Thursday 17 April 2014

Tributes for 'Only Fools and Horses' hero who inspired Father Dougal

Roger Lloyd-Pack with his daughter Emily Lloyd in 2012
Roger Lloyd-Pack with his daughter Emily Lloyd in 2012

AS a renowned Shakespearean actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack occasionally betrayed frustration that he would always be publicly identified as the lovable dimwit Trigger from 'Only Fools and Horses'.

But yesterday, David Jason, who as Del Boy shared countless hilarious scenes with Lloyd-Pack, led tributes to his co-star, who died yesterday aged 69, calling him a "fine actor capable of many roles".

Maureen Vincent, agent for Lloyd-Pack, said the actor had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and had "died at home surrounded by his family". As well as featuring in John Sullivan's BBC1 sitcom and 'The Vicar of Dibley', Lloyd-Pack featured in films, including 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', as Barty Crouch Sr.

His death was announced shortly after the BBC confirmed that the 'Only Fools and Horses' stars were to reunite for a one-off special, to be broadcast during 'Sport Relief' in March.

Jason, who will return as Del Boy, paid tribute to his screen colleague, whose dopey road-sweeper soon became established as one of the comedy's best-loved characters. He said: "He was a very quiet, kind and unassuming actor who was a pleasure to work with. Although he played the simple soul... he was a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles."

Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played the 'Only Fools' character Rodney, said: "I'm so saddened to hear about Roger. He was the most accomplished actor and loved by millions."

Meanwhile, the 'Father Ted' creator Graham Linehan tweeted: "Very sad news about Roger Lloyd-Pack. Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I'm glad I once had a chance to tell him so."

Shane Allen, the BBC's controller of comedy commissioning, said Lloyd-Pack had enjoyed a successful career which spanned everything from the iconic Trigger to roles in Shakespeare at the Globe.

'Only Fools And Horses' attracted a record 24 million viewers in 1996 and the actor attributed its continuing popularity to the skills of its writer Sullivan, who died in 2011. Lloyd-Pack was born into an acting family in north London and his father Charles was a regular in 'Hammer' horror films.

His daughter Emily shot to shortlived fame in the 1987 film 'Wish You Were Here' (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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