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Violet Trotter
Portrayer Paula Wilcox (2010-2011)
First seen "Five Gold Rings"
Last seen "The Frog and the Pussycat"
Duration 2010-2011
Date of birth Circa 1910
(died circa 1960-1970)
Occupation Charlady at painting gallery
Babysitter for Rodney
Family Ted (husband)
Reg (son)
Joan (daughter-in-law)
Derek (grandson)
Rodney (grandson)
Albert (brother-in-law)
George (brother-in-law)
Jack (brother-in-law)

Violet "Vi" Trotter (Nee Rooney) was a character in the Only Fools And Horses prequel Rock And Chips. She was the paternal grandmother of Derek "Del Boy" Trotter and wife of Grandad Trotter - (Edward Trotter). Violet was played by Paula Wilcox.

Backstory Violet Rooney was born in about 1900 and met and married Edward Trotter in 1923 in Bermondsey, London. Violet gave birth to a son Reg Trotter in 1924. In the 1930s the Trotters moved to Peckham, London and in 1936 lived at Peabody Buildings, Peckham, Rye.

Violet once worked as a charlady to an art dealer and stole a painting by artist Joshua Blythe. In 1965 when she was dying she said her grandson Del Boy Trotter could have it.

Rock & Chips Trilogy

By 1960, Ted and Vi Trotter were estranged from each other due to Vi discovering Ted's affair with Alice Ball. Vi later fell ill and she said to her grandson Del Boy that he could have the family heirloom, the stolen painting when she dies.


By 1960, Ted and Vi Trotter were estranged from each other.

When Vi's daughter in law Joan Mavis Trotter died in March 1964, Vi, Ted, and Reenie Turpin would all take turns in babysitting Vi's other grandson Rodney Trotter while Del worked.

Vi died in about 1965, as Rodney was said to be 4 when Vi died. Vi probably never knew that Rodney was not her blood grandson as he was the result of an extra marital affair Joan had with Freddie The Frog.


Accoridng to The Peckham Archives, (BBC Books, 2016) Violet's maiden name was Rooney, which is an Ulster Irish surname, mainly found in County Down. Del used to occasionally take the mickey out of the Irish and make mildly derogatory remarks such as "Those Paddy's will go mad". Ironic if he himself had some Irish ancestry, whether he was aware of his Irish roots is unclear.