Sir David Jason, best-known for his iconic role of Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses, was inspired to become an actor by his older brother, Arthur White, who is also an actor.
Arthur White is seven years older than David, who was named David John White when he was born. However, Arthur was the first in his family to become an actor and landed David his first acting role!
Arthur has a rather impressive acting CV, starring in classic British shows such as Heartbeat, Holby City, Doctors, Family Affairs, London’s Burning and Grange Hill.
However, Arthur is best known for his character Ernie Trigging in crime drama, A Touch of Frost. David played alongside him in the lead role as Detective Jack Frost.
This was not the only show they worked alongside each other in, they have also appeared together in two episodes in The Darling Buds of May in 1991 when Arthur played Uncle Pearce.
David explained to the Guardian in an article from 2013: “It was Arthur who helped secure my first big break in the theatre and life came full circle when I recommended him for a part in [A Touch of] Frost – and he went on to appear in 27 episodes. It was great having him around.”
“[He] was the first in the family to take up acting. Returning home from National Service, he declared that he fancied being a thespian and duly won a scholarship to Rada.
“I can remember the family crowding round excitedly at home to listen to his debut appearance in the long-running BBC radio drama serial Mrs Dale’s Diary.”
David will soon be on a stamp to mark 40 years of Only Fools and Horses. Royal Mail will be releasing a full set of 12 stamps for £16.20 at Post Offices from 16 February.
They will include Del Boy’s on-screen brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack), Boycie (John Challis), Raquel (Tessa Peake-Jones), Cassandra (Gwyneth Strong), Marlene (Sue Holderness) and of course the brilliant Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield).