Star Wars fans are mourning the passing of one of the original trilogy’s cult heroes Michael Leader, the actor who played the Sormtrooper who famously banged his head in A New Hope.
Leader, who was also familiar to millions as the milkman on BBC soap Eastenders since the show began back in 1985, died on August 22.
A statement from the show said: “Michael has been on the show since the very first episode and will be sorely missed by the EastEnders family, past and present.”
Despite waiting some 16 years for his first line on the show, Leader was most recently seen driving Queen Vic matriarch Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) around the Square on the back of his milk float.
Gone but never forgotten, Leader’s death prompted an outpouring of emotion from the show’s biggest stars both past and present with Danny Dyer and John ‘Nasty Nick’ Altman among those to pay tribute.
R.I.P Michael my old son. R.I.P. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/tt3FTra2Ba
— Danny Dyer (@MrDDyer) August 24, 2016
So sorry to hear about Michael Leader.
A gentleman to the last.
He will be missed by many.
With fond memories always from John.
— John Altman (@JohnAltman4Real) August 24, 2016
Star Wars fans, meanwhile, will no doubt continue to look back with warmth and his brief but memorable appearance as the least co-ordinated Imperial solder in this or any other star system.
RIP Michael Leader
The most famous Stormtrooper of all.
Hits his head on the hydraulic door in STAR WARS pic.twitter.com/T5nRoMTgNj
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) August 26, 2016
Saddened to hear the passing of Eastenders & Star Wars legend Michael Leader. Albert Square's milkman and the Stormtrooper who hit his head!
— Mike Savva (@MikeSavva) August 25, 2016
A great man who was admired by all who came into contact with him, his place in film history remains assured.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.