Leslie Grantham Dies
Leslie Grantham, the actor who played
EastEnders villain ‘Dirty’ Den Watts, has died at the age of 71.
In a statement, Grantham’s
spokesperson said: “We formally announce the loss of Leslie
Grantham, who passed away at 10:20 am on the morning of Friday
15th June 2018. His ex-wife and sons have asked for their
privacy to be respected at this difficult time, and for there to
be no approaches to them for information or comment.
“They will not be making any
statements to the media. They also ask that no photographs be
taken of them in their grief. There will be a private funeral
which will be attended by close family and friends only.”
Grantham had been under medical
supervision after returning to the UK from his home in Bulgaria.
The Camberwell-born actor – along with
co-star Anita Dobson – became the breakout stars of the BBC1
soap following its launch in 1985, with a 1986 Christmas Day
episode in which Den served wife Angie with divorce papers
watched by a consolidated audience of over 30 million.