Sue Jones-Davies

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Sue Jones-Davies 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.

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 first husband, the actor and writer Chris Langham, in college. They married soon after graduation but later separated.

Career[edit]

Jones-Davies worked in London for several years. She appeared in the original London production of Jesus Christ Superstar.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

In the 1970s she was singer in The Bowles Brothers Band. She sings in the Welsh-language acoustic band Cusan Tan[4] along with Annie Jones. She is also a regular performer on Welsh-language television.

She is now a Plaid Cymru town councillor in Aberystwyth.[5]

Between June 2008 and May 2009,[6] she served as Mayor of Aberystwyth, and sponsored a charity screening of Life of Brian. There was an "urban myth" that the town had banned the film and prohibited it for nearly 30 years, but this was false.[7][8] It later emerged that the film had never been banned in the town.[9] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1972 London Palace Theatre Production of Jesus Christ Superstar". 
  2. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/release.php?release=7211
  3. ^ Doctor Who: The Face of Evil. BBC DVD/2Entertain. ISBN 0-7806-8517-2
  4. ^ "Profile: Cusan Tan". Ceolas celtic music archive. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  5. ^ "In pictures: First impressions from Aberystwyth". BBC. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  6. ^ "Nick Bourne blog". 27 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Town ends Python film 30-year ban". BBC News. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Once Banned, Monty Python Flick Returns To Town". National Public Radio. 8 Mar 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Monty Myth-on". BBC News. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 

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