Only Fools and Horses' Nicholas Lyndhurst returns to screens in first-look at new role

Nicholas Lyndhurst in Frasier

Nicholas Lyndhurst stars in the new Frasier series

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 23/08/2023

- 11:20

Updated: 29/01/2024

- 19:04

The Rodney Trotter actor will star in the upcoming Frasier reboot alongside Kelsey Grammer

Two decades on from leaving the life of Rodney Trotter behind him, actor Nicholas Lyndhurst is stepping back into the world of sitcoms.

The actor, who's also starred in New Tricks, Goodnight Sweetheart and Rock & Chips since Only Fools ended, has landed a role in the reboot of Frasier.

The new series will welcome back Kelsey Grammer in the titular role alongside a number of new faces to the cast as well as Lyndhurst.

Lyndhurst will play the role of Alan Cornwall, an old pal of Frasier's and now a university professor.

In a first look at the reboot, Lyndhurst's Alan joins Frasier and the new character Olivia for a drink.

Olivia is played by Toks Olagundoye, an actor best known for starring in Castle, The Rookie, and several animated series.

Nicholas Lyndhurst (left) and Kelsey Grammer (right)

Nicholas Lyndhurst (left) and Kelsey Grammer (right) have worked together before


In the synopsis for the new series, Frasier has made his way back to Boston with "new challenges to face, new relationships to forge and an old dream or two to finally fulfill".

Fans will be able to see Lyndhurst back on screens when Frasier premieres on Paramount+ in October.

While this year marks two decades since Lyndhurst's tenure opposite David Jason on Only Fools ended, it's also 19 years since Frasier's first run came to a close.

The original series ran from 1993 to 2004 and bagged an impressive 37 Emmy nominations during its time on the air.

The original cast included the likes of starred Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, David Hyde Pierce as Dr Niles Crane, and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle.

This time around, a number of new faces will join Grammer, including Jack Cutmore-Scott as Frasier's son, Freddy.

Other names fans may recognise include Workin' Moms star Jess Salgueiro and relative newcomer Anders Keith.

Discussing Lyndhurst's involvement in the new series, Grammer previously told The Times: "Nick and I fell in love when we were doing Man Of La Mancha together.

Only Fools and Horses cast

Nicholas Lyndhurst played Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses


"I warned them in America. I said, 'Wait until this guy gets here. You'll be doing a scene with him and suddenly you realise he's just run off with it'.

"He's an extraordinary actor, a dear friend. And I am so pleased he's part of it."

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