Heartbeat actor Derek Fowlds has died at the age of 82

Lawrence Kim
January 19, 2020

Actor Derek Fowlds has died on the age of 82.

He was a staple on television screens in Britain and on YouTube clips around the world for his interpretation of Bernard Woolley, the Minister's secretary.

He discovered popularity in 1969 as Mr Derek on The Basil Brush Show, in which he played the straight guy to the handwear cover creature fox understood for his catch phrase 'boom boom!'

"Others will remember him as Oscar Blaketon Heartbeat". His softer side was occasionally apparent, and at various times he was a voice of wisdom or shoulder to cry on for younger policemen facing moral dilemmas or personal traumas.

The Guardian reported that he died at the Royal United Hospitals Bath in the early hours of Friday morning after suffering from pneumonia.

When he died, he was surrounded by his family and is survived by his sons Jamie and Jeremy. After the deaths of Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Paul Eddington, Fowlds was the last of the three original Yes Minister stars.

Fowlds was born in Wandsworth, London, and he started out as an actor on stage, at Prince of Wales theatre in the Welsh town of Colwyn Bay in 1958, while on summer vacation from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, theguardian.com added.

Across his career, Fowlds was also much-loved for his roles as "Mr Derek" on The Basil Brush Show in the 1970s, and appeared as Oscar Blaketon in ITV's period police drama Heartbeat for 18 years.

He posted: "RIP Derek Fowlds AKA 'Mr Derek" AKA Sir Bernard Woolley.

Speaking to The Stage publication past year, Fowlds offered some advice to any budding actors.

He most recently starred as Frank Patterson in Doctors in 2017.

Derek was married twice, to actor Wendy Tory, then Blue Peter presenter Lesley Judd. Derek Fowlds was a truly lovely man and a fantastic actor... my condolences to all his family and friends. a REAL legend'.

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