Derek Fowlds is one of Britain’s best loved actors, with a career spanning over 60+ years. He is known by a whole generation of children as ‘Mr Derek’ from The Basil Brush Show, then as Bernard Woolley, Principal Private Secretary to the Minister for Administrative Affairs, in Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s biting political satire, Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, and finally as Oscar Blaketon, in ITV’s Sunday night family drama, Heartbeat (throughout its eighteen year run). But as Mr Fowlds is keen to point out, these are just three of the many roles he’s played over the years – although he accepts that these are the most ‘iconic’ and high profile!
His theatre work includes leads in Hamlet, Billy Liar, Macbeth, Chips With Everything and The Miracle Worker. Over the years he has worked with such luminaries as Sir Alec Guinness, Alistair Sim, Kenneth Moore, Anna Massey, Sir John Guilgud, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Craig.
In part 1 of this special feature length addition of SNS Online, Nick Randell visits ‘Mr Derek’ at his home in Bath, to talk about his wonderful career, and the people and experiences that helped to shape him along the way.
You’ll also find this show acts as the perfect companion to Derek’s new autobiography, A Part Worth Playing, available from all good book shops or online outlets.
In part 2 of this special feature length addition of SNS Online, Nick Randell visits ‘Mr Derek’ at his home in Bath, to talk about his wonderful career, and the people and experiences that helped to shape him along the way.
*Cover photography for A Part Worth Playing by Lisa Bowerman.
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