Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst to make TV return in US sitcom reboot
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Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst is making an epic return to TV in arguably one of the greatest US sitcoms of all time.
Best known for his role in Only Fools And Horses, Lyndhurst played Rodney Trotter, the less streetwise younger brother of market trader Sir David Jason’s Derek Trotter (Del Boy).
The duo took the nation by storm when the comedy sitcom first came out in 1981 and ran for over 20 years.
The 62-year-old has not been that active in the acting world after his son Archie passed away in 2020 at the age of 19.
The teenager suffered a brain haemorrhage and close friend Laurence Marks previously suggested that Lyndhurst, 61, might not return to public life.
Laurence told the Daily Star Sunday: "Nicholas underwent a 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."
However, the actor's camp later insisted that retirement claims were 'ridiculous'.
A representative for Lyndhurst said: "It is complete nonsense that Nicholas Lyndhurst is retired or retiring.
"Of course he and his wife are devastated by the sudden loss of their young son but Mr. Lyndhurst will continue his career with any parts and scripts that attract him.
"He continues to constantly receive offers."
And earlier this year, his agent confirmed that Lyndhurst will be joining the long-awaited Frasier reboot.
He will be joined alongside Kelsey Grammer, who reprises his role as Frasier Crane, in a new revival of 1990s hit comedy, which aired for 11 series between 1993 and 2004.
Grammer, who was announced previously to be returning, will also serve as executive producer on the series which is being produced for streaming service Paramount+.
The actor - who has previously worked with Lyndhurst in a play - said: “I warned them in America. I said, ‘Wait until this guy gets here. You’ll be doing a scene with him and suddenly you realise he’s just run off with it.
“He’s an extraordinary actor, a dear friend. And I am so pleased he’s part of it.
“I adore him and he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever worked with.
“I accuse him of being a bit of a sandbagger because you don’t see him coming and all of a sudden he’s getting all the laughs.
”Nicholas has been hired to play a university professor called Alan in the reboot, who is pals with Frasier.”
The cast also includes Toks Olagundoye, 47, and Jack Cutmore-Scott, 36.
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