Only Fools and Horses Star Roger Lloyd-Pack Dies Aged 69 – Roger Lloyd-Pack, the man who is best known for playing the part of Trigger in hit BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses has died at the age of 69-years old.
Although he was known for playing the role of the intellectually challenged Trigger in real life the actor was nothing like his on-screen role.
He was born in London in 1944 and trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) sharing his time there with Richard Wilson (One Foot In The Grave) and acclaimed stage actor Kenneth Cranham amongst others.
In fact Lloyd-Pack himself was a highly gifted and admired stage actor although his role as Trigger and his subsequent role as Owen Newitt, the dodgy farmer from The Vicar of Dibley were always what the public wanted to talk to him about. He described the success of the 2 shows as both a blessing and a curse.
The role of Trigger was a central one to the show and apart from the two main characters his was the only one to appear in both the first ever show and the final episode. His character was nearly always referred to as Trigger but in fact his real name in the show was actually Colin Ball. One of Trigger’s running jokes was the fact that he always referred to Nicholas Lyndhurst’s character of Rodney as Dave.
Both Lyndhurst and Sir David Jason today paid tribute to their fellow Only Fools co-star with Lyndhurst describing him as ‘the most accomplished actor and loved by millions. I will miss him greatly’ and Jason saying of him ‘he was a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles.’
Lloyd-Pack is not the only well-known actor in the family as his father was Charles Lloyd Pack, who appeared in a number of Hammer horror films in the 60s as well as series such as The Avengers and The Prisoner. In addition his own daughter Emily followed him into the acting business going on to star at the age of just 16 in the 1987 50s nostalgia movie Wish You Were Here. Emily Lloyd is seldom seen on screen these days as she has struggled with a variety of mental health issues in recent years.
Roger Lloyd-Pack latterly found success on the silver screen as well with the role of Barty Crouch Sr in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire bringing him to a wider international audience.
He has a wide variety of interests away from the world of acting and as well as being a keen cricket fan and a lifetime supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. In addition he was involved with a number of charitable causes as well as being very active politically.
He died of pancreatic cancer at home with his family around him. As well as his daughter Emily, he had 3 sons by his second wife, the poet Jehane Markham.
Incidentally if you were wondering why his character was known as Trigger then here is the answer:
Rodney: Oi Del, why’d they call him Trigger? Does he carry a gun or something?
Del Boy: Nah, it’s ‘cos he looks like a horse.