EastEnders cast pay loving tributes as Arthur Fowler icon Bill Treacher dies

EastEnders cast, and the show’s boss, have been sharing loving tributes to Arthur Fowler legend Bill Treacher, who has died at the age of 92 after declining health.

The Walford icon has been described as a ‘wonderful man’ and ‘amazing actor.’

Gillian Taylforth, who plays Kathy Beale, and Adam Woodyatt, best known as her son Ian, have led the messages.

Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon Watts and Todd Carty, who played Arthur’s son Mark, have also shared thoughts.

‘I have so many happy memories of Bill, in fact we were only sharing stories of him at work the other day, about how he always had a sparkle in his eyes, usually before he mischievously set us off laughing during scenes,’ Gillian recalled.

‘Bill was a wonderful, wonderful man who will be truly missed and I am sending all our love to his wife Kate and his family.’

Adam commented: ‘So many memories of working with Bill, most of them involving him making us corpse. He would get this twinkle in his eye, you’d start laughing and he never got the blame.

‘I used to love it when he was trying to remember his lines in rehearsal and he would just blunder and bluster until the correct word came out. My thoughts are with Kate, Jamie and Sophie at this sad time. Rest in peace Bill. I hope there are some roses up there for you to tend.’

Todd shared: ‘I’m so sorry to hear about Bill passing, I absolutely loved working with him. He was not only an amazing actor but a kind and sincere man. My thoughts are with his family at this time. He’ll be sadly missed, I will never forget him. May he rest in peace.’

While Letitia added: ‘Bill really was the life and soul of the set, he was an absolute joy to be around and always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.

‘As an actor, Bill was meticulous and he went to great lengths to portray Arthur, from the smallest scenes to the heart breaking stories.

‘Bill was an utter professional, a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed. I’m sending all my love to his family.’

A statement on behalf of the BBC show reads: ‘It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Bill Treacher. Bill created a much loved character in Arthur Fowler and, alongside Wendy Richard, they created an iconic family in the Fowlers who still remain at the heart of the show.

‘Bill left EastEnders in 1996 so it is a true testament to both he, and the character that he created in Arthur, that he is still thought of so fondly. Bill will always be remembered for his charm, sense of humour – with a smile that lit up the room – and more importantly as a family man who was devoted to his wife and children.

‘Bill will forever be held in great affection by everyone at EastEnders and all those that loved watching him. Rest in peace Bill and thank you for the memories.

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer said: ‘Like so many, I grew up watching EastEnders with the beloved Arthur Fowler on his allotment, one of Walford’s originals who can still be described as a true heart of The Square.

‘To this day, Arthur Fowler is still so fondly remembered by the audience and that is due to the character that Bill created and the reason why the Fowler name is still very much alive in Albert Square, as are the great memories of those that worked with Bill. We send all our love and thoughts to Bill’s wife and family.’

Bill’s family confirmed his death this evening, saying that he will be ‘much missed’ by those who loved him.

‘The family of the actor Bill Treacher are sad to announce that Bill died late Saturday night, 5 November 2022,’ the statement said.

‘He was 92 years old and his health had been declining for some time. He was much loved by his wife, Kate, his son, Jamie and his daughter, Sophie.

‘Bill was a brilliant actor and a wonderful husband and father, plus a very fine human being. He will be hugely missed. The family respectfully request privacy at this time.’

Known for tending to the allotment, and being on the receiving end of wife Pauline’s nagging, Arthur was a pillar of Walford’s community, though his final story was a tragic one. His troubled character was put in prison for a crime he did not commit.

After receiving a blow to his head during a violent fracas, he was released but later suffered a brain haemorrhage at his beloved allotment.

Arthur subsequently died in hospital, leaving the Fowler family heartbroken.

The much loved actor also had roles in The Bill and Casualty, and films such as The Musketeer (2001), Tale Of The Mummy (1998), and George And The Dragon (2004).

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