Waterloo Road’s Jack McMullen is very different, as his fans beg him for a reprise of the role

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The successful actor is a far cry from the fresh-faced teen he played in the hit BBC show – and has gone on to play more rugged roles in prison based dramas and comedies

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The last moments of BBC’s Waterloo Road

Waterloo Road viewers are amazed at how Jack McMullen has changed since the beloved series’ return to screens.

The 30-year-old Liverpudlian shot to fame in 2012 as cheeky school lad Finn Sharkey – and he featured in 56 episodes of the TV drama.

Jack left the show in 2012 and Waterloo Road lasted for three more years until it was cancelled by the BBC.

Jack has since gone on to enjoy phenomenal success following his soap roots – having featured in Brookside, Grange Hill, Casualty and Doctors before he joined the Waterloo Road cast as a 19-year-old.

Fans can currently see Jack playing a character named Connor Joyce on gritty dark comedy Screw on Channel 4 – and also had a role in prison drama Time last year, starring opposite Sean Bean.

In 2017, he starred alongside Stephen Graham in Little Boy Blue. He also appeared in BBC Three comedy Together in 2015.

Waterloo Road lovers were stunned to see Jack with a buzzcut, and a beard, in Time last year.

One fan, astonished, tweeted the following: “I’m sure he used to be in waterloo road too..”Only to be thrilled when her theroy was right.

Fans now hope Jack will make a comeback to Waterloo Road, after the BBC announced they were reviving this school-set drama.

One fan tweeted directly to the star when the revival was announced. “will you be reprising your role as finn sharkey in the new waterloo rd?”

While the actor has remained silent on speculation and dreams he might return, the BBC have gushed about their decision to revive the drama – which first aired back in 2006 – as part of their commitment to create new shows across the UK.

Waterloo Road was originally set in Rochdale in England. The setting was then moved to Greenock, Scotland from season four.

Greater Manchester will host the revival series.

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, said: “Waterloo Road is the perfect lens through which to explore post-Covid Britain, from the perspective of those who have arguably been affected most: young people in education.

“We are thrilled to be returning to this brilliant format – its thrills and spills, unmissable characters and high drama – at a time when audiences across Britain need it most – and to be collaborating with the brilliant Cameron Roach and Wall To Wall on its return.”

Over the course of the original nine-year run, Waterloo Road featured a high calibre of established actors including Neil Morrissey and Denise Welch.

While the show also became something of a training ground for future huge UK stars with a number of cast members graduating from the series to enjoy huge success elsewhere.

Chelsee Healey moved on from Waterloo Road to Hollyoaks after securing a role on the Channel 4 soap after her time on the BBC show.

While Lucien Laviscount can now be seen on the Netflix smash Emily In Paris after featuring on the show in his youth, and Tom Payne went from playing a school boy on the series to playing a character called Jesus on hit Zombie horror show The Walking Dead.