Only Fools and Horses’ Mickey Pearce star unrecognisable 40 years after BBC debut

When fans mourned the loss of Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis in September, happy memories of Boycie were shared.

The success of the classic BBC comedy – which launched in 1981 – was partly down to the performances of its core cast including Challis, Nicholas Lyndhurst and David Jason.

The brilliant writing by John Sullivan is also a huge part of its enduring appeal.

Fans still enjoy some of the London sitcom’s more underrated characters too, including Mickey Pearce. Tricky Mickey was a frenemy of Rodney (Lyndhurst) – often running off with his girlfriends or swindling him out of money.

The arrogant youngster used to make exaggerated boasts about his business success and popularity with women.

Patrick Murray as Mickey Pearse
Mickey also popped up in the 2002 special

Played by Patrick Murray, Mickey appeared in 20 episodes of Only Fools altogether.

The actor also landed parts in big-screen films including Curse of the Pink Panther and The Firm before retiring from acting.

He went on to become a cabbie working in Kent, was a builder at one point and even a professional poker player.

In a 2018 Loose Women appearance alongside John Challis, Murray revealed he’d gone to Thailand for 10 years where he had met his wife, Anong.

2019/02/19: Patrick Murray seen during the Only Fools and Horses Press night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.
Patrick promoted the Only Fools and Horses musical in London in 2019

However, he was later cruelly separated from Anong and their daughter Josie when the Home Office denied them a visa on the grounds that Patrick didn’t earn enough money to support them.

Patrick worked as a chauffeur in order to get a visa to bring his Thai wife and daughter to the UK.

He said: “I wanted to get her a visa but it was hard so I had to come back here.

December 23 2001 from BBC picture publicity of SID (Roy Heather), DENZIL (Patrick Barber),TRIG (Roger Lloyd Pack), MARLENE (Sue Holderness), BOYCIE (John Challis) and MICKEY PEARCE (Patrick Murray) in the Christmas Day special of Only Fools and Horses.
Patrick (on the right) joined cast members for the 2001 Christmas special

“Being out of the industry for so long, the work dried up so I went back to driving an executive car, a Mercedes, to do it.

“I only saw my baby on the phone for two years, I was a Skype dad.”

Happily, he confirmed that he’d been reunited in Britain with his family two weeks before appearing on the show.

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