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David Jason's adorable ways of bonding with grandson he didn't know he had

David Jason has revealed the sweet way he bonds with a grandson he never knew he had.

The Only Fools and Horses star, 83, has spoken exclusively to The Mirror about discovering he has a daughter Abi Harris, 52, who has a son, Charlie, 10.

While admitting he was shocked by the revelation, Sir David is now making up for lost time in getting to know his new family.

During visits to the actor's house in Buckinghamshire, Charlie repairs things in his grandad's workshop.

The actor is also introducing his grandson to the world of model rockets, which he launches on fine days.

Meanwhile, Charlie enjoys helping the Del Boy star collect eggs from his brood of chickens.

Abi, who is also an actor, and her son spent some of Christmas with the much-loved star.

Only Fools and Horses star David Jason has spoken exclusively to The Mirror about discovering he has a 52-year-old daughter (Mirror Pictures)

They played board games and Charlie was gifted a John Lewis Build Your Own Electronics Set by his grandad.

David's daughter Abi was born in 1970 after her actor mum Jennifer Hill had a brief relationship with the star.

The veteran actor said once he, wife Lady Gill White, 62, and 22-year-old daughter Sophie got over the bombshell news, they welcomed the pair into their family with open arms.

It was revealed Abi started to suspect the Open All Hours star was her biological father after hearing about his time with Jennifer and then realising she had the same shaped nose as him.

Sir David admitted: “To say it was a surprise to find out I had a daughter from years ago is an understatement.

“However, on settling with the news, I am delighted that I am now able to get to know Abi and so we meet up when we can.

“My wife, Gill, and daughter, Sophie, have been very supportive and understanding and have embraced Abi and welcomed her and her young son into her now wider family.”

Abi said: “In ­discovering my father’s identity, I am starting to piece together my own.

“Of course, I am tickled pink and incredibly proud but, frequently, completely overwhelmed with sorrow for the years we have lost.

“After a measured start, now I hope we can consciously make time to see each other more often, so that I can master the art of being the best big sister and build a ­meaningful father-daughter relationship in its truest sense.”

A source close to the family said David was "very accepting" of his new family.

However, they added: “It seems like an impossible task for everyone, you can’t make up for lost time. That’s just a regret everyone has to carry.

“But what they can do is make the most of their relationships moving forward, and that’s exciting.

“It’s early days, but they are meeting up when they can during holidays."

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