Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

At the age of 82 years died British actor Derek Fowlds

At the age of 82 years died British actor Derek Fowlds

Actor Derek Fowlds, that starred in Yes Minister and Heartbeat, passed away the other day aged 82.

Before that, he found fame as Mr Derek on The Basil Brush Show.

Fowlds played Sergeant Oscar Blaketon (sitting) in Heartbeat.

The actor died early in the morning on Friday at Royal United Hospitals Bath after suffering from pneumonia that resulted in heart failure from sepsis. He is survived by two sons, Jamie and actor Jeremy Fowlds.

Derek Fowlds's big break came in 1969 with the TV fox and yesterday his death was marked on the official Twitter account for Basil Brush.

After initially playing Benard in political satire "Yes Minister" from 1980 to 1984, he went on to reprise the role in the BBC's sequel show "Yes, Prime Minister" two years later until 1988.

The director Edgar Wright tweeted a clip of Fowlds's famous Yes Minister scene about the newspaper industry. He posted: "RIP Derek Fowlds AKA "Mr Derek" AKA Sir Bernard Woolley".

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He made his West End debut in The Miracle Worker before roles in films such as Tamahine, East of Sudan and Hotel Paradiso and TV series including Z Cars, The Liver Birds and ITV Sunday Night Theatre.

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.

He added: "My advice to young actors today would be to work hard whenever you can, but also to have fun and, whatever you do, don't take yourself too seriously".

Actor Derek Fowlds has tragically died at the age of 82, his family has confirmed. Always keep in mind that an acting occupation is a marathon, not a sprint'.

In his autobiography A Part Worth Playing, published in 2015, he said: "I was offered Yes Minister in 1979 and it was a huge hit".

Fans tweeted of their grief at the loss of the star, one person wrote: "Very sad news about Derek Fowlds!".

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