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One Foot In The Grave actor Richard Wilson cancels Edinburgh Fringe shows after heart attack

Richard Wilson (PA)
Richard Wilson (PA)

One Foot In The Grave actor Richard Wilson has cancelled his Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

The Scottish actor, 80, had a cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon and is in a stable condition in hospital, his agent John Grant told The Guardian.

Richard Wilson has reportedly suffered a heart attack (Ian West/PA)
Richard Wilson has reportedly suffered a heart attack (Ian West/PA)

Richard was due to resurrect his cantankerous character Victor Meldrew at the Fringe in a one-man-show called I Don’t Believe it! An Evening With Victor Meldrew, despite the fact he was killed off in the final episode of the BBC sitcom.

He was set to perform 12 shows starting on August 16, but the festival’s official website says they have been cancelled.

Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie as Victor and Margaret Meldrew (Adam Butler/PA)
Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie as Victor and Margaret Meldrew (Adam Butler/PA)

Richard played Victor between 1990 and 2000, winning best light entertainment performance at the TV Baftas in 1992 and 1994.

Born in Greenock, the actor is a familiar face on stage and screen, and has also appeared in Some Mother Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Doctor Who and, more recently, BBC fantasy drama Merlin.


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