Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools and Horses extra hasn’t aged a day as he stars in ITV drama Vera 20 years later

He may have only had a small role in the classic sitcom - but Nabil has shown that he's a diverse actor many years later

For some of the Only Fools and Horses actors, starring in the classic sitcom was a stepping stone to become even bigger TV stars. Those that had cameo appearances have since gone to make a name for themselves in the tough industry, such as Damien Trotter actor Douglas Hodge, who later managed to bag himself a Hollywood role.

Another example is Nabil Elouhabi. The actor shot to fame 20 years ago after starring as “Gary” in Only Fools and Horses and later EastEnders. Though he may not have conquered Hollywood like his former co-star, Nabil starred in a string of TV shows after playing his character.

One of his many TV credits includes appearing in the popular drama Vera. And two decades on from his stint in the BBC comedy alongside David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, the 46-year-old looked remarkably similar.

The actor now (Image: ITV)

Only Fools fans will remember the funny episode shown over Christmas 2002 in which Nabil played Rashid Mamoon, an illegal immigrant found in the back of Denzil’s van.

As he can’t speak any English, Del Boy comes up with the nickname Gary for him. It hilariously becomes the only thing Rashid can say as he shouts it at random throughout the episode.

But although he has popped up again recently on Vera, Nabil has had regular work as an actor since his appearance on Only Fools 20 years ago. In 2003, he landed the part of Tariq Larousi on EastEnders, a role he played for two years.

Nabil has also starred in Casualty, Holby City and played Mr. Mustapha in gangster drama Top Boy from 2011 to 2013. He also has a string of film credits to his name including Ali G Indahouse, Rise of the Footsoldier: Part II, The Sum of All Fears and Infinite.

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