Actor Leslie Grantham is probably best known for his role of Dirty Den Watts in the long running TV soap Eastenders, but away from the cameras his personal life has arguably proved more colourful than any role or character he has portrayed .
Born into a large family that always seemed to struggle for money in the late 1940s in Camberwell South London, he craved to find his own identity, and escaped to join the armed forces as a youngster.
Whilst serving in Germany he found himself sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a local taxi driver. It was during his time in prison that he discovered his ability to act, and eventually following his release and a period spent at Bristol's Old Vic learning his craft he found his way to fame and fortune in Eastenders.
More recently Leslie has found himself once again making the headlines for all the wrong reasons with tales of lurid behaviour on an internet web site.
Leslie Grantham spoke to afternoon show presenter Mark Seaman recently about his story, which is detailed in his new autobiography entitled 'Life and other Times'.