14 January 1957
London, England, UK
|Occupation||Film, television actress|
|Spouse(s)||Sam Torrance (1988-present); 4 children|
Danielle trained as a dancer at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts in Romford, Essex, which was her home town, and also went to the Bedfords Park Community School in Straight Road, Harold Hill. At the age of 16, she appeared in the West End musical Billy (1974), starring Michael Crawford. As a result of that, she was invited to appear as a dancer on a Bruce Forsyth show called Bruce and More Girls. An admirer of Cyd Charisse, after leaving school Danielle joined a dance group called The Younger Generation.
Danielle's first screen role as an actress was as "Pretty Girl" in an episode of The Professionals (Killer With A Long Arm), broadcast in January 1978. Her first film role was in The Wild Geese (1978), but her first credited part, in the same year, was for Carry On Emmannuelle, the last film in the original Carry On... series. One reviewer commented "Many of the stalwarts are featured but, apart from Kenneth Williams, they are reduced to support for the eponymous heroine in the athletic and long-legged person of Suzanne Danielle". In Arabian Adventure (1979) she plays a dancer and does a belly dance for Christopher Lee's Caliph. Her last film was The Trouble with Spies (1987) but filmed in 1984, in which she played opposite Donald Sutherland and Michael Hordern.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Danielle was reported to have "the monopoly on attractive, promiscuous good-time girls". Between 1979 and 1983, she was a regular team member on the TV game show Give Us a Clue. On television, she appeared in Doctor Who (Destiny of the Daleks), Hammer House of Horror, Morecambe and Wise, Tales of the Unexpected and became a frequent contributor to the Mike Yarwood series on ITV during the early 1980s, portraying Diana, Princess of Wales, opposite Yarwood's impersonation of Prince Charles.
In 1982, she took to the theatre, in a touring production of John Murray's two person comedy The Monkey Walk, opposite Patrick Mower. This travelled as far afield as Singapore and New Zealand. In 1983, she starred in an exercise instruction album on vinyl and cassette, in the Shape Up and Dance series. In 1985, Danielle played the lead in a Christmas pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk at Richmond, Surrey, supported by Jimmy Edwards, Kenneth Connor and Joan Sims.
For seven years, Danielle was the girlfriend of the actor Patrick Mower. In 1986, she met the golfer Sam Torrance, who proposed to her in 1987 on a Concorde flight on the way to play in the Ryder Cup in Columbus, Ohio, but they did not get married until several years later when, in 1995, a surprise marriage was arranged at Skibo Castle. She and Torrance have four children.
- The Wild Geese (1978) - Girl at party (uncredited)
- Carry On Emmannuelle (1978) - Emmannuelle Prevert
- The Stud (1978) - Disco dancer (uncredited)
- Arabian Adventure (1979) - Eastern dancer
- The Golden Lady (1979) - Dahlia
- Long Shot (1980) - Sue
- Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980) - Candice Rawlinson
- Flash Gordon (1980) - Palace slave
- Jane (1982) - Lola Pagola
- The Boys in Blue (1982) - Kim
- Escape from El Diablo (1983) - Pilar
- The Trouble with Spies (1987) - Maria Sola
- The Professionals: Killer with a Long Arm (1978) – "Pretty Girl"
- Morecambe and Wise Show: – various appearances
- Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks (1979) – "Agella"
- Give Us a Clue: – regular guest between 1979–83
- Hammer House of Horror, The Carpathian Eagle (1980) - Natalie
- Tales of the Unexpected: – Hijack (1981) "Millie" & Pattern of Guilt (1982) "Elaine Briscoe"
- Mike Yarwood Show: – Diana, Princess of Wales
- Royal Variety Performance: 8 November 1982
- Adrian Room, Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins (2010), p. 132 online
- Iain F. McAsh, Suzanne is not just a pretty face, interview online at comedykings.co.uk, accessed 5 November 2010
- Films and Filming volume 25 (1978), p. 89
- Jonathan Rigby, George Lucas, Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History (2007), p. 180
- R. R. Bowker Publishing, Variety Film Reviews 1987-1988 (1991)
- David Kerekes, Creeping Flesh: the Horror Fantasy Film Book (2003), p. 76
- Jean Marc, Randy Lofficier. The Doctor Who Programme Guide (2003), p. 157
- Robert Ross, Benny Hill: merry master of mirth (1999), p. 24
- The Straits Times, 1 June 1982, Page 16
- The Illustrated London News Volume 273 (1985), p. 61
- I don’t need to act in Emmerdale - I’m just reliving my own past, says Patrick Mower dated 1 September 2007, online at dailymail.co.uk
- Robert Ross, The Carry on Companion (2002), p. 127
- The Saturday profile - Suzanne Danielle, dated 28 September 2002, in The Scotsman online
- Ryan Parry, Secret weapon won us Ryder glory, thefreelibrary.com; accessed 24 January 2014.
- Harris M. Lentz, Science fiction, horror and fantasy film and television credits (1983), p. 1087
- Roy Kinnard, Tony Crnkovich, & R. J. Vitone, The Flash Gordon Serials (2008), p. 197
- Peter Cowie, ed., International Film Guide 1984 (Tantivy Press, 1983), p. 319
- Lentz, op. cit., p. 1250
- Michael Weldon, The Psychotronic video guide (Titan Books, 1996), p. 94