Linda Robson shut down any rumours of a rift with her longtime pal and Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline Quirke on Tuesday. 

The actress, 63, took to her Instagram account to share a nostalgic snap of her and Pauline as they enjoyed a reunion lunch with Lesley Joseph at The Delaunay restaurant in London‘s Covent Garden.

Last year, it was reported that the duo were no longer on speaking terms, with it alleged that matters became so heated at one point that the  childhood friends had to be separated by crew members during filming at Teddington Studios in West London.

Pals: Linda Robson shut down rumours of a rift with her Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline Quirke on Tuesday posting a snap of the duo as they enjoyed lunch with Lesley Joseph

Writing on her post cuddling up to her TV colleagues she penned: ‘A lovely lunch with my beautiful friends in the @thedelaunay.’

Fans of the much loved series quickly flocked to Linda’s post gushing over the snap.

One fan wrote: ‘How lovely to see Pauline,’ while another simply put: ‘And then there were three.’

Old friends are best: The Birds of a Feather co-stars have been pals for 50 years

Old friends are best: The Birds of a Feather co-stars have been pals for 50 years

‘Oh such a lovely photo of 3 lovely lady’s and my best programme of watching you all love birds of the feather and still watch it today,’ a third said. 

While another follower playfully penned: ‘All the birds together, bring back birds of a feather.’

The close friends – who played Tracey Stubbs and Sharon Theodopolopodous – have been friends for more than 50 years and starred together in 12 series and two Christmas specials of Birds of a Feather.

Reunion: She wrote on Instagram: 'A lovely lunch with my beautiful friends in the @thedelaunay'

Reunion: She wrote on Instagram: ‘A lovely lunch with my beautiful friends in the @thedelaunay’

Excitement: Fans of the much loved series quickly flocked to Linda's post gushing over the snap

Excitement: Fans of the much loved series quickly flocked to Linda’s post gushing over the snap

The reunion comes after Linda shut down rumours she’d fallen out with longtime pal earlier this year. 

The sitcom star, denied any rift with her co-star and said her friend was a ‘great support’ to her when she battled drink problems and an OCD ‘meltdown’ in 2018. 

However, Pauline was absent from the 2020 Birds of a Feather special – sparking rumours of a fallout.

Nothing going on: Linda has shut down rumours she's fallen out with longtime pal Pauline Quirke speaking on Loose Women in March

Nothing going on: Linda has shut down rumours she’s fallen out with longtime pal Pauline Quirke speaking on Loose Women in March 

While it was said that they were not amicable after Pauline was involved in a tense face-off with fellow TV star Lesley Joseph, 76, outside TV studio toilets.     

Addressing the supposed rift Linda told The Mirror: ‘People say Pauline and I have fallen out. Obviously I couldn’t see her during lockdown but I’ve seen her since. She just doesn’t want to act anymore. She’s had enough – it’s long hours.’

She added that she still sees fellow Birds of a Feather co-star Lesly Joseph, 76, ‘all the time’, joking that during lockdown, she would leave ‘funny things’ on her doorstep such as urinary incontinence pads and hair dye. 

No drama: The actress claimed that she still speaks to Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline, 62, and says her friend was a 'great support' to her when she battled drink problems and an OCD 'meltdown' in 2018

No drama: The actress claimed that she still speaks to Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline, 62, and says her friend was a ‘great support’ to her when she battled drink problems and an OCD ‘meltdown’ in 2018

Close: Linda and Pauline are longtime friends after starring on Birds Of A Feather together in 1998

Close: Linda and Pauline are longtime friends after starring on Birds Of A Feather together in 1998 

However, despite not seeing much of Pauline recently, Linda insisted that there’s no bad blood, telling how both Pauline and Lesley were a huge support to her in her hours of need.   

She went on: ‘When I was ill, both Pauline and Lesley rang me, or a member of my family, every couple of days to see how I was. They were both a big support and really there for me.’

Linda added that Pauline has taken a step back from acting to concentrate on her drama academies, adding that the actress is ‘very hands on’ with the project.

It comes as Linda also shared a selfie with Pauline to mark International Women’s Day while noted several other people who have inspired her.

She wrote: ‘Happy International Womens Day/ Here’s a few inspirational ladies that inspire me everyday! And to all you women out there – you are all amazing! ✨ Lots of love Nanny Linda x.’

What feud; People say Pauline and I have fallen out. Obviously I couldn't see her during lockdown but I've seen her since' (Linda and Pauline pictured in 1993)

What feud; People say Pauline and I have fallen out. Obviously I couldn’t see her during lockdown but I’ve seen her since’ (Linda and Pauline pictured in 1993) 

Close: She added that she still sees fellow Birds of a Feather co-star Lesly Joseph, 76, 'all the time', joking that during lockdown, she would leave 'funny things' on her doorstep such as urinary incontinence pads and hair dye (pictured in 2015)

Close: She added that she still sees fellow Birds of a Feather co-star Lesly Joseph, 76, ‘all the time’, joking that during lockdown, she would leave ‘funny things’ on her doorstep such as urinary incontinence pads and hair dye (pictured in 2015)

Last year Linda said it was Pauline’s ‘choice’ not to appear in the one-off Bird of a Feather episode in 2020 and that the cast had ‘to respect’ her decision.

Pauline’s character Sharon Theodopolopodous was written out of the episode as being ‘stuck on a Covid cruise’.

It was later announced that the long-running sitcom had been axed despite attracting an audience of 7.9 million for the Christmas special, with ITV deciding against ordering more episodes after Pauline decided not to take part in the special. 

Support: However, despite not seeing much of Pauline recently, Linda insisted that there's no bad blood, telling how both Pauline and Lesley were a huge support to her in her hours of need (pictured in 2012)

Support: However, despite not seeing much of Pauline recently, Linda insisted that there’s no bad blood, telling how both Pauline and Lesley were a huge support to her in her hours of need (pictured in 2012)



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