Leslie Grantham: EastEnders actor dies aged 71

Leslie Grantham

Leslie Grantham

Leslie Grantham, best known for his role as Dirty Den Watts, was being monitored by doctors after returning to the United Kingdom from Bulgaria, where he had been living since splitting with his wife Jane Laurie in 2013.

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.

The announcement follows news earlier this week that Grantham had returned to the United Kingdom from Bulgaria to receive medical attention.

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

'His ex-wife and sons have asked for their privacy to be respected at this hard time'.

Letitia Dean, whose character Sharon was affectionately called "Princess" by doting dad Den, also released a statement, saying: "I have special memories of working with Leslie and will cherish them always".

Mr Grantham will now be buried at a private funeral.

Grantham's management company, Advocate Agency, said he died Friday but did not disclose the cause.

Grantham's life was not without controversy.

Yet the star's lasting legacy is undoubtedly from his scene-stealing presence on EastEnders, where he constantly made waves on Albert Square with his villainous antics.

The Loose Women Twitter account also shared: "Sad news today - EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham, who played Dirty Den, has died aged 71". He had recently returned from Bulgaria, where he had been living, to the UK.

According to The Sun, the screen star had been visited in hospital by close friends in the industry. In 1966 he was convicted of murdering a German taxi driver while serving as a soldier.

He even took his talents overseas, finding fame on Bulgarian TV series The English Neighbour.

She added: "He was a wonderful and special actor, witty and very talented".

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