Leslie Grantham (born 30 April 1947) is a British actor. He was born in Camberwell, London. In 1962, he joined the British Army. In 1966, whilst stationed in Osnabrueck, Germany, he shot a taxi driver dead whilst trying to rob him. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released from prison in 1977. He began his acting career in 1983. He is best known for playing Den Watts in EastEnders from 1985-1989 and from 2003-2005.