Derek Fowlds

Derek Fowlds (born 2 September 1937) is an English actor, best known for playing Bernard Woolley in popular British television comedies Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, and Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama Heartbeat, a role he played for 18 years.

Derek Fowlds
Fowlds in 1974
Born (1937-09-02) 2 September 1937
Wandsworth, London, England
OccupationActor, presenter
Years active1962–present
Wendy Tory
(m. 1963; div. 1973)

Lesley Judd
(m. 1974; div. 1978)

Early life

Fowlds was born in Wandsworth, London, the son of Ketha Muriel (née Treacher) and James Witney Fowlds,[1] a salesman. Fowlds was educated at Ashlyns School, a former Secondary Modern School in the historic town of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire.[2]


After amateur acting, Fowlds trained at RADA and made his debut on the West End stage in The Miracle Worker. He appeared in various film roles, including Tamahine (1963), East of Sudan (1964), Hotel Paradiso (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), The Smashing Bird I Used to Know (1969), Tower of Evil (1972) and Mistress Pamela (1974), prior to becoming familiar to British television viewers as 'Mr. Derek' in the children's series The Basil Brush Show, replacing Rodney Bewes as presenter. He played the role of Lord Randolph Churchill in the ATV series Edward the Seventh in 1975.

Perhaps his most famous role was that of Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister alongside Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne.

From 1983 to 1985, Fowlds played the lead role in the sitcom Affairs of the Heart. He featured in a more sinister role in the 1990 political thriller Die Kinder. Fowlds then played Oscar Blaketon in the long running ITV police drama nostalgia series Heartbeat for its entire run. The character first appeared as the local police sergeant, then retired from the force and ran the post office before becoming a publican.

Personal life

Fowlds was previously married to Wendy Tory and Blue Peter presenter and dancer Lesley Judd. He is the father of two children including the actor Jeremy Fowlds.

Television roles

1964Gideon's Way Episode 26: "The Nightlifers"Tim Coles
1967The Solarnauts Pilot: "Cloud of Death"Tempo
1969–1973The Basil Brush ShowMr Derek
1975Edward the SeventhLord Randolph Churchill
1978Robin's Nest Series 2 Eps 2 "The Candidate"Ricky Hart
1980–1984Yes MinisterBernard Woolley
1983–1985Affairs of the HeartPeter Bonamy
1986–1988Yes, Prime MinisterBernard Woolley
1988The Settling of the SunKurt Friedman/Michael Robson
1990Die KinderCrombie
1992–2010HeartbeatSgt. Oscar Blaketon
1992–1994Firm FriendsJohn Gutteridge
2001Lily Savage's Blankety BlankHimself[3]


  1. Derek Fowlds Biography (1937–)
  2. Who's Who on Television. Publisher: ITV Books Ltd./Michael Joseph Ltd. Published: 1985. Retrieved: 27 January 2013.
  3. Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 20 May 2001. ITV.
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