British Actor Archie Lyndhurst Has Passed Away at 19
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Archie Lyndhurst, the star of the CBBC series “So Awkward,” has passed away at age 19.

Early Thursday morning on Twitter, the network released a statement announcing that the young actor had died following “a short illness.”

“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,” it read. “Archie will be hugely missed by all who worked with him, and by all the fans who laughed along with Ollie in the show.”

In a statement obtained by the BBC, Archie’s mother Lucy and father Nicholas, a fellow actor, said they were “utterly grief stricken and respectfully request privacy.”

CBBC head of content Cheryl Taylor added that Archie was “such a talented young actor,” and that “all of us at BBC Children’s are devastated.”

“He will be greatly missed by us all and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this time,” she continued.

Archie began his acting career at age 10 at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, England.

Since 2015, Archie starred in “So Awkward,” a comedy following the lives of a group of friends in secondary school.

Archie also lent his voice to the video game “Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward,” and played a younger version of Jack Whitehall’s character in the BBC comedy “Bad Education.”

Thursday on IG, Whitehall paid tribute to the actor, calling him “brilliant, so talented and funny.”

“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,” Whitehall wrote.

“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.”

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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. 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. 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. 🙏

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Our condolences go out to Archie’s family and loved ones for their tragic loss.

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