'One Foot In The Grave' star Richard Wilson says fall damaged his memory

Julia Hunt
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LONDON-DECEMBER 12: Actor Richard Wilson who is best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the TV Sitcom
Richard Wilson in 2003 (Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)

One Foot In The Grave star Richard Wilson has told how his memory was “destroyed a bit” after he fell and hit his head a few years ago.

The Scottish actor, 84, fell off a balcony and banged his head after suffering a heart attack in 2016.

According to the Mirror, he has now opened up about the long-term impact, saying his memory has been affected.

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“I do get quite tired about not being able to walk as I used to and having to use a stick, but that is frustration more than grumpiness,” the veteran star told The Oldie.

“The same goes for my memory, which has got worse since I had a heart attack four years ago in Hampstead, where I live. I fell off a small balcony while I was waiting to meet a writer for coffee outside Maison Blanc.

LONDON-DECEMBER 12: Actor Richard Wilson who is best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the TV Sitcom
Richard Wilson (Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)

“As I did so, I hit my head, which caused a bleed in the brain. That's why my memory has been destroyed a bit.”

The actor said that as a result he is "more forgetful – but not more grumpy".

Wilson played cantankerous Victor Meldrew in the BBC series between 1990 and 2000.

ACTOR RICHARD WILSON AS VICTOR MELDREW ON LOCATION IN PORTUGAL TO FILM THE BBC-1 FEATURE-LENGTH
Richard Wilson as Victor Meldrew (Neil Munns - PA Images via Getty Images)

He also appeared in televisions series such as Only When I Laugh, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, A Sharp Intake Of Breath and Room At The Bottom.

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In more recent years, the actor played Gaius in 2008 mini-series Merlin, and he was in police procedural New Tricks in 2009.

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