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Former Eastenders actor Leslie Grantham 'fighting for his life in hospital'

Former EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham 'fighting for his life in hospital' Former Eastenders actor Leslie Grantham 'fighting for his life in hospital'
Charles Bowen | 12 June, 2018, 12:29

Former EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham is reported to be in a critical condition in hospital.

According to The Sun, Leslie has been visited by close friends in the industry who are "fearing the worst".

Leslie Grantham "remains poorly and is being taken care of by medical staff", a representative for the ex-EastEnders actor has told the BBC.

Grantham left the United Kingdom after splitting with his wife of 31 years, Jane.

He filmed the soap The English Neighbour in Bulgaria in 2010.

A 1986 Christmas Day episode of the soap drew in an audience of more than 30 million viewers, who watched as Grantham handed over divorce papers to his on-screen wife, Angie.

The actor appeared in EastEnders from 1985 to 1989, when his character was seemingly murdered.

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Dirty Den met his lasting demise on the show in 2005 when Chrissie Watts (Tracy-Ann Overman) battered him over the head with an iron and buried him under the Vic's cellar.

Grantham enlisted in the British Army in 1965, being sent to West Germany with the Royal Fusiliers.

He performed in many plays during his incarceration and was encouraged to pursue acting by Labour politician T Dan Smith and Louise Jameson.

Grantham was also the subject of a 2004 tabloid newspaper sting, when he was exposed masturbating on live webcam and sucking his finger in his dressing room.

After failing in all his attempts, he explained: 'I accepted that even at suicide I was c***'.

In 2015, Leslie revealed he had his sights set on a role in Coronation Street. 'I know Michelle Collins went into Corrie but I'll always be known as Dirty Den'.

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