Nicholas Lyndhurst’s son, CBBC star Archie, dies aged 19
Written by on 1 October 2020
Tributes are being paid to Archie Lyndhurst, a CBBC star and son of Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas, who has died at the age of 19.
In a post on Twitter, the children’s TV channel said all of its team had been left devastated by the death of “such a talented young actor”.
Archie was best known for playing Ollie Coulton in the CBBC comedy So Awkward, having starred in the show since it launched in 2015.
He died after a short illness, the CBBC statement said.
“He will be greatly missed by us all and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this time.”
The channel also urged any young viewers affected by the news to share their feelings and talk to someone.
Archie’s father famously played Rodney Trotter, the hapless younger brother of Sir David Jason’s Del Boy, in Only Fools and Horses.
John Challis, who played Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running BBC comedy said Archie’s death was “the saddest news of all”, adding that his “heart aches for Nick and Lucy”, his parents.
Archie’s friend and So Awkward co-star Samuel Small, who also appeared in Game Of Thrones and BBC drama The Nest, shared several photographs and said he had never known anyone who “had touched so many people’s hearts” in an emotional tribute on Instagram.
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To my brother Archie. I still can’t quite comprehend that you have passed. You still had so much life to live and I’d give anything for you to keep on living it. My heart aches all day and everyday thinking about you and I just wish I could talk to you just one more time so you could know how much I loved you. I vow to make you proud with every last breath. Love you from now until infinity. Rest in power bro. I wish you could’ve all known Archie how we knew him. I’ve never met someone so full of life and had touched so many peoples hearts. Archie was there for me in my lowest lows but my highest highs were with him. Archie’s my best friend and to say goodbye so soon is absolutely devastating, but his calling was obviously somewhere else and I hope he is brightening up wherever he is. To be honest, I still can’t find the words that do him justice and show how much of a beautiful soul he was, but his mission was to make as many people happy as he could and trust me, he really really did. Archie loved his friends and family so so dearly and we hope he knows how much he truly was loved. We never know what tomorrow will bring so hug the ones you love extra tight as Archie always did🕊🤍
In response to the tribute, a message from Lucy Lyndhurst’s account said: “He will love you and watch over you forever.”
Archie started his career at the Sylvia Young theatre school, according to his CV.
As well as CBBC, he also appeared in hospital drama Casualty and in Jack Whitehall comedy Bad Education, as well as other projects playing a young version of the comedian.
His death is not the first tragedy to hit CBBC in recent years.
Sixteen-year-old Millie Inbetween and Almost Never star Mya-Lecia Naylor died in hospital in 2019.