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Where the cast of The Upper Hand are now – from tragic deaths to depression battles and soap stardom

THE Upper Hand's hugely popular comedy/romance storylines left fans gripped for seven series.

Initially airing in 1990, the ITV show spanned a whopping 94 episodes, airing until 1996.

The plotline told the story of affluent divorcee Caroline Wheatley, who raised her son Tom with the assistance of her mother, Laura West.

Here's where the cast are now - and it's a dead cert you'll have seen some of them on-screen since.

Honor Blackman aka Laura West

Honor played protagonist Caroline's mother, who chose to enlist the help of a housekeeper for their household.

She is a glamorous character, known for her man-eating ways with a penchant for toyboys, and lives in an annex of Laura's home.

East London native Honor later became best known for playing Pussy Galore in the James Bond series, but sadly died aged 94 in 2020.

She appeared with Sean Connery in the 1964 classic Goldfinger.

At 38 — five years older than 007 Sean at the time — she was one of the oldest to play a Bond girl. But she became one of the film series’ all-time favourites.

She also emerged as high-kicking, often black-clad, action girl Cathy Gale in 1960s TV series The Avengers.

She appeared opposite Patrick Macnee, with whom she recorded the novelty song Kinky Boots in 1964 — a reference to the footwear she wore on the show.

Her many roles included that of goddess Hera in the 1963 fantasy film Jason and the Argonauts.

Prior to her passing, she toured in Honor Blackman as Herself, which looked back at her life and career.

Diana Weston aka Caroline Wheatley

Caroline was a successful advertising executive who excelled in her professional life but not in her personal, where she was separated from her unreliable husband.

She raises son Tom with her mum Laura and becomes more relaxed when Charlie arrived on the scene.

Diana, now 67, went on to add to her screen titles with roles in Emmerdale, Casualty, My Family, New Tricks and Jonathan Creek.

Yet The Upper Hand is what she is known best for.

She also ventured into the world of music in the video for 1984 Ultravox single, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes.

Joe McGann aka Charlie Burrows

Joe played the role of housekeeper Charlie, whose dreams of becoming a footballer were cut short by injury.

He takes the housekeeper job at the plush Henley-on-Thames property to give his daughter a better life, with the running joke being although he sees himself as a manly man, he embraces the stereotypically female household roles.

Joe, now 62, went on to star in, among others, Night and Day, Casualty and Midsomer Murders.

More recently, soap fans will spot him from his role as Hollyoaks' villain Edward Hutchinson - before he met his death eating a poisoned mince pie.

Off screen, he has spoken publicly about his battle with depression, and told The Mirror his "low times" were at their peak during The Upper Hand.

Kellie Bright aka Joanna Burrows

Kellie, now 44, played Charlie's hilarious sweater-clad daughter Joanna.

Initially she resents Caroline yet as she grows older and hits puberty, she grows to appreciate having another female around.

Telly fans will recognise Kellie as EastEnders' Linda Carter, a role she took on in 2013 and continues to play now, with her latest plotline seeing her demand that Sharon Watts returns the pub back to her.

She has also starred in Casualty, Vera, Rock and Chips and The Catherine Tate Show.

William Puttock aka Tom Wheatley

William played Caroline's adorable son Tom.

She somewhat spoils him due to the absence of his father but, gaining closeness to Charlie through sports, he starts to see him as a father figure.

William, also starred in The Geeks and This Is Your Life, but has since given up acting and retreated from the spotlight.

Honor Blackman and Sean Connery in classic Pussy Galore scene from James Bond movie Goldfinger

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