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Yes Minister and 'Mr Derek' actor Derek Fowlds dies at 82

Actor Derek Fowlds who plays Sergeant Blaketon in the TV drama 'Heartbeat', at the Millennium Dome south London where it was revealed that the millennium children's appeal 'Children's Promise' had so far raised 18.5 millio Derek Fowlds at the Millennium Dome south London More
Hannah Rogers | 19 January, 2020, 04:45

He was best known for his roles in Heartbeat and Yes Minister - and as Basil Brush's sidekick Mr Derek.

Derek Fowlds, the actor who played Oscar Blaketon in Heartbeat for nearly 20 years, has died, aged 82.

Mr Derek, as Basil Brush referred to him then appeared in the English Police drama Heartbeat in which he appeared from start to finish, 18 seasons.

The actor died at Royal United Hospitals Bath in the early hours of Friday morning surrounded by his family, he was suffering from pneumonia that led to heart failure caused by sepsis.

Fans will also no doubt remember Derek as private secretary Bernard Woolley in BBC sitcom Yes Minister.

Basil Brush's account tweeted to say: 'I don't know what to say, I'm so desperately sad.

During his long association with Heartbeat, Derek placed Sergeant Blaketon with a particular loathing for Claude Greengrass, whom he was perpetually trying to put behind bars.

Fowld's first professional acting job was seen as a weekly associate at the Prince of Wales Theater in Colwyn Bay in 1958 while on vacation at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art during the summer holidays.

One tweeted: "RIP Derek Fowlds".

Speaking to The Stage publication previous year, Fowlds offered some advice to any budding actors. After the deaths of Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Paul Eddington, Fowlds was the last of the three original Yes Minister stars.

Fowlds was married twice - to Wendy Tory and Blue Peter presenter Lesley Judd - and has two sons, Jamie and Jeremy.

"You couldn't have met a nicer person ever" his assistant Helen Bennett said.

The actor launched his memoir, A Part Worth Playing, in 2015, and his newest attributed TELEVISION look remained in Doctors in 2017.

Actor Larry Lamb created on Twitter: 'A dear old colleague passed on today... Derek Fowlds was a truly lovely man and a fantastic actor... a real legend'.

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