Actress Nethra Tilakumara, the girlfriend of Archie Lyndhurst, has paid heartbreaking tribute to the actor who died recently aged 19.
The CBBC star, son of Only Fools and Horses legend Nicholas Lyndhurst, died last week after suffering with a short illness.
Actress Tilakumara, who starred with Lyndhurst in So Awkward as well as enjoying roles in Flatmates and Our Girl, took to social media to pay tribute, calling Lyndhurst a “talented, beautiful soul”.
Captioning an image of him lying down and pointing a camera, she wrote: “There was once a boy named Archie Lyndhurst and he made me the happiest girl in the whole wide world.
“A boy in a white beanie with his skateboard, swaggered through two wooden doors with an unimaginable lust for life down the hallway of Sylvia Young Theatre School.
“He sat across from me while my head was buried in a script, trying to book a job. He was there for his friend who was really nervous and auditioning too, he was always there for his friends. Blissfully unaware, I had no idea my future was sitting right in front of me.
She continued: “Boyfriend doesn’t do it justice. Archie you were my Person and Best friend all in one. To spend the rest of my life laughing and going on adventures with you, was just it for me.
“Everything made sense with you. You made me laugh like no one else and you loved me in such a way that I will forever just be grateful for. Being loved by you was a bonus, but I can proudly say you are the most incredible person that I have ever met and had the pleasure of being in love with.
“The world isn’t ready for what’s yet to come. You talented, beautiful soul, thank you for a lifetime I will never forget.”
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She signed off the post: “You have my heart forever. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for making me the luckiest girl in the world.
“Every day with you was the best day ever, because I finally met my match. I love you. Forever and Always, Your Tiny Dancer.”
An inquest into Lyndhurst’s death, which is not being treated as suspicious, is due to begin next week.