He played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend, Adrian Edmonson.
The duo later went on to star in Bottom and he was also known for appearances in shows including Blackadder and The New Statesman.
He was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days.
R.I.P Rik. He was a great personality indeed.