ONE Foot In The Grave star Richard Wilson has revealed a head injury he suffered in a nasty fall has "destroyed" his memory.
The actor, 84, was left fighting for his life in 2016 after he had a heart attack at his home in Hampstead that led to him falling and hitting his head.
Five years on, he has spoken of the lasting effects of the incident - but insists it hasn't made him grumpier.
He told The Oldie magazine: “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.
"I fell off a small balcony while I was waiting to meet a writer for coffee outside Maison Blanc.
"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. As a result, I am more forgetful – but not more grumpy.”
Richard is best known for playing miserable Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom alongside his onscreen wife Anette Crosbie.
For years his iconic catchphrase "I don't believe it" had the nation in stitches as the famous grouch clashed with his neighbours and pretty much everyone who crossed paths with him.
Richard had lived with angina for years before his heart attack. Speaking after his cardiac arrest Annette said it hadn't come entirely as a shock.
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She told us: “I heard the news when I went down the shops this morning, and though I’m taken aback, it doesn’t come as a total surprise because Richard has had angina for quite a few years.
“Let’s face it, we’re all heading in the same direction, and when you get to our age, it’s getting closer and closer.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to be okay.”