EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham dies

    Bildbeschreibung Grantham had actually been residing in Bulgaria prior to his death

    EastEnders star Leslie Grantham, best referred to as the roguishDirtyDen Watts in the BBC One soap, has actually passed away aged 71.

    Grantham had the opening line in the very first episode of EastEnders and was at the heart of Walford life up until 1989.

    He returned in 2003 prior to leaving for great 2 Jahre später, following a tabloid scandal.

    Tributes have actually been paid by his EastEnders co-stars. Anita Dobson, who played Den’s very first better half Angie, stated she wassaddened and deeply stunned”.

    His representative stated he passed away on Friday early morning which a personal funeral service will be held.

    The statement of his death follows news previously today that Grantham had actually gone back to the UK to get medical treatment.

    Bildbeschreibung His on-screen marital relationship to Angie (Anita Dobson) kept audiences grasped

    EastEnders executive specialist John Yorke informed the BBC: “Everyone at EastEnders is deeply saddened to hear that Leslie has actually died.

    We extend our inmost acknowledgements and compassions to his friends and family at this incredibly hard time.

    Dobson stated in a declaration: “I liked dealing with Leslie and I will always remember our time together on EastEnders.

    ‘The chemistry was magic

    Speaking in London this afternoon, the starlet stated he had actually beenenjoyable to be around” und “the stereotypical lovely rogue”.

    There was constantly that appearance about him that you didn’t understand exactly what he was going to do next,” she informed the BBC. “That was his ace up one’s sleeve.

    We were both truly fortunate that we were cast opposite each other,” she went on. “The chemistry was magicit simply occurred.


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    Medien caption Anita Dobson pays homage

    Dobson stated she had actually been meaning to go to Grantham in healthcare facility on Friday to bid farewell and inform himyou made TELEVISION history”.

    June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton, stated she wasextremely keen on Leslie and am so sorry that he has actually gone”.

    In a declaration, she included: “I constantly took pleasure in speaking with him, he made me laugh and constantly had a twinkle in his eye when he stated outrageous things.

    He was a unique and fantastic star, extremely gifted and amusing. I will remember him extremely fondly and with love.

    ‘Special memories

    Letitia Dean, who played Den’s child Sharon, launched a declaration statingthank you for whateverto Grantham.

    She stated: “I have really unique memories of dealing with Leslie and will treasure them constantly. He and Anita cared for me in my early days and revealed me the ropes, constantly with care and compassion.

    He never ever cannot make me laugh and I will remember him with love, appreciation and love permanently. See you up there Leslie!”

    Gillian Taylforth, who plays Kathy Beale, stated she wasdeeply saddenedand hadnumerous pleased memories of dealing with Leslie”.

    He was constantly terrific enjoyable and we shared lots of laughs,” she composed, including that the Christmas episodes where Grantham appearedwill constantly become part of EastEnders history”.

    Grantham increased to popularity when he was cast as the property owner of the Queen Vic, the east London pub around which the action in EastEnders revolves.

    Mehr als 30 million audiences tuned in to enjoy a Christmas Day episode in 1986, where his character handed divorce documents to Angie.

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    Medien caption The EastEnders scene seen by 30m audiences

    But Grantham’s life was not without debate. Im 1966, he was founded guilty of killing a German cab driver while working as a soldier.

    And in 2004 he was exposed to have actually participated in cam sex sessions from his EastEnders dressing space at Elstree Studios.

    Shane Richie, who played Alfie Moon, stated Grantham hadhad his satanic forceshowever had actually nevertheless beena natural charmer”.

    There’s no rejecting he was &&will constantly be @bbceastenders biggest property owner,” he composed on Twitter .

    Gripping stories

    Dirty Den was an EastEnders stalwart from its very first episode and remained for 4 Jahre, in spite of Grantham having just registered for 10 episodes. When he was exposed to be the daddy of teen Michelle Fowler’s infant and by his obvious canalside death in 1989, #FOLGEN

    Viewers were grasped.

    After going back to Albert Square 14 Jahre später, Den was definitively exterminated in 2005 and his body buried in the Queen Vic’s cellar.

    Grantham remained hectic after leaving EastEnders, appearing in pantomimes and phase plays, in addition to composing a dream book for kids.

    He was reported to have actually been residing in Bulgaria prior to his death, having actually gone there to appear in a TELEVISION series called The English Neighbour.

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    Medien caption Leslie Grantham’s very first scene in The English Neighbour

    Tributes have actually been paid to the star by other EastEnders cast members, amongst them Michael Cashman and Tracy Ann Oberman.

    Cashman, who played Colin Russell in the soap, stated Grantham was a charming person “, while Oberman, who played Dirty Den’s 2nd other half Chrissie, called hima really great star”.

    Craig Fairbrass, AKA Dan Sullivan, stated Grantham had actually been a strong good example “, while Ricky Norwood – “Fatboyon the programhoped he would rest in peace “.

    Their beliefs were echoed by Dean Gaffney, who played Robbie Jackson and who explained Grantham as an EastEnders icon “.

    Other homages have actually originated from glamour design Linda Lusardi, who stated he was such a character “, and the broadcaster Paul Ross, Wer remembered him Als ein “skilled, kind and uproarious male”.


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