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7 things you didn’t know about Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst

Nicholas loves flying and has an actor for a son!

Nicholas Lyndhurst is known to millions of Only Fools and Horses fans as “plonker” Rodney Trotter.

Alongside David Jason as Del Boy, Nicholas struck up one of television’s greatest ever comedy double acts. He also enjoyed comedy hits with Butterflies and Goodnight Sweetheart, while he also starred in hugely popular BBC crime drama New Tricks. But, how much do you know about the man himself?

Here’s 7 things you didn’t know about Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst…

1. Nicolas is married to a former ballerina

Nicholas Lyndhurst with his wife Lucy and son Archie

Nicholas Lyndhurst with his wife Lucy and son Archie (credit: FilmMagic)

Nicholas, 58, is married to Lucy, a former ballerina. When he recently starred alongside Kelsey Grammer at the London Coliseum theatre, Nicholas told the Irish News that he’d seen his wife dance there. “… I watched my wife dance here for the first time in 1992 when she was with the English National Ballet – so it’s a special place for me.”

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2. Nicholas’s son is an actor!

Nicholas’s son Archie Lyndhurst is an actor just like his dad! Archie is probably best known for playing Ollie in the long-running CBBC sitcom So Awkward, which is about school life. Talking about the moment Archie revealed he wanted to be an actor, Nicholas told The Guardian: “I said: ‘I can’t offer any advice other than please don’t do it.’ He said: ‘Daddy, I just want to entertain people.’”

3. Nicholas and David Jason wore cunning disguises…

Nicholas and David Jason share a classic scene as Rodney and Del in a 1990 episode of Only Fools and Horses

Nicholas and David Jason share a classic scene as Rodney and Del in a 1990 episode of Only Fools and Horses (credit: Getty Images)

Yep, to evade enthusiastic Only Fools and Horses fans, Nicholas and David took to wearing… erm, hats! “David had a pork pie hat and sunglasses and I had a baseball cap and sunglasses,” he recalled in an interview with the Daily Mail. “It obviously worked, because one day in Bristol we walked right past one another in the street!”

4. He loves flying and has his own pilot’s licence

Like his Only Fools and Horses co-star David Jason, Nicholas has a love of flying. Asked for his best piece of travel advice, he once told The Daily Telegraph: “If you possibly can, fly yourself, which I do whenever I can. I have a private pilot’s licence and have flown around England quite a bit.”

5. Nicholas was a child actor

With Annabelle Lanyon in 1975 in the TV series Anne of Avonlea (pic: Getty Images)

With Annabelle Lanyon in 1975 in the TV series Anne of Avonlea (pic: Getty Images)

Before finding fame in Butterflies and Only Fools, Nicholas enjoyed early career success as a young teenager. He popped up in the TV series Heidi in 1974 and also in the BBC series The Prince and the Pauper in 1976.

6. Nicholas was once told he’d be fire from Only Fools and Horses if he laughed…

Who can forget the legendary scene in Only Fools and Horse when they’re cleaning chandeliers and dopey granddad sends one of them crashing to the floor?! “I was nearly fired because of that scene,” Nicholas recalled in a Gold documentary once. “I’m a bit of a giggler when it comes to that sort of stuff.

“So Ray Butt our producer came up to me and he said, ‘This chandelier cost six grand, we’ve only got one, we can only afford one, if you laugh that’s the entire scene blown. If we blow the scene the BBC won’t buy the series and that will be down to you. If you laugh I will fire you.’” So, Nicholas didn’t laugh!

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7. Nicholas grew up by the sea

Colourful Beach Huts At West Wittering Beach South England

Nicholas Lyndhurst grew up enjoying the seaside (pic: In Pictures via Getty Images)

Talking about things he couldn’t live without to the Express, Nicholas said the sea. “I grew up in West Wittering [West Sussex] which has the most amazing beach. As a youngster I spent a lot of time in the water, either swimming or on my board.”

He added: “For years I lived in cities and as much as I enjoyed the buzz, I know that the coast is where I truly belong.”

Main picture of Nicholas Lyndhurst: Dave Benett/Getty Images

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