EastEnders fans stunned as Only Fools and Horses icon makes soap debut – but sounds VERY different

EASTENDERS fans could not contain their surprise as an Only Fools and Horses icon made her debut on the soap – but sounded a world away from what they were used to.

Sue Holderness made her first appearance on the Square as the posh talent agency boss Estelle Jones on Monday evening.

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But eagle-eyed viewers pointed out the actress was best known for her cockney tang while playing the legendary Marlene Boyce in the comedy sitcom Only Fools and Horses starring David Jason.

Sue, 71, has now gone from playing Boycie’s long-suffering wife to a high-end woman with her sights on Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick).

One viewer exclaimed: "Wait a cotton picking minute! What's Marlene doing speaking posh in #Eastenders?"

"Marlene's gone all posh #Eastenders," said another.

A third commented: "No, where’s her Marlene voice?! #EastEnders".

One Twitter user wrote: "Marlene from Only Fools has gone all posh.

"A league above Billy if she’s thinking of going there #EastEnders".

Viewers watched as Honey (Emma Barton) asked Billy to take daughter Janet to her photoshoot where they meet Estelle, who insists on going for a drink with Billy while Janet’s photoshoot is underway.

Speaking about Estelle’s move on Billy, Sue told Digital Spy: "I don't think they're suited at all. Estelle obviously sees him as someone completely different to her usual!

"I think that Billy might be a little bit intrigued by this posh lady taking an interest in him and I think Billy needs some fun in his life!

The actress added: "Estelle is certainly very different to Marlene [in Only Fools and Horses]! She's a theatrical agent and most of her clients are children.

"She's a good time girl, she's not that scrupulous about expenses, she loves fine dining and when she meets Billy she quite fancies getting to know this really caring, rough-round-the-edges dad.

"She's very intrigued by him and rather ruthlessly chats him up! Billy seems quite keen to play along too."

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