'Surprise is an understatement': Sir David Jason unites with daughter, 52, he didn't know about

The Only Fools and Horses star said his family have 'embraced' his daughter Abi Harris. Credit: PA

Sir David Jason has revealed he was “delighted” to discover he has a 52-year-old actor daughter who he had no idea existed.

Daughter Abi Harris was reportedly born in 1970 after her mother, actor Jennifer Hill, had a brief relationship with The Only Fools And Horses star.

The 83-year-old TV star said he is now building a relationship with Ms Harris and her 10-year-old son Charlie, adding his family have "welcomed" them into the fold.

Sir David told the Mirror: “To say it was a surprise to find out I had a daughter from years ago is an understatement.

“However, on settling with the news, I am delighted that I am now able to get to know Abi and so we meet up when we can.

“My wife, Gill, and daughter, Sophie, have been very supportive and understanding and have embraced Abi and welcomed her and her young son into her now wider family.”

The actor also has 22-year-old daughter Sophie with his wife Gill Hinchcliffe, 20 years his junior, who he met on a TV set.

The pair were married in 2005 on the eve of his investiture ceremony where he was knighted for his services to acting and comedy.

Sir David added: “We hope we are all allowed the privacy to continue our new relationship and get to know each other more and more.”

The actor is best known for his role as Derek “Del Boy” Trotter in BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

His other starring roles include Detective Inspector Jack Frost in A Touch of Frost, Granville in Open All Hours and Still Open All Hours, and Pop Larkin in The Darling Buds Of May.

Harris has reportedly followed in her father’s footsteps appearing in Doctor Who: The Eighth Of March, Strange Chemistry and The Avengers: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 7.

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