Susan Penhaligon

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Susan Penhaligon
Born (1949-07-03) 3 July 1949 (age 65)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actress, writer
Years active 1971–present
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).

Early days[edit]

Susan Penhaligon was born in Manila, the Philippines but returned with her family to Cornwall, England, 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[citation needed]

While training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art,[1] Penhaligon shared a flat with soon-to-be rock star Peter Hammill.[2] Tagged the 'British Bardot' in the 1970s, Clive Aslet in The Daily Telegraph wrote that Penhaligon "was the face of the decade".[3]

Acting career[edit]

Theatre roles[edit]

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, in Mr. Love and The Maintenance Man, and a nominated[clarification needed] production of Of Mice and Men at the now defunct Mermaid Theatre. She has toured the UK extensively, appearing in productions of The Constant Wife, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Death Trap, Agatha Christie's Verdict, Dangerous Obsession with Simon Ward, and Lord Arthur Saville's Crime by Oscar Wilde

She was in Time and the Conways, Lower Depths and The Cherry Orchard, and played a leading part in Arthur Miller's Broken Glass at WYP in Leeds.

In the fringe she appeared in the premiere of Dario Fo's Abduction Diana at the Edinburgh Fringe, and a critically acclaimed production of Misery at The Kings Head Theatre.

TV roles[edit]

Her TV credits include Upstairs Downstairs, Tales of the Unexpected, Bergerac, Remington Steele, Wycliffe, Doctor Who, The Taming of the Shrew by the BBC Shakespeare series, Heart of the Country, A Kind of Loving, and Count Dracula with Louis Jourdan. In A Fine Romance, she played Judi Dench's sister Helen. She has been in three different episodes of Doctors and three different episodes of Casualty. She also played Jean Hope in UK soap Emmerdale, for a year.

Film roles[edit]

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 first appearance in a major film was as Mae Rose Cottage in Under Milk Wood (1972).[4] She also played the role of the sole survivor of LANSA Flight 508, Juliane Koepcke in the film Miracles Still Happen directed by George Barie.[citation needed]

Writing career[edit]

Her book,[clarification needed] set in Cornwall in 1880 is called For the Love of Angel.


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