Only Fools and Horses star unrecognisable in stunning 50-year-old throwback

Only Fools and Horses star unrecognisable in stunning 50-year-old throwback

Only Fools and Horses star Gwyneth Strong looks totally different in a throwback snap from 50 years ago.

Gwyneth first appeared in the show in 1989 playing a sensible and smart Cassandra Trotter, but before she joined the cast of the popular comedy series she appeared in the horror film Nothing but the Night at the young age of 13.

And in an old photo from the set of the film, Gwyneth looks almost unrecognisable from the Cassandra we all know and love.

In the photo, she's wearing a long-sleeved polo jumper with three bracelets hanging off her wrist. She's smiling at the camera and looking into the distance.

Her hair is long, falling just above her elbows, and she's leaning against a tree trunk.

Gwyneth was only a teenager when she was on the set of the film, so she couldn't go to the movie premiere because she was too young.

Gwyneth last appeared as Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses in the 2003 finale and the Christmas special called Sleepless in Peckham.

The series wrapped up happily as Cassandra and Rodney welcomed a baby girl named Joan, in a sweet tribute to Del Boy (played by David Jason) and Rodney's mum.

Gwyneth talked about the show's broad appeal during a 2022 chat on Loose Women, saying: "It seems to have done that thing where it goes across the generations. So now we get kids coming and saying I want to get an autograph, and my grandad got me into the show."

She also shared the joy she gets from interacting with fans of all ages.

A recent Channel 5 documentary entitled Only Fools and Horses: Secrets and Scandals revealed other stars were initially considered for the role of Cassandra.

Writer Mike Jones spilled the beans: "Most notably Liz Hurley. She auditioned for the role, and it was felt that perhaps she was probably a little too glamorous for… how can I say it diplomatically? Our lanky Trotter brother."

Since the show came to an end, the now-63 year old star has remained active in the acting industry, gracing our screens in several TV shows, including Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Doctors, and EastEnders.

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