Nicholas Lyndhurst is very private and as a result fans are unlikely to know a great deal about the legendary British comedy actor. However, we have put together ten facts about him that may provide you more insight in to the man that has provided us with so many hours of entertainment.

10. Nic was born on April 20, 1961. His full name is Nicholas Simon Lyndhurst and he was raised by single mum Liz Long, only seeing his father Joe on the odd occassion. Nic speaks well of his father however,  “He was a gentle man; very funny and charming and he always made me laugh. He also bought me some great toys. My Action Man collection was the envy of my classmates.”

9. Nic studied at the Corona Stage Academy. His first appearance on television was in The Prince And The Pauper in 1976  starring as both Prince Edward and Tom Canty. Two years later, he played a role as Adolf Hitler’s assistant Karl Brandt in an episode of cult kids sci-fi show The Tomorrow People.

8. His first sitcom role came in Going Straight, the follow-up to the brilliant Porridge. He played the role of Raymond Fletcher, the son of main character, Norman Stanley who was of course playe by Ronnie Barker. “I came in, said something off the wall, and the laugh came from Ronnie’s reaction to it. I watched him like a hawk.”

7. Remember the WH Smith adverts where Nic played a whole family? He won a National Television Award in 2000 for it! He stated that he he loved playing the part of the mother the most!

6. Nic had the desire to act from a very early age, “I was badgering my mother from the age of eight.” She took two years to cave and finally sent him to boarding school.

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