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Bill Treacher (born 4 June 1930) is a retired English actor. This week’s series of special anniversary EastEnders shows begins at 7.30pm on Tuesday on BBC1. Bill appeared in the episode 'Selected Target' in the 1970's Police drama series The Sweeney. It took him two days of careful consideration and a long heart to heart with his family before Bill decided the offer was too good to turn down. But … With so many lines to learn and so many scenes to shoot, the cast had little time to relax or socialise. Policeman 'punches Biden supporter 5 times' after he was caught 'taunting Trump voters', Democrat Scott Rexroat, 58, mockingly wore a Confederate flag and face mask with Donald Trump's picture on it, which infuriated Republicans at a nearby rally in Florida, Meghan Markle 'couldn't wait to vote in US election' despite royal protocol, Since quitting the Royal Family, Meghan and Prince Harry have courted some controversy in urging Americans to vote in the presidential election as members of the Firm are supposed to remain politically neutral, Republican who promoted child sex conspiracy theory wins seat in Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene has faced controversy over a string of videos, shares and posts but won a seat in the House of Representatives anyway, US election officials probe 'fake polling station' as footage 'shows ripped ballots', An investigation has been launched by the Orange County Registrar of Voters after Twitter footage showed a "phony" polling station in California on Election Day, Trump looked like he was prepared for defeat, says body language expert, Body language Judi James said Donald Trump looked exhausted during his final rally in Wisconsin alongside daughter Ivanka, as he reflected on a "potential loss" to Joe Biden, Temperatures to plummet to -3C as Britain hit with widespread freeze, Floods are still a major risks in multiple areas across the country after days of torrential rain, with 19 warnings and 28 alerts issued for today. As the show went on, everything slotted into place. The former star of Albert Square is now battling ataxia, a degenerative disease that robbed him of his balance and the ability to walk, effectively putting an end to his acting career for good. By 1995, Treacher had requested to be written out of the series, stating "By the time I finished, even the sound of the theme music was making me feel ill. “I didn’t recognise him because I hadn’t seen him for 40 years. For the first time in 11 years I would wake up in the morning and I didn’t have to be somewhere.

But it was very exciting and that gave you the energy to keep going. The US election is looking like it's going to be close between Donald Trump and Joe Biden - but what happens in the event that they tie in the electoral college? Bill, now 84, who appeared in EastEnders' first ever episode can't even walk any more as he suffers from a disease called Ataxia, Don't miss out on the biggest soaps gossip! Bill never imagined how big EastEnders would become when Julia first offered him the role. If I don’t leave now I’ll be carted off to hospital and you’ll have to change all your scripts. Even so, it took him more than a year before he could persuade bosses on the show. Actor Bill Treacher famous for playing Arthur Fowler (Image: Melia / Retna) Bill was Arthur Fowler. He is known for portraying the role of Arthur Fowler in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1985 to 1996, and was the first person to be cast for the show.

“It was solid work all the time. Battling Arthur suffered a nervous breakdown, was jailed twice, saw his son Mark diagnosed with HIV and his daughter Michelle leave Lofty at the altar. Webber Douglas Academy of Music and Drama, Classic TV Animated Intro Songs of the '80s, The Dick Emery Christmas Show: For Whom the Jingle Bells Toll, Eastenders: The Ghosts of Ian Beale - Children in Need Special. There were even times when he could not see Wendy as they filmed their scenes. But I said, ‘I can’t, George. But it was a such a demanding job he often had to spend his spare time reading scripts or filming for the week ahead, leaving little time for family and friends.

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Bill finally realised they had to kill off Arthur before the role finished him. Bill says: “It was like a weight had lifted from my shoulders. I was lucky to be part of that. We were always there. Get a daily email direct to your inbox with our newsletter. He formed a close bond with Wendy Richard, who played wife Pauline, Sue Tully who played their daughter Michelle and Todd Carty who was their son Mark. Instead Bill asks me what the soap is like now. But Bill, 84, still has not managed to escape the drama that is part and parcel of life on EastEnders. I never did see him again.”. She even wrote the role of Arthur with Bill in mind. In 1984, he was a Beefeater in the Tower of London to Paul Hogan's tourist in a British television commercial for Foster's_Lager.

“And EastEnders was a good job. He also appeared as a security guard in an episode of Casualty in December 2007. It became a big machine and gradually the cast became very close.” None more so than Bill and his on-screen family. Bill still received a steady stream of job offers before he decided to retire in 2007 but turned most of them down. At first I thought it was a fan but it was actually my mate from my RAF days. Now they just get cheap ones.”. We had fun and I made some money but eventually it became a bit of a bore. In late 1984, Treacher was the first actor to be cast in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, appearing in the first episode on 19 February 1985 as Arthur Fowler, a role he played for the next 11 years. “The studio used to pull the plug at night to turn off all the lights, just so the production team would have to go home. Now he has to rely on a wheelchair to get around. But Bill quickly settled into a more leisurely lifestyle, happy to spend more time sipping gin and tonic in the garden with his wife. After his time on the soap, he starred in George and … It is nearly two decades since Bill Treacher, better known as hen-pecked husband Arthur Fowler, hung up his flat cap and took semi-retirement in sleepy Suffolk. That’s when I realised how big this really was. “Even then I could see it changing. She said, ‘I already have.’ As an actor it’s hard to get regular work, it’s not that sort of career. 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