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Leonard Fenton dies aged 95

EASTENDERS star Leonard Fenton, best known for playing Doctor Harold Legg, has died aged 95.

The actor appeared in 267 episodes of the popular TV series.

Eastenders star Leonard Fenton has died aged 95.

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Eastenders star Leonard Fenton has died aged 95.
He's been Walford's Dr. Legg since the first episode of the soap

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He’s been Walford’s Dr. Legg since the first episode of the soap
Leonard shoots with June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton

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Leonard shoots with June Brown, who plays Dot CottonCredit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the BBC Pictures Digital Images terms of use

His family confirmed the star’s death today.

In a statement they said: “The family of actor Leonard Fenton is saddened to announce his death at the age of 95 on Saturday, January 29.

“Best known for playing Doctor Legg on EastEnders, Leonard’s acting career has spanned more than 60 years.

“He has worked in television and film and his long theatrical career includes time at the National Theater and most recently with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He feels very honored. while working with some of the theater’s greats, including Samuel Beckett, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller.

“His passion for painting and singing defined his acting career and was equally important to him.

“He will be unspeakably missed by his family. We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to be with him as his health deteriorates – a privilege denied to so many people. many people during this difficult time.”

EastEnders actress June Brown expressed gratitude for her co-star, saying, “I first met Leonard as Doctor Legg while joining the cast of EastEnders as Dot, a sick man patient with his myasthenia gravis, in 1985.

“He’s a charming man in every way, first as a human being and then as an actor, extremely polite and kind.

“I enjoyed working with him over the years and miss him when he retires. I’m glad I was with him in the final scene with Dot by his bedside and my thoughts are on family. his devotion.”

Other members of the cast also remember Fenton, with Natalie Cassidy saying: “I was delighted to work with Leonard. He was incredibly charming, constantly joking with me and loved to talk about his past. that.

“I feel honored that our paths have intersected. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

‘CHARGE MAN’

Actress Gillian Taylforth said: “I am so sorry to hear the very sad news about Leonard. He is such a lovely, charming, very kind man and always tells the best stories. I send my love. My condolences to his family. Dear RIP Leonard.”

A spokesperson for EastEnders added: “We are deeply saddened to learn that Leonard has passed away. Since appearing in the first episode of EastEnders, Leonard has created a truly iconic character in the series. Doctor Legg, who will always be remembered. Our love and thoughts are with Leonard’s family and friends.”

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

He appeared in a total of 267 episodes of EastEnders.

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

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

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

Fenton was born in London and originally trained to be a civil engineer at King’s College London.

He enlisted as a military engineer during World War II before deciding to become an actor.

His character was officially retired in 1999

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His character was officially retired in 1999Credit: BBC Press Handout
His career spanned more than fifty years

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His career spanned more than fifty yearsCredit: Getty – Contributor

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