What the Heartbeat cast are doing now as Derek Fowlds dies at 82

What the Heartbeat cast are doing now as Derek Fowlds dies at 82

Derek Fowlds has passed away at the age of 82, his family have confirmed.

The actor, who also had roles in Yes Minister and Minder, was one of two actors who stayed on Heartbeat for its entire run from 1992 until 2010.

But what happened to the rest of the cast of the ITV police drama?

Many have continued to act, with roles on shows like Casualty and EastEnders, some have sadly died and others have turned their backs on their showbiz careers all together.

Here we take a look at what all the policemen and women from Aidensfield and Ashfordly did next.

Derek Fowlds

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Derek played Sgt Oscar Blaketon in Heartbeat for 18 years.

For the first seven seasons he was a sargeant before a heart attack forced him to retire and take on other jobs, such as the owner of the Aidensfield Arms pub.

The role introduced him to a whole new audience as the nostalgic police drama became a TV sensation.

After the series came to an end he had roles in other TV shows like Casualty and Doctors.

He also made a cameo appearance in Run for Your Wife, which starred Danny Dyer and Sarah Harding.

Another role he was known for was as Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister, a part he played for four years.

Derek died at the age of 82 in January.

Nick Berry

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Nick played Sgt Nick Rowan from series one to series seven.

Rowan's storylines saw him lose his wife to leaukaemia and followed him leaving for Canada.

Nick also had a successful career as a singer with track Every Loser Wins going to number one in 1986, and he also sung the Heartbeat theme song.

His other popular acting roles included playing Simon Wicks in EastEnders from 1985 to 1990.

Nick made a cameo appearance in 2012 after the death of his mother Pat Butcher.

William Simons

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William starred as PC Alf Ventress through the entire series.

Ventress was known more for his superior local knowledge than his strength as a policeman.

After the show came to an end he had a role in Casualty as Jacob Hinter in a 2014 episode.

His other credits include Lovejoy, The Bill and The Royal.

William also had brief stints in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

He died in June last year at the age of 78.

Peter Benson

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Peter played Bernie Scripps in Heartbeat between 1995 and 2010.

Bernie was the Yorkshire-based drama's funeral director and he also ran a garage in Aidensfield.

After the show ended he played two different cameo roles in Casualty in 2011 and again in 2013.

His other credits included A Touch of Frost, The Bill and Coronation Street, in which he played the recurring role of Mr Murdoch.

Peter died in September 2018 at the age of 75.

Clare Wille

Clare played local DS Rachel Dawson from 2006 until the series ended in 2010.

Rachel was known for being one of the female few officers and had an affair with  PC Joe Mason.

The actress went on to have a recurring role as Trish Davidson in Coronation Street in 2012.

Trish was a private detective hired by Frank Foster to track Peter Barlow and Carla Connor and find out if there was anything between them.

Other gigs have included roles in Victoria, W1A, Vera and Silent Witness.

Mark Jordon

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Mark had the role of PC Phil Bellamy from series one until series 17.

He was best known for his on/off relationship with Gina, who he eventually married before Phil was killed off.

The actor has gone to have roles in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

He also had a regular role as Daz Spencer in Coronation Street from 2017 until 2019.

Mark has also tried his hand at directing with the short film To The Sea Again.

Bill Maynard

Bill played Claude Jeremiah Greengrass from 1992 to 2000.

Known simply by his surname, Greengrass had a reputation as a loveable rogue that caused trouble for the force.

The actor spent more than 60 years in showbiz. He first appeared on our screens in 1955 in Great Scott, It’s Maynard.

He appeared in Carry On films during the 1970s and also starred in Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt.

Bill died in hospital in Leicestershire in 2018 shortly after breaking his hip in a fall off his mobility scooter, his daughter-in-law said.

He was 82.

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