Behind the scenes
Among Doctor Who actors to star in The Bill are: Christopher Ellison, as DCI Frank Burnside, Jeff Stewart as PC Reg Hollis, Graham Cole as PC Tony Stamp, Simon Rouse as DCI/Superindendent Jack Meadows, Ben Roberts as Chief Inspector Derek Conway, Chris Simmons as DC Mickey Webb, Cyril Nri as Superintendent Adam Okaro, Greg Donaldson as PC Tom Proctor, Raji James as DS Vik Singh, Steve Morley as Sgt. Stuart Lamont, and Siobhan Redmond as CSE Lorna Hart.
Guest actors include: Sylvester McCoy, Alex Kingston, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Tommy Knight, Jeremy Young, Adele Silva, Arthur Cox, David Gooderson, Mina Anwar, Bernard Holley, Nick Hobbs, Pat Gorman, Zienia Merton, Jimmy Gardner, Ian Cullen, Terence Lodge, Morgan Deare, Michael Robbins, Stephen Yardley, Steven Wickham, Edward Brayshaw, Christopher Tranchell, David Weston, Clive Merrison, Peter Craze, David Daker, Brigit Forsyth, Michael Turner, Kevork Malikyan, Tony Osoba, George Sewell, John Bennett, Sheila Grant, Ian Talbot, Graeme Eton, Michael Attwell, John Rolfe, Frank Jarvis, Angela Bruce, Michael McStay, Wolfe Morris, David Savile, Carl Rigg, Christopher Coll, George Raistrick, Donald Gee, George Little, Eileen Helsby, John Gill, Richardson Morgan, Tomek Bork, George Layton, Jamie Foreman, David Simeon, Paul Brightwell, Joel Fry, Stanley McGeagh, Joanna Monro, Steve Speirs, Christopher Whittingham, Kenneth Cope, Gilbert Wynne, Patrick Carter, Michael Melia, P. G. Stephens, Sophie Benjamin, Paul Alexander, James McClure, Sally Knyvette, Stephen MacKenna, Rob Dixon, Pamela Binns, David Mallinson, Jemma Churchill, Pamela Miles, Patrick Duggan, Vivien Parry, Philip Edgerley, Katie Wimpenny, Adrian McLoughlin, Shiv Grewal, Natasha Pyne, Richard Laing, Patrick Romer, Matt Dineen, David Arlen, Joy Elias-Rilwan, Ann Bryson, Brian Hall, Anna Wing, Scott Haran, Jan Anderson, Rosie Cavaliero, Ferdy Roberts, Nigel Betts and Russell Tovey.
According to Catherine Tate, when an actor who had been on The Bill hadn't appeared on the programme for eight months, they were called up to appear again as another character. In conversation with Tate in his self-titled podcast, David Tennant noted that she "practically [was] a regular", across her numerous guest appearances since leaving drama school.
Michael Owen Morris directed 16 episodes of The Bill. John Davies directed 12 episodes. Douglas Mackinnon directed seven. Catherine Morshead and Alan Wareing both directed six episodes. Charles Beeson directed three episodes, while Andy Goddard directed two. John Black directed two, as well, while Jonny Campbell directed only one episode.
- "Catherine Tate" (18 March 2019). David Tennant Does a Podcast With....