Nicholas Lyndhurst Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Wife, Retirement, Net Worth & More

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Who is Nicholas Lyndhurst?

Nicholas Lyndhurst (born 20 April 1961) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Rodney Trotter in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003). 

Lyndhurst has also acted in other sitcoms including Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–1999, 2016) (as Gary Sparrow), Going Straight (1978), Butterflies (1978–1983), The Two of Us (1986–1990), The Piglet Files (1990–1992) and After You’ve Gone (2007–2008).

He also starred in the comedy-drama series Rock & Chips (2010–2011) and co-starred in the procedural crime drama New Tricks (2013–2015).

Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst ‘retiring from acting’ after son’s death

Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst 'retiring from acting' after son's death
Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst ‘retiring from acting’ after son’s death

Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst has reportedly retired from TV following his son’s death.

The 60-year-old has stayed away from the limelight since son Archie’s tragically died after a brain tumour at 19 years old in 2020.

Writer Laurence Marks, who has been close friends with Nicholas for over two decades, has suggested that his pal likely won’t return.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, he said: “Nicholas underwent tragedy. It must have broken his heart. It would break anyone’s heart.

“He has always kept himself to himself and now he’ll do that more than ever. Now he’s lost his son, he’ll never come out again. I doubt we will see him do any more acting.”

Last year, Nicholas’ wife Lucy penned a heartfelt tribute to their son, one year after his death.

At the time, Nicholas issued a heartbreaking statement, where he said he and Lucy were “utterly grief-stricken” by the news.

And in a new post on Instagram, Lucy paid tribute to her “magical boy” as she marked 12 months without him.

Nicholas Lyndhurst Biography, Wiki

Nicholas Lyndhurst is one of British comedy’s most recognised faces. In fact, from 1978 to 1999 no year passed without his appearing in a television sitcom, during which time he impressively made the transition from youthful comic sidekick to fully-fledged leading man.

Born on 20 April 1961 in Emsworth, Hampshire, he attended the Corona Stage Academy. After appearing in adverts and a few small film roles, he made his television debut in Heidi (BBC, 1976).

He quickly came to prominence playing the dual title roles in The Prince and the Pauper (BBC, 1976) and presenting the Saturday morning children’s series Our Show (ITV, 1977), where he was billed as ‘Nicky’ Lyndhurst.

Nicholas Lyndhurst Biography Wikipedia
Nicholas Lyndhurst
BornNicholas Simon Lyndhurst
20 April 1961 (age 60)
Emsworth, England
EducationCorona Theatre School
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Lucy Smith ​(m. 1999)​
Children1
RelativesFrancis Lyndhurst (grandfather)

Nicholas Lyndhurst Career

Nicholas Lyndhurst began his situation comedy career appearing as Ronnie Barker’s awkward young son in Going Straight (BBC, 1978), the short-lived follow-up to Porridge (BBC, 1974-77).

In Carla Lane’s melancholy comedy Butterflies (BBC, 1978-83), he played another gangly youth, the extremely laid-back son of Wendy Craig’s neurotic housewife.

By the time that series had ended its five-year run, Lyndhurst was already on his way to becoming a household figure as Rodney Trotter in John Sullivan’s Only Fools and Horses (BBC, 1981-96).

Through the series’ long run, Lyndhurst’s character was allowed to mature from a hapless teenage ‘plonker’ to a sensitive and confident husband and father, paving the way for Lyndhurst’s emergence as a leading man in the romantic comedy The Two of Us (ITV, 1986-90), in which he stars as an IT expert who wants to marry his live-in girlfriend (Janet Dibley), while she wants to stay single.

Lyndhurst is a lecturer (in computing again) in the spy spoof The Piglet Files (ITV, 1990-92), in which he is forced into a secretive double life after being recruited by MI5.

This split focus strategy was also at the heart of writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC, 1993-99), Lyndhurst’s greatest personal success. In it he plays Gary Sparrow, a TV repairman with a waning marriage who finds a portal to London in 1940.

He begins a second life there, eventually marries his barmaid girlfriend (played initially by Dervla Kirwan and later by Elizabeth Carling) and they start a new family, while he alternates between his new life in the past and his friends and family in the present.

It was perhaps appropriate that in the concluding episode Sparrow opts to stay definitively in the past, reflecting the shift in audience tastes in the new millennium away from the traditional sitcom, of which Lyndhurst has proved to be such a mainstay, towards a more edgy alternative comedy.

Since then Lyndhurst s made few television appearances but was an impressive Uriah Heep in a two-part adaptation of Dickens’ David Copperfield (ITV, tx. 25-26/12/1999) and there was another successful change of pace when he appeared in an episode of the dark anthology crime drama Murder in Mind (BBC, 2001-03) entitled ‘Landlord’ (tx. 11/5/2003). He has returned to comedy with the amiably traditional sitcom, After You’ve Gone (BBC, 2007).

Nicholas Lyndhurst Wife

Lyndhurst lives in West Wittering, West Sussex, with his wife Lucy, a former ballet dancer. The couple married in Chichester, West Sussex, in 1999. Their son, Archie Lyndhurst ( 2000 – 22 September 2020 ) was an actor and appeared in So Awkward

Nicholas Lyndhurst with his wife and late son
Nicholas Lyndhurst with his wife and late son

On 22 September 2020, Archie died from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. In a statement, Lyndhurst said he and his wife were “utterly grief-stricken and respectfully request privacy”.

Lyndhurst’s hobbies include underwater diving, beekeeping and piloting his own aeroplanes. Lyndhurst is the grandson of Francis Lyndhurst, a theatrical scenery painter and film director, who set up an early film studio at Shoreham Fort, Shoreham-by-Sea.

Some Interesting Facts About Nicholas Lyndhurst

  • Was very poor as a child after his father left home, used to beachcomb with his mother to find food
  • Started his career as a child in adverts and children’s films including the TV film of Peter Pan (1976) and the dual roles in The Prince and the Pauper (1976)
  • Has a passion for outdoor activities which includes flying aeroplanes, surfing and deep sea diving
  • Is a bee-keeper
  • Is 6’2”
  • Has trodden the boards in stage performances such as The Dresser as well as his television and film work

Nicholas Lyndhurst FAQ’s

Who is Nicholas Lyndhurst?

Nicholas Simon Lyndhurst (born 20 April 1961) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Rodney Trotter in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003). 

Why is Nicholas Lyndhurst trending?

Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst has reportedly retired from TV following his son’s death.

How old is Nicholas Lyndhurst?

Nicholas Lyndhurst is currently 60 years old.

Who is Nicholas Lyndhurst’s wife?

Lyndhurst lives in West Wittering, West Sussex, with his wife Lucy, a former ballet dancer.

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