British actor Derek Fowlds, of ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘Heartbeat,’ dead at 82

Actor Derek Fowlds in a scene from episode 'Death List' of the television sitcom 'Yes Minister.' (Photo: Radio Times, Getty Images)

British actor Derek Fowlds, who starred in the English police drama “Heartbeat” and was known for his role as Bernard Woolley in the ’80s series “Yes Minister,” died early Friday morning at the age of 82. 

The actor died at Royal United Hospital Bath in the U.K. after suffering from pneumonia which led to heart failure, Fowlds’ longtime friend and personal assistant Helen Bennett confirmed in a statement shared by his representative, Belinda Wright.

At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by family. He is survived by his two sons, Jamie and Jeremy. 

“He was the most beloved man to everybody who ever met him, he never had a bad word to say about anybody and he was so well respected, adored by everyone,” Bennett said in the statement. 

Fowlds played Bernard Woolley in both the British sitcom “Yes Minister” and its spin off “Yes, Prime Minister.” He later went on to play Sergeant Oscar Blaketon for 18 years on “Heartbeat.” 

Prior to both those roles, he played Mr. Derek on the children’s show “The Basil Brush Show.”

British director, Edgar Wright and Piers Morgan tweeted their respects.

“RIP Derek Fowlds AKA ‘Mr Derek’ AKA Sir Bernard Woolley. This is as classic a scene in British comedy as they come,” Wright wrote alongside a clip of “Yes Minister.”

RIP Derek Fowlds AKA ‘Mr Derek’ AKA Sir Bernard Woolley. This is as classic a scene in British comedy as they come.https://t.co/39ihhITtjD

Morgan called Fowlds a “terrific actor” and tweeted out a clip from “Yes Minister” as well.

“Fabulous clip. RIP Derek Fowlds – a terrific actor & by all accounts, an incredibly nice man,” he wrote.

Fabulous clip.
RIP Derek Fowlds – a terrific actor & by all accounts, an incredibly nice man. https://t.co/4pnmGHAS4j

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