Bill Treacher, who played Arthur Fowler in EastEnders, died aged 92

Arthur Fowler actor dead: EastEnders original cast member Bill Treacher – who was the first person ever to be cast for the hit series – has passed away at age 92 following a period of declining health, his family reveal

  • Bill Treacher, famous for playing Arthur Fowler in EastEnders , has died aged 92
  • His family revealed the retired actor’s health ‘had been declining for some time’ 
  • Mr Treacher was the first actor to be cast in EastEnders in 1985 

Bill Treacher, famous for playing Arthur Fowler in EastEnders, has died aged 92, his family said.

In a statement, his family revealed the retired actor’s health ‘had been declining for some time’.

‘Bill was a brilliant actor and a wonderful husband and father, plus a very fine human being,’ they said. ‘He will be hugely missed.’ 

Mr Treacher, a father-of-two, died on Saturday evening.

Bill Treacher, famous for playing Arthur Fowler in EastEnders , has died aged 92, his family said

The 92-year-old  (pictured centre) was one of the first actors to be cast in EastEnders and appeared in the first episode, back in February 1985. Pictured on set with his on-screen wife and daughter in 1986

He was married Australian actress wife, Katherine Kessey, and the couple lived out their retirement in Suffolk.

In 2015, he revealed he’d been diagnosed with ataxia, a degenerative disease that hinders balance and the ability to walk.

As a result of the condition, Mr Treacher was relying on a wheelchair and had retired from acting. 

The 92-year-old was one of the first actors to be cast in EastEnders and appeared in the first episode, back in February 1985. 

An EastEnders spokesperson said: ‘It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Bill Treacher. As one of our original cast members, 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.

An EastEnders spokesperson said: ‘It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Bill Treacher. As one of our original cast members, 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.’

Former co-star Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon Watts on the long-running soap, was among the first to publicly pay tribute to Mr Treacher.

She said: ‘Bill really was the life and soul of the set. As an actor, he was meticulous and he went to great lengths to portray Arthur, from the smallest scenes to the heartbreaking stories. Bill was an utter professional, a wonderful man.’

Former star Adam Woodyatt said Mr Treacher 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.’

This is a developing story. More to come. 

‘Bill will forever be held in great affection by everyone at EastEnders and all those that loved watching him’

Source: Read Full Article