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Overview (3)

Born in Emsworth, Hampshire, England, UK
Birth NameNicholas Simon Lyndhurst
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nicholas Lyndhurst was born on April 20, 1961 in Emsworth, Hampshire, England as Nicholas Simon Lyndhurst. He is an actor, known for Only Fools and Horses (1981), Goodnight Sweetheart (1993) and Rock & Chips (2010). He has been married to Lucy Smith since September 1, 1999. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Lucy Smith (1 September 1999 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (12)

Trained at the Corona Academy, founded by Rona Knight.
He is the result of an affair his mother had with a married man. He admits that he used to be shy of marriage as his father treated his mother very badly but took the plunge with his long-term girlfriend, Lucy
He has no interest in the showbiz scene, avoiding parties and social events in favour of diving which his life-long passion.
When he did a series of adverts for WH Smith a few years ago in which he played an entire family of four, he admitted to enjoying playing the mum best.
His uncle, Richard Lyndhurst was an actor in Donald Wolfit's company.
Appearing in "The Dresser" at the Duke of York's Theatre, London [May 2005]
His likeness was used on David Jason's 50th birthday cake as Rodney and Del Boy from an episode of Only Fools and Horses (1981) where they end up with blowup dolls; Jason's wife thought it in poor taste and Jason saw her point, although he said the baker was an artist with the marzipan.
Close friends with his Only Fools and Horses (1981) co-star David Jason. Jason described them both as "a pair of silly Buddhas" and Lyndhurst as shiny-faced in his autobiography, and liked to call him Nick. They had met, along with Lennard Pearce, on other acting jobs before Only Fools and Horses (1981). Lyndhurst and Jason struck up an instant rapport in a motor-home while waiting to film location shoots, where they would mess about at the first opportunity. They used to play pranks on the set, e.g. pretending to have fallen out to worry the crew, or nailing Lennard Pearce's shoes to the floor or turning his costume inside out. Although Pearce mostly saw the funny side of things, that day he refused to work until director Ray Butt talked him around and Jason and Lyndhurst apologized. Jason claimed it was the only time Pearce lost perspective.
Always before a live studio recording of Only Fools and Horses (1981), Lyndhurst and David Jason used to go to the canteen and have the same meal, almost like a ritual or a superstition, because they used to get so nervous.
Once, he and David Jason brought a bag full of bangers into rehearsals for Only Fools and Horses (1981); they loaded the stacked chairs with them and the cubicle doors in the toilets. When production assistant Tony Dow unstacked the chairs, they went off, making him afraid to touch them. Jason and Lyndhurst thought it funny until a cleaning lady tried to mop the gents and nearly died of fright. They never pulled that prank again.
When he came down with the flu during A Royal Flush, an episode of Only Fools and Horses (1981), it put the episode behind schedule, throwing production into a panic.
Father of actor Archie Lyndhurst.

Personal Quotes (8)

I can't think of Only Fools... (Only Fools and Horses (1981)) without smiling - if it can make you smile after 30 years, that's good.
Up until he was about six, Archie didn't know what I did for a living. I used to take him to Woolworths and we'd walk past the DVD section where there'd be pictures of me in Only Fools... or Goodnight Sweetheart (1993). He just thought there was a picture of everybody's daddy there!
[on Rock & Chips (2010)] If it had had the trappings of a sitcom I would probably have stayed away. If it had been filmed in front of a studio audience and if it had been too similar to Only Fools.... But it's all shot on film, with a lot of location work, and it's period stuff. This is a drama with some funny bits, as far as I'm concerned.
[he and David Jason getting nervous before a recording of Only Fools and Horses] Why do we do this to ourselves?
We used to rehearse Fools and Horses in a brown, concrete, soulless tower block that overlooked an industrial estate in North Acton and John Sullivan made it the happiest workplace on the planet.
I've been trying to catch up on Broadchurch (2013) just for David Tennant. I'd watch him in a bus queue.
I don't want to do things by osmosis just because I've seen it on another show.
[on Modern Family (2009)] It's an exquisite, character-led comedy show and I don't understand why we're not doing that sort of thing in Britain.

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