Nicholas Lyndhurst began acting at a very young age, studying as a child at Corona Theatre School. During the 1970s, he appeared in several television commercials and children’s films, and gained national recognition in 1978 in the sitcom Butterflies. A series of successful television appearances continued through to 1981 when Lyndhurst hit the jackpot with a comedy named Only Fools and Horses. Lyndhurst played Rodney Trotter, the younger brother to David Jason’s Derek “Del Boy” Trotter, from 1981 through to the show’s final episode at Christmas in 2003. It’s topped several polls for favourite British sitcom and made household names of its stars. Lyndhurst also found huge success with another BBC television comedy series, the 1993 hit Goodnight Sweetheart, running until 1999 and which recently returned for a one-off special.
A 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield saw Lyndhurst take on a villainous character, Uriah Heep, opposite the legendary Maggie Smith and an unknown Daniel Radcliffe. A BAFTA Award was bestowed on Lyndhurst for his appearance in a series of television commercials for stationery store WHSmith which ran between 1997 and 1999 - Lyndhurst appeared as all four members of one family.
His stage appearances have been relatively sparse, but with appearances in Sir Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, he is no stranger to treading the boards. Lyndhurst made his musical debut in Carousel at the London Coliseum in 2017, returning two years later to star in Man of La Mancha.