Call the Midwife’s Daniel Laurie’s dad is iconic EastEnders villain

Call The Midwife actor Daniel Laurie is one of the show's most popular stars, playing Reggie Jackson since 2017.

However what many fans of the show may not realise is that Daniel is actually related to one of Albert Square's most iconic villains.

Daniel is in fact the son of Leslie Grantham, who played Den Watts or "dirty Den" in Eastenders from the opening episode in 1985 of the long running soap.

Sadly Leslie Grantham passed away in 2018 from lung cancer but he made a more than lasting impression on the show, reports The Sun.

Den had a turbulent marriage with his alcoholic first wife Angie (Anita Dobson) and over 30million viewers tuned in to watch him hand her divorce papers on Christmas Day 1986.

He became involved in storylines that mostly contributed to the character's "bad boy" persona from impregnating 16-year-old Michelle Fowler to forcing enemy Nick Cotton out of Walford for causing trouble around the square.

Grantham had two stints on the programme, the first from 1985 to 1989 and the second in from 2003 to 2005.

Leslie was married to their wife Jane from 1981, and they shared three children together.

In a 2006 interview with the Daily Mail, Daniel's mum Jane praised Leslie as a "fantastic" dad.

She said: "When he was just a few days old, Leslie looked down at the baby and said 'you know, there are some hard things in life, but this isn’t one of them'."

As well as appearing in Call The Midwife Daniel Laurie has made appearances in Vera and Stella, and Finding Alice.

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