Staefel is a dedicated teacher, originally from Germany, who studied at Oxford before joining the staff at Brookfield. He's acclimatized to England so there's only a slight German accent. He sees teaching as a calling and, like Chips, Staefel spends most of his life at Brookfield.
A native of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Conleth Hill confesses that it was probably attending the circus as a child that first got him interested in performing. His extensive theatre credits include the award-winning Stones in his Pockets as well as numerous appearances for all of Ireland's major theatre companies.