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John Alford

Name John Alford
Date of birth 30 October 1971
Place of birth Glasgow
Character Billy Ray
Duration 1993-1998
Other work Now and Then
Grange Hill
The Bill

John Alford (born John Shannon 30 October 1971 in Glasgow) is a Scottish-born English actor and singer who played firefighter Billy Ray in London's Burning from 1993 to 1998.

During the 1990s Alford launched a short-lived singing career and released covers of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Blue Moon"/"Only You", which reached the UK Top 20. Alford was dismissed from London's Burning after being caught supplying cannabis and cocaine to an undercover News of the World reporter, for which he was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

His other work includes appearances in Grange Hill, Now and Then, The Bill, Casualty and Mike Bassett:England Manager.