Sir David Jason's wife reveals reaction to actor's newfound daughter
Sir David Jason's wife has admitted it's been "lovely to embrace" his newfound daughter.
Lady Gill White, 62, has opened up about the family's reaction to news that the 83-year-old 'Only Fools and Horses' legend has discovered he is the father of actress Abi Harris, 52, and has a 10-year-old grandson, Charlie.
Gill - who has daughter Sophie, 22, with Jason - told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I can only imagine was a shock it was for David and Abi to realise their new relationship and so I felt very supportive towards them from the start.
"It is lovely to embrace Abi into our family and I'm so please that everyone has been so understanding."
Gill heaped praise on Sophie for the way she has adjusted to the "massive surprise".
She added: "We obviously waited for the right moment to tell Sophie as it was a massive surprise for her too.
"David took her off and worded it beautifully and she took it all in with great understanding and maturity."
Abi - who has appeared in 'Doctor Who: The Eighth of March' - was born in October 1970 after David had a brief relationship with her mum, actress Jennifer Hill, who he starred alongside in Dylan Thomas’s 'Under Milk Wood' at London’s May Fair theatre.
Abi had an inkling David might be her biological father after hearing about her time with Jennifer - who starred in 'Doctor Who' and 1983 James Bond film 'Octopussy' - and she noticed she had a similar shaped nose to 'The Darling Buds of May' star.
She decided to write David a letter, quoting a line from Dylan's play, and asked if would take a paternity test, which he agreed to.
After the result showed he was Abi's father, the pair met up at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, Central London.
Abi has admitted she feels "tickled pink and incredibly proud" at discovering David is her dad, but is also "completely overwhelmed with sorrow" for the years she didn't know.
Meanwhile, David told the Mirror: "To say it was a surprise to find out I had a daughter from years ago is an understatement.
"However, on settling with the news, I am delighted that I am now able to get to know Abi and so we meet up when we can."