Treacher admitted in 2015 that he was initially reluctant to sign up for the show as it meant long hours and a sizeable commute to his family home in Suffolk but that he relented due to the chance of a steady income.
Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Treacher has since appeared in several films, most notably Pop Pirates (1984), The Musketeer (2001), Tale of the Mummy (1998), and George and the Dragon (2004). “Even then I could see it changing. And on that note Bill is ready to retreat again into his quiet country life in East Anglia, a world away from the hustle and bustle of Albert Square. 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. At first I thought it was a fan but it was actually my mate from my RAF days. Now he has to rely on a wheelchair to get around. It’s an endless cycle, you never stop learning lines and shooting scenes.”. Bill Treacher (born 4 June 1930) is a retired English actor. His first clue that the BBC was planning something big was the offer of a one-year contract, much longer than anything he had come across before. Bill Treacher was born on June 4, 1930 in London, England. “I can’t bloody well walk.”. He appeared in the film George and the Dragon alongside Hollywood stars Patrick Swayze and Michael Clarke Duncan in 2004. He is known for portraying the role of Arthur Fowler in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1985 to 1996, 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. 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. He even seems oblivious to the feverish speculation about who killed Lucy Beale, a question which will finally be answered in a live episode to mark the show’s 30th anniversary this week. We were always there. Our. First he needed a walking stick, then a frame. He had the advantage over me because he saw me on the TV every day.
So you don’t turn down a good job.
During the early years, the family found themselves at the centre of many of the show’s biggest storylines.
Did you know we have a dedicated TV and Film page on Facebook? But I said, ‘I can’t, George. “Then they threw us straight into it. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. The character also endured a succession of misfortunes, which included two short spells in prison, a persistent struggle with unemployment, his daughter Michelle's pregnancy at the age of 16, his son Mark's diagnosis with HIV, and a midlife crisis where he had an affair which almost broke up his marriage. Unlike Bill Treacher’s on-screen family strife, the marriage of his real-life daughter Sophie happily lacked catastrophe and passed free from any bust-ups or nail-biting dramas. That’s when I realised how big this really was. And when he attended the first press call and read-through at Elstree Studios, in Hertfordshire, it finally hit him just how huge the project was. It became a big machine and gradually the cast became very close.” None more so than Bill and his on-screen family. In the first episode he had to break into a flat on Albert Square with Leslie Grantham (Dirty Den) to search for missing neighbour Reg Cox. We became a family. 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. Bill says: “One day a fellow came running up to me in the street, shouting ‘Bill!’. I never did see him again.”. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Treacher said as a result he had fully retired: "I'm not doing any work now. I felt depressed." Even so, it took him more than a year before he could persuade bosses on the show. 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. Now they just get cheap ones.”. They live in Suffolk.
Let me go now. The BBC put everything they had behind it. There were even times when he could not see Wendy as they filmed their scenes. I can't bloody well walk. Like this? 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. There were notable exceptions.
After his time on the soap, he starred in George and … It is clear that Bill, who has two grown-up children, Jamie and Sophie, cherishes the memories and friendships he formed on the set. "There was a lovely annual fete - they had (ex-Blue Peter presenter) Peter Purves and Bill Treacher (Arthur from EastEnders) opening it. In 2015, Treacher told the press that he is suffering from ataxia, a degenerative disease that hinders balance and the ability to walk. In fact the co-creators, Tony Holland and Julia Smith, had scripted the character with Treacher in mind. But … Bill never imagined how big EastEnders would become when Julia first offered him the role. Bill was thrown straight into the thick of the action.
Get a daily email direct to your inbox with our newsletter. I was lucky to be part of that. He has been married to Katherine Kessey since December 1, 1971. He also appeared as a security guard in an episode of Casualty in December 2007. 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. After graduating from the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his West End debut in 1963 with the comedy Shout for Life at The Vaudeville Theatre. “It was solid work all the time. As the show went on, everything slotted into place. He chuckles as he says: “I rang my agent and said, ‘Tell Julia I’ll do it’. I’ve done this for as long as I can. 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