Dennis Waterman leads tributes to Minder co-star George Cole

Actor George Cole, best known for playing used-car salesman Arthur Daley in ITV drama Minder, has died aged 90.

Cole, whose showbusiness career spanned 70 years, starred as small-time wheeler dealer and crook Daley alongside his bodyguard Terry McCann, played by Dennis Waterman.

Mr Waterman said: "I'm so grateful to have been a friend of this wonderful man. We worked together for many years and my boast is that we laughed all day, every day."

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Dennis Waterman shares his last words with George Cole

Dennis Waterman has described the final conversation he shared with his late Minder co-star George Cole.

Waterman had spent the afternoon with Cole at his home the day before he died and said the news of his death was a "horrible shock".

"As I was leaving his house on Tuesday night, I gave him a kiss and a cuddle and told him to do exactly what he was told," he recalled.

"His last word to me, ever, was B********", and that so encapsulates George and my relationship."

The actor also described working with George was like "working with your best friend."

George was one of those rare people that everybody loved. My boast was that we laughed all day every day when we worked together.

It was just like going to work and you just happened to be working with your best friend. It was wonderful.

– Dennis Waterman


Hannah Waterman 'devastated' after death of George Cole

Actress Hannah Waterman, daughter of Dennis Waterman- who co-starred with George Cole in Minder- has said she is 'devastated' by his death.

"Just heard George Cole has died #devestated such a huge part of my childhood I loved him. My thoughts are with Penny and the kids x," she said on Twitter.

Mark Gattiss pays tribute to 'marvellous' and 'immaculate' George Cole

Mark Gatiss, star of The League of Gentlemen and Doctor Who paid tribute to George Cole on twitter today.

He said: "A fond farewell to the marvellous George Cole. Immaculate as the young Scrooge, joyous as Flash Harry, unforgettable as Arthur Daley. RIP."

Matt Lucas remembers brief appearance in Minder

Matt Lucas, star of hit comedy show Little Britain, has paid tribute to actor George Cole.

He said on Twitter, "When I found out that George Cole used to live in our flat, I dug out my old Minder poster."

Sir Roger Moore pays tribute to 'a lovely actor'

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Stars of stage and screen have paid tribute to actor George Cole, describing him as "immaculate" and "unforgettable" following his death yesterday at the age of 90.

Sir Roger Moore said: "How sad to hear George Cole has gone to that great cutting room in the sky. A lovely actor. A gentleman."


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