Yes Minister star Derek Fowlds dies aged 82

Carla Harmon
January 19, 2020

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

In 1992, he joined the cast of police drama "Heartbeat" as Sgt. Oscar Blaketon, and he remained on the show until its final episode aired in 2010.

Watch a clip of Derek Fowlds with Basil Brush below.

Information about the death of Derek Fowlds provided by the members of his family on Friday, January 17.


"He was probably the most beloved man to all people who ever met him, he by no means had a nasty phrase to say about anyone and he was so nicely revered, adored by everybody", mentioned his assistant Helen Bennett.

Before that, he was known to children as Mr. Derek on the Basil Brush Show, alongside the Fox puppet with the slogan "boom boom!"

A photo of the BBC leaflet file from (left to right) Derek Fowlds, Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Paul Eddington in Yes, Minister.

In addition, at least 18 years of his life Derek Fowlds dedicated to the TV series "Heartbeat".


Fowlds was born in Wandsworth, London, and started as a stage actor at the Prince of Wales Theater in the Welsh town of Colwyn Bay in 1958 while working at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art during the summer holidays, added theguardian.com.

Speaking to The Stage publication past year, Mr Fowlds said: "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 yourself too seriously".

He most recently starred as Frank Patterson in Doctors in 2017.

Friends said he spent his final hours with sons Jamie and Jeremy and other family beside him at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath. "Always remember that an acting career is a marathon, not a sprint and I wish all of today's actors good luck with it".


Fans tweeted of their grief at the loss of the star, one person wrote: "Very sad news about Derek Fowlds!".

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