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Jack Whitehall says late Archie Lyndhurst helped his parents during lockdown

Archie Lyndhurst helped Jack Whitehall's parents with groceries and shopping during lockdown when they were self isolating at their home, the comedian has revealed.

In a heartfelt tribute to the late star, Jack has taken to Instagram to recall working with Archie – adding he has no doubt the CBBC regular would have had a long career.

Archie, 19, was tragically found dead at home earlier this week.

Reports claim he was battling a 'short illness'.

Police have confirmed that the death is non-suspicious.

Posting to Instagram, Jack, 32, said: "I write this with an extremely heavy heart.

"Archie Lyndhurst came in to my life nearly ten years ago, playing the young me in a short film I’d written.

"He was brilliant, so talented and funny. An utter joy to work with. So much so that it proved to be the start of a wonderful partnership."

He continued: "We did a skit at the London Palladium, he played me again in a sketch for my arena tour and special, and when we needed to find an actor to play the young Alfie Wickers in Bad Education it was the easiest piece of casting we ever had to do.

"Every time I worked with Archie he was the same – passionate, generous and pitch perfect, he was loved by everyone on set."

The Bad Education star continued: "I have no doubt he would have had a long and illustrious career and would have continued lighting up the lives of all those who encountered him.

"The enthusiastic and talented boy I met all those years ago had grown into an equally charming young man, during lockdown he would take shopping and groceries to my parents house for them when they couldn’t leave the house, it’s testament to what a wonderful and kind person he was."

Archie was the son of Only Fools And Horses legend Nicholas Lyndhurst.

His devastated mum Lucy, who has been married to Nicholas for 21 years, confirmed his passing on Thursday.

Replying to an emotional post about Archie's death on Instagram by Game of Thrones star Samuel Small, she wrote: "He will love you and watch over you forever."

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