June 11, 2005


Sir David Jason leads birthday honours list (KAREN MCVEIGH, 6/11/05, The Scotsman)

HIS role as the brash wheeler-dealer Del Boy Trotter in Only Fools and Horses ensured him a special place in the nation's hearts, and now his talents have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours, published today.

David Jason, who has expressed a desire not to be remembered solely for his Del Boy role, said he feels "surprised, delighted and humbled" at being made a Sir.

The actor heads a host of stars from the world of showbusiness to grace the list, including Dame Judy Dench, the award-winning chat host Jonathan Ross and the veteran radio and television presenter, Terry Wogan, whose Irish nationality makes him the recipient of a special award.

Jason, 65, already an OBE, first became known playing the part of Granville, the put-upon shop assistant in Ronnie Barker's Open All Hours in the Seventies.

But he achieved legendary status as the dodgy geezer from Peckham whose delusions of grandeur in the face of adversity kept Only Fools and Horses on television for 22 years.

Another television hit series followed, in the shape of The Darling Buds of May, with the then budding Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones, before yet another success, A Touch of Frost, in which he plays the maverick detective Jack Frost.

He's terrific as Frost.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 11, 2005 8:09 AM
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