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PostSubject: William Simons (PC Alf Ventress)   Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:18 pm

William Simons is a Welsh actor, born in Swansea on 17 November 1940.

He is best known for his role as Yorkshireman PC Alf Ventress in Heartbeat, a part he has played for over a decade.

Other roles included parts in Coronation Street, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Cribb, Secret Army, and the 1978 Doctor Who story The Sunmakers.

William as Alf:

Likeable, soft-spoken Yorkshireman. Famed for his encyclopedic local knowledge, his smoking habit, and his occasional lapses (sleeping on the job) and eccentricities (penchant for hard-boiled eggs). In his younger years Ventress had a gambling problem, but that is now under control. He is now retired from active police duty, but remains working in a civilian capacity at Ashfordly police station.

His wife, "Mrs Ventress", is regularly referred to by name but has never appeared in person. However, the episode "Windows of Opportunity" included a number of shots of a ladies' keep fit group which Mrs Ventress was said to have attended, so she may have appeared on screen, albeit unidentified.


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