Only Fools and Horses launched the careers of some actors and provided a hefty paycheck for others. Either way, lots of thespians who starred in the sitcom become household names, including one successful actor who had a minor stint in one episode.
Hollywood actor David Thewlis, is probably best known for his role as Remus Lupin in the popular Harry Potter franchise. The now 59-year-old starred in Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and both parts of the Deathly Hallows.
Remus was a Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts and a half-blood wizard and the only son of Lyall and Hope Lupin. He was a much-loved character in the movies, whose powerful scenes have since become a favourite for many fans of the fantasy franchise.
However, years before landing the gig in the beloved films, he appeared in The It’s Only Rock and Roll episode of Only Fools and Horses, as a member of Rodney Trotter’s band ‘A Bunch of Wallies’. Although, he had a background role band as the group’s guitarist.
David has also played Ares in Justice League (2017), Sir Patrick in Wonder Woman (2017), Leslie Payne in Legend (2015), Father in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Keith Jennings in The Omen (2006), plus many more.
He’s also set to play Peylak in Avatar 2 which is due for release next year. The famous actor also has a long list of television credits dating back to the 1980s following his Only Fools appearance.
These include Dandelion Dead (1994), Dinotopia (2002), Fargo (2017), Barkskins (2020), and Big Mouth (2018-2020) plus others. It’s fair to say David Thewlis has come a long way since the “Bunch of Wallies’!