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Leonard Fenton at Lauderdale House

Exhibition preview

CROUCH End based actor Leonard Fenton, best known as Dr Legg in BBC TV’s EastEnders, will be revealing a lesser known side to his talents when he exhibits a selection of his still life, landscape and seascape paintings in the Lower Gallery at Lauderdale House (September 4 to September 15, 2013).

Leonard Fenton has enjoyed a prolific and extensive career in theatre, television, films and radio. This year, now aged 87, he has just returned from performing at the very first Samuel Beckett Festival in Enniskillen, Ireland.

Before studying acting, Fenton was painting and this exhibition showcases his works which have been inspired by his travels around Spain, Greece, France and rural England.

After qualifying as a Civil Engineer at King’s College in London, he was commissioned into the Royal Engineers but never stopped painting, spending much of his time after work at evening art classes.

He first began exhibiting with other actor-painters, most notably at the National Theatre. His work has also been exhibited at the Hampstead Theatre, the Primrose Hill Gallery and Burgh House and is held in several private collections.

Notable acting credits include: Up The Creek (1958); Studio Four (1962); Colditz (1974); Secret Army (1977); Z-Cars (1978); Play for Today (1981); Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1984), and Shine on Harvey Moon (1982).

However, Fenton is best known for his role as Dr. Legg in EastEnders. One of the original characters to appear from the show’s inception in 1985, he continued in the role until 1997, returning in a few episodes in 2000, 2004 and 2007.

Opening Times: Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 4pm; Sunday, 12 noon to 5pm.

Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate, London, N6 5HG