EastEnders star Bill Treacher dies aged 92

Bill Treacher has died aged 92 credit:Bang Showbiz
Bill Treacher has died aged 92 credit:Bang Showbiz

'EastEnders' star Bill Treacher has died at the age of 92.

The actor - who played Arthur Fowler on the BBC soap between 1985 and 1996 - passed away on Saturday (05.11.22), with his family confirming that his health "had been declining for some time".

His family said in a statement: "Bill was a brilliant actor and a wonderful husband and father, plus a very fine human being. He will be hugely missed."

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."

Adam Woodyatt, his former co-star, has paid a glowing tribute to the late actor, too.

Adam said: "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."

Treacher - who also appeared in 'The Bill' and 'Casualty' - was married to Australian actress Katherine Kessey. Together, they had a son called Jamie and a daughter called Sophie.