Archie Lyndhurst: Jack Whitehall pays tribute to 'utter joy to work with'

Lyndhurst played a younger version of Whitehall on TV, film and stage, and appeared in his series Bad Education.Lyndhurst played a younger version of Whitehall on TV, film and stage, and appeared in his series Bad Education.

He was "passionate, generous and pitch perfect" and "loved by everyone on set", the comic wrote. He would "never be forgotten", he added.

Archie was the son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst.

"Archie Lyndhurst came in to my life nearly 10 years ago, playing the young me in a short film I'd written," Whitehall wrote with "a heavy heart".

"He was brilliant, so talented and funny. An utter joy to work with."

Responding to his tribute online, Archie's mum Lucy thanked Whitehall for "all the amazing opportunities" he put their son's way, and for the "lifelong friendship" that had ensued.

"He loved every moment of every job and relished in the fantastic scripts you wrote," she said.

"We shall love him forever and a day and are the luckiest parents to have had the most wonderful unique son who has bought us nothing but joy in our lives."

Lyndhurst, who was best known for playing Ollie Coulton in the CBBC comedy So Awkward, died after a short illness, it was confirmed on Thursday.

In a statement, Nicholas said he and Lucy were "utterly grief stricken and respectfully request privacy".

Whitehall recalled how his "wonderful partnership" with their son led to them doing a skit at the London Palladium and joining forces again in a sketch for his arena tour and TV special.

Read the full story at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54384958

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