Inside Sir David Jason’s family life as he discovers he has a 52-year-old daughter

Only Fools And Horses legend Sir David Jason has shared his "delight" after discovering he is father to a previously unknown 52-year-old daughter.

The 83-year-old, who is also dad to 22-year-old Sophie with wife Gill Hinchcliffe, 62, was told the news only recently, he told the Mirror.

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

The iconic actor's daughter, Abi, was born in 1970 following a brief relationship with her actress mother Jennifer Hill.

Here, we take a look inside his family life after the joyous reunion…

Who is David Jason's wife?

David has been married to his wife, Gill Hinchcliffe, since 2005 and together they have one daughter, Sophie.

The couple met when David was working on ITV's A Touch of Frost, where Gill was working as a production assistant.

"I first set eyes on Gill, a floor assistant at [a TV studio] in Leeds, when she was sent to meet me in the studio car park," he told the Guardian.

The actor also opened up about their wedding day, saying: "Gill and I were married at the Dorchester Hotel in 2005 on the eve of my knighthood. We'd often spoken about it, but could never come up with a plan that wouldn't create a fuss.

"It was the happiest time. Next morning, I arose a married man and went straight off to become a bachelor. Or, at any rate, a knight bachelor. Amazing. A married man, a Sir, and all inside 24 blissful hours."

Who are David Jason's children?

In February 2001, the actor became a father at the age of 61 when his then-girlfriend Gill gave birth to a baby girl, Sophie Mae, born in Aylesbury.

In 2022, David and Gill made a rare red carpet appearance with Sophie Mae at the red carpet of Cirque Du Soleil in London.

David has now discovered he has another daughter, Abi, who was born in 1970 following a brief relationship with her actress mother Jennifer Hill.

While Sir David and Jennifer remained friends and he even met Abi several times over the years, it was only recently he discovered that he was her father.

Sir David was aged 30 when he met Jennifer when they both appeared on stage during an appearance of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood at London’s May Fair theatre in 1970.

Abi grew up believing her father was her mother's husband Geoffrey Davion, an actor who appeared in Miss Marple and The Stars Look Down. Geoffrey died in 1996.

Abi began to suspect that Sir David was her father after her mother told her about their short relationship. She then noticed they shared the same shaped nose while at an event for a mutual friend, the Mirror reports.

However it wasn't until several years later that Abi took action, explaining her suspicions in a letter to Sir David.

He then took a paternity test, which confirmed the relationship.


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