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Minder star Dennis Waterman dies aged 74

Actor Dennis Waterman – who starred in TV reveals Minder, The Sweeney and New Tricks – has died on the age of 74, it has been introduced.

Waterman starred as bodyguard Terry McCann in Minder and he first discovered fame as powerful nut cop George Carter in The Sweeney reverse John Thaw.

Minder stars Dennis Waterman and George Cole (PA)

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A press release from his household stated: “We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis, passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain, on Sunday afternoon, with Pam by his side.

“The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Minder introduced the felony underworld of west London to tens of millions of properties up and down the nation.

Waterman performed Gerry Standing within the BBC’s New Tricks, and all through his career different TV roles included ITV’s Where The Heart Is, The Canterbury Tales and Moses Jones, each for the BBC.

He turned well-known for singing the theme songs to a lot of his reveals, and was caricatured by David Walliams in Little Britain because of this.

His final movie function was in Never Too Late in 2020, which was filmed in Australia.

Born in London, he was educated on the Corona Theatre School, and commenced his showbiz career at a younger age, and following a job for the Children’s Film Foundation, was invited to affix Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

A task within the BBC’s adaptation of the Just William books adopted, and the actor would, in his later years, replicate on a number of the totally different roles he undertook.

In 2009, he starred within the BBC’s hard-hitting drama Moses Jones, a job which he stated on the time, he loved as a result of it cast him in a special mild.

“I really enjoyed it, because it was a very different kind of character – and that’s important. On television in Britain, I’m sort of the cheeky chappie, everybody’s mate, but I’ve never played anything like that in the theatre. It’s strange that you get cast as different things in different parts of the media,” he informed PA on the time.

His function in 2004’s drama New Tricks marked his return to a long-running present for the primary time in a decade and noticed him star alongside performing stalwarts James Bolam and Alun Armstrong.

Dennis Waterman and his spouse Pam Flint (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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His character Gerry was a part of the chilly case squad, who had been typically at odds with their detective boss, performed by (*74*) Redman.

Minder was later revived by Channel 5 in 2009, however Waterman didn’t return for the brand new outing.

He had been married a number of instances, together with to the actress Rula Lenska till 1998, and his daughter, Hannah, turned a TV star in her personal proper – touchdown a job in EastEnders as Laura Beale.

Actor and comic Matt Lucas was among the many individuals paying tribute to Waterman, writing in a tweet: “I grew up watching Dennis Waterman’s iconic performances in The Sweeney and Minder.

“His guest appearance in our Little Britain Live show at Hammersmith Apollo – in which he hilariously duetted with David’s absurd impersonation of him – remains the absolute highlight of my career.”

Waterman’s in depth career additionally included quite a few stints on the stage and he performed Alfred Doolittle in a Royal National Theatre manufacturing of My Fair Lady, in addition to starring in a tour manufacturing of Don’t Dress For Dinner.

He additionally starred in productions of Twelfth Night, Edward Bond’s Saved on the Royal Court Theatre and Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance.

His abilities didn’t finish with performing and he had a eager curiosity in music, having recorded albums and singles, together with songs which charted in Australia, New Zealand and Britain.

He was additionally a part of the favored tour, Friends On Tour, which noticed him take to the street alongside Sheena Easton and Gerard Kenny.

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