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Dennis Waterman

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Dennis Waterman has been acting since childhood. He's had masses of top roles, including George Carter in The Sweeney, and Terry McCann in Minder. He's also known as a singer of theme tunes - especially since being lampooned by Little Britain.

What's he been in?

Dennis stars as Gerry Standing in New Tricks, alongside Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam. The show began as a pilot episode in 2003, with a full series following each year since.

Dennis began his career in the late fifties, when he was still a schoolboy. One of his early roles included playing the title role in the 1962 series William. Later in the sixties he appeared in a movie version of Up the Junction and in sci-fi series Journey to the Unknown.

Dennis Waterman

Two TV roles in particular made him a familiar figure with the public - hard guy George Carter in The Sweeney (1975-1978), and cheerful lad Terry McCann in Minder (1979-1989). Both roles were as half of a double-act - with John Thaw's DI Jack Reagan in The Sweeney, and George Cole's Arthur Daley in Minder.
Apart from their London settings, the two roles were miles apart. DS Carter was a nasty piece of work happy to dish out a good kicking, while ex-con and former boxer McCann might have been a little bit dodgy, but his heart was firmly in the right place.

In 1986 he starred in The Life and Loves of a She Devil, a dark adaptation of Fay Weldon's novel. He played Bobbo, the adulterous husband of Ruth, played by Julie T Wallace.

After Minder, Dennis starred in two series set on similar ground. In drama Stay Lucky (1989) he played wide-boy Thomas Glynn, alongside Leslie Ash. A year later, he played East End millionaire Tony Carpenter in sitcom On the Up, which also starred Sam Kelly and Joan Sims.

2003 saw Dennis appear in Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale alongside James Nesbitt and Billie Piper. He played the much older husband of Billie Piper's character.

Dennis put his singing talents to use in 2002, when he starred opposite Martine McCutcheon in the West End production of My Fair Lady. He'll also be appearing in Morecambe and Wise tribute The Play What I Wrote during 2005.

Did you know?

Dennis has had two hit singles. I Could Be So Good For You (the theme tune to Minder) reached number three in the charts in 1980. Waterman toured around this time - supported by none other than a young Sheena Easton!
His second chart success came in 1983, when What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors, with Minder co-star George Cole, which reached number 21.

He also sang the title themes to Stay Lucky and current series New Tricks

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As a result, Dennis turns up on Little Britain, where David Walliams plays a tiny version of the actor who insists on "writing the theme toon, singing the theme toon" for any programme he's in.

Dennis is very keen on football, an interest he's expressed in his work through presenting the series Match of the Seventies, and bringing drama The World Cup: A Captain's Tale, about the first ever World Cup, to TV in 1982. He's a staunch Chelsea supporter.

His autobiography is titled ReMinder.

Personal Details

He was born on 28 February 1948, in Clapham, London.

He has been married three times - the second and third times to actresses - Patricia Maynard and Rula Lenska.

He has two daughters from his second marriage, Julie and Hannah. Hannah is herself an actress, and played Laura Beale in EastEnders from 2000 to 2004.

Many years before starring with her in New Tricks, Dennis had a relationship with actress Amanda Redman.

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