Yes, minister actor Derek Fowlds dies at the age of 82

Brenda Watkins
January 19, 2020

Actor Derek Fowlds, best known for playing Bernard Woolley in classic sitcom Yes Minister, has died at the age of 82.

He appeared in several films, including Hotel Paradiso, before working on BBC television as a presenter on the The Basil Brush Show, where he replaced Rodney Bewes.

The actor passed away at Royal United Hospitals Bath this morning (17th January), after suffering with pneumonia.

He is survived by sons Jamie and actor Jeremy.

During his long association with Heartbeat, Derek placed Sergeant Blaketon with a particular loathing for Claude Greengrass, whom he was perpetually trying to put behind bars.

He also played Mr. Derek in the children's television favorite "The basil brush show " from 1969 to 1973, and appeared in the drama series of the British police " Heartbeat " as Sergeant Oscar Blaketon for 18 years, before leaving the role in 2010".

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His first professional part came in 1958 when he appeared at The Prince of Wales Theatre in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

Fowlds portrayed the mild mannered and highly diplomatic Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley in three series of Yes Minister, which ran from 1980 to 1984, and then two series of its sequel - Yes, Prime Minister - which was broadcast between 1986 and 1988.

One tweeted: "RIP Derek Fowlds".

He was Wednesday two times; very first to starlet Wendy Tory and after that later on to Blue Peter speaker Lesley Judd.

Speaking to The Stage in 2014, he claimed: "My advice to young actors today would be to work hard whenever you can, but also to have fun and, whatever you do, don" t take on your own as well seriously.

He added later: "Thank you everyone for all your very kind messages, I spoke to Mr Derek's partner Miss Helen yesterday and she summed him up in 5 words."He was a special man". Derek Fowlds was a truly lovely man and a fantastic actor... a real legend'.

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