EastEnders’ Leslie Grantham ‘fighting for his life’ as loved ones fear the worst

Leslie Grantham

by Emma Dodds |

The EastEnders legend played Dirty Den Watts

Former EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham is reportedly suffering from a serious illness - and is "fighting for his life." The 71-year-old actor, who is best known for playing "Dirty" Den Watts on the soap for six years, has recently returned to the UK after living in Bulgaria for a number of years.

A spokesperson confirmed the sad news by saying: "Leslie Grantham remains poorly and is being taken care of by medical staff. No further comment other than to request that you respect the privacy of Leslie’s family and friends.

"A statement will be issued at the appropriate time."

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EastEnders Spoilers Week 25 2018 - STACKED

EastEnders Hayley Slater
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In Walford next week, Stacey Fowler receives a cryptic envelope and while everyone is hesistant to open it, Hayley Slater rips it opens a finds a key… leaving everyone confused. They soon realise it's for Charlie's cab and while old memories surface, Hayley plans to get it up and running and sell it after Keanu Taylor tells her it could be worth after £10,000.Wowza!

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Determined to prove to the rest of her family that she can fix the cab, she heads over to The Arches to see if they have the tools she'll need. Unfortunately, after she tries to distract Keanu, Phil Mitchell turns up and breaks up their flirty exchange by humiliating Hayley.Bless her.

EastEnders Hayley Slater
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She then steals the tools she needs and later when Keanu apologises for not standing up to Phil after he was rude to her, she feels guilty for taking the tools and ruining what could have been a great friendship.

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After proving her family wrong and actually fixing the tax, the Slaters are left shocked that Hayley's selling Charlie's cab for 10k online. Elsewhere she's planning to flog it so Jean can get her money back and she can keep the rest. However, Jean later finds a picture of when the Slaters arrived on The Square in the cab and after the rest of the family realise Jean isn't ready to give up the cab, they decide not to see it… just yet. Later on, Phil tells Keanu to either replace to tools that went missing or it's coming out of his wages.Eek!

EastEnders Max Branning
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It may have happened last year but next week it'll become clear that the residents in Albert Square are still not over Max Branning's revenge plan and that it's his fault that Abi died and Lauren left. Max and his wife Rainie are involved in a custody battle for baby Abi and they begin to feel the pressure to get character references from friends to support them… we wonder why?Thinking on his feet, Max decides that he'll help Masood Ahmed with Harley in the hope that he'll be a reference but after Masood talks to his Aunty, he refuses to help.

EastEnders Carmel Kazemi
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Not taking no for an answer, he offers to give Karen Taylor £200 if she's his character reference but when she discovers it's to get custody of his granddaughter she's disgusted and won't help him. Feeling desperate he then asks Carmel (who recently lost her son Shakil) for a reference but she's brutally honest and tells him he's had way too many chances.

EastEnders Max Branning and Rainie Branning
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Feeling hopeless, especially after the rest of the residents discover he asked Carmel, Rainie suggests he ask Stacey. Will he have the courage to ask her? Especially after all the drama they've been through together…Later on in the week, Max and Rainie get ready to play happy families for the social worker – will they win them over?

EastEnders Mick Carter Stuart Highway
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This week Mick Carter discovers a huge secret about his pal and next week Stuart admits he wants Mick to help him out. Explaining to his friend that he's not a vigilante, will he be able to win Mick over?

EastEnders Mick Carter Stuart Highway
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Later on, Linda and Ollie head to her mums for a visit but as soon as she leaves, Stuart heads over the The Vic and recruits his younger brother Halfway to join him on a predator meeting. Mick tries to talk Halfway out of going but after he catches him sneak out to meet Stuart, he reveals he can't let his brother down.

EastEnders Ted Murray Patrick Trueman
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Earlier this year Patrick won the lottery and left Ted some money, unfortunately Keegan's dad Mitch Baker stole the money and poor Ted was none the wiser. It's a well-known that the truth will prevail and next week Patrick and Ted discover the truth.

EastEnders Ted Murray Patrick Trueman
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It all starts when Ted and Patrick are sitting in The Vic enjoying a drink, Ted is left mortified when Patrick goes to drink some rum from his flask but discovers it's not booze but Joyce's ashes. It's not long before Patrick discovers Ted never received the money he left for Joyce's funeral and after putting two and two together he thinks the Taylors took the money.

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Ted is quick to confront the family about Patrick's money and is quick to write them off telling them he wants nothing more to do with any of them.Oh boy.Following the accusations, Bernie figures out Mitch is the true culprit and after Karen explains the truth to Ted she tells him she'll pay him back.

Leslie Grantham
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The Sun reports that Leslie is being closely watched by doctors, and that his family and friends are visiting him as they're "fearing the worst."

A source close to the family has said that those "close to him are hugely worried and praying for his well-being."

Leslie Grantham
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Dirty Den is considered to be one of the most iconic EastEnders characters - after his "death" in 1989, he returned to the soap in 2003, revealing to his adoptive daughter Sharon that he'd escaped from the canal after being shot.

He was also responsible for drawing in a record amount of viewers for the Christmas Day episode in 1986 when he handed his on-screen wife Angie divorce papers, drawing over 30 million viewers - half of the British population at the time.

Our thoughts are with Leslie's family at this difficult time.

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