Kelsey Grammer “warned” Hollywood about “extraordinary” ‘Frasier’ reboot co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst

Grammer chose the 'Only Fools And Horses' actor as his co-star for the new reboot

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer says he “warned” Hollywood about the “extraordinary” Nicholas Lyndhurst prior to casting him in the reboot.

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Grammer recently cast the Only Fools And Horses star in the return of the hit American sitcom, saying Lyndhurst is a “magnificent” talent. “He’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever worked with,” Grammer told the BBC following the news of the surprise casting.


Now, in a new interview with Sunday Times Culture, Grammer said he “warned” Hollywood about how good an actor Lyndhurst was ahead of production on the series.

“Nicholas Lyndhurst is co-lead in [the reboot],” he said. “Nick and I fell in love when we were doing Man of La Mancha together.

“I warned them in America. I said, ‘Wait until this guy gets here. You’ll be doing a scene with him and suddenly you realise he’s just run off with it.’

Grammer added: “He’s an extraordinary actor, a dear friend. And I am so pleased he’s part of it.”

Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer in ‘Frasier’ – CREDIT: Press

Teasing what’s to come in the reboot of Frasier earlier this year, Grammer said Lyndhurst would be playing a friend of the radio psychotherapist. He explained: “It suddenly occurred to me when we were putting the show together, we’ve never really seen Frasier in a relationship where he has a great friend.


“He had Niles, of course, but he was his brother and there was a competition underscoring everything they did, and a family connection that got them through some difficulties. But this real friendship thing is something we’ve not seen Frasier in… So we’re discovering a man who is still discovering himself, and that is what I find interesting to play.”

Frasier remains one of the US’s most successful TV sitcoms. It ran for 11 seasons – between 1993 and 2004 – and won 37 Emmy Awards, including five for best comedy series. Though the show makes a return, some of its former award-winning cast won’t.

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