Greg: Day I lost my ‘dad’ Rik May­all

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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.

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