David John White Born 2nd February 1940, London . Keen amateur actor before his brother, Arthur, helped him to get his first professional part in South Sea Bubble. A Dick Emery season at Bournemouth led to his role in Do Not Adjust Your Set, which established him on TV.
David began his stage career in repertory, going on to play Edward in Darling Mr London, Fancourt Babberley in Charley's Aunt, Norman in The Norman Conquests, Lord Foppington in The Relapse, Buttons in Cinderella and Tom Bryce in The Unvarnished Truth. His West End appearances include Look No Hans!; the role of No-Good-Boyo in Under Milk Wood at the Mayfair; Bob Acres in The Rivals at Sadler's Wells; and he took over the leading role from Michael Crawford in No Sex Please...We're British! at the Strand.
David Jason has reached the end of 1996 with two more awards to add to his collection. He was honoured with a Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards and received the Favourite Situation Comedy Performer Award at the BBC's Auntie's All Time Greats Award Ceremony. In addition to this, he has also won the 1984 BBC Personality Of The Year Award from the Variety Club of Great Britain, the 1985 TV Times Award for TV's Funniest Man, 1988 BAFTA, 1997 Most Popular Actor Award (A Touch Of Frost) & Most Popular Comedy Performer (Only Fools And Horses) from BAFTA, the 1990 Best Light Entertainment Performance Award from BAFTA, Best Comedy Actor BAFTA 1997, the BBC TV Personality Award from TRIC and the Best Male Performance in the 1992 RTS Awards, The Lew Grade Audience Award - voted for by the readers of Radio Times went to David Jason in A Touch of Frost, The Peoples Award for Best Actor 2000, National Television Awards 2001: Most Popular Actor for the second time, Lifetime Achievement Award for the British Comedy Awards 2001.
Films included: The Odd Job, The B.F.G.
TV includes: Doctor at Large; Doctor at Sea; Lucky Fella, The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs, A Sharp Intake of Breath, Porridge, Open All Hours, Wind in The Willows, Porterhouse Blue, A Bit of A Do, Darling Buds of May, A Touch of Frost, David Jason In His Element, March in Windy City, All The Kings Men, Dangermouse (Voiceover), Anglemouse (Voiceover), Count Duckula (Voiceover).
David auditioned for the part of Derek Trotter in Only Fools and Horses in 1980. He wasn't the beeb's first choice, not even the second choice, as luck would have it for David, Enn Reitel (1st Choice) and Jim Broadbent (Roy Slater) turned the part down due to other commitments.
Derek Trotter (Delboy) is the ultimate wheeler-dealer who will grab any chance to make a fast buck. His dream is that this time next he will be a millionaire.
FACT: David Jason Earned £69,000 on average for each episode of Only Fools and Horses.
10th October 1997
David has just signed a £1m deal to return as Inspector Jack Frost in the popular series A Touch Of Frost.
David Jason In His Element.
When he isn't acting David avoids the limelight, so Yorkshire TV was delighted when he agreed to be filmed enjoying one of his great passions, diving. "I've been fascinated by deep sea diving since watching Jacques Cousteau's TV programmes as a lad".
David was interviewed by British chat show host Michael Parkinson the show was first aired on 21st April 2001. Click here to listen to the interview.
11th June 2005
It is announced that David Jason is to receive a knighthood, He said he was "delighted and humbled" to be made a sir.
"It is totally unexpected and I can only hope it will bring a little pleasure to the viewing public as it has brought great pleasure to me and my family."
David Can Currently Be Seen On British TV in the Following Programmes