Susan Jameson

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Susan Jameson
Susan I. M. Jameson[1]

(1941-08-13) 13 August 1941 (age 77)
Barnt Green, Worcestershire, England
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)James Bolam

Susan I. M. Jameson (born 13 August 1941)[2] is an English actress who has played a wide range of roles, especially on television. She is possibly best known for portraying Esther Lane in the BBC crime drama New Tricks between 2003 and 2013.

Early life[edit]

Jameson was born in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, England. She is married to actor James Bolam with whom she has a daughter. She has a son from a previous relationship who was given for adoption.[3]


Her television roles include Myra Booth in Coronation Street, Kate in Take Three Girls and Jessie Seaton in When the Boat Comes In. She played Emma Lambe in the third series of All in Good Faith, and John Duttine's second wife in the BBC drama To Serve Them All My Days. She also starred in two BBC children's comedy series, Bad Boyes in which she played the eponymous lead character's mother (two series, 1987–88) and Who, Sir? Me, Sir? (1985), as the feisty Biddy Bedwelty.

She has acted with her husband in several series, including an early episode of The Likely Lads as well as When The Boat Comes In, New Tricks, Grandpa in My Pocket and an ITV legal drama entitled Close and True (screened in 2000), which also starred Robson Green.

Her guest appearances include UFO, Space: 1999, Z-Cars, Special Branch, Dalziel and Pascoe, Hi-de-Hi! and Holby City.

In 2009 she was one of five actresses (alongside Emilia Fox, Barbara Flynn, Samantha Bond and Diana Quick) to portray Queen Elizabeth II in Channel 4's series The Queen.

Jameson is also a regular in BBC-produced Doctor Who audios, playing Mrs Wibbsey, the Doctor's housekeeper, in three series with Tom Baker, Hornets' Nest (2009), Demon Quest (2010) and Serpent Crest (2011). This was not her first foray into the world of Doctor Who, having played Mrs Moynihan in an early Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio play, The Spectre of Lanyon Moor[4] opposite Colin Baker, Nicholas Courtney and husband James Bolam. In 1971 she had been cast in the Doctor Who serial Colony in Space, but was replaced by Tony Caunter when the BBC's Head of Drama Serials decided the role was inappropriate for a woman to perform. Jameson was nevertheless paid in full.[citation needed]

She is also known as an audio book narrator, especially of Catherine Cookson novels.

In 2014 Jameson's first book Pony Tails, a collection of short stories based on four native pony breeds—the Connemara, the Welsh Cob, the Shetland and the Exmoor—was published by Forelock Books.



Date Title Role Director Station
23 August 2004 The Coast of Maine: Miss Tempy's Watchers Sarah Ann Binson Ned Chaillet BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
3 March 2005 The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch[5] Grandmother Lu Kemp BBC Radio 3 The Wire
16 March 2005
– 6 April 2005
The Great Pursuit Cynthia Bogden Toby Swift BBC Radio 4
5 May 2005 Stone Baby[6] Nurse Toby Swift BBC Radio 3 The Wire
6 May 2005 Claw Marks on the Curtain: The Open Window Caroline Nuttel Ned Chaillet BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
5 December 2005
– 30 December 2005
David Copperfield Peggotty / Mrs Gummidge Jeremy Mortimer BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. ^ England & Wales Birth Register Index; Jameson, Susan I. M.; September quarter 1941; Registration District: Bromsgrove; Registration County: Worcestershire; Volume 6c; Page 572
  3. ^ Laura Collins (10 October 2010). "'Sorry, I've no sense of being your mother': The long lost son of New Tricks star Susan Jameson reveals heartbreaking rejection". Daily Mail.
  4. ^ "The Spectre of Lanyon Moor – Doctor Who – Main Range". Big Finish. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  5. ^ "The Wire – The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr Punch". BBC. 3 March 2005. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. ^ "The Wire – A new wave of dramaStone BabyBy Sean Buckley". BBC. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 27 November 2013.

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