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Roy Galloway
John Salthouse as D.I. Galloway

John Salthouse as D.I. Galloway

IC: Gender
1Male   Male
Marital Status: Seperated
Occupation: Police Officer
Metropolitan Police     Sun Hill
Rank: Detective Inspector
Status: Transferred
Affiliation: Metropolitan Police Service
Curr. Posting: UNKNOwN
Curr. Rank: Detective Inspector
Occ. Status
●  Service Record  ●
Portrayed by:Robert Pugh (Woodentop)
John Salthouse
 ● First Appearance: Storyboard: Woodentop
 ● Last Appearance: Not Without Cause
List of Appearances

D.I. Roy Galloway was a character from The Bill from 1983 to 1987.


Roy Galloway prides himself on being one of the youngest inspectors in the Metropolitan Police. An impulsive man, he is a thief taker in the classic mould, always seeming to be playing a game of good old fashioned cops and robbers. Nobody is above suspicion for Galloway. Even when fencing information from one of his snouts, he always takes what they say with a grain of salt.

Although he sometimes shows a wisdom of years beyond his own age, Galloway is also every bit as fiery as his red-coloured hair suggests. When frustrated, he will not hesitate to take those frustrations out on colleagues. This places him in many tricky situations with his immediate subordinate, DS Ted Roach, who wants Galloway's job. At one point, June Ackland considered resigning after Galloway blamed her for his own troubles. Only the timely intervention of Sergeant Bob Cryer stopped the situation from escalating out of control.

Over time, he mellowed to the point where he is even willing to step in defence of Bob Cryer after he accidentally runs into a pensioner in a car during a wet, night-time call out. The two men share a strong long-time bond, but rarely has Galloway been so proactive in helping his uniform colleagues.

After three years in Sun Hill, Galloway decided to leave. The exact reasons for his departure are kept vague and confidential, but it came as a shock to some and a relief to others.

Service Record[]

Family and Relationships[]


Roy Galloway - played by Robert Pugh in Woodentop

  • Kate Galloway (Ex-Wife)
  • Julia Galloway (Daughter)

Galloway was married, with one daughter. The pressures of his job lead to him spending less and less time with them, however. Eventually he goes through a bitter divorce, which he takes hard. Characteristically, this only leads to him throwing himself even further into his work.

Major Storylines[]

Preceded by:
Sun Hill
Succeeded by:
DI Frank Burnside