skills in the 1986 Drugwatch special, "It's Not Just Zammo".

FAMILY: Erkan is the youngest in his family; his brother Martin and sister Susan are both older. Martin and Erkan used to fight all the time but Sue was proud when Erkan got the part!

WHERE IS HE NOW? Erkan is no longer acting but recently got his own slot with Lee MacDonald on E4 Music. In 1993 C4's "The Word" tracked him down to a friend's record shop where he was helping out. He then appeared on This Morning's Grange Hill reunion in 1998. Earlier this year Erkan took part in "Bring Back Grange Hill" for Channel 4, and appeared on Radio 1.

Information from the 1984 Grange Hill Annual


John Alford
Rene Alperstein
Kacey Barnfield
Mark Baxter
Kate Bell
Alison Bettles
Paula-Ann Bland
Max Brown
Luisa Bradshaw-White
Clare Buckfield
Julie Buckfield
Brian Capron
Todd Carty
Kirsten Cassidy
Nadia Chambers
George Christopher
Chris Crookall
Aidan J. David
Oliver Elmidoro
Amanda Fahy
Joshua Fenton
Daniella Fray
Rochelle Gadd
Rebekah Gilgan
Tom Graham
John Hudson
Thomas Hudson
Simone Hyams
Martino Lazzeri
Samantha Lewis
Lee MacDonald
Tina Mahon
Holly Mai
Charlie McDonagh
Renee Montemayor
Peter Moran
Peter Morton
Sally Morton
Erkan Mustafa
Reece Noi
Sammy O'Grady
Nicholas Pandolfi
Terry Sue Patt
Chris Perry-Metcalf
John Pickard
Colin Ridgewell
Rachel Victoria Roberts
Laura Sadler
Sophie Shad
Michael Sheard
Amy Simcock
Joseph Slack
Lee Sparke
Adam Sopp
Jessica Staveley-Taylor
Susan Tully
Simon Vaughan
Fiona Wade
Emma Waters
Jade Williams
Rene Zagger