Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

EastEnders star Leslie Grantham 'critically ill'

Former EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham is reported to be in a critical condition in hospital.

The newspaper reported that Grantham - who played "Dirty" Den Watts in the BBC soap - had returned to the United Kingdom from Bulgaria to receive medical attention.

Doctors are now said to be treating him, and close friends from the industry have been visiting his bedside, according to The Sun.

A rep for Leslie is quoted as telling the publication: "It's true that Leslie is very poorly".

He later moved overseas after he split from his wife of 31 years, Jane, spending time in Bulgaria to film soap "The English Neighbour".

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In 2010, he spent time in Bulgaria filming TV series The English Neighbour.

The character was apparently killed off in 1989 after being shot next to a canal, with daughter Sharon even going to identify his body.

Leslie earned nationwide fame in 1985, after landing the role of Dennis Watts in BBC One's new soap opera EastEnders, which premiered in February of that year.

With his infamous catchphrase "Hello princess", Den's storylines landed Eastenders some of their biggest viewing figures, most notably when more than 30 million people tuned in to see him hand over divorce papers to lying wife Angie on Christmas Day 1986.

However, he made a shock return in 2003, when it was revealed he'd actually survived being gunned down.

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