Who’s in the Porridge cast? Kevin Bishop, Mark Bonnar, Dominic Coleman, Dave Hill, Harman Singh, Jason Barnett and Ricky Grover

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Revamped prison sitcom Porridge is back on BBC One – although the name conjures up images of stodgy, milk soaked oats, this type of Porridge puts the spotlight on life in prison.

But which actors have nabbed the best parts in Porridge and what else have they been in? Here’s everything you need to know.

 The BBC One re-vamp of Prison sitcom Porridge features an acclaimed cast with Kevin Bishop as the lead.

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The BBC One re-vamp of Prison sitcom Porridge features an acclaimed cast with Kevin Bishop as the lead.

Kevin Bishop

Acclaimed British comedian and actor Kevin Bishop, 37, plays Nigel Norman Fletcher, or Fletch, in the hit BBC remake.

Kevin began acting at the age of 16 in Grange Hill – he starred as Ben Quayle.

He built his comedy chops on the stage in Muppet’s Treasure Island and Dick Whittington where he played Jim Hawkins and Dick respectively.

His biggest hit to date was all his own when Channel 4 commissioned The Kevin Bishop Show.

The sketch show ran for two series and was even the most complained about programme on Channel 4 in August 2008 for a musical parody of the Holocaust drama Sophie’s Choice.

 Mark Bonnar plays Officer Meekie

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Mark Bonnar plays Officer Meekie

Mark Bonnar

Mark Bonnar, who plays the authoritative Officer Meekie, is a familiar face on British television and has starred in everything from Taggart to Casualty to The Bill.

He made his TV debut in Rebus, the adaptation of author Ian Rankin’s novels about Edinburgh detective John Rebus.

Walk-on parts followed until he landed the role of Bruno Jenkins in Casualty, which he played for a year from 2005.

More bit parts followed until he landed the role of Duncan Hunter in the BBC Scotland crime drama series Shetland, which he will return to for the fourth series in 2017.

He really came to our notice as the senior rogue cop in the second series of Line of Duty and his role in Catastrophe.

 Dominic Coleman (left) plays the good, sweet Officer Braithwaite to Mark Bonnar's bad cop.

Dominic Coleman (left) plays the good, sweet Officer Braithwaite to Mark Bonnar’s bad cop.

Dominic Coleman

Dominic Coleman is a British actor who was born in Solihull – his recognisable visage had cropped up across British television for over 15 years.

Dominic plays the soft Officer Braithwaite who would let

You might recognise him from his cameos in shows like The Bill, EastEnders, Torchwood and Coronation Street.

These days he is best known for Trollied, a Sky 1 sitcom that has been going since 2011.

He quite openly supports Labour and even featured as a satirical version of David Cameron in a Labour Party political broadcast.

 Officer Meekie and Governor Hallwood (Pippa Haywood) preside over prison life

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Officer Meekie and Governor Hallwood (Pippa Haywood) preside over prison life

Pippa Haywood

Pippa Haywood, 56, is an English actress who was trained at the famed Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

She plays Governor Hallwood who, along with Officer Meekie, keeps Nigel Norman Fletcher in line and on his toes.

Pippa has an extensive television career behind her and could be seen in Green Wing, Kingdom, Prisoner’s Wives and Scott & Bailey.

She can also be found on the radio in BBC Radio 4 comedy show Clare in the Community or in the theatre where she as a number of credits to her name including Midsomer Murders with Hugh Dennis.

 Porridge: Fletch (centre) is banged up in Wakeley Prison with Parfitt (Harry Peacock, left) and Scudds (Ricky Grover, right)

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Porridge: Fletch (centre) is banged up in Wakeley Prison with Parfitt (Harry Peacock, left) and Scudds (Ricky Grover, right)

Ricky Grover

Comedian Ricky plays the prison hardman, Scudds. He’s an English actor whose father was an armed robber and his mother a hairdresser.

He went on to become a ladies hairdresser and champion boxer, his nickname was Ricky ‘Goodnight’ Grover due to the power of his punches.

He later became a stand-up comedian and took on the role of Andrew Cotton in Eastenders.

Dave Hill

Dave Hill, 71, plays the elder prison statesman Joe Lotterby.

He’s best known for his role of Bert Atkinson in EastEnders where he stayed for a number of years.

Whilst he has an illustrious television career, he has also broken into voicing video game characters, having roles in both Metal Gear Solid V and the video game version of Mad Max.

Jason Barnett

The Bill fans will instantly recognise Jason as CSE Eddie Olosunje – here though he’s swapped roles and plays prison inmate Shel.

Jason has a big catalogue of television roles where he plays officers of the law – In Agatha Raisin he played DCI Wilkes for two years.

Harman Singh

Harman is an actor whose career is starting to flower, he’s best for his role as Aziz in Porridge but he can also been in Benidorm, The Inbetweeners and Marley’s Ghost.

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