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Ray in Brookside

Ray's big break came in 1999,when at the age of 10 he started filming Brookside.He arrived as the youngest member of the Murray family,Anthony Murray.Poor little Anthony never had it easy in his time on the close he was bullied,had up in court for murdering his tormentor,Imelda Clough(Billie Clements),and on a lighter note,he got his first girlfriend.

In November 2012,a DVD was released to celebrate the Brookside's 30th Anniversary.The DVD featured 16 classic episodes,including the episode where Ray's character Anthony Murray murders his tormentor Imelda Clough.

Video clip of a young Raymond Quinn in Brookside

 

Anthony's Birthday

PICTURES FROM THE SHOW

 

RAY'S SOAP AWARDS

 

Whilst in Brookside Ray won several awards for his acting ability,his powerful portrayal of scared youngster Anthony Murray won him rave reviews from fans and critics alike,and he deservedly won many awards for his efforts!!

2002-Best Dramatic Performance(British Soap Awards)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-115215/EastEnders-trounce-Coronation-Street-British-Soap-Awards.html

2002-Best Storyline(British Soap Awards)

2002-Best Young Actor(Inside Soap Awards)

2002-Best Performance In A Network Soap(Royal TV Society)

Ray Winning Best Dramatic Performance at the British Soap Awards

Newspaper Articles and Interviews

Liverpool Echo(2002)

LIVERPOOL soap Brookside will feature a controversial storyline about child killing, it was announced this afternoon.

Bosses at the Channel 4 soap will show the harrowing plot on screen later this month.

Viewers will see angelic 12-year-old Anthony Murray, played by Raymond Quinn, turn on a school bully who has made his life hell.

Programme makers Mersey Television said the storyline took viewers into "uncompromising territory" as they witnessed one child killing another.

The youngster has been terrorised in a prolonged campaign by Imelda Clough (Billie Clements).

Creator Phil Redmond said: "Like many big Brookside storylines, this is not the end of a story, but merely the beginning of the next phase.

"Although the death of the bully Imelda is tragic in its own right, we will be following our central character Anthony and how he deals with this terrible turn of events, and later how his family cope.

"For every parent it is one of the dark horrors you push away from your mind every day, the discovery that the child you love has found themselves in such horrific circumstances.

"I said earlier in the year that I wanted Brookside to reclaim its dramatic credentials. This storyline puts us back on that road."

Programme makers are aware they may come under criticism for such a shocking storyline.

In a statement, they said today: "Brookside has never been afraid to tackle powerful and controversial issues."

The death will feature in the March 20 edition of the programme, but producers are keeping a lid on how the death occurs

Daily Mail(2002)

Teen star Raymond Quinn was given a standing ovation for his role as bullied Anthony in Brookside, for which he took the best dramatic performance prize.

The youngster was in tears as he headed to the stage, as was his screen mum Bernie Nolan.

"My heart's going like a rocket," said the baby-faced actor. "I can't believe I'm holding this."

Liverpool Echo(2002)

CHILD star Raymond Quinn's tears of joy melted the hearts of millions at this week's British Soap Awards.

And now he's setting his sights on being ... the next Gene Kelly!

But first, the 13-year-old actor is enjoying the thrill of national recognition for his sensational scenes in and around Brookside Close, Liverpool 12.

He brought the house down and an audience of his heroes to their feet when he received his richly-deserved Best Dramatic Performance award.

Raymond, a pupil at Gateacre Comprehensive, won the accolade for his harrowing portrayal of bullying victim Anthony Murray in the Channel 4 show.

And he was back up on stage - this time with co-stars Billie Clements (who played ill-fated bully Imelda Clough), Bernie Nolan (his screen mum, Diane) and Neil Caple (screen dad Marty) - when the soap triumphed in the Best Storyline category.

``I was really surprised and didn't have a speech prepared or anything,'' he recalls.

``I had a lump in my throat and I was like `Oh my God!' When I heard my name I just started crying. And then I was thinking `Why are they all standing up?' ``I was crying on stage and it was difficult to get any words out. That's when I said `My heart's going like a rocket.' But it's just about calmed down now! `` His proud mum, Valerie, who was next to Raymond at the ceremony, says: ``I was crying too. And I cry every time I watch it on the video.''

Part of the reason Raymond was so disbelieving was the calibre of actors in the audience.

He explains: ``I was really honoured to pick up the award because I was up against people who have been in the profession for a long time

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