Archie Lyndhurst, best known as Ollie on the series “So Awkward,” has died. He was 19.
The Children’s British Broadcasting Corporation confirmed the news in a tweet, indicating Archie had been ill.
The tweet stated, “We're so sorry to have to tell you that Archie Lyndhurst, who so brilliantly played Ollie in 'So Awkward' on CBBC, has very sadly died after a short illness. Archie will be hugely missed by all who worked with him, and by all the fans who laughed along with Ollie in the show.”
His famous parents, actor Nicholas Lyndhurst and former ballet dancer Lucy Smith, told the BBC, in a statement that the family is "utterly grief stricken and respectfully request privacy.”
Actor Jack Whitehall remembered Archie on Instagram. Archie had played a younger Whitehall on more than one occasion, including in the comedy “Bad Education.”
Jack wrote, “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, 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.”
He continued, “Every time I worked with Archie he was the same - passionate, generous and pitch perfect, he was loved by everyone on set. 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.”
Whitehall ended by writing, “The world has been robbed of a truly special soul. He will never be forgotten, i feel utterly devastated that he is gone but i also feel so blessed to have met him. Goodbye Archie. 🙏”