Linda Robson denies 'falling out' with 'Birds of a Feather' co-star Pauline Quirke

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Linda Robson has shot down suggestions of a feud between her and Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline Quirke.

Rumours began circulating earlier this year that Robson and Quirke had fallen out, with a row being cited as the reason Quirke was absent from the 2020 Christmas special

Speculation was then fuelled again in May when it was announced the programme, in which the pair play sisters Tracey and Sharon, had been axed. 

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However, during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Thursday to discuss her appearance on Susan Calman's Channel 5 travel series, Robson claimed the friends weren't involved in a spat and that Quirke wanted to focus on her acting academies.

Linda Robson shot down the suggestion of a feud with her Birds of a Feather co-star. (ITV Pictures)
Linda Robson shot down the suggestion of a feud with her Birds of a Feather co-star. (ITV Pictures)

Kate Garraway asked: "You and Lesley [Joseph] as a new twosome, is that going to be because you've had a falling out with Pauline Quirke? What is that about?"

"I haven't had a falling out with Pauline Quirke," Robson replied. "She just doesn't want to act anymore - we did a Christmas special - Pauline doesn't want to act anymore, she wants to concentrate on her academies, that's all.

"There's no falling out whatsoever."

"You've just got to respect her wishes they asked us if we wanted to do [a Christmas special] and we were very happy to do it," she added.

Pauline Quirke is said to be focusing on her acting academies. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
Pauline Quirke is said to be focusing on her acting academies. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

The sitcom debuted in 1989 before ending in 1998 after nine seasons, it was then revived in 2014 for a further three series and two Christmas specials.

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Robson reprised her role in the latest Christmas special along with Lesley Joseph, who plays their snobby neighbour Dorien Green.

Quirke opened her first acting academy in 2007, with the Pauline Quirke Academy model now operating over 200 academies. 

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