Dennis Waterman

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 24 February 1948, Clapham, London, England. 

Dennis Waterman’s early life was marked by challenges and hardship. His father, Harry Frank Waterman, was a carpenter, and his mother, Rose Juliana Saunders, a housewife. Growing up in a working-class family with nine siblings, Waterman faced financial difficulties and limited opportunities.

Despite these challenges, Waterman displayed a natural talent for performance from an early age. He joined the Corona Theatre School at the age of 11, honing his skills in acting, singing, and dancing. His professional debut came at the age of 14, playing the lead role in the children’s television series “William”.

Waterman’s career soared in the 1970s with his portrayal of DS Jack Regan in the groundbreaking police drama ‘The Sweeney.’ His character, a tough but fair detective, became an iconic figure in British television history. Waterman’s portrayal of Regan cemented his position as a leading man, and he continued to deliver memorable performances in a string of popular television series, including ‘Minder’ (1979-1994), ‘New Tricks’ (2003-2015), and ‘The Sweeney!’ film franchise.

Alongside his acting career, Waterman also established himself as a successful singer. He performed the theme tunes for both ‘Minder’ and ‘New Tricks,’ his soulful voice and catchy melodies becoming synonymous with the shows. His musical career further extended to a number of successful solo albums and stage performances.

Despite his success, Waterman remained grounded and humble, always grateful for his loyal fan base. He was known for his down-to-earth nature and his commitment to charitable causes.

In 2020, Waterman was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he battled the disease with courage and determination. He passed away peacefully in Madrid, Spain, surrounded by his loved ones.

Dennis Waterman’s legacy lives on in the hearts of countless fans worldwide. His performances resonated with audiences, and his ability to embody diverse characters cemented his position as one of British television’s most beloved stars. His contributions to the entertainment industry were immense, and his memory will forever be cherished.


Suggested viewing


Minder (1979)

Minder poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

“Minder” is a comedy-drama series that follows the unlikely partnership of Arthur Daley, an unscrupulous businessman, and Terry McCann, his loyal and protective bodyguard. Together, they traverse the seedy underbelly of London, often finding themselves in sticky situations. Arthur’s quick wit and entrepreneurial skills are often the driving force behind their schemes, while Terry’s calm demeanor and physical prowess keep them out of trouble.

Top cast: George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster, Glynn Edwards, Peter Childs, Michael Troughton, Tony Osoba, Kate Williams.

The Sweeney (1975)

The Sweeney poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.1

In the heart of 1970s London, two hard-nosed detectives, Jack Regan and George Carter, tackle armed robberies and violent crime as part of the Flying Squad, a specialised police unit. Their unwavering commitment to bringing criminals to justice often blurs the lines between good and bad, making them the scourge of London’s criminal underworld.

Top cast: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, John Alkin, Martyn Read, Morris Perry, John Flanagan, Jennifer Thanisch, James Warrior.

Stay Lucky (1989)

Stay Lucky poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.7

A small-time gangster, Thomas Gynn, flees London and stumbles upon Sally Hardcastle, an independent businesswoman in Yorkshire. Thomas tries to leave his criminal past behind and finds unexpected romance and friendship in Yorkshire. The show explores themes of second chances, self-discovery, and the power of human connection.

Top cast: Dennis Waterman, Jan Francis, Niall Tóibín, Emma Wray, Susan George, Dougray Scott, Ian McNeice, Leslie Ash, Armando Cortez.

On the Up (1990)

On the Up poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.2

On the Up is a sitcom about a millionaire who struggles with his unhappy marriage, his snobbish wife and daughter, his working-class background, and his friendly staff. The show ran from 1990 to 1992, and was written by Bob Larbey, who also created Ever Decreasing Circles and As Time Goes By.

Top cast: Top cast: Dennis Waterman, Sam Kelly, Joan Sims, Dora Bryan, Jenna Russell, Judy Buxton, Michelle Hatch, Vanessa Hadaway, Fiona Mollison.

New Tricks (2003)

New Tricks poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.0

New Tricks is a TV series about a team of retired police officers who solve cold cases for a special unit. The show combines comedy and drama, and features various actors over its 12 seasons. It ran from 2003 to 2015, and was created by Nigel McCrery and Roy Mitchell.

Top cast: Top cast: Alun Armstrong, Dennis Waterman, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Amanda Redman, Tamzin Outhwaite, Denis Lawson, Anthony Calf, Susan Jameson, James Bolam.

Scars of Dracula (1970)

Scars of Dracula (01) poster


Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.1

In the dark and stormy Carpathian Mountains, Count Dracula emerges from his slumber, seeking revenge against those who wronged him. His path crosses with Simon and Sarah Harker, who are on a quest to find Simon’s missing brother. Dracula’s sinister influence extends throughout the region, leaving a trail of terror in its wake.

Top cast: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Christopher Matthews, Patrick Troughton, Michael Gwynn, Michael Ripper, Wendy Hamilton.


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