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Archie Lyndhurst, CBBC star and son of Nicholas Lyndhurst, dies aged 19

Amy Johnson
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Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lucy Smith and Archie Lyndhurst attend the National Film Awards at Porchester Hall on March 29, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lucy Smith and Archie Lyndhurst attend the National Film Awards at Porchester Hall on March 29, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)

Archie Lyndhurst, CBBC star and son of Nicholas Lyndhurst, has died at the age of 19 following a short illness.

The young actor was best known for his role as Ollie Coulton on programme So Awkward.

A message sent from the official CBBC Twitter account on Thursday read: “We're so sorry to have to tell you that Archie Lyndhurst, who so brilliantly played Ollie in So Awkward on CBBC, has very sadly died after a short illness.

“Archie will be hugely missed by all who worked with him, and by all the fans who laughed along with Ollie in the show.”

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The teenager had starred on the programme since 2015, with his co-stars paying tribute on the news of his death.

Nicholas Lyndhurst (L) and Archie Bijorn Lyndhurst attend the World Premiere of "The Bad Education Movie" at Vue West End on August 20, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
Nicholas Lyndhurst (L) and Archie Bijorn Lyndhurst attend the World Premiere of "The Bad Education Movie" at Vue West End on August 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

Samuel Small, who also appeared in Game of Thrones, wrote: "To my brother Archie. I still can’t quite comprehend that you have passed. You still had so much life to live and I’d give anything for you to keep on living it.

“My heart aches all day and everyday thinking about you and I just wish I could talk to you just one more time so you could know how much I loved you.

"I vow to make you proud with every last breath. Love you from now until infinity. Rest in power bro."

Co-star Cleo Demetriou who played Lily Hampton on the children's series penned: "Archie, I can’t even believe I am writing this. It’s taken me a while to be able to find things to say as I am at an absolute loss for words.

"You were the most beautiful soul I have ever known, the most unique, loving and caring person on this planet. My heart is completely broken knowing I that I can never see you again, never speak to you again and never hug you again."

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Archie, I can’t even believe I am writing this. It’s taken me a while to be able to find things to say as I am at an absolute loss for words. You were the most beautiful soul I have ever known, the most unique, loving and caring person on this planet. My heart is completely broken knowing I that I can never see you again, never speak to you again and never hug you again. Thank you so much for being you, an absolute light in this sometimes very dark world. You were the best Godbrother I could ever have asked for and you were always by my side through my harder moments. We also shared my most favourite moments of my life so far. What can I say, We were together through thick and thin. I’ll never forget the mornings you’d come downstairs and say ‘Mornin Dud’. I’ll never forget when we first started filming the show. We were all 13 and learning how to deal with stress and the long hours. But you came and sat in the girls bathroom with us for an hour, you made us cry with laughter. You helped us forget everything that was going on and we left with pain from laughing so hard. For the past 7 years, you’ve never failed to have my back, You always knew how to make me feel better and gave me arm tickles on demand. You had such a bright future ahead of you, the world clearly wasn’t ready for what you had in store for us. It’s gonna be so much harder going about my days without you and I just hate to believe that you’re gone. I just know you’re showing them how it’s done, wherever you are. I’ll miss you forever Archie Lyndhurst 🤍

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Archie's other credits included TV series Bad Education and voicing a character in video game Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.

Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas married wife Lucy Smith in 1999 and welcomed Archie the following year. They have no other children.

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