Young Ones actor Nigel Planer says he made ‘a pittance’ from the classic sitcom

Young Ones star Nigel Planer has revealed he barely made any money from the iconic sitcom.

The actor played long-haired layabout hippy Neil in the landmark BBC series alongside comedy heroes like Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson.

But he only got a small sum for each of the 12 episodes – and now gets a pittance in royalties.

The 66-year-old said: “The Young Ones was a big hit, but we only made 12 episodes and of course that was our first foray into TV.

“I was only paid a few hundred pounds an episode – maybe £400.

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“I do still receive royalties for the show, but thats worked out as a percentage of what I was originally paid.

“So it’s only a little amount.”

Ben Elton wrote the student sitcom, which pulled in audiences of up to three million viewers during its brief run from 1982 to 1984.

But its impact on British comedy has been much wider.

Comics like Noel Fielding and David Baddiel have all spoken about the influence the show had on their own work.

Nigel has worked regularly on UK telly since he last played the role of Neil.

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