Dennis Waterman was known for his roles in TV shows such as Minder, The Sweeney, and New Tricks. The actor has now passed away, according to his family. He was 74 years old.
Tributes for the actor have poured in, with broadcaster Kay Burley describing him as a “brilliant actor who was a staple on our screens throughout the 1970s and 1980s.” A statement was released announcing that he died peacefully in hospital in Spain. He died on Sunday afternoon, they said, with his wife Pam by his side.
We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain. The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.
Waterman, who was born in London and educated at the Corona Theatre School, began his career with the Children’s Film Foundation before being invited to join Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of 12. In his teens, he rose to prominence in William, the BBC’s adaptation of Just William.
In the 1970s, he was one of the most well-known faces on British television, playing Det Sgt George Carter opposite John Thaw in ITV’s police drama The Sweeney. From 1979 to 1989, he had more success in Minder as Terry McCann, the bodyguard and partner to George Cole’s wheeler dealer Arthur Daley.
We send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. RIP.