Sue Holderness rejected Emmerdale role in the 80s

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 April 2021
Sue Holderness as Estelle

Sue Holderness

Sue Holderness - who plays Estelle Jones in 'EastEnders' - has revealed she previously rejected a role in 'Emmerdale'

'EastEnders' star Sue Holderness was offered a role in 'Emmerdale' in the 1980s.

The 71-year-old actress – who plays Estelle Jones in the BBC soap – rejected the chance to join the ITV show because she'd just become a new mum and wasn't keen to relocate her family.

Sue – who has a son called Freddie and a daughter called Harriet – said: "They were very interested in having me on 'Emmerdale' in 1985.

"I had just given birth to my daughter Harriet and we’d moved to Windsor, where my husband was running the theatre.

"To uproot and go over to Yorkshire, I didn’t even consider it. I have no idea what role it was for, and didn’t investigate it any further.

"I didn’t want to know what the part was or who was going to play it, because I would like to have done it."

Sue – who is best known for playing Marlene Boyce in 'Only Fools and Horses' – has been a huge fan of 'EastEnders' since the show first aired in the mid-1980s.

And she's delighted to have joined the soap after waiting years for an offer to emerge.

She told What's on TV magazine: "I usually played posh birds – I don’t know why.

"So I thought, ‘Great, I’ve got Marlene under my belt, maybe they’ll invite me to be on the show’ because I’d shown I can do downmarket as well as posh."

Sue has only joined the soap on a temporary basis, but she'd be keen to return for another stint.

Speaking about her role, she said: "Estelle quite fancies the look of Billy [Mitchell], and doesn’t hold back in any way. She is a very flirty, good-time girl.

"Billy is clearly nervous, but thinks it could be fun. And personally, I think Billy needs to have a bit of fun in his life, because he’s had a horrible time.

"My theory is that the writers should take pity on Billy, and realise that Estelle could give this man a good time. She needs to come back in for a few episodes and show him what fun he could have!"

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