Sam Retford

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Sam Retford
Born (1999-06-22) 22 June 1999 (age 19)[1]
Years active2014–present
Known forAckley Bridge

Sam Retford (born 22 June 1999) is an Australian-English actor. He is known for portraying the role of Cory Wilson on the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge.[2]

Early life[edit]

Retford was born in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia.[3] His family then relocated to Manchester, England, where Retford began acting.[3] He studied acting at Brine Leas Academy, as a drama student.[4] Retford also studied acting at The Lowry Actors Company.[3]



Retford began acting in theatre productions such as The Wardrobe, Little Shop of Horrors[5] and The F Word, which premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017.[6] In 2018, Retford starred in LGBT themed musical Closets, alongside Lloyd Daniels, Hayley Tamaddon and Natasha Hamilton.[7] Later in 2018, Retford starred in a pantomime production of Aladdin at Middleton Arena.[8][9]

In February 2019, he starred in Kings of Idle Land as Michael, and in March 2019, he portrayed Kenickie Murdoch in a theatre production of Grease at the Lyceum Theatre.[10][11]


Retford made his television debut in Hollyoaks: Tom’s Life, a Hollyoaks spinoff series.[3] The series premiered in 2014 on All 4, and he portrayed the role of Nate for four episodes. In 2017, Retford began portraying the role of Cory Wilson in Channel 4 school drama Ackley Bridge.[12] His storylines in the series have revolved around seeing his brother be the subject of child abuse, and coming to terms with being sexually fluid.[13][14] Retford has starred in both series of the show, and is currently filming for the third series, set to air in 2019.[15][16]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Hollyoaks: Tom’s Life Nate 4 episodes
2017–present Ackley Bridge Cory Wilson Main role


Year Title Role Venue Ref.
2014 The Wardrobe George National Theatre Connections [17]
2014 At Night Jake Royal Exchange [18][17]
2015 Lord of the Flies Ralph The Lowry [19]
2016 Henry V Bardolph Open Air Theatre [17]
2017 Little Shop of Horrors Audrey II Acton Operatics [5][20]
2017 The F Word Tommy ZOO Venues [6][21]
2018 The Newspaper Boy Max 53Two [22][23]
2018 Closets Henry Hope Mill Theatre [24]
2018 Aladdin Aladdin Middleton Arena [25]
2019 Kings of Idle Land Michael The Lowry [10][26]
2019 Grease Kenickie Lyceum Theatre [11]


  1. ^ Retford, Sam (2018-06-22). "I'm 19 not 17. But thank you". @samretford. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  2. ^ Hughes, Johnathan. "Ackley Bridge: everything you need to know about Channel 4's new school drama". Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sam Retford talks to Northern Soul about time travel, typecasting and telly". Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Brine Leas Bulletin Winter Edition 2017" (PDF). School Bulletin. 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Sam Retford on RareTalent" (PDF).
  6. ^ a b "Help raise £2000 to The F Word : Edinburgh Fringe Fund 2017". JustGiving. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  7. ^ "Closets the Musical". Hope Mill Theatre. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  8. ^ Archive, Panto (2018-06-12). "PANTO CASTING NEWS: From Ackley Bridge to @Middleton_Arena it's Sam Retford in Aladdin". @thepantoarchive. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  9. ^ "The Only Way Is Middleton Arena This Christmas". Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  10. ^ a b Retford, Sam (2018-12-05). "Sam Retford on Twitter". @SamRetford. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  11. ^ a b "Grease | Crewe Lyceum Theatre". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  12. ^ "Ex EastEnders actor and Ackley Bridge star Paul Nicholls: 'I still feel like a 16-year-old kid!'". What' s on TV. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  13. ^ "Closets: Sam Retford talks to Northern Soul about time travel, typecasting and telly fame". Northern Soul. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  14. ^ O'Connor, Rory (2018-06-12). "Ackley Bridge spoilers: Viewers in tears at brutal domestic abuse scene". Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  15. ^ "Ackley Bridge gets a third series on Channel 4". Radio Times. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  16. ^ Houghton, Rianne (2018-08-21). "Channel 4 confirms series three of Ackley Bridge". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  17. ^ a b c "Curtis Brown". Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  18. ^ "AT NIGHT - Royal Exchange Theatre". Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  19. ^ stephbushell (2014-07-13). "The Lord of the Flies". Violent Delights. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  20. ^ "Review: Little Shop of Horrors, Acton Amateur Operatic Society". Nantwich News. 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  21. ^ "The F Word | Review". The Wee Review | Scotland's arts and culture magazine. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  22. ^ "The Newspaper Boy". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  23. ^ "Coming out as a kid in the 90's was never going to be easy..." Out News Global. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  24. ^ "We chat to Actor Sam Retford". 7 June 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Casting news". 12 June 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  26. ^ West, The Reviews Hub-North (2014-07-09). "Lord of the Flies – The Lowry, Salford". The Reviews Hub. Retrieved 2019-03-19.

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