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Sir David Jason: Acting is still a tremendous thrill for me

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Sir David Jason has no intention of stepping away from the small screen, saying “acting has been my life”.

The Only Fools And Horses and Open All Hours star turned 77 in February.

“People ask me if I am thinking of retiring,” said the star, who is marking 50 years as one of Britain’s favourite actors with a new documentary series.

Sir David Jason has been an on-screen favourite for 50 years (UKTV/PA)
Sir David Jason has been an on-screen favourite for 50 years (UKTV/PA)

Using his Only Fools And Horses catchphrase, he added: “It doesn’t occur to me. Different day, different challenge, different way. Lovely jubbly.”

He said: “To make people laugh, to entertain, create a wide range of emotions. It has always been a ­tremendous thrill for me and it still is.”

Sir David, famous for his role as Del Boy in Only Fools, said he had never been tempted to try out Hollywood as there are “too many interesting parts… here”.

His comments came as a finance expert concluded that Only Fools characters Del Boy and Rodney, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, would be millionaires in today’s market, thanks in part to their Peckham flat but also two gems the characters smuggled back in an episode.

:: David Jason: My Life On Screen, airs on Gold at 6pm this Saturday.