Nicholas Lyndhurst

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Nicholas Simon Lyndhurst (born 20 April 1961) is an English actor, Lyndhurst is perhaps best known for his roles as Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, as Freddie 'The Frog' Robdal in Rock & Chips, as Gary Sparrow in Goodnight Sweetheart and as Ashley Philips in The Two of Us. Nicholas also starred at Fletch's son in Going Straight, the sequel to the classic British sitcom Porridge and Jimmy Venables in After You've Gone

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Born on 20 April 1961, Nicholas was a child student at Corona Theatre School. He appeared in a succession of television commercials and children's films in the late 1970s, and first gained national recognition at the age of seventeen in the sitcom Butterflies written by Carla Lane, in which he played the character Adam Pearson. He then played the teenage son of Norman Stanley 'Fletch' Fletcher played by Ronnie Barker in Going Straight before achieving stardom in the series Only Fools and Horses in which he played Rodney Trotter, the younger brother of the main character Derek "Del Boy" Trotter. In Only Fools and Horses Nicholas was immortalised by the catchphrase aimed at his character 'Rodney, you plonker'.

This programme started as a small comedy in 1981 and rapidly grew in popularity until it reached its peak in 1996 with its Christmas Day show in the UK. Lyndhurst has appeared in the show since the very start, right up to its most recent airing at Christmas 2003. Only Fools and Horses reached No.1 British sitcom ever in the BBC poll in 2003/04.

During the 1990s, Lyndhurst also appeared in ITV's The Two of Us with Janet Dibley and The Piglet Files, as well as in a number of stage performances.

Between 1993 and 1999, he played the complex lead character of Gary Sparrow in the fantasy sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart. At around the same time, he was the face and voice on the TV and radio commercials for the telecommunications chain People's Phone. In 1995, he was offered the role in The Full Monty playing lead role Gary but declined.

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