After eight decades of career, actor Bill Maynard, who portrayed Heartbeat, died yesterday at the age of 89.
Maynard was born in Heath End, Farnham, Surrey, to Walter, a gardener, and Edith, a laundress. After his family moved to Leicestershire, Maynard enrolled at Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School.
By the age of 11, Bill was already making more money than his father by performing weird turns in clubs.
The actor has also appeared in Carry On films Carry On at Your Convenience and Carry On Matron and starred in ITV comedy Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggatt. He also had appearances on the Heartbeat spinoffs The Royal and The Moorside as Sgt. Beetroot in the 1980s television comedy Worzel Gummidge.
The 2017 drama The Moorside last starred Maynard and revolved around the disappearance of Shannon Matthews.
What happened to Claude Greengrass in Heartbeat?
Nothing happened to the character Claude Greengrass in the TV series Heartbeat. However, the character’s performer died in 2018 as a result of an accident involving a mobility scooter.
ITV Studios produced the British historical drama series Heartbeat from 1992 to 2010. It is based on the “Constable” books by Nicholas Rhea. Early episodes of the series often drew more than 10 million people and had a high audience of 13.82 million viewers in 2001 and 12.8 million viewers in 2003.
From seasons one through ten, Bill portrayed the humorous Claude Greengrass. He was notorious for stealing game from other farms and getting into trouble on the show. The actor returned to The Royal after leaving the show for health reasons. He also played the lovable villain Claude Jeremiah Greengrass on ITV’s Heartbeat for eight years.
Actor Bill Maynard died at 89: What illness did he have?
Maynard died in a Leicestershire hospital shortly after injuring his hip in a fall from his mobility scooter, according to his daughter-in-law. She also stated that he adored show business and was bigger than life.
Actors, athletes and fans have all paid tribute to him since his death. Leicestershire-based snooker player and broadcaster Willie Thorne tweeted: “It’s a sad day because Bill Maynard passed away today. He was a great actor and friend who lived near me in Leicester and had a passion for snooker. REST IN PEACE.”
Tricia Penrose, who portrayed Gina on the soap opera Bill’s Heartbeat and was Bill’s rival on the quiz show Pointless, also paid tribute to Bill. She mentioned in her post that she had just worked with him.
Richard Willis, another actor, also shared a story about how he met Bill. He wrote in a social media post: “Bill Maynard performed his lovely one-person play about Charles Dickens at my father’s theater in Guernsey. I remember he tried to talk me out of being an actor when I was ten years old. I always appreciated this encounter very much.”
Who replaced the character of Claude Greengrass?
Greengrass was replaced as Hamlet’s charming villain by Geoffrey Hughes as Vernon Scripps, a Liverpool actor. He was known to millions of fans in the 1970s and 1980s as Twiggy in The Royle Family, Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances and Coronation Street garbage man Eddie Yeats. He died of prostate cancer in 2012 at the age of 68.
The last time we saw Claude Jeremiah Greengrass was in the Heatbeat episode Cold Turkey. Bill Maynard had to leave the show because of his illness. However, he did appear in the heartbeat spinoff series The Royal. Greengrass (Bill Maynard) has trouble getting paid this episode for some of the yard work he did for Stringer.