If you could pick a dream TV job to be the biggest role of your career, you really couldn’t do worse than Del or Rodney in Only Fools and Horses. The couple were the main characters of one of the most-watched and beloved British programs of all time, breaking records and winning accolades over the course of 20 years and 64 episodes.
You imagine David Jason, who played Del, and Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Rodney, would have been set for a life of luxury after their starring roles in a hit with such longevity. But you might be surprised at what the two actors received for their work on the show in its heyday.
While the salary David and Nicholas received for most of their work on the show is not known, when the cast was reunited for the final three Christmas episodes in the early 2000s, the show received a much bigger budget than normal, with a pot of £1.69million per episode, making them work more like TV movies.
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It was reported by L’Express that for these final episodes of the beloved sitcom, lead star David Jason earned £100,000 per episode, with Nicholas Lyndhurst also receiving a similar amount for his role. Of course, that amount of money is not to be sniffed at, and it was undoubtedly the best the BBC could do at the time, it seems somewhat small considering the huge success the show had behind it as well as the importance of David and Nicholas to its success.
This is especially true when you look at the kind of money streaming giants are spending on TV series stars these days with child star Millie Bobby Brown, star of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, earning 350 $000 per episode (£278,000).
Either way, David and Nicholas were clearly both well cared for, as both were able to enjoy their lives after Only Fools and be a bit more selective with the roles they take on, or enjoy retirement in David’s case!
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