As Marlene joins EastEnders, where are the rest of the Only Fools and Horses cast now? 


Only Fools and Horses remains one of the UK’s best loved comedies, nearly 40 years after it first appeared on television screens. 

The show, famous for its cockney catchphrases – including ‘cushty’ and ‘lovely jubbly’ – and earworm theme tune, kick-started some of the longest-running careers in British television. 

It was announced this week that Sue Holderness, now 71, who famously played Marlene in the comedy classic that chronicled the antics of aspiring entrepreneur Del Boy (Sir David Jason) and his lanky younger brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst), has joined the cast of EastEnders as Billy Mitchell’s love interest.  

The programme, written by John Sullivan, and set in Del Boy’s flat in Nelson Mandela House, Peckham has regularly been voted Britain’s best loved TV show. 

When wheeler dealer Del Boy finally struck it rich after auctioning an antique watch during the 1996 Christmas special ‘Time on our Hands’, more than 24 million people tuned in to watch. 

It’s been two decades since Only Fools and Horses stopped regularly appearing on British TV screens – though fans were treated to one-off specials between 2001 and 2003. 

So, as Marlene prepares to knock ’em dead in Walford, where are the rest of the hit comedy’s cast – including baby Damien, Cassandra and Boycie – now?  

 

Lovely Jubbly! John Sullivan’s comedy classic Only Fools and Horses launched a dozen cheesy catchphrases – but also some stellar careers, including that of Sir David Jason (Del Boy, centre) and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Rodney, right) (Pictured with Buster Merryfield, far left, who played Uncle Albert in the series with the brothers yellow car – a three-wheeled 1967 Reliant Regal Supervan III)

Former Only Fools and Horses' star Sue Holderness, who played cocktail-loving Marlene, will play the character of Estelle in EastEnders

Former Only Fools and Horses’ star Sue Holderness, who played cocktail-loving Marlene, will play the character of Estelle in EastEnders

The actress, 71, was pictured this week filming scenes in fictional Walford with Perry Fenwick, who plays Billy Mitchell

The actress, 71, was pictured this week filming scenes in fictional Walford with Perry Fenwick, who plays Billy Mitchell

DEREK ‘DEL BOY’ TROTTER (SIR DAVID JASON)

This time next year, we'll be millionaires! The character of Del Boy might never have envisaged a knighthood...but that's what Sir David Jason got in 2005

This time next year, we’ll be millionaires! The character of Del Boy might never have envisaged a knighthood…but that’s what Sir David Jason got in 2005 

David Jason as Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter from the much beloved TV series

David Jason at the National Television Awards in 2015

Jason, now 81, Detective Inspector Jack Frost in the crime drama A Touch of Frost from the years 1992 – 2010 and Granville in British sitcom Open All Hours before he was cast as Del Boy

Despite a string of TV hits under his belt, Sir David Jason, now 81, will forever be known as enterprising cockney Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter, who drove a three-wheeled 1967 Reliant Regal Supervan III and wanted nothing more than to be a millionaire – with the least effort required possible. 

Born in Edmonton, London, Sir David started out in 1964, playing the part of Bert Bradshaw in Crossroads, before going on to play spoof super-hero Captain Fantastic, among other roles, in the children’s comedy series Do Not Adjust Your Set, alongside Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Denise Coffey and Michael Palin.

His career very nearly didn’t take off when he missed out on the part of Lance Corporal Jines in Dad’s Army; after initially being cast by David Croft, he was swiftly replaced by Clive Dunn after BBC exec Bill Cotton overruled Croft.

Jason joked he was ‘cast at 12 o’clock and saved by three.’ Her also missed out on the starring role of Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em in 1973 because BBC honchos thought he lacked ‘star quality’.

He spent 18 months in the West End in 1973, in the farce No Sex Please, We’re British, and appeared as the support act for Dick Emery in a number of variety shows, where he caught the eye of Ronnie Barker. 

Sir David, pictured playing Granville alongside Ronnie Barker in the sitcom Open All Hours in 1973

Sir David, pictured playing Granville alongside Ronnie Barker in the sitcom Open All Hours in 1973

Sir David was subsequently recruited to play Granville alongside Ronnie in the sitcom Open All Hours, and jailbird Bianco Webb in Porridge in 1973. 

He reprised his role of shopkeeper Granville in the sequel, Still Open All Hours, in 2014, and appeared again in the third series in 2017. By November last year, the energetic octogenarian had wrapped up a sixth series. 

Sir David also famously starred as Pop Larkin in The Darling Buds of May in 1991, the show that launched the career of Catherine Zeta Jones.

But arguably his biggest role after Del Boy came playing Detective Inspector Jack Frost in the crime drama A Touch of Frost from the 1992 until 2010. 

David Jason in A Touch of Frost

Reprising his role as Granville

Sir David Jason is seen in A Touch of Frost, left, and reprising his role as Granville in Still Open All Hours, right, in more recent years

In 1993 he was awarded an OBE, and 12 years later, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2005, Sir David was knighted for services to acting and comedy. He released an autobiography in 2013 entitled David Jason: My Life, and followed it up with a second volume, Only Fools and Stories: From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost in October 2017. His third autobiography, A Del Of A Life, was published in October last year. 

Sir David has an impressive collection of silverware, having picked up four British Academy Television Awards, in 1988, 1991, 1997 and 2003, four British Comedy Awards (1990, 1992, 1997, 2001) and seven National Television Awards (two in 1996, 1997, two in 2001, 2002 and 2011).

In recent years, a plethora of documentaries including David Jason’s Great British Inventions and David Jason: Planes, Trains & Automobiles have kept the star on screen and a bank balance so healthy, it would turn his alter-ego Del Boy’s eyes green. 

There’s been tragedy too, though. In 1995, Sir David was left grief-stricken after his girlfriend of 18 years, Welsh actress Myfanwy Talog, died of breast cancer. 

He found happiness again with Gill Hinchcliffe, 61 and 20 years his junior, whom he married in 2005. Gill gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Sophie Mae, 20, in February 2001 when the actor was 61. The couple now live in Buckinghamshire. 

In 1995, Sir David was left grief-stricken after his girlfriend of 18 years, Welsh actress Myfanwy Talog, died of breast cancer (pictured together in 1993)

In 1995, Sir David was left grief-stricken after his girlfriend of 18 years, Welsh actress Myfanwy Talog, died of breast cancer (pictured together in 1993)

After the death of Sir David's long-term girlfriend, Welsh actress Myfanwy Talog, from breast cancer, the actor went on to find love with Gill Hinchcliffe, pictured left. The couple have a daughter, Sophie Mae, together

After the death of Sir David’s long-term girlfriend, Welsh actress Myfanwy Talog, from breast cancer, the actor went on to find love with Gill Hinchcliffe, pictured left. The couple have a daughter, Sophie Mae, together

Despite his advancing years, Sir David’s national treasure status has ensured his earnings have stayed bouyant. His company, Peglington Productions Ltd, revealed the star had earned around £2.3million in 2018 and 2019.  

In 2017, he made it to the BBC’s list of top earners, with an estimated salary from the broadcaster of between £300,000 and £349,999. 

Sir David is a patron of the Shark Trust, a British charity working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks, and he’s also been Honorary Vice Patron of the Royal International Air Tattoo since 1999. 

There have been recent blips in his gilded career. Last month, Sir David found himself trending for the wrong reasons after a clip of him sharing an anecdote about the Queen calling a US Ambassador a ‘gorilla’ resurfaced. 

While social media users were quick to jump on the comments and brand the 81-year-old a ‘racist’, others argued there were no racial undertones to the comments because the Queen had been referring to a white man and giggling about his gait. 

It is largely understood she had been joking about the US Ambassador to the UK in 1969, Walter Annenberg.

And on The One Show in 2019, the veteran actor left some viewers outraged after admitting that he’s been guilty of making innuendos – often at female colleagues – on set. The star said he’d won an award shaped liked a ‘golden sausage’ because of the saucy jokes.  

After criticism on social media, the actor’s fans leapt to his defence, blasting ‘woke’ viewers for being too easily offended. 

RODNEY TROTTER (NICHOLAS LYNDHURST) 

Nicholas Lyndhurst played Rodney Trotter, Del Boy's gangly younger brother. Lyndhurst, now 60, carved out a successful stage and screen career but endured personal tragedy in 2020 when his son Archie was found dead at the age of 19

Nicholas Lyndhurst played Rodney Trotter, Del Boy’s gangly younger brother. Lyndhurst, now 60, carved out a successful stage and screen career but endured personal tragedy in 2020 when his son Archie was found dead at the age of 19

Lynhurst pictured playing Rodney with his long-suffering girlfriend Cassandra (Gwyneth Strong)

Lynhurst pictured playing Rodney with his long-suffering girlfriend Cassandra (Gwyneth Strong)

Born in 1961 in Emsworth, Hampshire, Nicholas Lyndhurst was intent on being an actor as a child although after graduating from drama school, he might not have envisioned the role that would mould his career.  

Lyndhurst bagged the role of gangly sibling sidekick Rodney Trotter, Del Boy’s younger brother, as a young actor in 1981 and quickly became known to the nation as ‘Rodders’ – a moniker that has stuck. 

During the mid 80s and 90s, Lyndhurst played Ashley Phillips in ITV’s The Two of Us, which co-starred Janet Dibley, and MI5 agent Peter ‘Piglet’ Chapman in The Piglet Files. 

Now 60, the actor also achieved huge success playing Gary Sparrow in the popular time-travelling sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart. He won two National Television Awards for his performance in the show, which aired from 1993 to 1999 and returned for a one-off special in 2016.

From 1997 to 1999, Lyndhurst was the public face of the stationery chain store WH Smith, starring in their adverts as all four members of one family, and even winning a BAFTA for his acting in the commercials. 

A more debonair Lyndhurst hit screens when he took on the role of time traveller Gary Sparrow, pictured with co-stars Michelle Holmes, left, and Dervla Kirwan, right

A more debonair Lyndhurst hit screens when he took on the role of time traveller Gary Sparrow, pictured with co-stars Michelle Holmes, left, and Dervla Kirwan, right

In 2007 Lyndhurst returned to the BBC with his first new sitcom in 14 years, After You’ve Gone, in which he played a divorced father moving back into the marital home to look after his daughter (Dani Harmer) and son (Ryan Sampson), together with his mother-in-law, played by Celia Imrie, after his ex-wife went to work as a recovery nurse on a third world disaster relief mission. 

Then there was the Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips, which also starred Inbetweeners actor James Buckley, in 2010. Lyndhurst played Rodney’s biological father Freddie Robdal.

There was a missed opportunity in 1997 when he turned down the role to play Gary in the film The Full Monty. 

The UK-made film, about a group of men left unemployed by the end of the steelwork industry, went on to be a huge hit, turning its central star, Robert Carlyle, into a household name. 

Lyndhurst’s co-star on Only Fools and Horses, Paul Barber, did appear in the film as Barrington ‘Horse’ Mitchell.

A role in the long-running BBC detective drama New Tricks, as the aloof retired Detective Chief Inspector Dan Griffin, followed in 2013. 

 

On April 20th, Nicholas' wife Lucy posted a photo of father and his late son, calling the actor 'My soul mate and Archie's hero'

On April 20th, Nicholas’ wife Lucy posted a photo of father and his late son, calling the actor ‘My soul mate and Archie’s hero’

His earnings, like his on-screen big brother’s, have remained handsome, with both Jason and Lyndhurst offered £100,000 an episode to film the 2003 comeback series of Only Fools and Horses.  

Lyndhurst married former ballerina Lucy in 1999 and the couple live in West Wittering on England’s south coast. 

Huge personal tragedy hit the couple in September last year when their 19-year-old son Archie, a children’s TV star, died in his sleep from a brain haemorrhage caused by Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma/Leukaemia. He was found at his home in Fulham, West London. 

Lucy Lyndhurst wrote at the time on Instagram that losing Archie, who had starred as Ollie in So Awkward on CBBC, had had a ‘catastrophic effect’ on their family.       

Archie was found dead at his home in Fulham on 22nd September 2020 after suffering a brain haemorrhage in his sleep

Archie was found dead at his home in Fulham on 22nd September 2020 after suffering a brain haemorrhage in his sleep

On April 20 last year, she posted a photo of father and son and called her husband ‘My soul mate and Archie’s hero.’ 

She added: ‘I never thought this would be part of our story but I will be forever grateful for every moment we all had together. Every day an absolute joy, filled with adventure, laughter and incredible love. 

‘Archie is immensely proud of you as I am. It is a honour to be your wife and journey the rest of my days with you even though they are tough without our boy.’

Lyndhurst’s hobbies reportedly include underwater diving, beekeeping and piloting his own aeroplanes. 

RACHEL TURNER ‘RAQUEL’ TURNER (TESSA PEAKE-JONES)

The woman who married Del Boy and gave birth to Damien: Tessa Peake-Jones appeared as Rachel 'Raquel' Turner from 1988 until 2003

The woman who married Del Boy and gave birth to Damien: Tessa Peake-Jones appeared as Rachel ‘Raquel’ Turner from 1988 until 2003

Peake-Jones pictured in 2016 after an appearance on the Lorraine show...her biggest role followiung Only Fools and Horses was as Mrs Sylvia Maguire in ITV series Grantchester

Peake-Jones pictured in 2016 after an appearance on the Lorraine show…her biggest role followiung Only Fools and Horses was as Mrs Sylvia Maguire in ITV series Grantchester

It’s a brave lady who would take on Del Boy Trotter, but Rachel ‘Raquel’ Turner (Tessa Peake-Jones) didn’t shy away from the task, becoming a hugely popular character in the comedy.

She first appeared in the ‘Dates’ Christmas special and despite only being written into one episode became a staple in the series, appearing in episodes from 1988 to 2003.

In 1985, the actress married co-star Douglas Hodge, who would later portray an adult version of her on-screen son Damien, and they spent 27 years together before splitting in February 2013. They have two children, Mollie Rose and Charlie, together.

While a series of appearances in British TV shows followed, including Holby City, Midsomer Murders and Casualty, it was her appearance in ITV series Grantchester as Mrs Sylvia Maguire, a belligerent housekeeper, that has kept her firmly in the public eye.

While a series of appearances in British TV shows followed, including Holby City, Midsomer Murders and Casualty, it was her appearance in ITV series Grantchester as Mrs Sylvia Maguire (pictured), a belligerent housekeeper, that has kept her firmly in the public eye

While a series of appearances in British TV shows followed, including Holby City, Midsomer Murders and Casualty, it was her appearance in ITV series Grantchester as Mrs Sylvia Maguire (pictured), a belligerent housekeeper, that has kept her firmly in the public eye

The British drama follows an Anglican vicar and former Scots Guards officer who solve crime in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester during the 1950s, with the devoutly religious Sylvia keeping a keen eye on goings-on in the village.

Last month, Tessa, 63, was spotted in Cambridgeshire ahead of filming the series’ sixth season; donning period clothing and curls as she channelled the beloved character.

While Tessa has been vocal about her fondness for Only Fools and Horses, she disappointed fans after being asked whether she would consider a reunion episode on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch.

After being asked whether she and the other cast members would consider returning, she said: ‘I think we all probably feel the same now if you asked any of us.

‘I think we feel that time has now gone and because John Sullivan the wonderful writer who isn’t here anymore, who was a genius at writing the scripts, I think probably wouldn’t be the same.

While Tessa has been vocal about her fondness for Only Fools and Horses (pictured as Raquel with Del Boy), she disappointed fans after being asked whether she would consider a reunion episode on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch. After being asked whether she and the other cast members would consider returning, she said: 'I think we feel that time has now gone'

While Tessa has been vocal about her fondness for Only Fools and Horses (pictured as Raquel with Del Boy), she disappointed fans after being asked whether she would consider a reunion episode on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch. After being asked whether she and the other cast members would consider returning, she said: ‘I think we feel that time has now gone’

‘I wonder if it’s best left where people remember it for what it was rather than seeing us sort of all elderly and perhaps not remembering our lines quite as well. It may be better to leave it.’

Earlier this week, Tessa, who lives in London, opened up about how her mother developed bi-polar disorder while growing up in Middlesex. She revealed how her mum would spend long stretches of her childhood in in psychiatric units, and continued to battle her demons until her death in 2014

Writing for the Daily Mail, she said: ‘The slight chaos, emotionally speaking, that must have caused me, and also seeing her fight this awful illness, taught me to make the most of every day because you never knew what was round the next corner.’

CASSANDRA TROTTER (GWYNETH STRONG) 

Rodney's better half, Cassandra, pictured right, was played by Gwyneth Strong, who has enjoyed a string of smaller parts on screen since leaving Peckham

Rodney’s better half, Cassandra, pictured right, was played by Gwyneth Strong, who has enjoyed a string of smaller parts on screen since leaving Peckham

In 2016, Strong also headed to Albert Square, starring as darts player Geraldine on the soap

In 2016, Strong also headed to Albert Square, starring as darts player Geraldine on the soap

Gwyneth Strong, now 61, played Del Boy’s younger brother Rodney’s longstanding love interest and eventual wife, Cassandra.

Like Tessa, she was brought in by scriptwriter John Sullivan who wanted to write women into the show to balance out the abundance of male characters.

Last seen on screens in 2016 as pub landlady and darts fan Geraldine Clough in EastEnders, Strong is also a vocal campaigner on awareness of ovarian cancer after losing her mother to the disease.

She is patron of a charity Ovarian Cancer Action and said of her campaigning: ‘Ovarian cancer kills more women than all the other gynaecological cancers together.

‘It’s not right, then, that it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. More awareness will lead to better funding, and that means fewer lives lost.

In 2018 Gwyneth was reunited on-screen with Tessa for the first time since thee long-running sitcom ended in 2003 during an episode of Loose Women (pictured)

In 2018 Gwyneth was reunited on-screen with Tessa for the first time since thee long-running sitcom ended in 2003 during an episode of Loose Women (pictured)

‘That’s why I am so dedicated to my role as patron to the charity. I will do all I can to make more people aware and improve outcomes for women affected by the disease.’

She was reunited with David Jason when she appeared in a two-part episode of A Touch of Frost, and later took on roles in the West End and made an appearance in Midsomer Murders.

In 2018 Gwyneth was reunited on-screen with Tessa for the first time since thee long-running sitcom ended in 2003 during an episode of Loose Women and revealed that they had remained firm friends over a decade after the show.

In 2019, she trod the boards in Agatha Christie classic The Mousetrap and has said that her role as Cassandra has influenced her whole career.

She told the Scotland Herald: ‘I remember taking my son out for a walk in his pram – he was six months old, this was my first job after having him. It was a Monday morning, and the show had aired the previous evening.

‘I’d never experienced anything like it and I realised I’d never walk my local streets in quite the same way again.’

In real life, Strong, now a grandmother, is married to ex Footballer’s Wives Jesse Birdsall, and the couple, who live in East Sussex are parents to Oscar and Lottie.

DAMIEN TROTTER (BENJAMIN SMITH)

Benjamin Smith, pictured centre, as Damien Trotter with on-screen father David Jason, far left

 Benjamin Smith, pictured centre, as Damien Trotter with on-screen father David Jason, far left 

All grown up: Benjamin Smith in BBC programme Accused in 2010. Most recently, he was spotted as Robbie Lennox in TV mini-series Resistance in 2019.

All grown up: Benjamin Smith in BBC programme Accused in 2010. Most recently, he was spotted as Robbie Lennox in TV mini-series Resistance in 2019.

The role of Del Boy’s son Damien was played by various child actors in the early years, but assumed by Benjamin Smith from 2001. One of the show’s funniest moments came when Uncle Rodney was told of his new nephew’s name – and he instantly associated Del Boy and Raquel’s newborn son with Damien from 1976 horror movie The Omen. 

The now 30-year-old has since gone on to win roles in Holby City and Doctor Who, and has appeared in both Eastenders and Skins. 

He played the main character in episode two of the BBC programme Accused, was in the Channel 4 comedy-drama No Offence in 2015, and played a soldier in the TV short Native. Most recently, he was spotted as Robbie Lennox in TV mini-series Resistance in 2019.  

BOYCIE (JOHN CHALLIS)

John Challis not only played second hand car dealer Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce in Only Fools and Horses, he went on to play him again in a spin-off series called Green Green Grass that aired between 2005 and 2009.

The 78-year-old actor has had more mileage out of the popular character in the years since – he’s published two autobiographies – Being Boycie, and Boycie and Beyond, and even toured a one-man show, Only Fools and Boycie, in 2014.

John Challis played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses and later reprised his most famous role in the spin off show Green Green Grass

John Challis played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses and later reprised his most famous role in the spin off show Green Green Grass

In fact, in September last year he travelled to Belgrade, Serbia to film a documentary on the popularity of Only Fools and Horses in the country.

The film explored the legendary sitcom’s cult following in Serbia, with murals across the city including a painting of Del Boy sipping drinks from the Nags Head.

In February John told how the finale of Only Fools And Horses would have seen millionaire Del Boy celebrate his retirement in the Nag’s Head.

John explained that the ‘lost episode’ was supposed to mark the hit comedy show’s 30th anniversary, but the sitcom’s writer John Sullivan sadly died in April 2011 before he could finish the script.

Playing Monty in another hit BBC comedy, Benidorm (Pictured with Steve Edge, who played Billy)

Playing Monty in another hit BBC comedy, Benidorm (Pictured with Steve Edge, who played Billy)

Sullivan, who also wrote hit shows Citizen Smith and Just Good Friends, died at the age of 64 in April 2011 after a battle with viral pneumonia.

In 2016, Challis appeared as Captain Peacock in a revival of another classic sitcom, Are You Being Served? and also played Monty Staines in another hit BBC comedy, Benidorm.

However in April last year, the star admitted in an interview with Norfolk magazine Iceni that work had dried up since his stint on the ITV comedy ended in 2018.

‘As for television, my career came to an end with the end of Benidorm’, he said.

The actor, pictured on Loose Women in 2018, is vocal on Twitter and tips his hat to his most famous role with the handle @BeingBoycie

The actor, pictured on Loose Women in 2018, is vocal on Twitter and tips his hat to his most famous role with the handle @BeingBoycie

‘Thankful as I am for what Boycie has brought me, I’m still an actor and actors want to show off their capabilities. I really thought my Benidorm character had legs, so that’s a sadness.’

John is currently married to his fourth wife Carol Davies, who he tied the knot with in 1995 in Brighton. He has no children and lives with his wife near Leintwardine, close to the Shropshire border.

The actor is a vocal presence on Twitter and tips his hat to his most famous role with the handle @BeingBoycie.

DENZIL TULSER (PAUL BARBER)

Playing Jamaican Denzil in the hit comedy launched a career for Paul Barber, now 70, that saw him venture into films including The Full Monty in 1997 and Gloves Off in 2017

Playing Jamaican Denzil in the hit comedy launched a career for Paul Barber, now 70, that saw him venture into films including The Full Monty in 1997 and Gloves Off in 2017 

You can leave your hat on: Barber starred alongside Robert Carlyle in the hit film The Full Monty playing Barrington 'Horse' Mitchell

You can leave your hat on: Barber starred alongside Robert Carlyle in the hit film The Full Monty playing Barrington ‘Horse’ Mitchell

Barber pictured appearing in the documentary The Real Full Monty, which marked the film's 20th anniversary to raise awareness of men's cancers

Barber pictured appearing in the documentary The Real Full Monty, which marked the film’s 20th anniversary to raise awareness of men’s cancers

Paul Barber played Denzil in Only Fools and Horses, with audiences wincing as he would be persuaded again and again to become embroiled in Del Boy’s madcap schemes to make money. Arguably his biggest role came in 1997, when he was cast as Barrington ‘Horse’ Mitchell in The Full Monty, a film about unemployed Sheffield steel workers who stripped off to earn money. 

Barber’s career continues with shows including Coronation Street, Casualty and Death in Paradise under his belt. In 2017, he starred alongside Ricky Tomlinson in the film Gloves Off. 

Now living in Clacton, Essex, the actor recently appeared on the Mixtape Assembly podcast, which is presented by the son of Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Trigger. 

Barber revealed to Hartley Lloyd Pack that he would sneak off during takes to smoke cannabis with Roger, admitting they were ‘naughty boys’.   

MICKEY PEARCE (PATRICK MURRAY)

He talked a big game! Wheeler dealer Mickey Pearce, played by Patrick Murray, was seen in 20 episodes of the show...starring as Rodney's best mate

He talked a big game! Wheeler dealer Mickey Pearce, played by Patrick Murray, was seen in 20 episodes of the show…starring as Rodney’s best mate 

In 2018, Murray, no longer with his trademark moustache appeared alongside John Challis - better known as Boycie to viewers - on Loose Women

In 2018, Murray, no longer with his trademark moustache appeared alongside John Challis – better known as Boycie to viewers – on Loose Women

AU CONTRAIRE, RODNEY! DEL BOY’S BEST CATCHPHRASES 

The BBC comedy launched what felt like a thousand catchphrases, with many now firmly fixed in British language. Here are some of Del Boy’s finest quips: 

The cast during filming of the 1991 episode 'Three Men, a Woman, and a Baby'

The cast during filming of the 1991 episode ‘Three Men, a Woman, and a Baby’

‘Au contraire, Rodney, Au Contraire’ 

‘Lovely Jubbly!’ 

‘He who dares, wins!’ 

‘Cushty!’ (meaning ‘fantastic’)

‘This time next year we’ll be millionaires’  

‘You know it makes sense’ 

‘You plonker!’

‘Shut up, you tart’ 

‘Mange tout!’ (meaning ‘no problem’)

‘Crème de la menthe’ (meaning ‘the best…’)

Patrick Murray became a familiar face thanks to his recurring role as moustachioed wheeler deeler Mickey Pearce in Only Fools and Horses, although he won little sympathy from fans of the show.   

Rodney’s friend Mickey was prone to exaggerating his achievements both in business and with women, and would think nothing of waltzing off with a girl that Rodney liked. 

After appearing in 20 episodes, he went on to star in films the Curse of the Pink Panther and The Firm before turning his attention away from acting.  

A brief career as a professional poker player, a brickie and a job as a cabbie also followed. After marrying his wife, Josie, from Thailand, the couple faced heartache when they were separated due to visa restrictions for almost two years, with Murray working as a chauffeur to earn enough money to bring his wife and their young daughter to live in the UK.

He said at the time: ‘I only saw my baby on the phone for two years, I was a Skype dad.’ 

He revealed on Loose Women in 2018 that the family had successfully been reunited.    

TRIGGER (ROGER LLOYD-PACK)   

Roger Lloyd-Pack played one of the show’s most likeable characters, road sweeper Colin ‘Trigger’ Ball, who famously always called Rodney by the name of Dave. 

The actor, who passed away at 69 following a battle with pancreatic cancer, also appeared in another much-loved British comedy, as Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley, which aired in the 90s and also returned for one-off specials right up until 2007.  

He also starred in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and his final role was in Law & Order: UK. 

Trigger - real name Peter Baker - struggled to comprehend that Rodney Trotter wasn't called Dave during much of the comedy series

Trigger – real name Peter Baker – struggled to comprehend that Rodney Trotter wasn’t called Dave during much of the comedy series

A succesful career saw Roger Lloyd-Pack star in the Harry Potter franchise and as Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley

A succesful career saw Roger Lloyd-Pack star in the Harry Potter franchise and as Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley

The actor (back row, third from left) played Owen Newitt in the BBC show The Vicar of Dibley

The actor (back row, third from left) played Owen Newitt in the BBC show The Vicar of Dibley

MIKE FISHER (KENNETH MACDONALD) 

Kenneth MacDonald was known for playing both pub landlord Mike Fisher in Only Fools and Horses, and Gunner Nobby Clark in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. 

He filmed scenes as Stephen Pearce in the TV series The Last Detective, starring Peter Davison, but suffered a massive heart attack and died at just 50 in 2001, before the show aired.  

MacDonald’s role in Only Fools and Horses was referenced in the show’s revival that year, in which they said the pub landlord had been imprisoned for embezzling the brewery. 

Kenneth MacDonald as pub landlord Mike Fisher during a 1990 episode of Only Fools and Horses

Kenneth MacDonald as pub landlord Mike Fisher during a 1990 episode of Only Fools and Horses

The actor died tragically at the age of just 50 in 2001

The actor died tragically at the age of just 50 in 2001

BUSTER MERRYFIELD (UNCLE ALBERT) 

Harry ‘Buster’ Merryfield was best known for his role as Uncle Albert in the hit BBC programme. 

He starred in Only Fools and Horses from 1985 after his character was written in to the show following the death of of Lennard Pearce. 

Buster later passed away at 78-years-old as a result of a brain tumour. 

Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert in the hit BBC soap opera

Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert in the hit BBC soap opera

The actor appeared in the show from 1985 and proved a huge hit with fans. He died of a brain tumour at the age of 78

The actor appeared in the show from 1985 and proved a huge hit with fans. He died of a brain tumour at the age of 78

GRANDAD (LENNARD PEARCE) 

Lennard Pearce worked mostly in theatre, but will always be remembered for his role as Grandad in Only Fools and Horses.

He starred in the series from 1981 up until his death in in 1984, at the age of 69. 

Buster Merryfield later took on the role of Uncle Albert, so that the generational mix could be kept.

Lennard Pearce worked mostly in theatre but will always be remembered for his role as Granddad in Only Fools and Horses. He passed away in 1984 and the character of Uncle Albert was drafted in as a replacement

Lennard Pearce worked mostly in theatre but will always be remembered for his role as Granddad in Only Fools and Horses. He passed away in 1984 and the character of Uncle Albert was drafted in as a replacement

 

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