After an eight-decade career, actor Bill Maynard, who portrayed Heartbeat, passed yesterday at age 89.
Maynard was born in Heath End, Farnham, Surrey, the son of Walter, a gardener, and Edith, a laundry worker. After his family moved to Leicestershire, Maynard enrolled at Kibworth Beauchamp grammar school.
By performing comic turns in clubs at the age of 11, Bill was already making more money than his father.
The actor also appeared in the Carry On movies Carry On at Your Convenience and Carry On Matron, and he portrayed the main part in the ITV comedy Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggatt. As Sgt Beetroot in the 1980s television comedy Worzel Gummidge, he also had appearances in the Heartbeat spinoffs The Royal and The Moorside.
The drama The Moorside from 2017 featured Maynard most recently and was centred on the disappearance of Shannon Matthews.
What Happened To Claude Greengrass In Heartbeat?
Nothing has happened to the Claude Greengrass character in the television series Heartbeat. The character’s performer, however, passed away in 2018 from injuries incurred in a mobility scooter accident.
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 attracted more than 10 million people, and it had a high audience of 13.82 million viewers in 2001 and 12.8 million viewers in 2003.
From season one to season 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 due to health concerns. He also spent eight years as the endearing rogue Claude Jeremiah Greengrass on ITV’s Heartbeat.
Actor Bill Maynard Died At 89: What Illness Did He Have?
Maynard died in a Leicestershire hospital not long 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 larger than life.
Actors, athletes, and fans have all paid tribute to him since his passing. 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 close to me in Leicester and had a passion for snooker. RIP.”
Tricia Penrose, who portrayed Gina in 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 just collaborated with him.
Richard Willis, another actor, also related a tale of how he met Bill. He wrote in a social media post: “Bill Maynard performed his lovely one-person play about Charles Dickens in my father’s theatre in Guernsey. I recall him trying to talk me out of being an actor when I was ten years old. I’ve always been appreciative of this encounter.”
Who Replaced Claude Greengrass’s Character?
Greengrass was replaced as the charming villain of the hamlet by Geoffrey Hughes as Vernon Scripps, a Liverpool actor. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was known to millions of fans as Twiggy in The Royle Family, Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances, and Coronation Street binman 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 quit the show because of his illness. He did, however, make an appearance in the Heartbeat spinoff series “The Royal.” For some gardening work he has been performing for Stringer, Greengrass (Bill Maynard) is having problems getting paid in this episode.