British actor Dennis Waterman, famous for his roles in TV shows including Minder, New Tricks and The Sweeney, has died aged 74.
Waterman’s family released a statement on Sunday announcing his death.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain on Sunday afternoon with his wife, Pam, by his side,” they said.
“The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Waterman became one of the best-known faces on British television in the 1970s playing Detective Sergeant George Carter in the police series The Sweeney, before another iconic performance as Terry McCann in the hit comedy-drama Minder from 1979 to 1989.
He enjoyed more success in another long-running role in New Tricks, playing Gerry Standing, the retired Cockney detective sergeant, from 2003 to 2015.
Waterman also went on to star in popular comedies, On The Up and Stay Lucky. His last role in film was in Never Too Late in 2020, which was filmed in Adelaide.
Born in London in 1948, Waterman, the youngest of nine children, began his acting career at the age of 12 in a role for Britain’s Children’s Film Foundation, before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He found fame in his teens, starring in BBC’s adaptation of Richmal Crompton’s Just William book series, William, in 1962.
Waterman is also credited with releasing three albums in the 1970s and 1980s, with the single I Could Be So Good For You – also the Minder theme – hitting No.9 on the Australian charts.
He is survived by his fourth wife Pam Flint and his two daughters, Julia Waterman and Hannah Waterman, an actress best known for her role as Laura Beale in the British soap opera EastEnders.