Ray Winstone on making The Sweeney with Plan B

08:10 17 April 2012

Jaime Winstone and Ray Winstone

Jaime Winstone and Ray Winstone

Hard man actor Ray Winstone admits his role in the movie remake of The Sweeney brings him “full circle” after he appeared as an extra in the original TV show more than 30 years ago.

He plays Flying Squad cop Jack Regan, the part made famous by John Thaw, in the film which co-stars musician-turned actor Ben Drew.

Drew, better known as Plan B, plays George Carter, who was played by Dennis Waterman in the original show.

Winstone said: “My first ever job was on The Sweeney.

“I was an extra in an episode called Loving Arms in the Red Cow in Hammersmith, looking at John Thaw and Dennis Waterman so it’s come full circle for me.”

He said it was a “very difficult” film to make because the original show was so “iconic”, but praised his co-star Drew.

Winstone said: “I saw him in Harry Brown and it was kind of my idea to bring him in because he looks like he can kick a door down and he can actually act as well.

“He writes songs, he directs films, he writes films, you know.

“I think it’s kind of what it is today. These kids come along and its not jack of all trades, they are actually good at what they do.

“You kind of go along as an older actor and you learn something yourself.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Sam Smith is the only person to have sold one million albums on both sides of the Atlantic this year.

Read more

People have been busy on Twitter revealing (or imagining, we’re not sure) their #worstdatein5words.

Read more

The slightly less obvious gifts to treat the techie in your life this Christmas.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Top Stories

Quizzes

Rockin' Santa!

If the answer is yes then test your knowledge of Christmas songs with our quiz.

Read more
Can you name this former Tottenham player? Try our quiz and see if you can get 15 out of 15!

This fun new Tottenham quiz will test even the most devoted Spurs fans’ knowledge...

Read more
West Ham Wikipedia quiz

This new West Ham quiz will test even the most devoted Hammers fans’ knowledge…

Read more