The Only Fools and Horses star is unrecognisable in forgotten Happy Valley role

Only Fools and Horses actress Jill Barker is unrecognsiable in the BBC crime drama Happy Valley.

The famous TV star appeared as Del Boy’s old flame during the first Only Fools series. The Second Time Around episode aired in 1981 and kicks off when Del is surprised to see one of his former lovers back in Peckham after 12 years.

The pair picked up where they left off and Pauline moves into the Trotter’s flat but becomes a tyrant, and completely gets up the nose of Rodney and Grandad.

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Thankfully, after some convincing from Trigger, the Trotters do a runner from the penny pincher and head to Clacton.

The role of Pauline Harris in Only Fools was played superbly by renowned actor Jill Baker.

The 71-year-old has starred in a long list of TV series including Casualty, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Touch of Frost, EastEnders, and The Bill.

However, fans of Happy Valley will know Baker as Helen Gallagher from the first series, which aired in 2014.

Helen was the wife of Nevison and worked in the cafe with Clare Cartwright. She was introduced after her daughter Ann is kidnapped.

It is later revealed to Clare that she has cancer and that she is dying. In series two, which was broadcast in 2016, Helen passes away in a hospice as Ann starts a new job as a PSCO.

Most recently Jill played Judy Phillips in ITV’s Doc Martin which aired in October 2022.


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