Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools and Horses: John Challis’ wife Carol shares unseen photo of husband in touching tribute

The Only Fools and Horses star died in September 2021 following a two-year battle with cancer

Carole Challis, the wife of the Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis, recently shared a sweet picture of her late husband on social media. Posting the image on Twitter, the scenic picture shows the couple standing with a friend while Carol fixes his suit jacket.

“Label sticking out”, she replied to one commenter asking what she was altering. “Never checked his labels. That’s why we fiddle faff around” she lovingly remarked. Carol regularly shares touching tributes to her late partner on his Twitter account, which she took over after his death in 2021.

Recent posts depict memories of the pair, including the two enjoying lunch with friends and smiling selfies on Chesil Beach in Dorset. It has now almost been a year since John died, passing from a two-year battle from cancer on September 19, 2021, aged 79.

“It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news,” read a statement from his family. “Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer. Adding: “He will always be loved for being Boycie and leaves a great legacy of work that will continue to bring pleasure and smiles for many years to come.”

He became a national treasure after his appearance as the second-hand car salesman Boycie in legendary sitcom Only Fools and Horses, which ran from 1981 to 2003. John’s popular character – renowned for his infectious laugh – even had his own spin-off series Green Green Grass, playing along his on-screen wife Marlene (Sue Holderness).

More recently, however, he won over younger audiences as Monty Staines, the loveable holiday homes scammer of ITV comedy Benidorm, starring in the show from 2015 – 2018. Outside of acting, he was also an animal lover, his family requesting that he send donations to wildlife charities including Cuan Wildlife Rescue, Tusk and The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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