Heartbroken mother of Archie Lyndhurst, 19, pays tribute to her son

Archie Lyndhurst's mother today shared a poignant tribute to her 'wonderful unique son' following his death at the age of 19.  

The actor, who was the beloved son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst and his wife Lucy Smith, died at his family home in West London after a short illness.

The teenager starred in the hit CBBC show So Awkward as Ollie Coulton and also appeared as a young Jack Whitehall in the BBC's Bad Education in 2014.  

Today his mother shared a touching tribute to her son on the comedian Jack Whitehall's Instagram page. 

Ms Smith, who had been responding to an Instagram tribute posted by Whitehall, also thanked the comedian for the 'kindness and friendship' he had given her son over the years. 

Archie Lyndhurst died at the age of 19 at his family home in West London following a short illness

Archie Lyndhurst died at the age of 19 at his family home in West London following a short illness

Archie, who was the beloved son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst and his wife Lucy Smith, starred in the hit CBBC show So Awkward as Ollie Coulton

Archie, who was the beloved son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst and his wife Lucy Smith, starred in the hit CBBC show So Awkward as Ollie Coulton

She wrote: 'Dearest Jack. Thank you for all the amazing opportunities you put Archie's way and the kindness and friendship you have always given him over the years. 

'He loved every moment of every job and relished in the fantastic scripts you wrote. But it went further than that like you said. 

'He loved all of dearly, as do we. And a lifelong friendship has ensued. I love the picture up the tree. 

'I remember him being asked to move along a bit to make room and he called out 'ooo, I've snaggged me fishnets now!'' 

'Then not wanting to take the false beard of after the palladium as he wanted to look like you. We shall love him forever and a day and are the luckiest parents to have had the most wonderful unique son who has bought us nothing but joy in our lives.' 

In his tribute, Whitehall described Archie as an 'enthusiastic and talented boy' who would 'never be forgotten' and who 'would have continued lighting up the lives of all those who encountered him'. 

He wrote: 'I write this with an extremely heavy heart. Archie Lyndhurst came into my life nearly ten years ago, playing the young me in a short film I'd written. He was brilliant, so talented and funny. An utter joy to work with. 

Today Archie's mother shared a touching tribute to her son and described him as a 'wonderful unique son'

Today Archie's mother shared a touching tribute to her son and described him as a 'wonderful unique son'

The actor, whose father Nicholas Lyndhurst famously played Rodney Trotter in the long-running BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses, had been acting since the age of 11

The actor, whose father Nicholas Lyndhurst famously played Rodney Trotter in the long-running BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses, had been acting since the age of 11

Archie with his So Awkward co-stars Sophia Dall'aglio (left) and Cleo Demetriou (right) at the Children's Baftas last year. Archie had appeared in the hit CBBC show since 2005

Archie with his So Awkward co-stars Sophia Dall'aglio (left) and Cleo Demetriou (right) at the Children's Baftas last year. Archie had appeared in the hit CBBC show since 2005 

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