The Ackley Bridge cast was studded with top names and newcomers alike.
Now it’s on its way back for fifth series later this year.
But where are the cast of the first four series… and what are they doing now?
Ackley Bridge cast: Samuel Bottomley
Twenty-year-old Samuel played Jordan Wilson in the Channel 4 school drama for two series.
Since Ackley Bridge, Samuel has gone from strength to strength.
The series – which starts tonight (Monday January 31) tells the story of teacher Jenna Garvey (Sheridan) who is accused of sleeping with one of her students (Kyle).
After The Teacher, Samuel will appear in another Channel 4 drama, The Birth Of Daniel F Ferris.
Ackley Bridge cast: Jo Joyner
The former EastEnders star, 44, played headteacher Mandy Carter in Ackley Bridge for four series.
Since then, Jo has been a staple of daytime TV thanks to her role as Lu Hathaway in cosy crime drama, Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.
Jo also appeared in the Netflix, Harlan Coben crime drama Stay Close alongside Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage.
Ackley Bridge cast: Paul Nicholls
Heartthrob Paul played Mandy’s husband Steve Bell in the show for two series.
However, he admitted last year that his history of substance abuse could end his life.
In an interview in 2021, he said he “will die” if he doesn’t stop.
Since Ackley Bridge – where she played Kaneez Paracha for four series – 48-year-old Sunetra has gone from strength to strength.
Sunetra also appears as a panellist on Loose Women from time to time.
Away from the camera, Sunetra is married to Scott Carey.
Not only is their marriage unconventional (it’s a long-distance relationship and she has no plans to move in with him), the couple owns a business that makes a bacteria-killing product.
For three series, Adil played teacher Sadiq Nawaz – who had an affair with headteacher Mandy.
But now viewers will recognise Adil, 47, from a whole different genre.
The one-time Citizen Khan star is now part of the regular rotation of presenters on ITV’s breakfast show, Good Morning Britain.
He also fronts daytime word game, Lingo, on ITV, too.
Known in Ackley Bridge for playing English teacher Emma Keane, the character was famed for her testy relationship with daughter Chloe and her affair with colleague Samir.
Away from Ackley Bridge, 42-year-old Liz last appeared in the ITV crime drama Unforgotten in 2021 as suspect Fiona Grayson.
Playing conflicted Nasreen Paracha for three series in Ackley Bridge, 24-year-old Amy-Leigh has hit the heights since her appearance in the drama.
Amy-Leigh also appeared in series two of ITV crime drama Innocent in 2021.
Actress Anneika played science teacher Lila Shariff, who was involved in a gay previous relationship with student Nasreen.
Since leaving Ackley Bridge after series one, we’ve seen a lot of Anneika.
Most recently, she played Nicky in Channel 4 thriller Deadwater Fell, Farida Jatri in series six of Line Of Duty and Maggie Kean in the last series of Shetland.
Anneika will next appear in Sky’s upcoming supernatural drama The Midwich Cuckoos alongside Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley.
Playing student Cory Wilson for three series, 22-year-old Sam landed a huge role after he left Ackley Bridge.
He appeared as Curtis Delamere in the ITV soap last year.
Curtis has been with Emma Brooker since the start of the show, but it was recently revealed that he had been lying to his wife about a heart condition and was accused of stealing charity money.
In 2021, Curtis also appeared in an episode of Death In Paradise, playing Joseph Verdinikov.
Megan’s character in Ackley Bridge – Sam Murgatroyd – had a feisty fling with fellow student Nasreen.
We most recently saw the Games Of Thrones star in BBC One thriller, Rules Of The Game, as Gemma.
In it, she appeared alongside the likes of Maxine Peake.
Playing pupil Kaya Afzal in series four, 26-year-old Robyn has enjoyed a strong post-Ackley Bridge career.
She appeared in the hit Apple TV+ comedy romcom series Trying alongside Rafe Spall and Esther Smith.
Her next project is Sky’s supernatural crime drama, The Rising, with Matthew McNulty.