EastEnders actor Nicholas Ball, who played Terry Bates, dies aged 78 after ‘short illness’ SuperNayr

EastEnders star Nicholas Ball has passed away aged 78, after suffering from a short illness.

Ball was best known for playing Terry Bates on the popular BBC soap, with his character a notorious gang lord and leader of a football firm that was known for causing trouble, including attacking pub proprietor Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor).

He also appeared as club chairman Garry Ryan on Footballers’ Wives and as the lead detective James “Jim” Hazell in crime series, Hazell.

In a statement, Ball’s agent said he “passed away following a short illness” and added that his “successful acting career on stage and screen spanned an impressive six decades”.

Terry, appeared on the show between 2007 and 2009 before he is arrested and found guilty of the murder of Jase Dyer (played by Stephen Lord) in one of the show’s biggest storylines. The character was written out of the show and said to have died in 2019.

Nicholas Ball has died aged 78 (Steve Patriquen/PA)
Nicholas Ball has died aged 78 (Steve Patriquen/PA)

He had recently been shooting scenes for countryside drama The Kingdom by the Sea alongside Coronation Street actor Rula Lenska.

Fans reacted to the news, as they paid tribute to the star.

“Nicholas Ball was absolutely brilliant as Terry Bates in EastEnders. One of the show’s more underrated villains,” wrote one person on X/Twitter.

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Another added, “Sorry to hear of the passing of Nicholas Ball. More commonly seen in our house in the TV series Hazell for me he will always be that conniving trickster (to put it mildly) in the Hammer House TV episode ‘The House That Bled to Death.’”

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