Feb. 24th, 1948
Clapham, London, England, UK
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Waterman was born in Clapham, London, and his career began in childhood. In 1961, at the age of 13, he played the part of Winthrop Paroo in the Adelphi Theatre production of The Music Man. A year later, he starred as William Brown in the BBC TV series William based on the Just William books of Richmal Crompton. He trained at the Corona Theatre School in Kew. West London and training productions included playing Sandy in Noel Coward's Hay Fever.
Waterman was a series regular in the 1962 CBS comedy Fair Exchange, playing teenage son Neville Finch. He had a major role in the 1968 film Up The Junction and appeared in the BBC television series Colditz as a young Gestapo officer.
In the early 1970s, he played the brother of a victim of Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) in the Hammer film production Scars of Dracula (1970), and the boyfriend of Susan George in Fright (1971).He started to build a name for himself with regular appearances on the BBC's Play for Today series, most notably in the Dennis Potter dramas Follow the Yellow Brick Road (1972) and Joe's Ark (1974).Both were directed by Alan Bridges.
He became well known and something of a pin-up as DS George Carter in The Sweeney, during the 1970s. As well as starring in Minder, he sang the theme song, "I Could Be So Good For You", which was a top three UK hit in 1980 and a top 10 hit in Australia,and was written by his then-wife Patricia Waterman with Gerard Kenny. Waterman also recorded a song with George Cole "What Are We Gonna Get For 'Er Indoors".
In 1976, Waterman released his first album titled "Downwind of Angels", arranged and produced by Brian Bennett.
In 1981, Waterman starred in a television film made by Tyne Tees Television entitled The World Cup: A Captain's Tale. It was the true story of West Auckland F.C., a part-time side who won the 'first' World Cup, known as the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy. Waterman played the part of Bob Jones , the Club Captain. It cost £1.5 million to make and shooting took place in the North East and in Turin in Italy. Scenes were shot in Durham pit villages and in Ashington where goal posts and a grandstand were erected in a public park with a colliery headframe in the background. Local players took part, donning long pants and high sided boots of the day, and even suffering "short back and sides" haircuts. The production has several comedy sequences, including a meeting of the club committee and a meeting of the Football Association Council when the suggestion of an English team participating in the new competition received a luke-warm and cynical response from the members.
In 1982, Waterman starred in an often overlooked musical, Windy City. A relatively short lived production, it also featured such names as Anton Rodgers, Diane Langton, Victor Spinetti and Amanda Redman, with whom Waterman also had an 18 month affair during the lifetime of the musical and later went on to star with in the TV series New Tricks.
Waterman also sang the theme tunes to three more programmes in which he appeared: the comedy drama Stay Lucky with Jan Francis (Yorkshire Television/ITV 1989), sitcom On the Up (BBC 1990) and crime drama New Tricks (Wall to Wall television for BBC, 2003).
Waterman recited excerpts from the journal of Walter H. Thompson for the UK history series Churchill's Bodyguard.
He appeared on stage as Alfred P. Doolittle in the 2001 London revival of My Fair Lady and narrated the reality-format television programme, Bad Lads Army.
He was married to Penny Dixon (1967–1976); actress Patricia Maynard (1977–1987), and finally to the actress Rula Lenska (1987–1998).He had two daughters by his second wife,one of whom, Hannah Waterman,is now an actor and played Laura Beale in the BBC1 soap opera EastEnders from 2000 until 2004. Hannah also has appeared in New Tricks. She appears as the character Emily, a young policewoman who believes Gerry Standing (played by Dennis Waterman) to be her biological father. Standing accepts Emily as his daughter but later arranges a secret paternity test which shows that he is not. However Standing, who has bonded with Emily, keeps the result a secret until the truth comes out during a court case. Emily reappears in the series however and Standing takes on a father figure role for her anyway.
Waterman is a fan of Chelsea Football Club.His love of football was reflected in him being chosen to present Match of the Seventies from 1995 to 1996, a nostalgic BBC show celebrating the best football action from the 1970s. However in Minder, his character Terry is known to be a fan of Chelsea's local rivals Fulham.
Waterman has extensive family in the USA, in California, Arizona, and Virginia as a consequence of his three sisters living there. Myrna, Norma, and Stella. One of his USA nieces is Leah Randi, a well-known bass player
- An avid fan of Chelsea Football Club, London. Ironically, as Terry McCann, his character in Minder, he had to play a fan of Fulham football Club who are Chelsea's local rivals from London.
- Advertised Barbour motorcycle clothing aboard a Hesketh motorcycle.
- Once filmed an episode of Minder at Stamford Bridge, home of his Chelsea F.C. Unfortunately the story line meant that he was actually thrown out of the stadium!
- His duet with "Minder" (1979) co-star 'George Cole (I)' (qv), "What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors?", reached the number 21 position on the UK chart in 1983.
- Mercilessly lampooned on _"Little Britain" (2003)_ (qv) as a midget whose keeps losing contracts by insisting on singing the theme song for the proposed show. Waterman got his revenge by making a surprise appearance in the charity presentation _Comic Relief Does Little Britain: Live (2007) (V)_ (qv), interrupting Williams and Lucas performing a version of their Dennis Waterman sketch. During his appearance, Waterman gets to complain that he does not have a high voice, is not "a midget," and does not sing or write the theme tune of all his shows. To apologize, Williams and Lucas perform one of Waterman's songs with him.
- His elder brother is boxer 'Peter Waterman' (qv).
- Two daughters with Patricia Maynard: 'Hannah Waterman' (qv) (born 1975) and Julia Waterman (born 1979).
- Had a top ten hit in the U.K. with the song "I Could Be So Good for You" in October 1980.
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