Only Fools and Horses legend to make TV return for sitcom reboot

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Nicholas Lyndhurst, who is best known for playing the loveable Rodney Trotter in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, is expected to star in the American sitcom Frasier.

Kelsey Grammer, who plays the titular character in Frasier Crane, has predicted Nicholas will be a sensation with audiences around the world.

Kelsey, 68, has worked with Nicholas in the past and praised the 62-year-old actor’s talent.

“Nick and I fell in love when we were doing Man of La Mancha together [at the London Coliseum],” Kesley shared.

“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.”

He told The Times he was “so pleased” Nicholas is part of the Frasier spin-off series.

“I adore him and he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever worked with,” Kesley added.

“I accuse him of being a bit of a sandbagger because you don’t see him coming and all of a sudden he’s getting all the laughs.”

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Kelsey confirmed Nicholas has been hired to play a university professor called Alan in the reboot who is friends with Frasier. 

Frasier aired for 11 seasons between 1993 and 2004 and the revival is being made for Paramount+.

Jack Cutmore-Scott and Toks Olagundoye are also set to star in the series which is set to launch later this year.

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Sadly, David Hyde Pierce will not be returning as Frasier’s younger brother Niles Crane in the reboot.

Kelsey told People earlier this year: “For a while, we were going to try to bring back the whole cast, the whole legacy cast.

“David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance of Niles.”

Classic episodes of Frasier are available to watch on Channel 4 and All4.

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