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16 January 2014, 15:55
Tributes are being paid to Norfolk actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, most famous for his role as Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, who's died aged 69.
The actor was suffering from pancreatic cancer and died in his home in London last night (15th January).
His co-star Sir David Jason, who led the cast as Del Boy Trotter in the comedy, said: "I was very saddened to hear of Roger's passing. He was 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. I shall remember him with fondness and for all the good times we had together.''
John Challis, who played Boycie, has said: "Roger is irreplaceable. It's a very sorry day."
Norwich Theatre Royal has released the following tribute to him:
Roger, who lived in Norfolk, was both a performer at the theatre and a visitor to productions, and is being remembered for his skill as a character actor on stage and his gentle nature off-stage.
He last appeared for the theatre’s Actors Company in June 2009 at The Forum in a rehearsed reading of plays by Harold Pinter to mark Refugee Week opposite fellow Norfolk performer Kirsty Bushell and acclaimed TV and stage actor Jamie Glover.
Roger also performed on stage at the theatre most recently in the acclaimed French play Art opposite Nigel Havers in both May 2000 and February 2003.
The actor was a friend of Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson, who had known him for over 25 years. Peter recalled: “I first met Roger when he created the role of Tim, the put-upon stage manager, in the very first production of Noises Off in the West End in 1983.
“He was an immaculate comedian, a thoughtful and considerate friend, an ambitious actor, and a genuinely intelligent, grounded and unpretentious person.
“I am very sorry to hear of his death. I, along with all of us at the theatre who met him, send our condolences to his family.”