Only Fools star Sue Holderness stuns Loose Women panellists with 'posh' voice

Only Fools And Horses star Sue Holderness stunned the panellists of Loose Women when she revealed her voice is actually pretty “posh” in real life.

The actor, 72, is best known for playing the sitcom’s Marlene Boyce, who had a South London accent.

But off screen she sounds very different.

When Holderness appeared on the ITV show on Friday (10 September), panellist Jane Moore asked if her real accent surprised people.

And the star admitted: “It does upset people that I'm posh!”

<p>Sue Holderness, who played Marlene in Only Fools and Horses, surprised viewers at home when she used her real posh voice on Friday's show.</p>
Sue Holderness played Marlene in 'Only Fools And Horses'. (ITV)

The actor also entertained the panellists with the way she said the word "a***" in her well-spoken tones.

Recalling how people used to act around her, Holderness said: "When the show was going out I would often find in the middle of the supermarket that strange people would come and pinch my a*** because they had just seen it on the television.

"Usually I was quite polite and sometimes I'd say, 'Honestly, this is not appropriate'.

"I don't think any man would dare do it now, would they?"

<p>Sue Holderness, who played Marlene in Only Fools and Horses, surprised viewers at home when she used her real posh voice on Friday's show.</p>
Sue Holderness surprised the 'Loose Women' with her real voice. (ITV)

Moore chimed in: "I don't know if we are allowed to say that word on the television but you say it so beautifully Sue, that maybe we'll get away with it."

As the other panellists laughed, Holderness offered to say it again.

LONDON - AUGUST 23:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)  Sue Holderness and John Challis (R) attend the Gold Nelson Mandela House launch, celebrating Only Fools at 30 on Gold on August 23, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Sue Holderness and co-star John Challis celebrating 'Only Fools' in 2011. (Jon Furniss/WireImage)

The actor played Marlene Boyce in both Only Fools And Horses and its spin-off The Green Green Grass.

Her other television credits include Still Open All Hours and The Sandbaggers and she has also had many stage roles.