Only Fools and Horses stars unrecognisable 30 years on as they celebrate iconic show on Loose Women

ONLY Fools and Horses stars Tessa Peake-Jones and Gwyneth Strong thrilled Loose Women viewers today when they made a surprise appearance on the ITV daytime show.

The actors joined panelists Christine Lampard, Frankie Bridge, Kelle Bryan and Carol McGiffin, in the studio to chat about starring in the iconic show.

Both of their characters were brought in after concerns the sitcom, which was almost entirely about three men, was becoming too "blokey".

They were so well-received by viewers that they lasted the entire rest of the run, until the curtain finally came down in 2003.

Tessa played Del Boy's lover and partner from 1988 after originally only been signed up for one episode – Dates – but her chemistry with David Jason saw bosses decide to bring her back in a permanent role.

Gwyneth starred as Rodney's wife Cassandra, and said she formed a friendship with Tessa despite them rarely sharing any scenes.

She told the panel: "We were never really alone together because that wasn't the push of the storyline really, we were their partners."

Meanwhile, Tessa has continued to act, appearing in Doctors, Holby City and Grantchester.

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