The female characters of Only Fools and Horses throughothe years have given us some of the biggest laugh out loud moments in the history of the show. Whether it’s small parts in one off episodes or long running characters, females arguably make the show, as they serve as the back bone on which many of the main character’s – Del and Rodney mostly – motives and stories are based.
While some of the female actors that have appeared in the show did so many years ago, some of them look as good as ever, so let’s take a look at a few of the women of Only Fools and Horses throughout the years, and see not only what they’re up to now, but how good they look now!
Gwyenth Strong is best known for her role as Rodney’s wife Cassandra on Only Fools and Horses from the sixth series until the show’s end – with a lot of ups and downs in between. She has, however, been in far more than just one show.
Strong first made her acting debut in 1970 at the age of eleven at the Royal Court Theatre’s production Live Like Pigs. In 1973, whilst Strong was still a pupil at Holland Park School, she appeared in the horror film Nothing But the Night. As well as that, she was a regular on the children’s TV series The Flockton Flyer between 1977 and 1979, as Jan Carter.
What has happened to Gwyneth?
As well as playing Cassandra on Only Fools and Horses from the late 80s until 2003, Gwyneth Strong also appeared in the Krypton Factor, a two-part series called The Missing Postman and the BBC drama Real Women from 1997 to 1998, in between the quiet years of Only Fools.
She was also reunited with Sir David Jason in 1997 when she appeared in an episode of Only Fools and Horses.
After Fools and Horses finished, she appeared in Doctors in 2004, as well as New Tricks and Midsomer Murders. Most recently she appeared in Eastenders in 2016 as the recurring role of Geraldine Clough.
This is another example of a character that you may not remember by name only, until you see a picture of who she played and then you’re like “ohh yeahh!” like I was when writing this article.
But yes, that’s jogged your memory hasn’t it! Sheree Murphy appeared in the famous scenes in the 1996 Christmas Special Heroes and Villains, in which Del and Rodney, thinking they’re on their way to a fancy dress party, dress up as Batman and Robin.
Only to break down in the middle of Peckham high street, naturally.
What has happened to Sheree?
Because of that famous scene she will forever be remembered in the history of British TV, but besides her role in the Christmas special, Sheree Murphy – who is married to former Liverpool and Australian international footballer Harry Kewell – is a soap opera veteran having had roles in Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Neighbours.
She finished second in the 2005 edition of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, eventually losing out to Carol Thatcher, and since then she has transitioned into presenting.
She has presented ITV’s coverage of the British Soap Awards, as well as hosting Footballer’s Cribs for MTV UK. She was also a regular on Loose Women from 2006 to 2007 and for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, she fronted a “World Cup Fever” campaign with Gala Bingo.
Since 2016, she has presented BBC One daytime show Yes Chef!
Some of you may not remember, but JoAnne Good has the distinct honor of being on one of the very first episodes of Only Fools and Horses, entitled Go West Young Man, in which Rodney is sick of sitting around the flat and wants to go out, but has to take Del with him because Del is the one with the money.
They see two girls at a club, one of which being played by JoAnne, and try to chat them up by recounting tales of Rodney’s success as an international tennis superstar.
Obviously that doesn’t go well, so naturally they say that they’re Concord pilots.
What has happened to JoAnne?
Other than Only Fools and Horses, JoAnne Good is best known for her roles in shows such as the TV soap Crossroads from 1982 to 1984 and played several parts in The Bill over the years. She has also had a prolific stage career, playing the title role in Educating Rita and for several years during the 90s she worked for Derek Nimmos touring company as she performed all over the world.
These days she has transitioned to being a radio presenter, and since 2012 has been presenting the afternoon slot from 3pm until 5pm on BBC London 94.9.
Auckland, New Zealand native Gina Bellman only had a small, one-off role in Only Fools and Horses, but it just so happened to be a role in one of the most famous episodes in the show’s history, when Rodney’s painting wins the family a trip to Spain.
Only problem is, Del entered the painting in the under 15 category, and as such Del, Rodney and Cassanda have to pretend that Rodney – a 6”2 grown ass man – was a 14 year old art student.
Needless to say, hilarity ensued.
Where is Gina now?
Aside from her role in Only Fools and Horses as one of the holiday reps that were making sure the Trotters and Cassandra were being taken care of, she is best known for playing Jane Christie BBC’s hit comedy show Coupling, after first becoming a household name for her performance in the title role of the drama Blackeye.
But she hasn’t just confined her talents to the small screen, Bellman has has also appeared in several feature films including King David in 1885, which starred Richard Gere and Edward Woodward, Secret Friends in 1991 and 1992’s Leon the Pig Farmer and Silent Trigger (1996) opposite Dolph Lundgren.
She’s still keeping busy, with roles in projects such as Emerald City and Henry IX, both in 2017.
Bernard played “Nervous” Nerys in two episodes of Only Fools and Horses – in one episode she was the desire of a made over Rodney, who tried to appeal to what he thought was her attraction to bad boys, and a small part in the episode where Del has IBS and tries to make money from a séance.
Where is she now?
But aside from her brief appearances in Only Fools and Horses, Bernard also appeared in sketches in The Two Ronnies in the early 1980s as well as 1984 television film Sharon & Michelle.
She played Gordon Brittas’ secretary Angie in The Brittas Empire, but she has also had roles in Lovejoy, Silent Witness as well as multiple appearances in The Bill.
Most recently, she has had a part in the film Playing Dead, which will be released later this year.