Bill Maynard, who played Heartbeat, died at 89 after an eight-decade career as an actor.
Maynard was born in Heath End, Farnham, Surrey. His father, Walter, was a gardener, and his mother, Edith, worked in a laundry. After his family moved to Leicestershire, Maynard went to Kibworth Beauchamp grammar school.
At the age of 11, Bill was already making more money than his father by doing comedy in clubs.
The actor also played the title role in the ITV comedy Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggatt and was in the Carry On movies Carry On at Your Convenience and Carry On Matron. After playing Sgt. Beetroot in the 1980s TV comedy Worzel Gummidge, he also showed up in Heartbeat spinoffs The Royal and The Moorside.
Maynard’s last role was in the 2017 drama The Moorside, which was about what happened to Shannon Matthews after she went missing.
In the movie Heartbeat, what happened to Claude Greengrass?
The character of Claude Greengrass hasn’t changed at all on the show Heartbeat. But the actor who played the role died in 2018 after being hurt in a mobility scooter accident.
Heartbeat is a British historical drama show that aired from 1992 to 2010 and was made by ITV Studios. It is based on the “Constable” books by Nicholas Rhea. The show was a hit from the start, with early episodes regularly getting more than 10 million viewers. In 2001 and 2003, the show had its biggest audiences ever, with 13.82 million and 12.8 million people watching, respectively.
From the first to the tenth season, Bill played the funny Claude Greengrass. On the show, he was always getting in trouble for stealing animals from other farms. The actor had to leave the show because of health problems, but he came back to The Royal. In the same way, he played the lovable bad guy Claude Jeremiah Greengrass for eight years on the ITV show Heartbeat.
Actor Bill Maynard Died At 89: What Illness Did He Have?
His son-in-law says that Maynard died in a hospital in Leicestershire not long after breaking his hip when he fell off of his mobility scooter. She also said that he was bigger than life and loved being in the spotlight.
Actors, athletes, and fans have all paid tribute to him since his death. Willie Thorne, from Leicestershire, is a snooker player and commentator “Today is a sad day because Bill Maynard died. He was a great actor and friend who loved snooker and lived near me in Leicester. RIP.”
Also, Tricia Penrose, who played Gina on the soap opera Heartbeat and competed with Bill on the game show Pointless, paid tribute to him. She wrote that she had just worked with him a few weeks ago.
Richard Willis, who is also an actor, told a story about how he met Bill. On social media, he wrote: “Bill Maynard brought his beautiful one-person show about Charles Dickens to my dad’s theatre on Guernsey. I remember that when I was 10, he tried to stop me from becoming an actor. I’ve always been glad I went through this.”
Who Replaced Claude Greengrass’s Character?
Vernon Scripps, played by Geoffrey Hughes from Liverpool, took Greengrass’s place as the village’s loveable bad guy. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was known to millions of people as Twiggy on The Royle Family, Onslow on Keeping Up Appearances, and binman Eddie Yeats on Coronation Street. In 2012, at age 68, he died of prostate cancer.
The last time we saw Claude Jeremiah Greengrass was in the episode Cold Turkey of Heatbeat. Bill Maynard had to leave the show early because he was sick. He did, however, show up in “The Royal,” which was a spinoff of “Heartbeat.” In this episode, Bill Maynard’s character, Greengrass, has trouble getting paid by Stringer for the gardening work he has been doing for him.