Yes Minister star Derek Fowlds dies aged 82

Derek Fowlds.
Derek Fowlds. Photo credit: Getty

The star of the television series Yes Minister, Derek Fowlds, has died.

The 82-year-old was known for portraying Private Secretary Bernard Woolley in the sitcom and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister, which ran for most of the 1980s.

The actor died after suffering from pneumonia that led to heart failure caused by sepsis.

"You couldn't have met a nicer person ever," his assistant Helen Bennett told BBC News.

"He was just a wonderful man and I will miss him terribly."

Yes Minister was reportedly then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's favourite TV show.

Fowlds also presented kids' show Basil Brush in the 1960s and '70s.

"I don’t know what to say, I’m so desperately sad," a tweet from the fictional character read.

"Such times we had, rest in peace Mr Derek, my best friend forever."

Other shows he appeared in include crime shows Heartbeat and Minder.