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The heartbroken mother of Archie Lyndhurst, 19, pays tribute to her son


Archie Lyndhurst's mother today paid tribute to her “wonderful, unique son” after he passed away at the age of 19.

The actor, who was the beloved son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst, and his wife Lucy Smith, died after a brief illness in his family home in West London.

The teenager starred as Ollie Coulton on the hit CBBC show So Awkward and also appeared on the BBC Bad Education as a young Jack Whitehall in 2014.

Today his mother paid a touching tribute to her son on comedian Jack Whitehall's Instagram page.

Ms. Smith, who responded to an Instagram tribute posted by Whitehall, also thanked the comedian for the "kindness and friendship" he had shown her son over the years.

Archie Lyndhurst died at the age of 19 in his family home in West London after a brief illness

Archie, the beloved son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst, and wife Lucy Smith, starred as Ollie Coulton on the hit CBBC show So Awkward

Archie, the beloved son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst, and wife Lucy Smith, starred as Ollie Coulton on the hit CBBC show So Awkward

She wrote: & # 39; Dearest Jack. Thank you so much for all the amazing opportunities you offer Archie's path and for the kindness and friendship you have always given him over the years.

“He loved every moment of every job and enjoyed the amazing scripts you wrote. But there was more, as you said.

& # 39; He loved everyone very much, just like us. And a lifelong friendship has developed. I love the picture on the tree.

"I remember being asked to move a little to make room and he shouted," Oh, I've grabbed fishnets now! "

“Then he didn't want to take the wrong beard after the Palladium because he wanted to look like you. We will love him forever and for a day and we are the happiest parents to have had the most wonderful unique son who bought us nothing but joy in our lives. & # 39;

In his homage, Whitehall described Archie as an "enthusiastic and talented boy" who "would never be forgotten" and "would have further enlightened the lives of those who met him".

He wrote: “I write this with an extremely heavy heart. Archie Lyndhurst came into my life almost ten years ago and played the young me in a short film I wrote. He was brilliant, so talented and funny. A joy to work with.

Today Archie's mother gave her son a touching tribute, describing him as a "wonderful, unique son."

Today Archie's mother paid a touching tribute to her son, describing him as a "wonderful, unique son."

The actor, whose father played Nicholas Lyndhurst in the long-running BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses Rodney Trotter, has played since he was eleven

The actor, whose father played Nicholas Lyndhurst in the long-running BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses Rodney Trotter, has played since he was eleven

Archie with his So Awkward co-stars Sophia Dall & # 39; aglio (left) and Cleo Demetriou (right) at the Children & # 39; s Baftas last year. Archie has been on the hit CBBC show since 2005

Archie with his So Awkward co-stars Sophia Dall & # 39; aglio (left) and Cleo Demetriou (right) at the Children & # 39; s Baftas last year. Archie has appeared on the hit CBBC show since 2005

& # 39; So much so that it turned out to be the beginning of a wonderful partnership, we did a sketch at the London Palladium, he played me again in a sketch for my arena tour and special, and when we had to find an actor to do playing the young Alfie Wickers in Bad Education was the easiest casting we'd ever have to do.

“Every time I've worked with Archie, he's been the same – passionate, generous, and absolutely perfect. He was loved by everyone on the set. I have no doubt that he had a long and illustrious career and would have continued to enlighten the lives of all who have met him.

“The enthusiastic and talented boy I met all those years ago had grown into an equally charming young man. During the lockdown, he brought shopping and groceries to my parents for them if they couldn't leave the house. That is proof of what a wonderful and kind person he was.

& # 39; The world has been robbed of a really special soul. He will never be forgotten, I feel deeply devastated that he is gone, but I also feel so blessed to have met him. Goodbye Archie. & # 39;

Archie, whose father played Nicholas Lyndhurst in the long-running BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses Rodney Trotter, became famous in the CBBC drama So Awkward – a sitcom about a group of school children.

He also voiced a character in the video game Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.

The actor also appeared on BBC Bad Education as a young Jack Whitehall in 2014.

The actor also appeared on BBC Bad Education as a young Jack Whitehall in 2014.

The teenager appeared in an episode of the CBBC drama So Awkward with his father Nicholas Lyndhurst

The teenager appeared in an episode of the CBBC drama So Awkward with his father Nicholas Lyndhurst

In a statement following the death of his son, Nicholas Lyndhurst said: "Lucy and I are deeply saddened and respectfully request privacy."

Only Fools and Horses star John Challis, who appeared on the Aubrey show & # 39; Boycie & # 39; Boyce played, tweeted: & # 39; The saddest news of all today. The death of Archie Lyndhurst, who has just started his acting career. My heart aches for Nick and Lucy. You couldn't have loved him anymore. & # 39;

Sue Holderness, who played wife Marlene on the sitcom Boycies, said: “It's too sad to hear Archie Lyndhurst has died. My heart goes out to his mother and father and to everyone who knew him. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Archie's friend Small, who also appeared in So Awkward as Rob Edwards, said in homage, “To my brother Archie. I still can't quite understand why you passed.

“You still had so much life to live and I would give anything so that you can go on living it.

“My heart aches all day and I think of you every day and I just wish I could talk to you again so you would know how much I loved you. I swear to make you proud with every last breath. I love you from now on forever. Rest in power, brother. & # 39;

A BBC spokesperson said: “We are so sorry to tell you that Archie Lyndhurst, who played Ollie in So Awkward on CBBC so brilliantly, passed away very sadly after a short illness.

"Archie will be very much missed by everyone who has worked with him and by all of the fans who laughed with Ollie on the show."

Police officers and paramedics were called to the actor's family home in Fulham on September 22 after reports of "welfare concerns".

Archie, who had a brief role in Casualty in 2018, was pronounced dead on the scene in an "unexplained but not suspicious" death that is not under investigation by police, who handed a file to the coroner.

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