Sue Jones-Davies

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Sue Jones-Davies (born 1 January 1949) is a Welsh actress and singer, who appeared as Judith Iscariot in the 1979 film Monty Python's Life of Brian. Mayor of Aberystwyth from 2008–2009, she now serves as town councillor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sue Jones-Davies was born in Wales in 1949. She lived in Dinas Cross, Pembrokeshire. She is a graduate of the University of Bristol.

Marriage and family[edit]

She met her former husband, the actor and writer Chris Langham, then a fellow student at Bristol. They married soon after graduation and lived in London. They have three sons, Dafydd Jones-Davies, Siencyn Langham and Glyn Langham. They later separated, and she moved to Aberystwyth with her three sons.[1]

Career[edit]

Jones-Davies worked in London for several years. She appeared in the original London production of Jesus Christ Superstar.[2] Other credits include Life of Brian, Radio On, Rock Follies, French and Saunders, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV and Brideshead Revisited. Her role in 'Rock Follies' earned her a chart hit single with "OK" in partnership with Julie Covington, Rula Lenska and Charlotte Cornwell, reaching no.10 in June 1977.[3] In August 1976, Jones-Davies was shortlisted for the part of Leela in the long running BBC series Doctor Who, but lost out to Louise Jameson for the role.[4]

In the 1970s she was singer in The Bowles Brothers Band. She sings in the Welsh-language acoustic band Cusan Tan[5] along with Annie Jones. She is also a regular performer on Welsh-language television. In 1981, she played in The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George as Megan Lloyd George, the prime minister's daughter.[6]

She is now a Plaid Cymru town councillor in Aberystwyth.[7]

Between June 2008 and May 2009,[8] she served as Mayor of Aberystwyth, and sponsored a charity screening of Life of Brian. Upon taking the office, she was informed that the town had banned the film and prohibited it for nearly 30 years.[9][10] In July 2008 Jones-Davies was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 2 about the film and its status in Aberystwyth. She was also profiled on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. The film was screened on 28 March 2009 at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. It was attended by casts of the film, Michael Palin and Terry Jones.[11][12] The event was broadcast on BBC One on 12 May 2009 as a documentary titled Monty Python in Aberystwyth: A Mayor and Two Pythons.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hill, Emily (27 August 2011). "The amazing Life Of Brian's girlfriend: From her naked film roles and the jailing of her ex-husband to becoming Mayor of Aberystwyth". Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "1972 London Palace Theatre Production of Jesus Christ Superstar". 
  3. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/release.php?release=7211
  4. ^ Doctor Who: The Face of Evil. BBC DVD/2Entertain. ISBN 0-7806-8517-2
  5. ^ "Profile: Cusan Tan". Ceolas celtic music archive. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  6. ^ "Sue Jones-Davies". BBC. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "In pictures: First impressions from Aberystwyth". BBC. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Nick Bourne blog". 27 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Town ends Python film 30-year ban". BBC News. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Once Banned, Monty Python Flick Returns To Town". National Public Radio. 8 Mar 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Monty Python stars flout Aberystwyth film ‘ban’". Daily Post. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Johnston, Ian (28 March 2009). "Aberystwyth embraces Monty Python's Life of Brian". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Monty Python in Aberystwyth". BBC. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  14. ^ McCall, Douglas (2014). Monty Python : A Chronology, 1969-2012 (2 ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-7864-7811-8. 

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