Nicholas Lyndshurst and Archie Lyndhurst star in So Awkward

Nicholas Lyndhurst son Archie: Tragic teen was a better actor, his proud dad said

Nicholas Lyndhurst's son Archie Lyndhurst has died at the age of 19

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Nicholas Lyndhurst’s son Archie was following in his dad’s footsteps before his tragic death last week at the age of 19.

Archie Lyndhurst was found at the family home in Fulham.

His family has now confirmed his death, with mum Lucy Lyndhurst telling Archie’s friend Samuel Small: “He will love you and watch over you forever. Love you dearly.”

The Only Fools and Horses actor and son Archie Lyndhurst starred in So Awkward together (Credit: CBeebies)

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Who is Nicholas Lyndhurst?

Nicholas Lyndhurst, now 59, is most famous for playing hapless Rodney in the dysfunctional Trotter family in Only Fools and Horses.

In real life, Nicholas was a devoted family man and dad.

Nicholas married Lucy Smith in 1999, and the pair welcomed their first – and only – child Archie in 2000.

Nicholas, also a child actor like his son, starred as Gary Sparrow in Goodnight Sweetheart and Adam Parkinson in Butterflies.

In 2013, he joined the cast as a regular of series 10 of New Tricks.

How did Archie Lyndhurst die?

Archie was found at his family home in Fulham last week in non-suspicious circumstances, according to The Sun Online.

Police are no longer actively investigating the death, and an inquest into his death is to be opened next week.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 9.41am on Tuesday, September 22, to a report of a concern for welfare.

“Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. At the scene a man was found unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene.

“His next of kin are aware. At this stage the death is treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem will take place in due course.”

CBBC head of content Cheryl Taylor told BBC News he was “such a talented young actor”, adding: “All of us at BBC Children’s are devastated.

“He will be greatly missed by us all and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this time.”

Archie Lyndhurst on So Awkward
Archie Lyndhurst – far right – and co-stars on So Awkward (Credit: CBeebies)

What is Archie famous for?

Archie starred as Ollie Coulton on CBBC’s So Awkward, a series which follows the lives of a group of socially awkward friends as they go through secondary school.

He joined the cast in 2015 and appeared in 75 episodes.

Archie even got to act beside his own dad, when Nicholas guest starred on the show.

The young actor first starred in Little Cracker when he was just 11.

He went on to star in Bad Education as young Alfie, and Max in Our Ex-Wife.

His final role was as the titular hero Henry Bramble in The Infectious Imagination of Henry Bramble, a film which also stars Corrie’s Paul Copley as Geoffrey.

Archie was believed to be dating his So Awkward co-star Nethra Tilakumara before his death.

Nicholas with his wife Lucy and son Archie (Credit: Can Nguyen/Shutterstock)

Who is Nicholas Lyndhurst’s wife?

Lucy Lyndhurst née Smith is a former ballet dancer.

The pair married in Chichester in West Sussex in 1999.

Does Nicholas Lyndhurst have other children?

Archie was Nicholas and Lucy’s only child together.

Lucy described her son as a “sweetheart” when he turned 18.

Writing on Facebook, she said: “Not sure where 18 years went. Enjoy everything and every second with your children because blink and you miss it.

“We are so lucky to have Archie. Our time with him has been a wonderful journey so far.”

What has Nicholas Lyndhurst said about his son Archie?

Nicholas Lyndhurst described how parenthood had changed him in an interview in August 2015.

He said: “I became a different person overnight when I had my son – terrified.

“You could call me a helicopter parent, but now Archie’s 14, I’m learning to back off. The biggest casualty was probably my career. I mean that in a wonderful way.

“I knew how to make a television programme, but didn’t know about fatherhood, so I took three years off. When I went back to work, I thought: it’s not fatherhood, is it?”

Discussing his son’s career, Nicholas said: “I wish I’d been as good as him at his age.”

Our condolences go out to the Lyndhurst family.

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Helen Fear
TV Editor