Susan Stranks

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Susan Stranks
Born (1938-12-02) 2 December 1938 (age 78)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Television producer
Spouse(s) Robin Ray

Susan Stranks (born 2 December 1938) is a British actress, television presenter and producer.


Born in London, Stranks was ten years old when she played the role of the younger Emmeline Foster in the 1949 romantic adventure film The Blue Lagoon. The following year she played Janet Smith, the young sister of Ann Todd, in the film Madeleine.

In 1959 Stranks played a young student in the crime drama Sapphire, and had a small part as a schoolgirl in the train scenes of The 39 Steps starring Kenneth More. She then appeared as a regular panelist on the TV pop music show Juke Box Jury as well as Emergency - Ward 10 but she is best remembered for the children's TV series Magpie, which she co-presented from 1968 to 1974.

Many viewers noted that she chose not to wear a bra when appearing on television, something she has freely reflected upon in retrospective programmes, often wearing the tight tops and hot pants which were fashionable during the period.

Following Magpie, Stranks devised and presented a programme for pre-school children, named Paperplay, which ran until 1981.

In recent years Stranks has become a children's radio campaigner,[1] helping to create Fun Radio, a station aimed at children aged under 10 years old.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Stranks was married to actor and media personality Robin Ray (son of Ted Ray) from 1960 until his death in 1998.[3] They had one child, Rupert.


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