Den Watts was the very first person to ever speak on EastEnders.
During the opening scene of the debut episode, broadcast in February 1985, Dirty Den kicks open the door to Reg Cox’s flat and states: “Ah, stinks in here doesn’t it”, as Arthur Fowler (Bill Treacher) and Ali Osman (Nej Adamson) look on.
The Queen Vic landlord had an unforgettable love-hate relationship with his first wife Angie Watts (Anita Dobson) but completely devoted himself to adoptive daughter Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean).
On February 23, 1989, Den was apparently killed off after he was shot by a hitman who hid his gun in a bunch of daffodils.
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Den and Angie Watts played by Leslie Grantham and Anita Dobson
Den was heard falling into the Walford canal before he was never seen again. Well, at least until he surprisingly showed up again 14 years later.
He was eventually killed off in 2005 by Crissie Watts who dealt her womanising husband a fatal blow to the head whilst in his beloved boozer The Queen Vic.
Dirty Den was played by actor Leslie Grantham who passed away in June 2018 aged 71.
And it seems talent runs through the veins of the Grantham family as Leslie’s son, Daniel Laurie, is also a sensational actor.
In a 2006 interview with the Daily Mail, Daniel’s mum Jane praised Leslie as a “fantastic” dad.
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She said: “When he was just a few days old, Leslie looked down at the baby and said ‘you know, there are some hard things in life, but this isn’t one of them’.”
The 26-year-old is famed for playing Reggie Jackson in Call the Midwife.
During series six of the BBC period drama, broadcast in 2017, Fred Buckle’s (Cliff Parisi) cousin died from a fatal heart attack while attending a church service.
She left behind her adult son Reggie, who has Down syndrome, who she loved and protected with all of her heart.
Heroic Fred stepped forward to care for Reggie and the two now have a brilliant father and son-like bond.
Daniel Laurie as Reggie Jackson in Call the Midwife
(Image: BBC/Neal Street Productions)
Daniel is due to appear in series 11 of Call the Midwife as Reggie Buckle which will air next year.
The actor has also starred in Ruth Jones’ comedy drama Stella playing the role of Jamie in 2016.
His other television roles include Adam Beecher in Vera, Sheemie in The Dark Tower, and Zack in Finding Alice.
Actor Cliff Parisi worked alongside Grantham during their time in EastEnders together before working closely with his real-life son Daniel in Call the Midwife.
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