Roger Lloyd Pack, star of Only Fools and Horses has died at the age of 69. Fans know him best as Trigger, but he has appeared in many other films and TV shows since then, including Harry Potter.
It is a difficult time for his family members, who surrounded him on Wednesday night. According to Maureen Vincent, his agent, he had pancreatic cancer and died at his home in London.
Lloyd Pack had been on screens and stages around the world for almost half a century. While he is most known for his role in Only Fools and Horses, many will also remember him for his part in The Vicar of Dibley, where he played the part of Owen Newitt. His character was interested in Dawn French’s character, Geraldine, but she never returned the feelings.
Some of his most recent roles included one in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and the part of Barty Crouch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. His character in the 2005 Harry Potter film had been cursed and was later killed on the grounds of Hogwarts School.
Actors have taken to Twitter and other social media sites to share their condolences, including The IT Crowd actor Graham Linehan. According to Linehan, Lloyd Pack’s character Trigger was an ancestor of Father Dougal in Father Ted. Linehan was happy that he was once able to share that bit of knowledge with the actor.
Other Only Fools and Horses actors have also shared their condolences after hearing the news that Lloyd Pack has died at the age of 69. John Challis, who played Boycie in the TV show, said how distressing it was, after speaking to him just two days beforehand. Challis said that Lloyd Pack mentioned it was awkward for him to talk at that time.
Lloyd Pack was on the TV screens of over a third of British viewers during Only Fools and Horses’ peak. The show ran for seven seasons between 1981 and 1991, but there have been numerous Christmas specials up until 2003. Since the end of the show, it has been re-aired numerous times on various channels around the world. One of the most memorable things about Trigger is the fact that he always called Rodney, one of the main characters, “Dave,” much to Rodney’s annoyance.
He didn’t always play the good guy or the likeable character. Younger audiences had the chance to see Lloyd Pack in a villainous role in Doctor Who. He played John Lumeric opposite the 10th Doctor, David Tennant. Lumeric wants to upgrade the whole of the population by placing their brains into metal skeletons, making them Cybermen.
As well as being a successful TV and movie actor, Lloyd Pack enjoyed his performances on stage. The Shakespeare’s Globe replica in London was the stage he graced the most. Acting was always in his blood, since he was brought up in an acting family.
While he was mainly known for his acting, he never let it stop him from making it to political rallies and marches. He was a strong socialist and would be regularly spotted at various left-wing causes and marches for nuclear disarmament.
Only Fools and Horses’ star Lloyd Packs’ death at the age of 69 will be a sad time for friends, family and fans.
By Alexandria Ingham