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Michael Leader Dead: ‘EastEnders’ Team Pay Tribute Pay Tribute As Actor Who Played Milkman Dies

Film fans might also know him as the 'A New Hope' Stormtrooper who hit his head.

24/08/2016 12:35

Michael Leader, who has starred in ‘EastEnders’ since it began, died on Monday (22 August), it has been announced.

The actor played Walford’s milkman, and made his first appearance on the soap way back in 1985’s first ever episode.

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Michael filming with Barbara Windsor 

The soap’s team have shared a message on their website. It reads: “We were terribly saddened to hear that our dear friend and colleague Michael Leader passed away on Monday.

“Michael has been on the show since the very first episode and will be sorely missed by the EastEnders family, past and present.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are extended to his nearest and dearest.”

Michael also hit headlines thanks to his star turn as an extra in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’, in which he played the Stormtrooper who famously hit his head.

His other credits include ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Keeping Up Appearances’.

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