Derek Fowlds 2.9.37 – 17.1.20

18/01/2020

Actor Derek Fowlds has died:

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

He also played sergeant-turned-publican Oscar Blaketon in ITV police drama Heartbeat for 18 years, and was “Mr Derek” on the Basil Brush show in the 70s. . .

Fowlds released his autobiography, A Part Worth Playing, in 2015 in which he recalled how he started to act “just for kicks”.

“Growing up the thought of acting as a living never crossed my mind. I wanted to be a footballer or sportsman,” he said, adding he started acting in school plays.

“I enjoyed mucking about the stage,” he wrote.

He told the tale of how in his first play a child, he got his sword stuck up another actor’s skirt and “I heard the sound of audience laughter for the first time in my life, and I was just knocked out”. . .

He brought a lot of laughter to a lot of people.

 


Basil Brush

03/09/2009

Comments yesterday from Gravedodger and Rob Hosking reminded me that Derek Fowlds was known as Mr Derek on Basil Brush before he was Bernard in No Minister.

I didn’t find a clip of him in that role, but I did find Basil Brush and Rolf Harris singing The Court of King Caractacus:


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