It doesn't state this on IMDB but in 1994/1995 Gary starred on "Jo Brand Through The Cake Hole" (Channel 4) in a couple of sketches played a man she'd pulled and her boyfriend.
You would have expected him to have some pretty high profile gigs so soon after Minder (no offence to Jo Brand she's good) but i'd of thought some film work or drama rather than a couple of comedy sketches. You have to admit even if your not a fan of the Ray Daley episodes Gary is a brilliant actor.
Ah yes, I had completely forgotten about Gary Webster "waking up" as it were with Jo Brand! Now you mention it, I do remember that scene extremely well. I feel totally the same about Gary Webster's career. I remember reading in the tabloids back in 1991 that Gary used to love watching Minder in the 1980s and it was an absolute dream come true to play Arthur's minder in the series.
He must have been absolutely on top of the world at the time, if I remember rightly they auditioned about 200 actors. I seem to remember they wanted to cast someone no older than 23 and I think Gary said he lied about his age as he was actually 26 or 27 when he auditioned. It's great that they chose a pretty much unknown actor (I never did remember him in Eastenders although I'm sure I'm watched EE in those days) whereas now they'd no doubt go for a familiar face who's a guaranteed ratings winner!
He must have thought a good career in acting would almost be guaranteed after securing such a high profile role but sadly he hasn't ever had much of a role in anything ever since. Unfortunately he went bankrupt last year and he has written a book on financial advice. He appeared on BBC2's lunchtime financial programme Working Lunch last year, I saw a clip of his appearance on the BBC website where he talked of his "60s pools winner Viv Nicolson spend spend spend" attitude when he appeared on Minder.
Maybe Gary could be another actor who could be interviewed for the site, I'd love to hear his experiences of getting the role and working with George and the other actors of the 90s Minders.
I always find it amusing to trace the careers of actors who appeared on Minder and it's interesting to see that some of the very minor characters like Ray Winstone and Pete Postlewaite have gone onto massive success whereas some others who were great actors such as Mark Farmer have pretty much vanished completely since.
I tend to think acting success can largely be down to contacts and successful networking rather than anything else. Marrying a producer like Martin Clunes isn't a bad idea either! Looking back to the Gary Webster episodes, I thought Nick Day as Morley was far more charismatic and a better character actor than Stephen Tompkinson as Park yet Morley has only had ever small roles ever since whereas Tompkinson has played the lead in a few shows since. I watched the very first Gary Webster episode last night and looking back it's strange to think that Stephen Tompkinson has been far more successful than Gary Webster as at the time my money would have been on Gary Webster starring in later ITV shows. They must be roughly the same age too. For example, I can't imagine Gary Webster being any worse in Wild at Heart than Tompkinson! Mind you, that show is so awful in my opinion, that the choice of lead actor is of no real consequence!
I wonder if Gary has been contemplating the reality route to get him back in the public eye? Looking at IMDB.com it is fairly rare to find an actor who has been constantly in work from say 16 - 82 with one obvious exception! A certain George Cole! It was great to see him in Midsomer Murders on New Year's Day. Seeing him on the TV always puts a smile on my face and reminds me of so many magic Minder moments. The other thing that puts a smile on my face is that the revamped Minder style show starring Bradley Walsh seems to have disappeared off the radar - I thought it was meant to be screened in Autumn 07 but thankfully I've not heard anymore about it!
The Gary Webster interviews on the Australian DVD sets are well worth a listen, I too would have liked to have seen him in more than he has been, but maybe he was a vicitm of his own initial success in the 1990s? He says on the DVDs that up until about 1995 he was able to get away with a lot of things that most average everyday folks couldn't and did have the "high life" as a well known actor as a young person.
It is interesting that the other actors mentioned here also went on to do more but then again, just because an actor isn't on the telly where we can see them, doesn't mean to say they are not busy elsewhere or on stage somewhere - this can happen a lot.
If you search You Tube for former Airwolf-star Jan-Michael Vincent aka Stringfellow Hawke - he really has gone to the dogs - he actually looks older than Ernest Borgnine (who played the older guy Dominic in the show) - at least Gary Webster hasn't gone down that toilet.
Agreed, please no Bradley Walsh in Minder - oh lord, we don't need that.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
According to IMDB he's been in 19 TV progs since Minder and owns a pub in Ramsbottom, Lancs (although this may be out of date if he's now bankrupt). I'd say that's a pretty good career. Some of these entries are things like 'family affairs' in which he's appeared in 32 times.
Of course this doesn't list pantomines and theatres which he may have been in hundreds of times I don't know.
Don't know what percentage of times he's actually been employed, but seems like a good career to me.
I've not personally seen any Ray Daley episodes apart form the Canal one which I thought was excellent (Dave should get a power-boat; it suits him!). I'm only a recent convert to the re-runs now they're on ITV4 and you can watch then at ITV.com I can't get a very good reception on digital here.
Other 70s re-runs like the Professionals and Sweeney haven't travelled so well, whereas Minder has. Likeable characters, excellent plots.