David Michaels plays Neil Bolton
Neil Bolton, Maggie's estranged husband, appeared in series 7 and 8 of Heartbeat. His arrival in the village - for a job at Ashfordly hospital and possibly to take over the local medical practice at Aidensfield - caused some disquiet in the village. He had been away working for the Red Cross abroad for the past four years, and he turned up wanting to see if there was any possibility of a reconciliation with Maggie.
David commented at the time, "Maggie is naturally stunned she has heard nothing from him for all this time and suddenly not only do I turn up on the doorstep but I am working at the same hospital."
The question was, would she accept his renewed interest? David and Kazia Pelka had already played the roles of lovers, in a 1985 production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, so series 7 promised some romantic chemistry. But Neil Bolton made a dramatic exit from Heartbeat, halfway through series 8.
See Melissa's Heartbeat page for a "fan's-eye view" of Neil Bolton!
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David Michaels has played in a number of TV series, including The Changing Room, Peak Practice, Coronation Street and Soldier Soldier.
Read more about David Michaels on the As Time Goes By website.