The Bill's Reg Hollis actor Jeff Stewart looks unrecognisable decades after police drama debut

REG Hollis was without a doubt one of the most iconic characters in The Bill during its long run.

The ITV police drama aired from 1983 until 2010, and Reg was a key part of the show until 2008, when actor Jeff Stewart was sacked.

Viewers were devastated and while Jeff was initially distraught, he dusted himself off and vowed to get on with his career rather than sulk on the decision.

He previously told us: "I didn’t see a counsellor, it was evident I was OK and I never worried how it would affect my career.

“I thought, ‘I have a choice, you can either stagnate or blossom’.”

Following the end of The Bill, Jeff has starred in Dead Man Running (2009), Tomorrow (2010) and Under Jakob's Ladder in 2011 – where he managed to bag himself Best Actor at the Manhattan Film Festival.

His most recent work has mainly been in a number of short films and minor TV roles.

Jeff has not only left Reg's characteristics behind but also his dark, slicked down hair style.

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Back in April Jeff was seen out and about in North London sporting shoulder length grey curly hair and stubble.

The actor kept his longer locks under control with a bright yellow baseball cap and opted for a countryside-inspired ensemble of a open-necked check shirt under a khaki green jacket.

Meanwhile his Twitter profile picture revealed his grey curly hair and beard.

Days before Jeff's outing, The Sun revealed how The Bill is set for a return — with three original cast on the beat again.

Two new series are lined up after writers acquired the original rights to the hit police show.

We reported that actors Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin and Mark Wingett, who starred in the original drama, are in talks with the team behind the comeback.

Writer Simon Sansome, who is heading the project, was in advanced talks with channels interested in broadcasting the series and has written an early script at the time of the article.

Long-serving EastEnders writer and Holby City creator Tony McHale is also in discussions about adapting the new story for TV.

The Sun understands the series will be named Sun Hill, after the police station in the original run.

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