Minder cast 27 years later from coronavirus tragedy to soap star daughters

Following a wheeler-dealer and his bodyguard, Minder has gone down in British television history as a classic.

Running over three decades, the final episode aired 27 years ago today, as Arthur Daley and his posse got whisked away to prison.

The finale hinted the series could return, with Arthur mouthing the words "Goodbye… for now" in the closing scenes.

Minder went on to inspire a 2009 revival, starring EastEnders' Shane Richie, but it didn't receive the same acclaim as the original and was axed after one season.

The ITV series made stars of the likes of George Cole, Dennis Waterman, and Gary Webster, making each a household name as the nation tuned in to watch.

To mark the anniversary, Daily Star has taken a look back at some of Minder's major characters, exploring what has happened in the years since filming wrapped.

George Cole

Minder wouldn't have been the same without swindler Arthur Daley at the forefront, the crooked used-car dealer becoming an unlikely hero.

He appeared in every episode of the ITV series, and it became the defining role of his career, despite having previously enjoyed fame as Flash Harry in the early St Trinian's films.

Reflecting on the role of Arthur, George struggled to make sense of the popularity of the criminal London businessman.

In his autobiography, he wrote: "In my opinion, he was a rather unlikeable person. In fact, not to mince words, I think he was a dreadful character. I can't understand how he could have become so popular."

After Minder, he appeared in the BBC drama New Tricks, releasing his The World Was My Lobster memoir in his final years.

Sadly, in August 2015, he died in hospital at the age of 90 after suffering a short illness.

His former co-star, Dennis Waterman, gave a eulogy at his funeral and was permitted to visit him in his final days.

Speaking to The Mirror in 2015, Dennis remembered his friend, saying: "He was an amazing man, a wonderful actor and besotted with his family.

"Farewell old friend."

Dennis Waterman

Playing Terry McCann for most of the series, Dennis Waterman shocked fans when he unexpectedly left the role in the early 90s.

The actor, 73, decided to throw in the towel as the character had done "everything he could do," according to the Minder fan-site.

Dennis' vocals could be heard on the theme tune, "I Could Be So Good for You," with the track climbing the charts in the UK.

After Minder, he went on to land a main role in BBC's New Tricks and was frequently parodied by Matt Lucas and David Walliams on Little Britain.

His latest work was a 2020 Australian drama-comedy film titled Never Too Late, which told the story of four former prisoners of war.

Dennis' daughter, Hannah Waterman, has followed in his footsteps, famously playing Laura Beale on EastEnders in the early noughties.

Married four times, Dennis sparked controversy in 2012 when he admitted to hitting his former wife Rula Lenska during an interview on Piers Morgan's Life Stories.

He said: "It's not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her. She certainly wasn't a beaten wife, she was hit and that's different."

Divorcing Dennis in 1998 after 11 years of marriage, Rula is known to many as Coronation Street's Claudia Colby.

Glynn Edwards

Glynn Edwards brought barman Dave Harris to life on Minder, looking the other way when dodgy dealings took place in the boozer.

He reluctantly became a message service for Arthur, pulling pints throughout nearly 100 episodes at the members-only Winchester Club.

Speaking about the role in an interview with the Express, he said: "Playing Dave in Minder was my biggest TV role. Amazingly, it was just one day's work initially, and seeing the script made me realise why: there was only a couple of lines to say.

"My agent persuaded me to accept it, explaining that the part may grow and, of course, it did. One strange thing about the character is that he didn't have a surname initially."

After a long and illustrious career as an actor, Glynn suddenly retired after Minder finished airing in the mid-90s.

Stepping out of the spotlight, he spent the rest of his life between his homes in Scotland and Spain.

Sadly, at the age of 87, he died in his Edinburgh home on May 23, 2018, with Minder fans mourning his legacy as Dave the Barman.

His cause of death was never reported.

Glynn was survived by his third wife, Valerie Edwards, and his son from his second marriage to Benny Hill girl Christine Pilgrim.

Patrick Malahide

Trying to govern the unruly crooks of Minder's West London, Patrick Malahide played the role of stern Detective Sergeant Albert Chisholm.

Earning the nickname "Cheerful Charlie," the 75-year-old was a regular on the series for nine years.

The role catapulted him to success, and he went on to appear in James Bond flick The World Is Not Enough in the late 90s.

Game of Thrones fans will know him best as Balon Greyjoy, the father of Theon Greyjoy in the hit HBO drama Game Of Thrones.

With a clear knack for fantasy roles, he went on to play Magnus Crome in the 2018 film Mortal Engines.

Speaking to What's On TV, Patrick admitted taxi drivers always recognise him for his role on Minder, though younger fans know him best from Game Of Thrones.

He told the publication: "When I get in the back of a cab I'm usually asked what was it like working with George Cole. If I had a quid for every time I was asked that! He was a lovely man.

"I was sad, but very pleased to be able to go to his funeral last year. In fact, Michael Povey, who played my character's sidekick in the series, we sat at the back of the crematorium as if we were about to nick him, and his brown trilby hat was on the coffin."

Peter Childs

Cockney Detective Sergeant Ronnie Rycott spent his time tracking down Arthur Daley on Minder, trying his hardest to get the conman locked up.

Played by Peter Childs, the character was central to the series, making him a household name in the 70s and 80s.

He also starred in the 1985 spin-off film Minder on the Orient Express, which aired to rave reviews on Christmas Day.

However, just months after series seven was broadcast in 1989, Childs died aged 50, passing away after a battle with leukemia.

Gary Webster

When Dennis Waterman decided to leave Minder in the early 90s, Gary Webster was recruited as his replacement, playing Terry McCann.

He remained in the role until the series came to an end in 1994, and it was a launching pad for a career as a soap star.

In the years that followed, the 57-year-old went on to land roles on Hollyoaks and Crossroads, before becoming a regular on Family Affairs in the early noughties.

Before Minder fame, Gary had played Graham Clark on EastEnders, returning to the soap decades later as new character Neville Peacock.

In his private life, he is married to Wendy Turner, who is a sister to former Blue Peter star Anthea Turner.

Sadly, Wendy fell ill earlier this year and was rushed to West Middlesex University Hospital with coronavirus.

The health scare came just weeks after Gary lost his mum to the deadly virus, as he told fans: " Thanks to all 4 support over last weeks.

"Losing my Mum to Covid-19 & then my wife @turnerwebster being admitted to hospital with Covid-19 pneumonia has been very tough.

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"Thanks to all at @WestMidHospital 4 their life saving work."

Thankfully, Wendy has since recovered, with Gary and their two sons Jack and Freddie helping to care for their mum.

Gary has been open about his battle with debt throughout his career as an actor, even penning the book Debt Rescue: How to Get Through a Year of Financial Ruin…and Survive!

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