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Leslie Grantham as Dirty Den

Interview with Leslie Grantham

The infamous actor who played Eastenders' Dirty Den has just written his autobiography and BBC Radio Wiltshire's Mark Seaman interviewed him recently. Listen online.

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. 

Life sentence

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'.

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Carol Taylor
Did you ever play in Porridge on TV

anonymous
I don't know how far it can really be accurate to describe a convicted killer as a "nice bloke", but then I guess everyone has bad days!

David Robinson
i think leslie grantham very nice bloke who played Dirty Den and he not evil man from Eastenders

barry reeves
It's a truly interesting read.I feel that Leslie isone of the most attractivepersonalities ever seen ontelevision.

Julie Grant
Great interview. I am so glad Leslie has decided to write his life in his own words and NOT someone elses. For all fans go to: www.gorgeousgrantham.com

mark hanson
he is a murderer he should not be on the tv this would save that poor taxi drivers family more pain he has never said sorry or shown any remorse what an evil man

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