Mary Riggans

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Mary Riggans
Born19 July 1935
Clydebank, Scotland
Died (aged 78)
Edinburgh, Scotland

Mary Riggans (19 July 1935 – 2 December 2013) was a Scottish actress, best known for playing Effie in Take the High Road and Susie Sweet in Balamory.[1][2] She began her acting career in 1946, when she did a voiceover at the age of 10, and went on to star in television, radio and theatre productions.


Riggans was best known for her role as Effie Macinnes on the Scottish television soap opera, Take the High Road from the early 1980s until the last episode in 2003. She appeared as Susie Sweet in Balamory, a children's television programme (2002–05), and as Sadie in Still Game (2002–07). She appeared in the pilot episode of Taggart, "Killer".



Riggans died in her sleep at her Edinburgh home on 2 December 2013, a year after suffering a stroke. BBC Scotland executive Yvonne Jennings, who worked as a producer on Balamory, paid tribute to the actress.

She said: "As Suzie Sweet in Balamory, Mary was well respected by those who worked with her and much loved by the CBeebies audience. Like Suzie, Mary was a kind and giving woman who took on the role of nurturing young talent."[3][4]


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger (18 November 2008). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009. Andrews McMeel Publishing. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-0-7407-7745-5. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  2. ^ Davidson, Lynn (5 March 2004). "Goodbye Russell". The Scotsman. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  3. ^ Notice of death of Mary Riggans,; accessed 10 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Balamory Star dies at 78",; accessed 10 December 2013.

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