Playing Gary Sparrow in all 58 episodes from 1993 - 1999

he became everyone’s favourite time traveller.

Nicholas Lyndhurst (April 20, 1961) is an English actor born in Emsworth, Hampshire, England as Nicholas Simon Lyndhurst. Best known for his roles as Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses and as Gary Sparrow in Goodnight Sweetheart.

A child student at Corona Stage Academy, he appeared in a succession of television commercials and children's films in the late-1970s, and first gained national recognition at the age of seventeen in the sitcom Butterflies written by Carla Lane, in which he played the character Adam. He then played the teenage son of Norman Stanley 'Fletch' Fletcher played by Ronnie Barker in Going Straight before achieving stardom in the series Only Fools and Horses in which he played Rodney Trotter, the younger brother of the main character Derek "Del Boy" Trotter.

This programme started as a small comedy in 1981 and rapidly grew in popularity until it reached its peak in 1996 with its Christmas Day show in the UK, and was still in the show when its most recent episode was aired in 2003.

In 1993, he played the lead character of Gary Sparrow in science fiction sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart. At around the same time, he was the face and voice on the TV and radio commercials for the telecommunications chain People's Phone.

Between 1997 and 1999, Nicholas Lyndhurst was the public face of the stationery chain store WH Smith, starring in their adverts as all four members of one family. He won a BAFTA for his acting in the adverts.

In 2006, he appeared as Cruella De Vil's chauffeur, Reg Farnsworth, at the Children's Party at the Palace.

In 2007, Lyndhurst returned to the BBC with his first new sitcom in thirteen years, After You've Gone, in which he plays a divorced dad moving back into the marital home to look after his daughter (Dani Harmer) and son (Ryan Sampson) together with his mother-in-law, played by Celia Imrie, after his ex-wife goes to work as a recovery nurse on a third world disaster relief mission.

He lives in Sussex with his wife Lucy, a former ballet dancer and their young son. Lyndhurst has a passion for outdoor activities, including flying Aeroplane’s, surfing and deep-sea diving. He is also a keen bee-keeper.

With the new episode we were honoured with new cast members which i’m sure would of become a major part of any new series so with that in mind and being our aim we have included them in our cast listing  which i hope you will enjoy reading through.

From its very first episode and 6 episode pilot series Goodnight Sweetheart was an instant hit with viewers and Gary Sparrow was suddenly everyone’s favourite time traveller and with a storyline that was something that was the most original idea of the 90’s Marks and Gran new they had another hit show under their belt so with that in mind let’s find out who made us fall in love with the characters and the people that played them.


Playing Pheobe Bamford aka Sparrow in all 27 episodes from 1993 - 1996

She fast became the nations favourite bar maid

Dervla Kirwan (born 24 October 1971) is an Irish actress famous for roles in television shows such as Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart.

Dervla was born in Churchtown, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Her father was an insurance broker and her mother was a French and Latin teacher.

She won London critical acclaim in 1988 for her 'firm but fragile' performance as the factory girl Linda in A Handful of Stars, the Bush Theatre premiere of the first play in Billy Roche's Wexford Trilogy. In 1992, again at the Bush, she starred in a revival of the complete trilogy.

She got her television break in the 1991 BBC Scotland production of A Time To Dance, adapted by Melvyn Bragg from his own novel, playing Bernadette Kennedy. In the same year she also appeared in the play Water Music at the Cockpit Theatre written by award-winning playwright Lyndon Morgans (singer-songwriter with the Welsh folk noir band Songdog). In a busy 1992 she also starred in Hush by April de Angelis at the Royal Court Theatre, while January 1994 found her playing in Peter Hall's seasonal production of Georges Feydeau's farce An Absolute Turkey at the Globe Theatre

Dervla briefly appeared in Casualty, and in the first three series of Goodnight Sweetheart alongside Nicholas Lyndhurst before leaving where her role as 'Phoebe Sparrow' was recast to Elizabeth Carling. In 1996 she sang with Dustin the Turkey on his cover of Fairytale of New York for his album Faith of Our Feathers. In 1999 she appeared in a made for TV movie The Greatest Store in the World.  

Dervla starred in School for Seduction, a 2004 film. She also starred in BBC 1 crime drama series 55 Degrees North which aired in 2004. She returned for a second series in 2005. The series was shown in the U.S. under the title The Night Detective. In 2005 she also appeared on the Lyttelton stage at the National Theatre in the role of Alice in Brian Friel's Aristocrats.

In 2007, she worked in BBC drama True Dare Kiss and on stage in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Donmar Warehouse. She is now the voice of Marks & Spencer on their food advertisements on British television.

Once engaged to Ballykissangel co-star Stephen Tompkinson, Kirwan is married to actor Rupert Penry-Jones, with whom she has two children: Florence and Peter.

She and Penry-Jones both appeared in Casanova in 2005, although they did not share any scenes. They had worked on stage together in 2001 in a West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, production of J B Priestley's Dangerous Corner, when he played Richard Caplan to her Olwen Peel; in November the production then transferred to the Garrick Theatre for a successful four-month West End season.

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