Archie Lyndhurst’s mother has said the actor brought her and husband Nicholas ‘nothing but joy in our lives’.
So Awkward actor Archie, 19, was found dead at the family home in Fulham on September 22, with the BBC reporting he died after a ‘short illness’.
Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas, 59, said in a short statement: ‘Lucy and I are utterly grief stricken and respectfully request privacy.’
Former ballet dancer Lucy, who has been married to Nicholas for 21 years, remembered her son on Instagram, as she replied to Jack Whitehall’s post about Archie.
Archie had played a younger version of Jack in Little Crackers and Bad Education, and the 32-year-old said that he was ‘devastated’ that the world has been ‘robbed of a truly special soul’.
Lucy replied in the comments: ‘Dearest Jack. Thank you for all the amazing opportunities you put Archie’s way and the kindness and friendship you have always given him over the years. He loved every moment of every job and relished in the fantastic scripts you wrote.
‘But it went further than that like you said. He loved all of dearly, as do we. And a lifelong friendship has ensued. I love the picture up the tree. I remember him being asked to move along a bit to make room and he called out “ ooo, I’ve snaggged me fishnets now! ” Then not wanting to take the false beard of after the palladium as he wanted to look like you [sic].’
Lucy continued: ‘We shall love him forever and a day and are the luckiest parents to have had the most wonderful unique son who has brought us nothing but joy in our lives.’
She has also been commenting on the posts of Archie’s So Awkward castmates, writing on actor Samuel Small’s tribute to his best friend: ‘He will love you and watch over you forever. Love you dearly.’
Archie was the only son of Nicholas and Lucy, who tied the knot in 1999.
The CBBC star had followed in his father’s footsteps, breaking into acting at an early age.
He starred as Ollie Coulton in the CBeebies series So Awkward, which began in 2015; its sixth series began in August this year.
Archie told Tresa magazine: ‘[Nicholas] eventually asked me why I wanted to be an actor, and I said it’s because I wanted to make people laugh.
‘He then sent me to drama school, I got my first agent, I started getting work, and now I’m here. I’m incredibly grateful for everything I’ve been given.’
However, Nicholas – who played Rodney Trotter on Only Fools And Horses – warned his son off entering showbusiness initially, saying: ‘I told Lucy: “If I ever hear him say the f-word – ‘famous’ – the deal’s off.”
‘He never has. He’s filming his second series for CBBC, So Awkward. I wish I’d been as good as him at his age.’
And Archie said he ‘adored’ his career, saying: ‘I’m incredibly lucky for doing what I do at such a young age.’
Archie’s death is being treated as non-suspicious; an inquest into his death is set to be opened next week.
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