Only Fools and Horses fans witnessed Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst) grow from an unlucky in love 20-something-year-old into a happily married man. The hooky gear dealer met his future wife, Cassandra, while at evening school after they hit it off almost immediately.
Rodney and Cassandra then tied the knot in 1989 with a wedding reception thrown in The Nags Head, which is seen in the episode Little Problems. This is also the Only Fools episode where Cassandra’s yuppie parents Alan and Pamela are also introduced as Rodney’s in-laws.
Pam wasn’t a huge fan of Del Boy Trotter as she accused Alan (Denis Lill) of being childish whilst in his company, but in the first instalment of Miami Twice (1991), Pam gets embarrassingly drunk after Damien Trotter’s Christening. The Parrys also appeared in The Jolly Boys’ Outing.
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Although Pamela Parry, played by Wanda Ventham, only appeared in three episodes of the BBC sitcom, she’s a memorable character from the show. The 87-year-old has carved out a hugely successful acting career since she was first credited back in 1956 for playing the part of Gina in the film My Teenage Daughter.
Wanda’s other television appearances include Casualty, Midsomer Murder, Father Brown, Holby City, Departure, The Sweeney, Doctor Who, The Lotus Eaters, plus many more. Most recently she starred as Wendy in the series Departure in 2019 and Fay Douglas in the series Penance in 2020.
And it seems the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree as Wanda’s son is Hollywood star, Benedict Cumberbatch. The 46-year-old was born at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, West London, to parents Wanda and Timothy.
The mum and son have even starred alongside each other as Wanda played the mum of Sherlock Holmes when Benedict played the lead role, his father and Wanda’s husband Timothy Carlton also joined them on-screen for the episode.
Benedict has also starred in the blockbuster movies 1917, The Courier, Avengers, Doctor Strange, and many many more.
He’s also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Sherlock and has been nominated for an Oscar after his performance as talented mathematician Alan Turning in The Imitation Game.
He returned to the big screen in 2021as Benedict is starred in movies Spider-Man: No Way Home and this year he returned as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.