Ever since Del Boy (played by David Jason) hit screens in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses in 1981, he’s been an iconic pillar of British television history, and the hilarious and cocky wheeler dealer is well known to this day Name, as well as Jason himself Audiences across the country continue to love the BAFTA award-winning sitcom

However, the 80-year-old actor has now spoken about the “drawbacks” that come with being synonymous with the character of Del Boy

He’s also revealed how the role “haunted” him in some ways, nearly 40 years after he first took on

“Occasionally it comes back to haunt me because it keeps repeating all the time,” Jason said of Only Fools and Horses

“It attracts new audiences that I am very proud of when associated with it You need to remember that this is a brilliant screenplay written by a very talented writer

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“(But) what happened is that it’s a double-edged sword in a way because I’m still recognized for playing Derek Trotter and that was 30 years ago

“It was a bit of a challenge for me, but when you see Derek Trotter, he is what I imagine – still,” he added to RadioTimes.com

Jason added, “But it’s like none of us, except an actor like me, are constantly reminded of how you used to look and where you were all those years ago. People very rarely have this constant reminder

“So I’m constantly reminded of where I’m going. That’s the downside. But the upside, of course, is that a lot of people still enjoy it, especially on those rather dark and gloomy days”

However, he concluded on the release, “I’m very excited that at least this part works for most people”

The actor is also known for his roles in A Touch of Frost, Open All Hours, and Porridge

It’s not the first time in the past few weeks that Jason has publicly discussed his time as Del Boy when he joined Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt at the BBC Breakfast in October to describe how he got the role

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First, Jason was supposed to audition to play another character and stated, “When I went into the interview (for the role) with the director and John Sullivan,

“They thought I was coming for the grandad part,” he said, a role that later went to Lennard Pearce

He continued, “When I said, ‘No, I want to read Del Boy, that’s the part I want,”

“And they said,” Then go on, see if you can read this, “and the rest, I suppose, is history”

In the final role of actor, he voiced a number of characters in the animated series Pip Ahoy!

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