Sue Lloyd

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Sue Lloyd
Sue Lloyd in the trailer for The Ipcress File (1965)
Born Susan Margery Jeaffreson Lloyd
(1939-08-07)7 August 1939
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, UK
Died 20 October 2011(2011-10-20) (aged 72)
London, England, UK
Cause of death Cancer
Resting place Reading Cemetery and Crematorium
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963–2001
Spouse(s) Ronald Allen (m. 1991; d. 1991)[1]

Sue Lloyd (7 August 1939 – 20 October 2011) was an English model turned actress with numerous film and television credits. She may be best known for her long-running role (1979 to 1985) as Barbara Hunter, née Brady, in the British soap opera Crossroads.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of a GP, Susan Margery Jeaffreson Lloyd was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. She attended Edgbaston High School in Birmingham and studied dance as a child, attending Sadler's Wells Ballet School.[2] As her height (5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)) increased, her possibilities for a career as a dancer diminished, and she became a showgirl and model, and, briefly, a member of Lionel Blair's dance troupe.[3]

She was one of the last two debutantes to be presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1958; the final such ceremony.[4]

Films and television[edit]

She made her film debut in two espionage themed films released in 1965. Lloyd was a foil to Michael Caine's Harry Palmer in the spy thriller The Ipcress File and had a role in The Return of Mr. Moto.[5]

In the same year Lloyd played the regular role of secret agent Cordelia Winfield, alongside Steve Forrest in the 1965-66 British ITC television series The Baron. Originally Lloyd's character only appeared in the pilot episode with Steve Forrest's sidekick played by Paul Ferris. Pressure from the American television network who were to screen the show replaced Ferris with Lloyd.[6]

In 1971, Lloyd starred in a stage version of the TV series The Avengers playing John Steed's sidekick, Mrs Hannah Wild. She also appeared with several other stars in the 1976 Lindsay Shonteff imitation James Bond film No. 1 of the Secret Service.

She made many guest appearances on several popular shows of the 1960s and 1970s including The Saint, Department S, Jason King, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Persuaders! and The Sweeney.

Other film credits include Corruption, Revenge of the Pink Panther, The Stud and The Bitch. On her Twitter page Joan Collins said that she and Lloyd had to get drunk prior to their nude scenes.[7] She reunited with Michael Caine in Bullet to Beijing (1995), one of the later Harry Palmer films.

In 1979, Lloyd joined the long-running British soap opera Crossroads. She played Barbara Hunter, née Brady, until she was sacked from the series in 1985.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On Crossroads, Lloyd played the wife of actor Ronald Allen, who was sacked the same day she was.[8] They were good friends, having met shortly after his long-term life partner, fellow Crossroads actor Brian Hankins, had died from cancer in 1978. Lloyd's friends were surprised when, in 1991, she married an ailing Allen six weeks before his own death, on 19 June, from cancer.[9]

Sue Lloyd died on 20 October 2011, aged 72, from cancer.[10]




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  2. ^ The Guardian Obituary. Retrieved 23 October 2011
  3. ^ Sue Lloyd - Telegraph
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ p.189 Lisanti, Tom & Paul, Louis Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973 McFarland, 2002
  6. ^ The Baron | A Cherished Television Review
  7. ^ Crossroads and Ipcress File actress Sue Lloyd dies aged 72 | Daily Mail Online
  8. ^ a b pp160-161TV Babylon" by Paul Donnelley (Vista, 1997)
  9. ^ Fade to Black A Book of Movie Obituaries by Paul Donnelley. Omnibus Press: 2010)
  10. ^ Ipcress File Star Sue Lloyd Dies at 72

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