Only Fools And Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst denies claim he has retired from acting

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Nicholas Lyndhurst attends a photocall for the upcoming production of
Nicholas Lyndhurst denies he is retiring from acting. (Getty Images)

Nicholas Lyndhurst has issued a statement denying claims he has retired from acting.

The Only Fools And Horses star - best known for playing Rodney Trotter in the long-running BBC sitcom - was left "grief stricken" by the death of his son, CBBC star Archie Lyndhurst at the age of 19 in 2020.

Now a friend of the New Tricks star, screenwriter Laurence Marks, has told the Daily Star Sunday that Nicholas, 60, plans to withdraw from the public eye.

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Goodnight Sweetheart writer Marks said: "Nicholas underwent tragedy. It must have broken his heart. It would break anyone’s heart.

Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lucy Smith and Archie Lyndhurst attend the National Film Awards at Porchester Hall on March 29, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
Nicholas Lyndhurst and his wife Lucy Smith with their son Archie Lyndhurst, who died in 2020 aged just 19. (Getty Images)

“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.

“I would like to say we will see him act again, but I don’t think we will. We will have to live on the visual memories of him and we have loads of them. We have got to be grateful for that."

However a representative for Nicholas told "‘It is complete nonsense that Nicholas Lyndhurst is retired or retiring.

"Of course he and his wife are devastated by the sudden loss of there young son but Mr Lyndhurst will continue his career with any parts and scripts that attract him."

Archie Lyndhurst died of a brain haemorrhage in his sleep in September 2020.

Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and Del Boy Trotter (David Jason) in Only Fools and Horses (BBC)
Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and Del Boy Trotter (David Jason) in Only Fools and Horses (BBC)

It was revealed he died from Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma/Leukaemia - a rare form of brain cancer which had gone undiagnosed.

Archie starred as schoolboy Ollie Coulton in CBBC sitcom So Awkward.

Nicholas' last acting role was alongside his son in a cameo appearance in So Awkward.

Nicholas - the grandson of film director Francis Lyndhurst - began his acting career as a child.

He rose to fame playing teenager Adam in family sitcom Butterflies alongside Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Hall.

British actors Annabelle Lanyon and Nicholas Lyndhurst, 6th January 1975. They were both on the TV mini-series 'Anne of Avonlea'. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Nicholas Lyndhurst (r) began his acting career as a child. (Getty Images)

He will forever be remembered for playing Rodney Trotter, brother of wheeler-dealer Del Boy Trotter, played by Sir David Jason in Only Fools And Horses.

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Nicholas is also well known for playing time-travelling bigamist Gary Sparrow in sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart and retired police officer Dan Griffin in New Tricks.

Watch: Nicholas Lyndhurst's son Archie Lyndhurst died of a brain haemorrhage in 2020