Only Fools and Horses is undoubtedly one of the most famous television shows to hail from the UK. The BBC sitcom, created by John Sullivan, was first broadcast in 1981 and follows wheeler-dealer Del Boy and the Trotter family on quests to make quick cash, and eventually become millionaires.
The show ran up until 2003 when the last episode aired and saw the Trotters welcome the newest addition to the family Joan, the daughter of Rodney and Cassandra. The very legendary cast of Only Fools are known to comedy fans spanning generations.
However, the famous faces aren’t the only ones from their families to create successful careers on television and in movies, as some of the show’s actors also have celebrity relatives. Let’s take a look.
Sir David Jason is a verified TV legend with an acting career spanning decades and is of course famed for his truly iconic role as Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Born David John White in 1940, the national treasure also has a famous brother who has starred in a long list of TV shows.
David’s older brother, Arthur White, features in a number of episodes of police crime drama A Touch of Frost playing the role of PC Ernie Trigg. Back in 1996, Arthur starred in Goodnight Sweetheart which also stars Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, as the lead role.
Arthur, who was born in London in 1933, also played Albert Fogerty in Heartbeat back in 2007 after landing a part in Holby City in 2006 as Sidney Bickton. Other television appearances include Doctors, Family Affairs, London’s Burning, Grange Hill, and many more.
In 1991, Arthur starred alongside brother David when he appeared in two episodes of The Darling Buds of May as Uncle Pearce. It’s a shame the two famous siblings never acted alongside each other in Only Fools. Well, there’s always hope for an on-screen reunion.
Roger Lloyd Pack
Trigger is, without doubt, one of the most loved characters throughout British sitcom history. Although the road sweeper may be a sandwich short of a picnic and a petty thief at times, he has a kind heart and an extremely funny personality.
The late, and very great, actor Roger Lloyd Pack played Trigger superbly in the BBC sitcom between 1981 and 2003 and delivered some of Only Fools and Horses’ most memorable lines, like when spoke about Gandhi and said: “He made one great film and then you never saw him again!”
Roger sadly died aged 69 in 2014, and left behind his beloved daughter, Emily Lloyd-Pack. The 51-year-old rose to Hollywood fame herself back in the 80s as she starred in her debut and breakthrough role in the 1987 film Wish You Were Here at the age of 16, for which she received critical acclaim and ‘Best Actress’ awards.
Inundated with film offers after her success, Emily moved to Manhattan when she was 17, and starred in the 1989 films Cookie and In Country. She also starred in her debut and breakthrough role in the 1987 film Wish You Were Here at the age of 16, for which she received critical acclaim and ‘Best Actress’ awards.
However, Emily opened up to the Daily Mail in 2015, about how her mental health suddenly deteriorated in her late teens. During this period of her life, the actor had to turn down a number of roles due to mental health and other reasons- including the lead role in Pretty Woman.
She told the Mail: “At that time I was inundated with scripts. I made the film In Country with Bruce Willis, then signed on to star in Mermaids, the story of teenager Charlotte Flax and her unconventional upbringing in smalltown Massachusetts in 1963.”
Emily said offers were flooding in for a variety of projects, and so many of them clashed with the scheduling for Mermaids that she had no choice but to turn them down. She said: “One was the part of a prostitute opposite Richard Gere in a film called Pretty Woman. The role went instead to Julia Roberts.”
Emily was dropped from the 1992 film Husbands and Wives as her deteriorating health affected her ability to work, and was also replaced in the 1995 film Tank Girl . Thankfully, by 2013, Emily’s health began to stabilise and that same year she published an autobiography, Wish I Was There .
She told the Mail in 2015: “The most recent years have been calm and stable for me. A combination of the medication and coming to terms with my condition have made this possible.”
She added: “I’m ready to reconnect now. I realise I may never again soar so high as I did in the early part of my career. But that’s OK.” She has since starred in a long list of TV series and movies including Strangers, Dark Realm, The Honeytrap, Hey Mr DJ, and more. Her latest credit was in 2016 when she portrayed Yvonne in the movie No Reasons.
Actress Gwyneth Strong portrayed the wife to Rodney Trotter and the long-suffering sister-in-law to cockney Del Boy, mangetout! The 62-year-old has racked up a brilliant long list of television credits during her acting career including parts in EastEnders, Casualty, New Tricks, Doctors, and many more.
But the Londoner isn’t the only one in her family to hit television screens, as her husband is also a very famous actor! Let’s rewind the clock to before Towie and Love Island ever hit our TV screens and Footballers’ Wives was the drama of the noughties.
The ITV show followed the woes of the women married to members of the Earls Park football team. Never short of gripping drama or a plot twist, it had everything from murder, love, and lust and aired between 2002 and 2006.
Football manager Roger Webb was played by Jesse Birdsall. Gwyneth married Jesse back in 2000 and they share two children together. TV actor Jesse, 59, from Highbury, kicked off an acting career back in 1970s with roles in the series Headmaster, Centre Play and Graham’s Gang, and has been in showbiz ever since. During the early 90’s he landed the part in BBC soap Eldorado as Marcus Tandy.
Tessa Peake – Jones
Raquel Turner is the long-term partner of Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter. The pair first met in 1988 before rekindling their romance a year later whilst Del was on the famous Jolly Boys’ Outing and later welcomed their son Damien.
Avid Only Fool fans will also know the Heroes and Villains episode, which aired in 1996, opens with Rodney’s futuristic dream where his ‘evil’ nephew Damien is head of the very powerful Trotters Independent Traders, who rule the Western world.
This particular scene is set in the year 2026 and Damien Trotter is now declaring war on China from their headquarters Trotters Towers. Baddie adult Damien is played by actor Douglas Hodge – who is actually now a Hollywood movie regular. The 62-year-old has starred in London’s Burning (1988), Spooks (2005), Skins (2010), Outnumbered (2010) and Black Mirror (2017) – to name a few.
Douglas has played many movie roles during his successful acting career, including Dan in The Descent Part 2 (2009), Sir Robert Loxley in Robin Hood (2010), Paul Burrell in Diana (2013), and Alfred Pennyworth in Joker (2019).
The movie star was also the long-term partner to Tessa Peake-Jones, so the pair starred alongside each other in Heroes and Villains. The couple got together in 1984 and have two children, a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Mollie Rose.
But sadly it wasn’t meant to be and they called time on their relationship in 2013 and announced they had split.
Cassandra Trotter’s yuppie parents Alan and Pamela Parry were introduced during the Little Problems episode. Although Pamela Parry, played by Wanda Ventham, only appeared in three episodes on the BBC sitcom she was mentioned throughout the series.
Her television credits include Casualty, Midsomer Murder, Father Brown, Holby City, Departure, and many more. And it seems the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree as Wanda’s son is Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch.
The mum and son have even starred alongside each other as Wanda played the mum of Sherlock Holmes when Benedict played the lead role. Benedict has also starred in blockbuster movie 1917, The Courier, Avengers, Doctor Strange, and many many more.
He’s also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Sherlock and has been nominated for an Oscar after his performance as talented mathematician Alan Turning in The Imitation Game.