In The Hotseat with Derek Fowlds

Derek Fowlds
Derek Fowlds

Actor Derek Fowlds may have been born in London and trod the boards in the West End but it is Goathland which he considers to be his second home.

He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and made his acting debut on the West End stage.

Several film appearances followed until he became the presenter of children’s television series The Basil Brush Show and then appeared as Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister.

But he will be most famous for his role in Heartbeat as formidable police sergeant Oscar Blaketon who went on to run the Aidensfield Arms.

This week, it’s the turn of reporter Emma Spencer to ask the all-important 20 questions ...

1 What are your first memories of Whitby?

Whilst filming Heartbeat, watching the sea crashing on the harbour.

2 What makes Whitby special to you?

The Kippers.

3 Life’s highlight?

Seeing my first son born – Jamie.

4 Biggest regret?

Leaving school without any qualifications.

5 What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Muesli and a banana.

6 What is your favourite eating place?

Joe Allen’s in London.

7 What is your favourite pub?

The Swan, in Kingsdown where I live.

8 Where are the best fish and chips?

Trenchers in Whitby.

9 What is your worst habit?

Breaking wind!

10 Where was your last holiday?

Toulouse in France.

11 When was the last time you cried?

The last time I played golf.

12 What would be your ideal day in Whitby?

A sunny day, deck chair on the beach with an ice-cream then nine holes at Whitby Golf Club.

13 What was your first job?

A West End play in 1960, which closed after six weeks.

It was called ‘A Piece of Silver’ by NC Hunter.

14 What is your favourite film?

On the Waterfront starring Marlon Brando.

15 What is your favourite book?

It would be Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

16 If you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?

I would buy all my family a house and give to my favourite charity, which is me!

17 Dracula or Captain Cook?

Dracula (Only joking!).

18 What is your signature dish?

Sunday Roast Beef.

19 Favourite drink?

Vodka and tonic with ice and lemon.

20 What would be your epitaph?

You’ve got the job.