Alex Walkinshaw baffled by Bill

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 August 2010
Alex Walkinshaw

Alex Walkinshaw

'The Bill' actor Alex Walkinshaw admits he struggled to get his head around why the police drama series was ending

Alex Walkinshaw admits it's hard to get his head around 'The Bill' ending.

The actor - who has played Inspector Dale 'Smithy' Smith for over 10 years - struggled to understand why the ITV police series was being culled, because viewing figures were good and the programme was well received.

He said: "If the show was doing badly or as a whole wasn't very good it would be easier to deal with. But it's actually performing well and the product is good so that's hard to get your head around. But business is business - it is the way of the world and things come to an end."

Despite the imminent closure of the 25-year-old show, Alex remains positive about his time on 'The Bill'.

He met his wife Sarah - who he has two children with - on the show when she worked as a makeup artist.

He is also about to meet with TV executives about working on a new project with his co-star Sam Callis - who plays Sergeant Callum Stone.

He explained to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I've worked for the past 11 years, I got my wife and kids out of this building so I've got a lot to feel positive about. I've had a bloody good run of it. I've got a couple of meetings lined up and something with Sam Callis which could be a bit of a corker.

"We'll just see what happens. I'm excited about the future and determined not to buy into the doom and gloom."

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