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Douglas Fielding as Sergeant Alec Quilley in Z Cars

Former Z Cars and EastEnders actor Douglas Fielding has died aged 73, his family has confirmed.

“We all love and miss him,” they said ins a statement, adding, “He was a well-known actor and lovely man and will be sorely missed.”

Fielding starred as Sergeant Alec Quilley in the long-running police drama from 1969-1978.

His agent Emily McGuire added: “It was a privilege to know him and represent him.”

In the mid-80s, Fielding also briefly played EastEnders’ first regular policeman, Roy Quick.