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3 July 1949 |
|Spouse(s)||Nicholas Loukes (m. 1971–1972) (divorced)
David Munro (m. 1974–81) (divorced)
Duncan Preston (m. 1986–92) (divorced)
|Partner(s)||Duncan Preston (since 1997)|
|Children||Truan Munro (b. 1979)|
Susan Penhaligon (born 3 July 1949) is a British actress probably best known for her appearances in the controversial 1976 drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire and for playing Judi Dench's sister in the 1981 sitcom A Fine Romance. She also played a British military officer in Paul Verhoeven's Soldier of Orange (1977).
Susan Penhaligon was born in Manila, the Philippines but returned to Cornwall, UK, aged 6. She spent her formative years living in St. Ives and Falmouth. Aged 11 she was sent to boarding school in Bristol where her acting ambitions were encouraged. She has two brothers and a sister in the U.S.A. After her parents divorced, her father went to live in San Francisco and worked as a Private Detective
While training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Penhaligon shared a flat with soon-to-be rock star Peter Hammill. Tagged the 'British Bardot' in the 1970s, Clive Aslet in The Daily Telegraph wrote that Penhaligon "was the face of the decade".
Susan Penhaligon's first appearance in the theatre was playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Connaught theatre Worthing in a two weekly repertory company.
In the West End she appeared in a production of Three Sisters She played a leading part in The Real Thing Two shows at the Comedy Theatre Mr. Love and The Maintenance Man and a nominated production of Of Mice and Men at the now defunct Mermaid Theatre. She has toured the UK extensively, The Constant Wife, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Death Trap, Agatha Christie's "Verdict" Dangerous Obsession with Simon Ward, Lord Arthur Savilles Crime by Oscar Wilde
Her TV credits include Upstairs Downstairs, Tales of the Unexpected, Bergerac, Remmington Steele, Wycliffe, Doctor Who, The Taming of the Shrew, BBC Shakespeare series, Heart of the Country A Kind of Loving, Count Dracula, in which she played a vampire with Louis Jourdan. In A Fine Romance, she played Judi Dench's sister Helen. She has been in 3 different episodes of Doctors and three different episodes of Casualty. She also played Jean Hope in UK soap Emmerdale, for a year.
Susan Penhaligon had starring roles in films such as The Uncanny, The Land that Time Forgot, No Sex Please, We're British, Leopard in the Snow, Nasty Habits, Patrick, Soldier of the Queen and Private Road. She also had a supporting role in Paul Verhoeven's Soldier of Orange (1977) as a British military officer.
Her book, set in Cornwall in 1880 is called "For the Love of Angel". She also writes poetry.
She has been married three times:
- Nicholas Loukes, actor (1971–72); divorced (deceased)
- David Munro, filmmaker (1974–81, divorced; (deceased) father of her son Truan Munro, also a filmmaker, now living in New Zealand
- Duncan Preston, actor (1986–92; divorced; reconciled in 1997 without remarrying but live separately (Preston in North London and Penhaligon on a Dutch barge on the Thames).
- Catherine Jones "Actress Susan Penhaligon on her role in Agatha Christie’s Verdict", Liverpool Echo,6 May 2011
- "My Favourite Things: Susan Penhaligon", The Argus, 6 September 2010
- Clive Aslet "Susan Penhaligon take note: vanity is worse than a few wrinkles", Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2009
- Hoyle, Antonia. "'I thought it would last forever... but I went into a dark period': Bouquet Of Barbed Wire star Susan Penhaligon reveals her controversial route to fame", Daily Mail, 2 November 2009