Only Fools and Horses creator John Sullivan’s grandson appeared in Sport Relief sketch with David Beckham
More than ten million people were watching when a little boy met David Beckham in the Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch on Friday March 21st. What they did not know was that the six-year-old is the grandson of the show’s creator John Sullivan.
Little Joe Sullivan was seen asking the superstar for his autograph in a market in the sketch and helped to set up one of Sport Relief’s funniest moments when Beckham fell over.
Only Fools and Horses writer John Sullivan died three years ago and his family thought it would be a fitting tribute to include young Joe in the scene.
Dan Sullivan, Joe’s father, said: “My brother Jim and I put the sketch together and Jim thought it would be nice to include Joe in it. We agreed that if Dad had been here to write it he would probably have tried to include one of his grandchildren in it.
“Joe was very nervous before filming. There are always lots of people on the set of a television programme so it would be daunting for anyone not used to it, let alone a six-year-old child, but everyone was really nice to him.
“Once he met David Beckham he was much more relaxed, David really put him at ease. David’s got children of his own and he’s got a really nice manner and is very natural and down to earth.
“Joe had lines to say with David and the scene had to be filmed quite a few times and his confidence grew as it went on. Joe did really well. We are very proud of him and I am sure my dad would have been too.
“My brother Jim and I put the sketch together and Jim thought it would be nice to include Joe in it. We agreed that if Dad had been here to write it he would probably have tried to include one of his grandchildren in it.
“In the scene David Beckham was seen signing a ball for Joe’s character and later Beckham presented Joe with another signed football after filming which he had brought for him.
“That was really nice of David and Joe will really treasure it,” said Dan.
Joe, an Arsenal fan like his father and grandfather, knew Beckham from television but his younger sister Mia, three, who also met the former England captain, did not have a clue that she was chatting to one of the world’s most famous men.
This year’s Sport Relief show raised a record £51million on the night with a star-studded line-up, including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan reuniting to sing their hit duet Especially For You.
(c) Steve Clark 2014