Only Fools and Horses’ Sue Holden disappointed over Marleen’s ending ‘Wanted to go on’

EastEnders: Sue Holderness says it’s a ‘treat’ to be part of show

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Only Fools and Horses star Sue Holden has hinted she didn’t want the hit BBC comedy to come to an end. The actress is set to make a guest appearance in Eastenders, playing new character Estelle. In a recent interview, Sue admitted she’s thrilled to be appearing in the soap, but suggested she’d love to go back to the character that made her name – Only Fools and Horses’ Marleen.

Only Fools and Horses actress Sue Holden was welcomed onto BBC Breakfast on Tuesday morning, to discuss her upcoming guest spot in Eastenders.

Chatting to hosts Louise Minchin snd Dan Walker, Sue admitted she was very excited to be starring in the popular soap.

“I was so excited. I was like a kid in a toy shop. I was like an obsessive fan everywhere I went,” Sue revealed.

Sue confessed she had been an avid Eastenders viewer since 1985.

However, Sue revealed that this appearance in Eastenders isn’t the first time she’s been asked to star in a soap opera.

She explained: “I’ve been offered a couple of times. I was offered Emmerdale in 1985 funnily enough, when I had just had my first child.”

“But, since then not a hint of a soap. So, to go into Eastenders was a great treat,” Sue added.

She also suggested she was asked on Eastenders because of her role in Only Fools and Horses.

Sue continued: “I suppose they’ve asked me partly because of Marleen. Sometimes people say ‘Are you worried about being type cast?’”

“In fact, Marleen’s opened lots of doors for me,” the actress admitted.

She detailed her love of her Only Fools and Horses character explaining she wished the show had not come to an end.

Sue said: “I would have loved to have gone on playing her until I was pottering around with my zimmer frame into my dotage.

“But, if I can’t play Marleen I’m very happy to play the wonderfully naughty Estelle.”

This isn’t the first time Only Fools and Horses has been in the news this year, as Tessa Peake-Jones, who played Raquel Turner on the show, recently opened up during an interview on Steph’s Packed Lunch.

When asked how she’d feel about a possible reboot of the show, Tessa admitted: “I think we all probably feel the same now if you asked any of us.

“I think we feel that time has now gone and because John Sullivan the wonderful writer isn’t here anymore – who you know was a genius at writing the scripts – I think it probably wouldn’t be the same.”

“I wonder whether its best left where people remember it for what it was, rather than seeing us all sort of elderly and perhaps not remembering our lines as well and all that stuff,” Tessa concluded.

Only Fools and Horses is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, having tallied up a total of seven series after first premiering on BBC One in 1981.

The show was also a regular in the festive TV line-up, having had 16 Christmas specials between 1981 and 2003.

It even had a prequel series in 2009 called Rock & Chips, starring James Buckley.

Only Fools and Horses clips are available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now.

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