EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham dies aged 71

Calvin Saunders
June 18, 2018

Dobson who played Angie Watts - the wife of "Dirty" Den - in the TV soap, described Grantham as the "archetypal charming rogue" and spoke of their "magic" chemistry on the show.

Earlier this week it was announced that Grantham had returned to the United Kingdom from Bulgaria to receive medical attention.

EastEnders icon Leslie Grantham has died at the age of 71, it has been confirmed.

Actor Antony Costa said: "Just heard the news my friend and ex-panto colleague Leslie Grantham has passed".

He enjoyed two popular spells in the BBC soap, with more than 30 million viewers tuning in to watch a 1986 Christmas Day episode in which his character served divorce papers to his onscreen wife, Angie.

"Very sad to learn that Leslie Grantham has died", radio presenter Paul Ross wrote.

Letitia Dean, who plays Den's adopted daughter Sharon Watts in the soap, released a statement via the official EastEnders Press Twitter page.

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A statement from his rep said: "We formally announce the loss of Leslie Grantham, who passed away at 10.20am on the morning of Friday 15 June 2018".

Grantham is survived by his ex-wife, Jane Laurie, and three sons. They also ask that no photographs be taken of them in their grief.

According to The Sun, the screen star had been visited in hospital by close friends in the industry.

Despite eventually being "killed off" in 1989, Grantham made a sensational return to the show in 2003.

Prior to his EastEnders career, in 1967 he was convicted of murdering a German taxi driver while serving as a soldier, which he has always denied, and he went to prison until 1977.

Broadcaster Paul Ross remembered him as a "talented, kind and very amusing man", while Craig Fairbrass - who played Dan Sullivan in EastEnders - said he had been "a strong role model".

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