Dennis Waterman tragically died last week (May 8) in his home in Spain at the age of 74.

The actor was best known for his roles in the Sweeney, Minder and the BBC's New Tricks and was a household name in the UK.

He died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, with a statement confirming: “We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis, passed away very peacefully at his home in Spain.

“The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

His current wife was at his side when he passed, but previously battled cancer herself.

Here is everything you need to know about Waterman’s past four wives.

Pam Flint

Pam Flint and Waterman tied the knot in November 2011 and had been married ever since.

They had been a couple since 1996.

Unlike many of his previous partners, Flint largely stayed out of the public eye but she made headlines in 2006 when she contracted bladder cancer.

At the time, Waterman said: “That C word is the worst thing you can hear. Matthew [Pam's son] and I were just stunned. The first thing we did was go outside and have a cigarette.

“I mean how dumb was that? Because we were men, and for Pam’s sake, we couldn’t fall apart.”

Rula Lenska

Rula Lenska was Waterman’s third wife with the pair marrying in 1987.

She is known for joining the cast of Coronation Street in 2009 as Claudia Colby.

Their marriage wasn’t a healthy one, with it ending because of Waterman’s violent behaviour towards her.

He caused a stir in 2012 for his incredibly controversial statements in a conversation with Piers Morgan.

When he was filming an episode of Life Stories in 2012, he said: “It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her. She certainly wasn’t a beaten wife, she was hit and that’s different.”

Ultimately, their marriage ended in 1998.

Patricia Maynard

Waterman’s second wife was Patricia Maynard.

She is a fellow actress, working both in television and on stage.

She is best known for two films she appeared in in the 1970s – When Day Is Done and Our Own.

The pair had two children together, Hannah and Julia Waterman.

Hannah ended up joining EastEnders in the role of Laura Beale and appeared on screen alongside her dad in New Tricks, appropriately playing his daughter.

After being married for 10 years, Waterman and Maynard divorced in 1987.

Penny Dixon

Penny Dixon was Waterman’s first wife, with the two marrying in 1967 after dating for one year.

She is also an actress, best known for the shows Sergeant Cork, Play For Today and Doomwatch.

Doomwatch was her last role, with the actress stepping away from the limelight soon after.

It isn’t clear what happened to her since but she and Waterman divorced in 1976.

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