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LEGENDARY actor Leonard Fenton, who famously played original cast member Dr Harold Legg in EastEnders, has died at the age of 95.

He appeared in EastEnders in its very first episode, which aired on February 19, 1985, with his last scenes airing in 2019.

A statement from his family said: “The family of the actor Leonard Fenton are heartbroken to announce his death at the age of 95 on Saturday January 29. Best known for his role as Dr Legg on EastEnders, Leonard’s acting career spanned more than 60 years.

“He worked in TV and film and his long stage career included time at the National Theatre and most recently the Royal Shakespeare Company. He felt privileged to have worked with some of the greats of the theatre, including Samuel Beckett, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller.

“His passion for painting and singing pre-dated his acting career and was equally as important to him. He will be missed beyond words by his family. We feel incredibly lucky to have been able to be with him as his health worsened towards the end – a privilege denied to so many during these tough times.”

Read our Leonard Fenton live blog below for the latest updates…

  • How can fans watch old episodes of EastEnders?

    It’s been 35 years since EastEnders first debuted on screens.

    And now fans of the BBC One soap can take a trip down memory lane and binge-watch old episodes courtesy of Drama.

    The UKTV-owned channel airs old episodes every week day at 1pm and 1.40pm.

    Alternatively, fans can also catch up via the UKTV Play website – where you can stream episodes that have been recently shown.

    As the soap celebrates another milestone birthday, why not take the opportunity to watch EastEnders’ longest-serving soap star Adam Woodyatt as a young Ian Beale, or to feast on episodes featuring the original EastEnders’ cast – from Michelle Fowler to Angie Watts.

  • More on Kathy Beale actress Gillian Taylforth

    Gillian starred as Kathy in the very first episode of EastEnders and was at the centre of some dramatic storylines, including being raped by the evil James Willmott-Brown.

    The actress left in 1998 but made a brief return in 199 for Ross Kemp’s exit storyline. Gillian was upset when her character was killed off-screen in a car-crash in South Africa in 2006.

    But Kathy was another EastEnders favourite who rose from the dead and shocked viewers by returning in 2015. During her spell away from EastEnders, Gillian played Jackie Pascoe-Webb in Footballers’ Wives and Sandy Roscoe in Hollyoaks.

    As well as acting, Gillian was partnered with Anton du Beke on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 and went into the Celebrity Big Brother house in January 2013. Gillian is currently still working on EastEnders – with Kathy owning her own bar and running the cafe.

  • Kathy Beale actress on Leonard Fenton’s passing

    Actress Gillian Taylforth said: “I’m so sorry to hear the very sad news about Leonard.

    “He was a lovely, charming man who was so kind and always told the most wonderful stories.

    “I send my love and condolences to his family. RIP dear Leonard.”

  • BBC set to create rival ‘woke’ soap to EastEnders to reflect modern Britain

    BEEB bosses are hoping to create a woke soap to reflect “modern Britain” and provide competition for struggling EastEnders.

    BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell revealed her ambition as the service returns from online only to regular channels from tomorrow.

    But a third of people already believe the BBC is too woke.

    Fiona said the soap might be set far from London and recruit cast and writers from social media.

    She said: “What would it look like? It could be somewhere very specific in modern Britain — Derry or Belfast, Aberdeen or Newcastle.

    “I want to showcase a locality in all its glory. I’d like to provide a platform for the cast of the future.

    “You can see how many stars came out of early EastEnders.”

    Fiona also said the soap would reflect the channel’s focus on “how tough it is to be in your teens and early 20s today”.

  • Alan Sugar pays tribute to Leonard Fenton

    Apprentice star Lord Alan Sugar tweeted; “Very sorry to hear that Dr Legg from @bbceastenders has passed on.

    “The question is who will the new doctor be.

    “Dot Cotton needs a doctor.”

  • Matt Lucas remembers ‘lovely’ Leonard Fenton

    Comedian Matt Lucas has remembered the EastEnders legend.

    The Bake Off host wrote on Twitter: “Lovely Leonard Fenton has passed away.

    “I grew up watching him in Auf Weidersehen, Pet and of course EastEnders.

    “Was chuffed when I got to work with him a few years back. x”

  • More on iconic EastEnders actress June Brown

    The legend, the icon, the chain-smoking wonder of Walford, June joined EastEnders in 1985 as Nasty Nick’s muvver’ Dorothy Cotton.

    Apart from a break between 1993 and 1997, the actress has been a key member of the cast and even carried an entire episode single-handedly in 2008 as Dot looked back over her life.

    June began to lose her eyesight in 2015 and this year it had deteriorated so much that the 93-year-old decided to leave the soap once and for all.

    Dot left a voicemail to Sonia revealing she had moved to Ireland in her final scene.

    Asked whether EastEnders had put her on a retainer, Brown replied: “I don’t want a retainer. I’ve left. I’ve left for good. I’ve sent myself to Ireland and that’s where she’ll stay. I’ve left EastEnders.”

  • What else has Leonard starred in?

    Leonard Fenton has also appeared in daytime soap opera Doctors, Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time and Give My Regards to Broad Street.

    He made his acting debut in 1958 with Up the Creek.

  • Where can you catch memorable EastEnders moments?

    If you want to check out memorable scenes rather than episodes, there’s a load over at EastEnders’ YouTube channel.

    Catch a bunch of memorable moments – from that scene where Phil Mitchell was shot by his girlfriend Lisa to Martin’s dramatic hit-and-run that sealed Jamie Mitchell’s death.

    You can also watch that awful scene where Bobby killed his own sister Lucy.

  • How can fans watch old episodes of EastEnders?

    It’s been 35 years since EastEnders first debuted on screens.

    And now fans of the BBC One soap can take a trip down memory lane and binge-watch old episodes courtesy of Drama.

    The UKTV-owned channel airs old episodes every week day at 1pm and 1.40pm.

    Alternatively, fans can also catch up via the UKTV Play website – where you can stream episodes that have been recently shown.

    As the soap celebrates another milestone birthday, why not take the opportunity to watch EastEnders’ longest-serving soap star Adam Woodyatt as a young Ian Beale, or to feast on episodes featuring the original EastEnders’ cast – from Michelle Fowler to Angie Watts.

  • Heather Trott actress pays tribute Leonard

    Cheryl Fergison, known for playing Heather Trott in the BBC soap, posted a message on Instagram with a red love heart: “Sad news Leonard Fenton (Dr Legg) has passed away … @bbceastenders casting the best in great characters

    “Lovely man and talented actor.”

  • Leonard Fenton starred in 267 episodes of EastEnders

    EASTENDERS star Leonard Fenton, best known for his role as Dr Harold Legg, has died aged 95.

    The actor appeared in a whopping of 267 episodes of the popular soap.

  • More tributes from cast and crew

    Emma Barton, who plays Honey Mitchell on the soap, shared the sad news of Leonard’s passing on Twitter, captioning her post with a heart emoji.

    Director Thomas Hescott, meanwhile, wrote: “This is sad news.

    “I directed Leonard when he came back the other year, and he was a very lovely, generous actor.”

  • Dot Cotton and Harold Legg’s final scene together

    Beloved Dr Legg passed away in in February 2019, after telling Dot Branning how he was going to see his wife again for the first time in decades.

    He told the heartbreaking story of how he first met Judith when they were both teenagers fighting fascists on the streets of London.

    In his final moments, he told Dot about he first time he kissed Judith.

    Telling her about their first kiss he said: “And I kissed her. And she kissed me back. The most perfect kiss ever. What I would give…”

    He then died and Dot told her old friend to and kiss her again.

  • What happened to Dr Harold Legg in EastEnders?

    Harold Legg appeared in the soap on and off from 1985 until his character’s death in 2019.

    Dot experienced dizziness in 2018 and went to see Dr Legg. She feared she was dying despite two doctors telling her she is healthy.

    Dr Legg told Dot he was dying of pancreatic cancer and went to stay with Dot.

  • EastEnders pays tribute to Leonard on social media

    The hit BBC soap also paid tribute to Leonard on social media.

    EastEnders official Twitter posted: “Leonard Fenton’s family have shared a statement with us, announcing that he has very sadly passed away, at the age of 95.

    “To read the full statement, please visit our official EastEnders Facebook and Instagram pages. Our love and thoughts are with Leonard’s family and friends.”

  • Sonia Fowler actor pays tribute to Leonard Fenton

    Natalie Cassidy says: “I had the pleasure to work with Leonard.

    “He was utterly charming, continuously joked with me and loved talking about his past.

    “I feel honoured that our paths crossed. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

  • Pictured: Leonard’s final scene as EastEnders’ Dr Legg

    June Brown’s character Dot Cotton has a special relationship with Dr Legg.

    The two original Walford Square characters remained close friends in the soap.

    Pictured below is Dot by Dr Legg’s bedside in his final scenes in March 2019.

  • EastEnders legend June Brown pays tribute to Leonard

    EastEnders actress June Brown has paid tribute to her co-star Leonard Fenton following his death aged 95.

    Brown played Dot Cotton, who was a regular patient of Dr Legg in the soap.

    She said in a statement: “I first met Leonard as Dr Legg when I joined the cast of EastEnders as Dot, his hypochondriac patient, in 1985.

    “He was a charming man in all ways, first as a person and then as an actor, extremely polite and kind.

    “I enjoyed working with him enormously for many years and missed him when he retired.

    “I was glad that I’d been with him for his last scene with Dot at his bedside and my thoughts are with his devoted family.”

  • Dr Legg oversaw plenty of drama in Albert Square

    During his time in Walford he oversaw suicides, abortions and murders and Mark Fowler’s HIV storyline.

    But he failed to diagnose Vicki Fowler’s meningitis and to tell Colin Russell of his multiple sclerosis.

    He left Walford in 1997 when he was replaced as the Square’s doctor by Fred Fonseca.

  • EastEnders statement on Leonard’s passing

    An EastEnders spokesperson added: “We are deeply saddened to hear that Leonard has passed away.

    “Since appearing in the very first episode of EastEnders, Leonard created a truly iconic character in Doctor Legg who will always be remembered.

    “Our love and thoughts are with Leonard’s family and friends.”

  • Fenton appeared in the very first EastEnders episode in 1985

    Dr Legg was EastEnders’ original GP and appeared in the very first episode of the soap on February 19, 1985.

    He appeared in a total of 267 episodes of EastEnders before leaving in 2019.

    During his time in Walford he oversaw suicides, abortions and murders and Mark Fowler’s HIV storyline.

    But he failed to diagnose Vicki Fowler’s meningitis and to tell Colin Russell of his multiple sclerosis.

  • Statement from Leonard’s heartbroken family

    A statement from his family said: “The family of the actor Leonard Fenton are heartbroken to announce his death at the age of 95 on Saturday January 29. Best known for his role as Dr Legg on EastEnders, Leonard’s acting career spanned more than 60 years.

    “He worked in TV and film and his long stage career included time at the National Theatre and most recently the Royal Shakespeare Company. He felt privileged to have worked with some of the greats of the theatre, including Samuel Beckett, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller.

    “His passion for painting and singing pre-dated his acting career and was equally as important to him. He will be missed beyond words by his family. We feel incredibly lucky to have been able to be with him as his health worsened towards the end – a privilege denied to so many during these tough times.”

  • Gillian Taylforth on Leonard’s passing

    Actress Gillian Taylforth said: “I’m so sorry to hear the very sad news about Leonard.

    “He was a lovely, charming man who was so kind and always told the most wonderful stories.

    “I send my love and condolences to his family. RIP dear Leonard.”

  • Leonard Fenton starred in 267 episodes of EastEnders

    EASTENDERS star Leonard Fenton, best known for his role as Dr Harold Legg, has died aged 95.

    The actor appeared in a whopping of 267 episodes of the popular soap.





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