EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham, best known as the roguish “Dirty Den” Watts in the BBC One soap, has died aged 71.

The actor appeared in EastEnders from 1985 to 1989 and later returned to his signature role from 2003 to 2005.

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

His agent confirmed the news in a statement adding that a private funeral would be held.

Grantham had a troubled past and was no stranger to scandal. He was convicted in 1967 of the murder of a taxi driver in Germany and served 10 years in prison for the crime. Later, in 2004, he was written out of Eastenders after a much-publicised online sex scandal.

 

 

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