Derek Fowlds is known
the world over for his countless appearances in many household favourite
television dramas and films.
From apprentice printer
to armed forces disc jockey, from the West End to Broadway, from the
silver screen to worldwide television fame, Derek’s career has seen him
work alongside some of the greatest names in showbiz.
He worked in films with
Alec Guinness, Kenneth More, Dirk Bogarde and Gina Lollobrigida. He
shook Sinatra's hand. He appeared on screen or stage with Laurence
Harvey, Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig and Benedict Cumberbatch. Then
there’s also been a note or two with Gary Barlow and Simon le Bon.
A whole generation
embraced “Mr Derek” when he appeared alongside the outspoken Basil
Brush, and a nation laughed at the classic BBC comedy Yes Minister, in
which he starred alongside Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne. He played
Oscar Blaketon in eighteen series of the still hugely popular Heartbeat
With his heart resting
easily on his sleeve Derek talks candidly about his personal life, his
adoring mother and sister, his two wives, his many lovers and his one
true love. It is a story that swings from triumph to bitter
disappointment, from glorious unadulterated joy to appalling tragedy.