Derek Fowlds Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Net Worth, Death and Movies

Derek Fowlds Bio, Wiki

Derek Fowlds was an English actor who was best known for playing Bernard Woolley in the British television comedies Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. He was also known for playing Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama Heartbeat, a role he played for 18 years.

Derek Fowlds Career

After amateur acting, Derek Fowlds trained at RADA and made his debut on the West End stage in The Miracle Worker. Fowlds appeared in various film roles, including Tamahine (1963), Hotel Paradiso (1966), East of Sudan (1964), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), The Smashing Bird I Used to Know (1969), Tower of Evil (1972) and Mistress Pamela (1974).

He then became familiar to British television viewers as ‘Mr. Derek’ in the children’s series The Basil Brush Show, replacing Rodney Bewes as a presenter. Fowlds played the role of Lord Randolph Churchill in the ATV series Edward the Seventh (1975). He played Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister alongside Nigel Hawthorne and Paul Eddington.

From 1983 to 1985, he played the lead role in the sitcom Affairs of the Heart. He featured in a more sinister role in the 1990 political thriller Die Kinder. He then played Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama nostalgia series Heartbeat for its entire run.

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Derek Fowlds Age

Fowlds was born on 2 September 1937, in Wandsworth, London, England. At the time of his death on 17 January 2020, he was 82 years old.

Derek Fowlds Height

Fowlds stood at a height of  5 feet 10  inches (1.78 m) tall.

Derek Fowlds Family

Fowlds was the son of Ketha Muriel (née Treacher) and James Witney Fowlds, a salesman. He studied at Ashlyns School, a former Secondary Modern School in the historic town of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire.

Derek Fowlds Wife and Children

Fowlds was married twice. He was first married to Wendy Tory from 1963 to 1973 and then married Lesley Judd, Blue Peter presenter, and dancer. He was the father of two children including the actor Jeremy Fowlds.

Derek Fowlds Net Worth

Fowlds had an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million at the time of his death.

Derek Fowlds Movies and Tv Shows

  • 1964: Gideon’s Way Episode 26: “The Nightlifers” – playing a role as Tim Coles
  • 1967: The Solarnauts Pilot: “Cloud of Death” – playing a role as Tempo
  • 1969–1973: The Basil Brush Show – playing a role as Mr Derek
  • 1975: Edward the Seventh – playing a role as Lord Randolph Churchill
  • 1978: Robin’s Nest Series 2 Eps 2 “The Candidate” – playing a role as Ricky Hart
  • 1980–1984: Yes Minister – playing a role as Bernard Woolley
  • 1982: Minder – playing a role as Meadhurst
  • 1983–1985: Affairs of the Heart – playing a role as Peter Bonamy
  • 1986–1988: Yes, Prime Minister – playing a role as Bernard Woolley
  • 1988: The Settling of the Sun – playing a role as Kurt Friedman/Michael Robson
  • 1990: Die Kinder – playing a role as Crombie
  • 1992–2010: Heartbeat – playing a role as Sgt. Oscar Blaketon
  • 1992–1994: Firm Friends – playing a role as John Gutteridge
  • 2001: Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank – playing a role as Himself

Derek Fowlds Death

Fowlds died on 17 January 2020, at the Royal United Hospital Bath having suffered from pneumonia.

His personal assistant and friend of many years Helen Bennett said, “He was the most beloved man to everybody who ever met him. He never had a bad word to say about anybody and he was so well respected, adored by everyone.

“You couldn’t have met a nicer person ever, he was just a wonderful man and I will miss him terribly.”

Basil Brush tweeted,

Piers Morgan described him as “a terrific actor & by all accounts, an incredibly nice man.”

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