Actor Derek Fowlds left an estate worth more than £3million

Actor who found fame as Basil Brush’s sidekick ‘Mr Derek’ left an estate worth more than £3million when he died aged 82

  • Derek Fowlds died aged 82 last January after battling pneumonia and sepsis
  • The actor without leaving a will meaning that his estate is due to be inherited 
  • Probate records reveal that Mr Fowlds left UK assets of more than £3million

Derek Fowlds, also known to TV viewers as private secretary Bernard Woolley in Yes, Minister and then Yes, Prime Minister, died aged 82 in hospital last January after battling pneumonia and sepsis

The actor who found fame as the sidekick to Basil Brush left an estate worth more than £3million.

Derek Fowlds, also known to TV viewers as private secretary Bernard Woolley in Yes, Minister and then Yes, Prime Minister, died aged 82 in hospital last January after battling pneumonia and sepsis.

Fowlds, pictured with Basil, appeared as ‘Mr Derek’ on the BBC’s Basil Brush Show from 1969 to 1973.

He died without leaving a will, meaning that his estate is due to be inherited by his sons Jamie, a cameraman, and Jeremy, an actor, from his first marriage.

Probate records reveal that Fowlds, of Corsham, Wiltshire, left UK assets of £3,369,691 reduced after liabilities to £3,053,812 before inheritance tax.


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Fowlds, pictured with Basil, appeared as ‘Mr Derek’ on the BBC’s Basil Brush Show from 1969 to 1973

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