Carole Ann Ford
|Carole Ann Ford|
Carole Ann Ford in 1986
|Born||16 June 1940|
Carole Ann Ford (born 16 June 1940) is a British actress best known for her role as Susan Foreman in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and for her appearance in the 1962 film version of The Day of the Triffids.
Ford has had a long and varied acting career. Her theatrical work includes many comedies, dramas and musicals, including The Jungle Book, Stranger in the House, Bakerloo to Paradise, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Rumpus, Pride and Prejudice, Inadmissible Evidence, Enrico, Expresso Bongo, Sleeping Beauty, You Never Can Tell, Ned Kelly, Mother, MacBett, The Boy Friend, Have You Seen Manchester, and Private Lives.
Her films include Sarah (about the life of Sarah Bernhardt), Hiding Place, The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery, Mix Me a Person, and the part of the blind French girl Bettina in the 1962 science fiction film The Day of the Triffids.
In addition to Doctor Who, her television appearances include Suspense (in the play Man on a Bicycle), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (in the episode Affaira and Relations), Public Eye, Emergency Ward 10, Attorney General, Moonstrike, Compact, Probation Officer, and Dial M for Murder. She has also appeared on Juke Box Jury, numerous quiz shows, and done a multitude of voice overs, dubbing, and post synching.
According to the documentary Doctor Who: Origins it was an appearance on Z-Cars which led to her being tested for her role in Doctor Who.
Playing the granddaughter of the Doctor, she was one of the original companions to appear in the show in 1963. She left the series in an emotional farewell scene in 1964 at the conclusion of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, but briefly returned for the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors in 1983 and also appeared in the 30th anniversary charity special Dimensions in Time and (as a different character) in the independent Doctor Who spin-off film Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans.
Ford is married with two daughters. She gave up acting after an illness in 1977, and has since taught voice and presentation skills and dialogue coaching to politicians, businessmen, after dinner speakers, and actors.
In recent years she has made a limited return to acting, reprising the role of Susan in several Doctor Who audio plays by Big Finish Productions (some of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio): two Doctor Who Unbound stories, Auld Mortality and A Storm of Angels; two Companion Chronicles stories, Here There Be Monsters and Quinnis; and three stories alongside the Doctor, beginning with the special release An Earthly Child, where her character is reunited with the Doctor (played by Paul McGann), then subsequently spends Christmas with him in the Paul McGann story Relative Dimensions, and most recently teams up with McGann again in the story Lucie Miller.
In the BBC docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, due to be broadcast in the autumn of 2013 and telling the story of the creation of Doctor Who, Ford will be played by newly-graduated actress Claudia Grant. Ford also has a small role in An Adventure in Space and Time herself, playing a character named Joyce.
- The Last Load (1948)
- The Ghost Train Murder (1959)
- Mix Me a Person (1962)
- The Day of the Triffids (1962)
- The Punch and Judy Man (1963)
- The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966)
- The Man Outside (1967)
- The Hiding Place (1975)