Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard dies, aged 89

Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard dies, aged 89

Bill Maynard died after a fall

Friday, March 30, 2018

Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard has died at the age of 89, his family has confirmed.

His daughter-in-law said the star, who played Claude Jeremiah Greengrass between 1992 and 2000, died in hospital in Leicestershire shortly after breaking his hip in a fall off his mobility scooter.

Actress Jacqueline Reddin told the Press Association: "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 and he would have been 90 in October.

"He leaves a son and daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren."

His real name was Walter Williams and he chose his stage name as a reference to the sweet company, according to Reddin.

The actor also played the title role in Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt, and starred in Carry On films Carry On At Your Convenience, Carry On Matron and Carry On Dick.

In 1980 he played Sergeant Beetroot in the TV series Worzel Gummidge and more recently made appearances in The Royal and The Moorside.

Reddin added that he had recently visited her and her husband in France and had also filmed an episode of the game show Pointless and was looking forward to watching it when it aired.

In 2013 the actor celebrated 60 years since his first TV appearance by releasing a version of What A Wonderful World.