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Roger Lloyd-Pack 1944-2014: Obituary of the Only Fools and Horses actor

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Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack has died at the age of 69.

The actor was born in Islington, North London on February 8, 1944. His father Charles Lloyd-Pack was known for several appearances in Hammer horror films.

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' press night at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, Britain - 25 Jun 2013
Roger Lloyd-Pack
25 Jun 2013

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At a young age he performed glove puppet shows, before his Hampshire school Bedales allowed him to take part in small theatre productions.

He began concentrating on acting during his studies, inspired by his drama teacher Rachel Carey-Field. Having achieved three A-levels, he successfully enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Lloyd-Pack made his stage debut in a Northampton production of The Shoemaker's Holiday by Thomas Dekker. After a number of stage productions across the UK, he made his screen debut in the 1968 film The Magus.

For the next three decades he played several small roles in films including The Go-Between, 1984 and Vanity Fair.

He finally had his breakthrough in 1981, when he was cast as Colin 'Trigger' Ball in Only Fools and Horses.


Trigger was a dim-witted but loyal and friendly roadsweeper, who was famous for often being slow with proceedings and for calling Rodney by the name Dave.

The character was initially going to be a brief supporting character, but he went on to appear in almost every episode from 1981 to 2003.

Among his most popular scenes include his reaction to David Jason's Del Boy falling through an open bar, and explaining that he has had the same broom for 20 years, despite having 17 new heads and 14 new handles.

Lloyd-Pack described the role of Trigger as "both a blessing and a curse".

He later joined the cast of The Vicar of Dibley as farmer Owen Newitt, a character known for his poor hygiene and his failed attempts at flirting with Dawn French's Geraldine.

Vicar of Dibley - John Bluthal as Frank Pickle, Roger Lloyd Pack as Owen Newitt and Trevor Peacock as Jim Trott.

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He continued to appear in a variety of television shows over the past decade, including the role of John Lumic in two Doctor Who episodes.

Other shows included Doc Martin, The Bill, Poirot, New Tricks, Survivors and the sitcom The Old Guys from Peep Show writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.

In 2005, he starred as Barty Crouch Snr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, opposite David Tennant as his son Crouch Jnr.

In 2011, he appeared as Inspector Mendel in the film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, while he starred as the Duke of Buckingham in a new stage production of Richard III at the Globe Theatre.

Roger Lloyd-Pack was also known to be a passionate supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC, with the club and former chairman Lord Alan Sugar tweeting tribute messages after learning of his death.

ITV Archive
Roger Lloyd-Pack in 'The Chief' - 1990
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Roger Lloyd-Pack in 1990's The Chief

Roger Lloyd Pack in 'Oliver Twist' - 1999
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Roger Lloyd-Pack in 1999's Oliver Twist


He married Sheila Ball in 1968, having one daughter, the actress Emily Lloyd. However, the relationship deteriorated and they divorced five years later.

He later lived with poet Jehane Markham for 25 years, before finally marrying in 2000. They have three sons together.

David Jason has paid tribute to his former co-star, describing him as "a very quiet, kind and unassuming actor who was a pleasure to work with".

"Although he played the simple soul of Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, he was a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles," Jason added.

"I shall remember him with fondness and for all the good times we had together."

Boycie actor John Challis said the news was "very sad and very distressing" and that Lloyd-Pack was "irreplaceable".

BBC controller of comedy Shane Allen said: "The nation bids a fond and sad farewell to one of the most popular television sitcom actors of his generation."

Watch a classic Only Fools and Horses scene below:

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