Who’s Who: Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack on life in Kentish Town
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Roger Lloyd-Pack, 69, is an actor best known for his legendary role as Trigger in classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses. He recently completed a run of theatre performances in Shakespeare’s Richard III and Twelfth Night. He lives in Kentish Town with his wife Jehane. This week, he feature’s in the Who’s Who section of the newspaper.
What brought you to Kentish Town?
We were living in a flat in Highgate and we had another child on the way. We didn’t have a lot of money – it was 1987. My wife knew Kentish Town and there was a house up for auction. We thought we could get it for less than the going rate. My wife went to the auction and the next day the market crash of 1987 happened.
You have a day off to spend as you wish in Kentish Town. What would you get up to?
If it was summer I’d go for a swim in the men’s pond or hang out in my own garden. We have a friendly street – I may even hang out in the street. I would have an ice cream from Ruby Violet’s (ice cream van) and go to the Literary Cafe in Fortess Road.
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If you could see one change in Kentish Town, what would that be?
A stop to chain stores taking over the high street because they are driving out independent traders.
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Do you enjoy being famous and recognised?
I’ve got used to it now. It doesn’t stop me doing what I like doing – it doesn’t stop me going on public transport. I just have to wear a hat and keep my head down. I’d rather be outside watching people than being watched.
If you had not made a career out of acting, what would you have liked to have become?
A photographer or a psychoanalyst. I’m interested in the mind, in what we do to our children and how we are affected by childhood: how children can be affected by parenting. I would have loved to have been a singer or piano player.
Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?
My late mother-in-law. She lived in the countryside and was a poet and an anarchist. She didn’t pay her electricity bills because of the money spent on Trident. She would support political prisoners and have them to her house. She looked after people on the wrong side of society, so she’d be busy now. She was inspiring.
Which actor would you choose to play you and why?
Gary Cooper comes to mind because he walks like me! I think he would be rather a flattering version of me. He was always a hero of mine.
Roger Lloyd-Pack was in conversation with Tim Lamden.