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Chris 'Skippy' Newman
Rank Firefighter
Station Blackwall Fire Station
Spouse(s) -
Relatives -
Played by Brad Clayton
First appearance Series 9, Episode 10 (1996)
Last appearance Series 9, Episode 15 (1996)

Chris Newman was a firefighter stationed at Blackwall Fire Station during series 9. A native of Perth, Australia, he was soon given the nickname 'Skippy'.


Chris Newman arrived at Blackwall as Kevin Medhurst's replacement. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, he was in the middle of traveling the world when he ran out of money in London, so he joined the Fire Brigade, following in the footsteps of his father, who had been a fireman back in Australia. He transferred to Blackwall when his previous station Thames Reach was downgraded to a single appliance. Blue Watch held a raffle to decide a nickname for him, and settled on Maggie's suggestion of 'Skippy'.

On an early shout, Skippy calmly talked down a young woman who was threatening to jump off a building, by offering her a cigarette. A few days later, the grateful girl came to Blackwall and gave him a gold lighter and her number. As he was rescuing a birdwatcher stuck up a tree, Skippy noticed that the man was actually spying on sunbathing women in a nearby apartment block; he stole one of his films and had it developed.

He became friendly with Billy Ray, who was impressed when he learned that Skippy shared a flat with seven women. He also took Billy in after he was beaten up by his ex-girlfriend Lauren's pimp. Skippy was injured in the appliance crash at the end of series 9 and did not return to Blackwall after being pronounced unfit to return and according to Recall his family had paid for him to return to Australia.


Chris appeared in only 6 episodes of London's Burning in 1996.

Blue Watch
STATION OFFICERS: Sidney TateNick GeorgiadisChris HammondJohn ColemanMick Callaghan
SUB OFFICERS: John HallamCarole Webb
LEADING FIREFIGHTERS: Malcolm CrossGeoff PearceDan Barratt
FIREFIGHTERS: Lesley 'Charisma' ApplebyKenny 'Rambo' BainesAdam BenjaminGregg Blake
Roland 'Vaseline' CartwrightSally FieldsGeorge GreenJosie InghamAndreas 'Ethnic' Lewis
Stuart 'Recall' MacKenzieCharlie MeadKevin MedhurstFrank MooneyJack MorganChris 'Skippy' Newman
Colin ParrishBert 'Sicknote' QuigleyBilly RaySally ReidCraig RossTony SandersonRob 'Hyper' Sharpe
Ronnie 'Hi Ho' SilverKate StevensJoe WalkerMike 'Bayleaf' Wilson
MISC: Lloyd AndersonVernon 'Clingfilm' ChiversMelissa ClarkeLiver SaltsCarmen MillerJaffa Parrish