Leonard Fenton, who played Dr. Leg at EastEnders, has died at the age of 95 Ents and art news

Actor Leonard Fenton, best known for his role as Dr. Harold Legg in EastEnders, has died at the age of 95, his family said.

He appeared in EastEnders in his first episode, which aired in 1985, and his last scenes aired in 2019.

A statement from his family said: “The family of actor Leonard Fenton is heartbroken to announce his death at the age of 95 on Saturday, January 29.

Leonard Fenton with June Brown, who played Dot Cotton, another of the original EastEnders cast members
Actor Leonard Fenton at the gala evening and awards ceremony in honor of the unsung heroes of the Celebrity Guild at the Four Seasons Hotel, Lane Park, London.
Leonard Fenton at the 2000 awards ceremony

“Best known for his role as Dr. Leg in EastEnders, Leonard’s acting career spanned more than 60 years.

“He worked in television and cinema and his long stage career included time at the National Theater and most recently at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“He felt privileged to work with some of the greats of the theater, including Samuel Beckett, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller.

File dated 30/08/87 (from left to right) of actor Leonard Fenton, singer Marty Webb, actor Chris Quentin, who plays Brian Tilsley in Coronation Street, and TV personality Kate Robbins. Actor Leonard Fenton, who played Dr. Harold Legg in EastEnders, has died at the age of 95.
Leonard Fenton with singer (LR) Marty Webb, Coronation Street star Chris Quentin and TV personality Kate Robbins in 1987.

“His passion for painting and singing preceded his acting career and was just as important to him. His family will miss him indescribably.

“We are incredibly lucky to have been with him as his health deteriorated towards the end – a privilege denied so much during these difficult times.

Leonard Fenton attended Wendy Richard's funeral at St Maryleban Parish Church, Maryleban Road in central London. March 09, 2009
Leonard Fenton at the funeral of EastEnders colleague Wendy Richard in 2009.

An EastEnders spokesman added: “We are deeply saddened to hear that Leonard has died. Since appearing in the first episode of EastEnders, Leonard has created a truly iconic character in Doctor Legg who will always be remembered.

“Our love and thoughts are with Leonard’s family and friends.”

He has appeared in a total of 267 episodes of the BBC’s long-running soap opera, while his other television roles include roles in Colditz, Secret Army, Z-Cars, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and more.

The protagonist was a close friend of Dot Cotton, played by June Brown, while he entertained her hypochondria and a seemingly endless list of diseases.

In a statement, Brown called him “a charming man in every way.”

She said: “I first met Leonard as Dr. Legg when I joined the EastEnders cast as Dot, his hypochondriac patient, in 1985.

“He was a charming man in every way, first as a man and then as an actor, extremely polite and kind. For many years I enjoyed working with him and missed him when he retired.

“I was glad to be with him for his last scene with Dot by his bed, and my thoughts are with his devoted family.”

Dr. Legg was discharged from the soap in emotional scenes broadcast in 2019 after he returned to tell Dot he had terminal cancer.

Natalie Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler in the show, said that “the extremely charming Fenton was always joking with me and loved to talk about his past. I feel honored that our paths have crossed.”

Another longtime member of the cast, Gillian Tailfort, who plays Katie Biel, said he was “so kind and always told the most wonderful stories. RIP dear Leonard.”

Cheryl Fergison, also known as Heather Trot, said on Instagram in a post with a red love heart: “Sad news Leonard Fenton (Dr. Leg) has died… @bbceastenders plays the best characters… a wonderful man and a talented actor.”

Lord Sugar, the star of The Apprentice, tweeted that he was “very sorry”, adding that Dot “needs a new doctor”.

Great British Bake Off co-host Matt Lucas said he grew up watching it on screen and was “amazed when I started working with it a few years ago.”

Leonard Fenton, who played Dr. Leg at EastEnders, has died at the age of 95 Ents and art news

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