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Insp. Andrew Monroe

Insp. Andrew Monroe

IC: Gender
1Male   Male
Date of Death: 2002
Sun Hill Police Station
Cause of Death: Explosion
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Police Officer
Affiliation: Metropolitan Police
Curr. Posting: Sun Hill
Curr. Rank: Insp.
Curr. Title: Duty Inspector
Curr. Call Sign: Sierra Oscar 1
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Current Status
Portrayed by:Colin Tarrant
 ● First Appearance: I Thought You'd Gone
 ● Last Appearance: Episode 008: Golden Opportunity
List of Appearances

Inspector Andrew Monroe was a character in The Bill between 1990 and 2002.


A former miner who had very little formal education, Inspector Andrew Monroe remained extremely informed on police procedure and politely corrected anyone who got it wrong. Andrew was focused and an extremely effective inspector, though woe betide anyone who overstepped the mark. He went to great lengths to ensure that new policies and procedures were put in place effectively, although it was clear that he did so because he genuinely believed it helped in running an effective relief rather than to get into any political point-scoring.

A stern, authoritarian figure who did everything by the book, Andrew was respected by his superiors and subordinates alike. He was more liked than he thought, possessing a very dry sense of humour and was a dedicated family man with a wife and three children. Although little was seen of his family, his eldest daughter Jackie was once arrested for shop lifting, much to the amusement of P.C. Nick Klein.

Andrew disliked any chance of there being a question of doubt over his officers, having many a run in with D.S. Ted Roach and D.I. Frank Burnside. Things for Andrew and Ted got off to a bad start and soon got worse when an off duty Ted arrested a drunk in a restaurant. Andrew was sure Ted had been drinking and tracked him down, giving him a caution for Dereliction Of Duty (S06E89, "A Sense of Duty"). After one drunken brawl too many, Ted lashed out and punched Andrew, walking out of the job rather than apologise. Andrew's straight-laced approach to policing and line management garnered something of a reputation and it meant the relief were never quite sure where they stood with Andrew, and more often than not they would be surprised that Andrew had been fully supportive of them in his actions, if not necessarily his words. He had no time for loose canons though, or any qualms about pulling his officers up if he thought they were becoming a liability.

Andrew was one of six officers accidentally killed by Des Taviner after an explosion from a petrol bomb tore through the building. Closest to the heart of the explosion, Andrew died instantly from his injuries, although it is never explained how he came into contact with the explosions as he was seen leaving his office during the fire. He was good friends with Sergeant Matt Boyden, Sergeant June Ackland and Chief Inspector Derek Conway.

Service Record[]

Family and Relationships[]

  • Unnamed Woman (wife)
  • Jackie Monroe (daughter)
  • Rachel Monroe (daughter)
  • Catherine Monroe (daughter)

Major Storylines[]

  • 2000 - Inspector Monroe's Daughter Jackie is arrested for Shoplifting


  • Monroe, Conway and Roach are the only actors in The Bill whose characters and actors are both dead. Conway was killed in a car fire in 2002, Ben Roberts who played Conway died June 7th 2021. Monroe was killed in the station fire in 2002 and in 2012 Colin Tarrant tragically committed suicide. Ted Roach was murdered in a hit and run off-screen in 2004 and on Wednesday 27th May 2020 actor Tony Scannell passed away. The other deceased actors who played regular characters in the series were Roger Leach (Sergeant Tom Penny), Gary Olsen (PC Dave Litten), Kevin Lloyd (DC Tosh Lines) and Bernie Nolan (Sergeant/PC Sheelagh Murphy).

Preceded by:
Inspector Christine Frazer
Sun Hill Inspector
Succeeded by:
Inspector Gina Gold