Lesley Joseph confirms end of Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather is officially over, as confirmed by actress Lesley Joseph.

Joseph played Dorien Green on the popular sitcom, which initially ran on the BBC from 1989 until 1998.

ITV revived the show for a run from 2014 to 2020, with the final episode airing last Christmas Eve.

Birds of a Feather was axed by ITV in May, and the 75-year-old actress has now said there are no plans to bring the show back for a third time, reports The Daily Mirror.

"I don’t think it’s going to happen again to be absolutely honest,” Lesley said. "I think after 32 years, I need to do other things.”

The last episodes of the sitcom, including the final Christmas special, did not feature Pauline Quirke, who stepped away from acting to focus on her performing arts academy.

But Lesley denied rumours of a rift with her co-star, stating: “I missed Pauline a lot. I love her.”

Speaking at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Preview Day, she revealed she had dropped from her normal size 8 to a size 6 to play ‘skinny bean’ Dorien.

She added: “It's not easy to lose the weight, especially when you’ve had Victoria sponge the whole of lockdown.

"As Dorien you could never eat that. But it's coming off now. I’ve just lost 10 pounds.”

But she has now said goodbye to her role as Dorien, noting that the comedy had been around longer than Fawlty Towers and Only Fools and Horses.

She said: “No shows last over 30 years. They don’t… come on.”