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Friday, June 15 2018

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  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.

 

 

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