Derek and I knew each other during his time working at Zenith. I was the young, cheeky and ambitious PM on the factual shows and he was Casting Director on The Famous Five. We shared a lot of banter in the office and very much enjoyed a glass or two of white wine of an […]
Dearest Derek, I first met you as a teenager whilst I was a cast member on an Ant and Dec (for Zenith Television) show that you were casting director. We went on to become firm friends. You gave me great support through my professional training at Arts Educational, and you introduced me to my first […]
Thank you Derek for all that you have done to support myself in regards to acting. From my experience, you were a kind, thoughful and friendly person from having met you the first time and the subsequent times through auditioning. Thank you for having faith in me. Rest in Peace Derek, may you rest easy.
I knew Derek for over 40 years, ever since he resided at my Godmother’s house in Islington. She helped and supported him in so many ways, as she did for many people. After her death he kept a picture of her on his mantle piece in Holloway and used to play ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ […]
RIP Derek .. we only met this lovely man a couple of times in London but we were instantly at ease with his calming demure. He treated us as old friends.It was obvious that he was so respected by all who knew him . It was our privilege to have met him and he will […]
I met Derek in 2010 and he quickly became a friend who I often saw at PJ’s, He supported me throughout my performing career in the UK by coming along to see every stage production, including; The Sound of Music, Seussical West End , Tommy The Musical in the West End and also a trip […]
Thank you for heading up dear Derek’s death at a time when strangely communication gets difficult. I ran a theatre agency for children .Very small but he auditioned those I submitted on an equal basis with the big ones. He was so clever, would get someone to take the details of the auditionees while he […]
The only time Derek didn’t wear black was on the tennis court. He was fiercely competitive and infuriated me by doing little drop shots just over the net -impossible to get! More to follow. Derek and I some years after we met at the Palace Theatre Watford.
Derek was the only Casting Director to attend my agency launch party more than 11-years ago at Sarasto’s restaurant in Covent Garden, he always did enjoy good food and wine :-). I saw Derek again some weeks later at PJ’s Bar & Grill and he really showed an interest in my agency, applauded my “tenacity” […]