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Only Fools and Horses star who played Damien Trotter tests positive for coronavirus

Douglas Hodge announced the news on Thursday evening

British actor Douglas Hodge has announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Douglas, who played grown-up Damien Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, Tweeted the news on Thursday evening (March 19) to say that he felt ‘unwell for a week and was filming in Italy three weeks ago’.

He has also been sharing his Covid-19 symptoms with his followers on social media.

The 60-year-old wrote: “So I just tested positive for Covid 19. I’ve been unwell for a week and was filming in Italy three weeks ago on The Great.

“I know a lot of people are pretty frightened by it all so I’ll try share my symptoms and process on here as it happens x.”

Douglas later added he had no temperature but has had a dry cough for three days which has developed into a very sore throat

He also said: “It seems like I’m six days into the infection.”

Born in Plymouth, Douglas has been acting since 1985 and his Only Fools and Horses cameo forms part of a long list of television and movie credits.

Douglas Hodge played adult Damien in Heroes and Villains (Image: PA/PA Wire)

The Heroes and Villains episode of Only Fools and Horses opens with Rodney’s futuristic dream where his ‘evil’ nephew Damien is head of the very powerful Trotters Independent Traders, who rule the Western world.

The year is 2026 and Del Boy’s son Damien, played by Douglas Hodge, is now declaring war on China from their Trotters Towers.

Since the episode aired back in 1996, Douglas has carved out a very successful career on stage and screen.

He’s starred in a number of television programmes including: London’s Burning (1988), Spooks (2005), Skins (2010), Outnumbered (2010) and Black Mirror (2017) – to name a few.


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Most recently Douglas played Hastings in American science fiction series Lost in Space (2019).

He’s also quiet the Hollywood hit as he’s played many movie roles during his successful acting career, including Dan in The Descent Part 2 (2009), Sir Robert Loxley in Robin Hood (2010), Paul Burrell in Diana (2013) and Alfred Pennyworth in Joker (2019).

Douglas has won multiple awards for theatre roles including the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for production La Cage aux Folles.

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