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She’s an iconic sitcom star who rose to fame as one of Peckham’s finest, but at 64 she’s barely aged a day… can you guess who she is?

One of British comedy’s most legendary stars appears to have barely aged a day since rising to fame as a member of Peckham’s finest, as she enjoyed a night out with a pal in London’s Soho on Tuesday.

The actress, who is now 64, beamed as she headed out for the evening with a friend, 35 years after making her first appearance in the famous comedy.

Since her role in one of Britain’s most famous comedies, this actress has gone on to star in a variety of dramas, and also had a recurring role on EastEnders in 2016.

She has also regularly reflected on her role in the famous show, even reuniting with one of her co-stars on Loose Women in 2022.

Have you guessed who it is yet?

One of British comedy's most legendary stars appears to have barely aged a day since rising to fame as a member of Peckham's finest, as she enjoyed a night out in Soho on Tuesday

One of British comedy’s most legendary stars appears to have barely aged a day since rising to fame as a member of Peckham’s finest, as she enjoyed a night out in Soho on Tuesday

The actress, who is now 64, beamed as she headed out for the evening with a friend, 35 years after making her first appearance in the famous comedy... have you guess who it is yet?

The actress, who is now 64, beamed as she headed out for the evening with a friend, 35 years after making her first appearance in the famous comedy… have you guess who it is yet?

That’s right, it’s Only Fools and Horses star Gwyneth Strong.

The star cut a relaxed figure in a floral zipped jacket and a contrasting printed skirt as she headed out for lunch with her pal.

The actress famously played Rodney’s long-suffering wife Cassandra in the legendary comedy, opposite acting heavyweights David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

While Cassandra predominantly put up with Rodney and his brother Derek ‘Delboy’ Trotter’s moneymaking schemes, she also had her fair share of hardship.

In moving scenes the couple suffered a miscarriage, leading Rodney to be comforted by his brother.

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Cassandra and Rodney eventually welcome their first child together in the show’s last ever episode in 2003.

In 2022, Gwyneth reunited with her former co-star Tessa Peake-Jones, who plays Delboy’s wife Raquel, on Loose Women.

During the appearance Tessa who has continued to act in Grantchester, and Gwyneth revealed that they were originally only set to star in one episode of the show in 1988, but were so popular they remained a part of the cast until its end. 

That's right, it's Only Fools and Horses star Gwyneth Strong, who famously played Rodney Trotter's wife Cassandra in the legendary show

That’s right, it’s Only Fools and Horses star Gwyneth Strong, who famously played Rodney Trotter’s wife Cassandra in the legendary show

The star cut a relaxed figure in a floral zipped jacket and a contrasting printed skirt as she headed out for lunch with her pal

The star cut a relaxed figure in a floral zipped jacket and a contrasting printed skirt as she headed out for lunch with her pal

In the interview Tessa, who eventually tamed wheeler dealer Del Boy, revealed Loose Women was filmed in the same studio where they recorded the show in its final years. 

She said: ‘We were last here 20 years ago,’ the actress admitted. ’20 years ago pacing up and down here worrying about when the warm-up was on.

‘Will the audience like us? Will we be alright? Will we remember our lines? That was all here in the ITV studio.’

Only Fools and Horses first hit screens in 1981, and focused on Peckham-based brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter in their quest to become millionaires through dodgy deals and hilarious schemes.

The series received numerous awards, including recognition from BAFTA, the National Television Awards and the Royal Television Society, as well as individual accolades for both David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

The programme ran for seven series and 16 Christmas specials until 2003, with the final episode of series seven attracting a record audience for a British sitcom of 24.3 million viewers.

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Among its most iconic moments were the Heroes and Villains episode which saw Del Boy and Rodney dress up as Batman and Robin, and the moment the brothers finally became millionaires after discovering a rare watch.

Despite starring together on the show for many years, Tessa and Gwyneth revealed they never filmed a scene together alone.

Gwyneth told the panel: ‘We spent our lives talking to each other because we made a friendship very quickly.’

‘It feels like we worked together but only in group scenes so we were never really alone together as that wasn’t the push of the storyline. ‘It was about being their partners, I think we spoke on the phone in a few episodes.’

Gwyneth added that when they first joined the cast of Only Fools, they had no idea their characters would become so popular.

Cassandra made her first appearance in Peckham in 1989 as a love interest for Rodney, with the pair eventually marrying and becoming parents, while Tessa’s character Raquel joined the cast in 1988.

‘We never saw that coming at all, and when we went into it we didn’t it would be for a full series,’ Gwyneth told the panel.

‘We were both booked for an episode, it was all a bit last minute so that helped in a way. We thought it was exciting to do one episode and it went from there.’ 

In 2022, Gwyneth reunited with her former co-star Tessa Peake-Jones, who plays Delboy's wife Raquel, on Loose Women

In 2022, Gwyneth reunited with her former co-star Tessa Peake-Jones, who plays Delboy’s wife Raquel, on Loose Women 

David Jason starred as the iconic wheeler dealer Del Boy Trotter (pictured)

The actor is pictured above in 2024

David Jason starred as the iconic wheeler dealer Del Boy Trotter in the series (left in the show and the actor right in 2024)

Nicholas Lyndhurst played Del Boy's brother Rodney

The actor is pictured in 2019

Nicholas Lyndhurst (right in 2019) played Del Boy’s brother Rodney (left) forever embroiled in his money-making schemes

In the comedy Raquel eventually tamed wheeler dealer Del Boy

On Loose Women, Tessa (pictured) revealed she originally signed up for a single episode

Tessa (right), whose character Raquel (left) eventually tamed wheeler dealer Del Boy, previously revealed she originally signed up for a single episode

Gwyneth played Rodney's wife Cassandra

She added that she and Tessa never filmed a scene alone together

Gwyneth (right), who played Rodney’s wife Cassandra (left), added that she and Tessa never filmed a scene alone together

Since the show began, star David also played Detective Inspector Jack Frost in the crime drama A Touch of Frost from the 1992 until 2010, and earlier in his career had starred as Granville alongside Ronnie Barker in the sitcom Open All Hours.

He reprised his role in the sequel, Still Open All Hours, in 2014, and was knighted in 2005 for his services to drama.

Nicholas went onto star as Gary Sparrow in the popular show Goodnight Sweetheart, which aired from 1993 to 1999.

He also starred in an Only Fools and Horses prequel called Rock & Chips, with the Inbetweeners actor James Buckley, in 2010, and the BBC detective drama New Tricks as the aloof retired Detective Chief Inspector Dan Griffin. 

The series also starred as Lennard Pearce, who played Del Boy and Rodney’s Grandad until the actor’s death in 1984, with Buster Merryfield later taking on the role of Uncle Albert.

Veteran actors Roger Lloyd-Pack and the late John Challis also appeared as Trigger and Boycie respectively. 

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