Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools and Horses star David Jason unrecognisable in first ever TV role with a huge moustache before playing Del Boy

The sitcom actor looks very different in this unearthed picture

Sir David Jason, as many fans will already know, is a talented and versatile actor. Although he is widely recognised for playing the iconic role of Del Boy on the hit British show Only Fools and Horses, the 82-year-old sitcom star has acted in a number of popular TV series from appearing in Open All Hours and Porridge among others.

The actor, born in Edmonton in North London, remained firmly on our screens for over 50 years after starting his career back in 1964, when he appeared in the soap drama Crossroads as a character named Bert Bradshaw. Sir David Jason once confessed that he found it difficult making a name for himself in the industry.

He’d worked as a electrician before managing to get his big break but continued to soar in the acting business after his first role. In 1967, he landed the part to play a mock superhero called Captain Fantastic in the children’s comedy series, ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’ (DNAYS).

Sir David Jason looked completely unlike himself as he sported a huge moustache for the role. This character was a long-running feature of the show whose mission it was to confront the evil villain Mrs. Black, played by Denise Coffey.

Almost as thick as Trigger’s broom! (Image: YouTube Screengrab)

The show was filmed predominantly in London and it became so popular that when DNAYS finished in 1969, David carried on as the funny hero in the show Magpie. Throughout his career, David has gone without facial hair apart from when he appeared in A Touch of Frost.

The much-loved ITV series saw the actor play an an experienced and dedicated detective who frequently clashes with his superiors. David starred alongside some acting veterans including Bruce Alexander, John Lyons and Arthur White.

Over the years, David Jason went on to appear in the BBC comedy series Hugh and I as well as taking on numerous voiceovers for children’s tv shows such as Danger Mouse, The BFG, Count Duckula and Toad from The Wind in the Willows.

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