Sue Holderness

Sue Holderness

Sue Holderness (born 28 May 1949, Hampstead) is an English actress. Since 1985 she has played the role of Marlene Boyce in the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses (until 2003) and its spin-off The Green Green Grass (from 2005 until 2009).


After A-levels she trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Sue Holderness began her career with Manchester’s 69 Theatre Company in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peer Gynt and as Desdemona in Catch My Soul (Jack Good’s rock-musical of Othello). She has worked consistently in theatre, radio, film and television. West End plays include The Female Odd Couple, Why Not Stay for Breakfast, The Male of the Species and the highly acclaimed one-woman play Our Kid (based on Myra Hindley).

Sue regularly appeared in The Vagina Monologues and she was part of the cast of the long-running touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners produced by Marc Sinden. She has toured the country in numerous plays and worked in several repertory companies. Much of Sue’s career has been spent doing Alan Ayckbourn plays, three of which (Relatively Speaking, Time and Time Again, and How The Other Half Loves) she toured with John Challis, who, of course, plays Boycie to Sue’s long-suffering wife, Marlene in Only Fools And Horses.

Television roles include Marianne in The Sandbaggers (two series), Liz in It Takes A Worried Man (two series), Jo in The Brief, Cleopatra IV in The Cleopatras, episodes of Minder, Bless This House, The New Avengers, Thriller, Sob Sisters, Growing Pains, Doctors, Murder in Suburbia. She played Rowan Atkinson’s girlfriend in Canned Laughter and did numerous impersonations in two series of End of Part One. She played Maggie in Dear John, by John Sullivan, Joan Forrester in Heartbeat for YTV, as Joan Travis in Revelations, and as Rachel’s mum in Cold Feet, also for Granada.

Films include That’ll Be The Day, It Could Happen To You, and Lime Street with Robert Wagner. Sue also appeared in the low budget feature Meat Draw and Out of Sight for Granada.

Sue regularly appears in pantomime. She was the wicked queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Aylesbury, the wicked witch in Beauty and the Beast in Windsor, the good fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk in Richmond (so she can be good, but really rather prefers being bad), the wicked witch again in Beauty and the Beast in Eastbourne and the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs in Derby.

Sue can offer hilarious anectodotes and a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes.