'EastEnders' actor Gary Webster loses mother to COVID-19, after he and son test positive

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
Gary Webster's mother has died after contracting coronavirus. (PA)
Gary Webster's mother has died after contracting coronavirus. (PA)

EastEnders actor Gary Webster has revealed his mother has died after contracting coronavirus.

The 56-year-old Minder star lost his mother to the disease shortly after he and his son also tested positive.

Webster tweeted: “Thank so much to everyone for such beautiful support to my son & I as we recover from Covid.

“Last Sunday my Mum also contracted the virus. 3 generations in a week. I am devastated to say my Mum didn't make it & passed peacefully in her sleep last Thursday. She was much loved.”

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The Family Affairs star – who has also appeared in Hollyoaks, Crossroads and The Bill – revealed just a few days earlier that he was self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

He posted on 8 January: “To all my friends & followers please don’t think I'm ignoring anyone recently. It's been a very sad & tough week part of which was my eldest son testing Covid positive on Tuesday & me testing positive yesterday. So strictly isolating. Please #WearMasks #SocialDistance.”

Webster first appeared in EastEnders in 1987 as bad boy Nick Cotton’s school friend Graham Clark.

He went on to replace Dennis Waterman as George Cole's on-screen partner in crime drama Minder.

In 2016 he returned to Albert Square as estate agent Neville Peacock who had a run-in with Danny Dyer’s Mick Carter.

Gary Webster and his son have both tested positive for COVID-19. (PA)
Gary Webster and his son have both tested positive for COVID-19. (PA)

Webster has received many messages of condolence, including from former Hollyoaks star Paul Danan.

Danan tweeted: “Oh man I'm so so very sorry I really wish u long life as we say in the Jewish religion when someone passes. My prayers are with u brother. Much love P x”

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And The Bill star Graham Cole replied: “Gary all thoughts and condolences my friend to you and your family hoping you and your son make a full recovery.”

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