Dennis Waterman to give eulogy at funeral of Minder star George Cole

Arthur Daley

The funeral of Minder star George Cole will be held today.

Cole, who died on August 5 aged 90, is best remembered for his portrayal of small-time wheeler dealer and crook Arthur Daley in the TV show Minder, alongside his likeable bodyguard Terry McCann, played by Dennis Waterman.

The show, which ran from 1979 to 1994, brought the criminal underworld of west London to millions of homes up and down the country.

Waterman will give the eulogy at Cole's funeral, which is being held at Reading Crematorium.

Following Cole's death, Waterman said: "I'm so grateful to have been a friend of this wonderful man. We worked together for many years and my boast is that we laughed all day every day.

"He was an amazing man, a wonderful actor and besotted with his family."

Cole died in hospital with his family at his side after a short illness.