Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Dennis Waterman Life Story Interview…..
Dennis Waterman (born 24 February 1948) is an English actor and singer, best known for his tough-guy roles in television series including The Sweeney, Minder and New Tricks.
His acting career spans over 50 years, starting with childhood roles in film and theatre, and including adult roles in film, television, and West End theatre.
He is notable for the range of roles he has played, including for example horror (Scars of Dracula), adventure (Colditz), comedy (Fair Exchange), comedy-drama (Minder), musical (Windy City) and sports (The World Cup: A Captain’s Tale), as well as police TV series like The Sweeney. He has appeared in over 25 films.
Alex Belfield went to meet him on tour in Nottingham in 2000…..
He has been married four times, to Penny Dixon (1967–1976); actresses Patricia Maynard (1977–1987) and Rula Lenska (1987–1998) and Pam Flint (2011-present).
His marriage to Lenska ended because of his violent behaviour towards her. In March 2012 he caused controversy with some comments on this issue, “It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her. She certainly wasn’t a beaten wife, she was hit and that’s different.”
Lenska said that she was relieved that he had now admitted beating her.
The interview was broadcast in full on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on ITV in May 2012.
He had two daughters with Maynard, one of whom, Hannah Waterman, is an actress. Hannah played Laura Beale in the BBC1 soap opera EastEnders and has appeared in the New Tricks TV series alongside Waterman as his character’s daughter.
Waterman is a fan of Chelsea F.C.
His love of football was reflected in his being chosen to present Match of the Seventies from 1995 to 1996, a nostalgic BBC show celebrating the best football action from the 1970s
Recorded 2000 by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio.