Nicholas Lyndhurst is an English actor, famous for his role as Rodney Trotter in “Only Fools and Horses”.
He was a student at the Corona Theatre School and then appeared in TV adverts and children’s films.
In his teenage years he became recognised for his part in “Butterflies” as one of the sons of the Parkinson family. He then played the teenage son of Norman Fletcher, played by Ronnie Barker in “Going Straight”.
He gained national recognition in “Only Fools and Horses”, originally a small comedy, as Rodney, the younger brother of Del Boy. He plays a bit of a dreamer, who is easily influenced, lacks common sense but has two GCE’s. He is brought up by his brother Del Boy and plays his sidekick, whose job is as a look-out for policemen at the market and also cleaning the Reliant van. He makes several unsuccessful attempts to gain independence by setting up his own business. The show grew in popularity, reaching its peak in 1996 with a Christmas Day show. Nicholas appeared in the show from the beginning until the final show at Christmas 2003. “Only Fools and Horses” was the Number 1 British sitcom ever in the BBC poll in 2004.
Nicholas then went on to play the character of Gary Sparrow in the sitcom “Goodnight Sweetheart” and was then offered the lead role of Gary in “The Full Monty” but declined. He also became the public face of WH Smith starring in their adverts which earned him a BAFTA award.
In 2013 he joined the cast as a regular of “New Tricks” and in 2014 he revived his “Only Fools and Horses” character Rodney Trotter in a Sport Relief Special.
Nicholas and David Jason reunited for the National Film Awards and were both honoured for Lifetime Achievement Awards.