|Born||Susan Frances Harmar-Nicholls
23 November 1943
Walsall, Staffordshire, England, UK
|Notable work(s)||Coronation Street|
|Spouse(s)||Mark Eden (1993–present)|
|Sue Nicholls official website|
Susan Frances Harmar-Nicholls (born 23 November 1943), known as Sue Nicholls, is an English actress, best known for her long-running role as Audrey Roberts in the British soap opera Coronation Street. Having played Audrey on a recurring basis for six years from the characters's debut in 1979, she joined the cast permanently in 1985. She won the 2000 British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance and the 2003 British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance.
Notable roles for Nicholls prior to Coronation Street include, Crossroads from 1964-68 and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin from 1976-79. She also appeared on Broadway in 1974 in the comedy London Assurance.
Nicholls was born in Walsall, Staffordshire. She was educated at the School of St. Mary and St. Anne (now known as Abbots Bromley School for Girls), and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Nicholls first became known as Marilyn Gates on Crossroads, a role she played from 1964-68. A song she first sang on the programme, "Where Will You Be?", charted on 3 July 1968, eventually reaching number 17 in the UK Singles Chart.
Nicholls' second single was less successful and she embarked on a career in a cabaret, performing her solo act all over the country. She returned to the stage in a variety of popular plays and pantomimes. During the 1970s, she had two very different stints abroad. In Vienna she sang between strip acts at a nightclub while in 1976 she toured America and Canada with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London Assurance, finishing with a six-week run on Broadway.
She played the role of the secretary, Joan Greengross (later Webster and Millbeck) in the sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976-79) and its sequel The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1996), as well as Nadia Popov in Rentaghost and Mrs Muddle in Pipkins (1973). She has played Audrey in Coronation Street as an occasional visitor since April 1979, and a full-time permanent character since 1985.
Nicholls' father was Lord Harmar-Nicholls, the former Conservative MP for Peterborough (1950–1974) and MEP for Greater Manchester South (1979–1984), and subsequently a life peer; she is thus entitled to be addressed as "The Honourable Susan Nicholls".
In 2011 while watching an episode of Coronation Street, Anna Bianconi-Moore, a nurse at the dermatology department at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, noticed a mole on Sue Nicholls' shoulder. The nurse contacted the show immediately via e-mail to express her concerns. Nicholls' was seen by Coronation Street's in-house medical team, and later referred to a skin cancer specialist, which she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. After the mole was surgically removed ITV contacted Bianconi-Moore to inform her on the situation, and was invited to the Coronation Street set to meet Nicholls.
Nicholls is married to Mark Eden, alongside whom she acted for a time in Coronation Street when he played the role of Alan Bradley. She is a supporter of the British Conservative Party.
- British Soap Awards 2000 (Best Comedy Performance)
- British Soap Awards 2003 (Best Dramatic Performance)
- British Soap Awards 2003 (Hero of the Year)
- Sue Nicholls official website; accessed 9 November 2014
- Coronation Street's Sue Nicholls profile, RTÉ Guide, rte.ie; accessed 9 November 2014