The actor Derek Crewe has died at the age of 65 after a short illness.
Derek was a born entertainer who was never forgotten by anyone who met him. A very proud Welshman, his first ventures into showbusiness were with North Walian-based group The Renegades, which had some success in the sixties playing many venues in Wales and the north-west, including the Iron Door Club in Liverpool.
However, Derek caught the acting bug and went to study at the Northern School of Speech and Drama in Manchester. His theatre work included Henry V, Hamlet, The Golden Girls and Red Noses for the RSC, an unforgettable Monsieur Loyal in Tartuffe at the Almeida, London, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a very beautiful and touching Uncle Jack in Just Remember Two Things by Terence Frisby at Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple. He also did seasons at Colchester, Watford, Leatherhead, Nottingham Playhouse, English Theatre Frankfurt and Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
His film and TV work included appearances in Secret Army, Z Cars, All Creatures Great and Small, Holby City, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, the Citadel, Drovers’ Gold, Van Der Valk, nine episodes of the Tomorrow People, We Are Seven (penned by his good pal Robert Pugh) and Daisies in December, with Joss Ackland and Jean Simmons.
He devoted many years of sterling work to Equity, as a deputy and on councils and committees, where his sense of fair play and justice could always be relied on.
Derek, known as ‘Noddy’ or ‘Thumper’ to his friends, was much loved by all who crossed his path. A brilliant raconteur, wit and ukulele player, everyone who knew him felt privileged to have encountered his love and friendship – especially if they were given one of his meat pies or boiled eggs.
Derek was born on June 6, 1945, and died on May 16, 2011. He is survived by his sister Pauline Chalender.
Sion Tudor Owen