He may be a superstar but even David Beckham can suffer from nerves – and also experience the joy of being starstruck.
In an interview with this week’s Radio Times, the footballer has revealed that filming the Sport Relief special of Only Fools and Horses with actors David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst filled him with anxiety.
“The day of filming started off with a slightly sleepless night, going over my script,” reveals Beckham. “The thought of being on set with Nicholas and David was obviously very nerve-racking. I woke up that morning with my script on my chest.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, especially with two people I’m really in awe of and have been for many years. It wasn’t just about learning the script, it was about delivering it; saying the right things at the right time.”
Beckham also reveals that having completed the two-day shoot at Wimbledon Studios he can now “die a happy man”.
“I’m a huge fan of the show,” adds Beckham. “I have been for many years, as far back as I can remember. Being from the East End of London, it’s what I was brought up on.
“I think that what it’s really about is making people laugh, making people smile and raising money for important charities that are doing a lot of incredible work.”
The one-off revival of Only Fools and Horses, the nation’s favourite sitcom that ran from 1981 to 2003, sees the Trotter brothers, played by Jason and Lyndhurst, take to the streets of Peckham with a ludicrous plan to get rich quick involving the superstar. It will air as part of Sport Relief on Friday March 21.
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Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.