Heartbeat's Bill Maynard has died

The actor died in hospital at the age of 89 after a recent fall from his mobility scooter.

Maynard, real name Walter Williams, was best known for playing Claude Jeremiah Greengrass for ten seasons of the long-running TV series.

He also starred in five Carry On films and 1980s TV shows The Gaffer and Minder.

Maynard initially retired from acting in 2000 after suffering a number of strokes, but then returned to his role in Heartbeat spin-off The Royal in 2003.

His daughter-in-law, actress Jacqueline Reddin, said: "He was larger than life and he just loved showbiz.

"He was so proud of the fact that he had been working for 81 years."


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