Greg: Day I lost my ‘dad’ Rik Mayall
COMEDY actor Greg Davies has told of his painful year after both his father and the man who played his on-screen dad – Rik Mayall – passed away.
The Young Ones star Mayall died at the age of 56 last year.
Davies, 47, told Radio Times magazine: “My dad died a couple of months after Rik... it was a difficult year.
“It’s a unique set of circumstances. It was incredibly sad. I was very close to my dad.”
Mayall played Davies’ father in the Channel 4 sitcom Man Down and the former drama teacher said he would never have considered getting anyone else to play him.
Greg said: “Rik was the dream casting for me. He was a childhood hero, and I look like him. And he was beloved, as you saw when he died.
“The adoration poured out for him. So never for a second did I think, ‘That’s OK, we’ll just get another dad in’.”
Davies decided to substitute the dad character with an eccentric aunt for the second series.