EastEnders pays tribute to Dirty Den star Leslie Grantham

Leslie Grantham

by Emily Thorpe |

Following his sad death, EastEnders has paid a tribute to Dirty Den star, Leslie Grantham.

The BBC One soap dedicated Friday night's episode to Leslie with a heartfelt message at the end of the credits reading: "In memory of Leslie Grantham, 1947-2018."

In the wake of his death, several cast members of the soap shared their own messages.

Leslie's on screen daughter Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon, took to social media to share her condolences.

The statement read: "I have very special memories of working with Leslie and will cherish them always. He and Anita looked after me in my early days and showed me the ropes, always with care and kindness."

"He never failed to make me laugh and I will remember him with love, affection and gratitude forever. See you up there Leslie! Thank you for everything. Love and respect always, Tish. X"

TV legend June Brown MBE who plays Dot Cotten wrote: "I was very fond of Leslie and am so sorry that he has gone. I always enjoyed talking to him, he made me laugh and always had a twinkle in his eye when he said outrageous things."

"He was a wonderful and special actor, witty and very talented. I shall remember him very fondly and with affection."

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Leslie's death was confirmed on the 15th of June with the actors spokesperson explaining: In a statement released they explained: "'We formally announce the loss of Leslie Grantham, who passed away at 10:20 am on the morning of Friday 15th June 2018."

"His ex-wife and sons have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time, and for there to be no approaches to them for information or comment. They will not be making any statements to the media."

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