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Name and link to IMDB Date & Place of Birth Character/First Episode Useless Bit Of Info

David Jason (IMDB)
2 February 1940
Edmonton, London.
Derek Trotter
Big Brother (1,1)
David Jason was born David White but had to change his name when he joined the acting union Equity as there was already an actor with the same name.

Nicholas Lyndhurst (IMDB)
21 April 1961
Emsworth, Hampshire
Rodney Trotter
Big Brother (1,1)
Nicholas Lyndhurst's favourite scene from OFAH is the chandelier scene from A Touch Of Glass.

Lennard Pearce (IMDB)
September 1915
London
Died 15/12/84
Grandad
Big Brother (1,1)
Lennard Pearce had been acting for more than 40 years before finding fame in OFAH.

Buster Merryfield (IMDB)
27 November 1920
London
Died 23/06/99
Uncle Albert
Strained Relations (4,2)
Buster Merryfield took up acting full-time when he retired from his job as a bank manager aged 57.

Roger Lloyd Pack (IMDB)
8 February 1944
London
Trigger
Big Brother (1,1)
Roger Lloyd Pack is the Father of actress Emily Lloyd.

John Challis (IMDB)
16 August 1942
Bristol
Boycie
Go West Young Man (1,2)
Although born in Bristol John Challis grew up in SouthEast London.

Tessa Peake-Jones (IMDB)
9 May 1957
London
Raquel
Dates (CS,88)
Tessa Peake Jones' long-term partner is actor Douglas Hodge who played the grown-up Damien in Heroes and Villians.

Gwyneth Strong (IMDB)
2 December 1959
London
Cassandra
Yuppy Love (6,1)
Gwyneth Strong begain acting at the age of 10.

Kenneth MacDonald (IMDB)
20 November 1950
Manchester
Died 5 August 2001
Mike Fisher
Who's A Pretty Boy (3,7)
Kenneth MacDonald was expecting his appearance in Who's a Pretty Boy? to be a one-off. He ended up appearing in 29 more episodes becoming an integral part of Only Fools and Horses.

Paul Barber (IMDB)
1952
Liverpool
Denzil
Who's A Pretty Boy (3,7)
Paul Barber got into acting after accompanying a friend to an audition for the stage musical Hair and having a go himself.

Sue Holderness (IMDB)
28 May 1949 London Marlene
Sleeping Dogs Lie (4,5)
Sue Holderness appeared in another John Sullivan sit-com, Dear John

Ben Smith
1989,
London
Damien Trotter
If They Could See Us Now (CS 2001)
Ben Smith is the sixth person to play the part of Damien.

Patrick Murray (IMDB)
17 December 1956
Greenwich, South London
Mickey Pearce
Healthy Competition (3,2)
Patrick Murray was invited to audition for the part of Mickey Pearce after John Sullivan had seen him in a pizza advert

Roy Heather (IMDB)
1934 Sid
The Long Legs of the Law (2,1)
Roy Heather didn’t make his professional acting debut until the age of 44.

Denis Lill (IMDB)
22 April 1942
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Alan Parry
Little Problems (6,6)
Denis Lill spent seven years in the New Zealand Air Force as a mechanic. It was here that he first got involved in amateur dramatics.

Steven Woodcock (IMDB)
23 February 1964
London
Jevon
Dates (CS,88)
Steven Woodcock appeared in five episodes of OFAH and would’ve appeared in more but was offered the part of Clyde Tavernier in EastEnders which gave him regular work.

Jim Broadbent (IMDB)
1949
Lincolnshire
Roy Slater
May The Force Be With You (3,5)
Jim Broadbent was offered the part of Del but turned it down because a play he was appearing in at the time was transferring to the West End.

Wanda Ventham (IMDB)
1939
Brighton, East Sussex
Pamela Parry
Little Problems (6,6)
Wanda Ventham is an anagram for
New Van Mad Hat