Tom Cotcher was born 28 July, 1950 in Glasgow. He is a Scottish actor who played DC Alan Woods in The Bill from 1992 to 1996. He also appeared briefly in an earlier episode of the police saga (as did several of the cast) as a local resident with a missing dog. Since then he has appeared in Taggart and Night and Day, and in October 2007 as a doctor in EastEnders. He has also made appearances as Chief Superintendent Hobbs in River City. He is a husband and father living in Brighton, England.