Peter Baldwin has died. The legendary British Soap actor, Coronation Street, best known for his role of Derek Wilton for twenty-one years, he was at his London home when he passed away following a brief illness, this is according to a spokesman for Coronation Street, he was eighty-two years old.
A spokesman for the TV show said the popular actor passed away on Thursday night.
“It is with great sadness we’ve learned respected former Coronation Street actor Peter Baldwin has died,” he said.
“Peter passed away at his home in north London last night after a short illness.
“We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.”
His character started dating Mavis Riley shortly afterwards, but their relationship did not lead to marriage until 1988.
Peter Baldwin’s character Derek Wilton married Mavis Riley in 1988
In 1997, Derek was written out of the soap when he had a heart attack during a road rage incident.
Tributes have been flowing in for the much-loved star,
Sally Ann Matthews, who plays Jenny Bradley on Coronation Street, said on Twitter:
“Lovely Peter Baldwin. Such a gentle, kind, funny man and a wonderful actor and toy shop purveyor x.”
More on Baldwin, he was the owner of Pollock’s toy shop in London’s Covent Garden.