Huge TV presence
Dennis Waterman took up his first role aged just 13 and his last film role was in Never Too Late in 2020, filmed in Australia.
He became one of Britain’s best-known faces through the 1970s, when he played DS George Carter in ITV’s police drama The Sweeney.
The actor then played bodyguard Terry McCann in the comedy-drama Minder, bringing London’s criminal underworld to millions.
He left the role in 1989 after his seventh series.
And he played Gerry Standing in crime drama New Tricks for more than a decade, starting when it began in 2003.