BBC Grange Hill's longest-serving star Stuart Organ dies at 72 as co-stars pay tribute

BBC Grange Hill's longest-serving star Stuart Organ dies at 72 as co-stars pay tribute

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Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer

Published: 23/02/2024

- 09:11

Updated: 23/02/2024

- 10:59

Stuart Organ played Peter Robson in the popular school drama

Stuart Organ, who starred as the longest-running Grange Hill star, has died.

The actor’s representative confirmed the news about the 72-year-old, famed for playing the PE and geography teacher who was later promoted to headteacher in the children’s drama.

Organ has also starred in Brookside, Casualty and Holby City. Hit show Grange Hill, which ran from 1978 to 2008, was known for its realistic and gritty storylines.

The actor left the series back in 2003 after the production decided to move to Liverpool.

The series made household names out of the likes of Lee MacDonald, who played Zammo McGuire, and Todd Carty, who starred as Tucker Jenkins.

While older audiences will remember his TV credits, other generations have probably heard his voice.

Stuart Organ

Grange Hill ran from 1978 to 2008


He has appeared as the voiceover in some cartoons and is also a known voice to the capital’s commuters as his voice was used to make London Underground announcements.

His career started at Leeds Playhouse back in 1975 in a performance of Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead.

More recently, he starred in Netflix’s Bridgerton in 2020. In 2022, Grange Hill director Sir Phil Redmond talked about potentially reprising the series,

He commented: “You just go out as honestly as you can and try to reflect society as it is, try to be as truthful as you can within the bounds of fiction and do the research properly.

Anthony Biggs, Stuart Organ and Julia Organ

The actor was confirmed to have died on Friday


"One of the things I've always done is work with great young teams to actually deliver the vision.

“So we'll just take a look at the way Britain is now, and not the way policymakers would like us to think it is."

Fans of Grange Hill soon took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their sadness and memories.

One wrote: "So sorry to hear actor Stuart Organ has passed away thoughts prayers and my sincere condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time. #RIPStuartOrgan."

Organ in Pointless

The actor also made several guest appearances, such as in BBC's Pointless


"#StuartOrgan, Mr Robson from #GrangeHill has died. I met him in a corridor in a hotel in Manchester back in 2000 and we had a nice chat.A solid and dependable actor, capable of such realism and great warmth. RIP," a second penned.

"Today brings sad news as we mourn the passing of Stuart Organ, known for his iconic portrayal of Mr. Robson in the BBC TV show Grange Hill for 15 years.

"His contribution to the show left an indelible mark, and his talent brought joy to many. Rest in peace, Stuart. Your legacy will forever be cherished," another shared.

Someone else wrote: "RIP Stuart Organ aka Mr Robson of #grangehill part of 90s childhood gone," as a fifth commented: "I loved Grange Hill. In its heyday." (sic)

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