Vale: Derek Fowlds

British actor Derek Fowlds, best known for Yes Minister and Heartbeat, has died aged 82.

He died after suffering from pneumonia that led to heart failure caused by sepsis.

Fowlds was best known for playing Bernard Woolley​ in Yes Minister and its spin-off Yes, Prime Minister between 1980 and 1988.

He went on to play sergeant Oscar Blaketon in the long-running Heartbeat for 18 years from 1992 to 2010.

His big break came after playing one of Basil Brush’s famous stooges from 1969 to 1973.

His other credits include Minder, Edward the Seventh, and sitcom Affairs of the Heart.

Source: Independent


  1. TV does tend to suspend ones memories in time and Derek Fowlds was never 82 years old in my memory.
    As well as his role in Yes Minister Derek was an important stalwart of British television and his memory will live on in the classic shows he has appeared in.

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