Susannah Fielding

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Susannah Fielding
Born (1985-06-10) 10 June 1985 (age 30)
Poole, Dorset, England
Alma mater Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Awards 2014 Ian Charleson Award

Susannah Glanville-Hearson[1] (born 10 June 1985), better known by her stage name Susannah Fielding, is an English actress who has worked in theatre, television and film. She won the 2014 Ian Charleson Award for her portrayal of Portia in The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Fielding was born in Poole, England,[4] and grew up in Portsmouth before spending two years boarding at Christ's Hospital school in Sussex, where she fell in love with acting.[1][5] She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; her performances there included Trinculo in The Tempest (directed by Patsy Rodenburg) and Myrrah in Tales From Ovid (directed by Christian Burgess).[6] She graduated from Guildhall in 2006.[7]



Fielding's first four professional roles in theatre were in four productions at the National Theatre:The Rose Tattoo (2007), Philistines (2007), Much Ado About Nothing (2007) and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other (2008). She received an Ian Charleson Award Commendation for her role as Pietra in Ibsen's An Enemy of the People at the Sheffield Crucible in 2010 alongside Antony Sher.[8]

In 2011 she played Portia in Rupert Goold's production of The Merchant of Venice for the Royal Shakespeare Company alongside Sir Patrick Stewart as Shylock,[9] reprising the role in the production's transfer to the Almeida Theatre in 2014.[10] In 2012, she was cast as Kim for the UK run of All New People, a black comedy play written by and starring Zach Braff. The play's UK run included Manchester and Glasgow before culminating in a 10-week run in London's Duke of York's Theatre. Fielding played the role of Evelyn Williams[11] in the musical American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre in December 2013.[12]

Fielding won the 2014 Ian Charleson Award for her reprised portrayal of Portia in The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre.[2][13][3] Michael Grandage, one of the four judges, said of her performance in the production, set in a Las Vegas casino, that she had made the familiar role her own, with a "faultless American accent and a huge intelligence in her acting choices".[2]


In 2008 she appeared in Firewall, the second episode of the BBC TV series Wallander.[14] 2009 saw Fielding as a guest on The Bill, playing Rochelle Chapman. In 2010 she appeared in the Doctor Who episode "Victory of the Daleks", as well as an episode of Midsomer Murders and Comedy Lab. She played Chloe in the Channel 4 sitcom Pete versus Life.


Fielding appeared in the 2010 films and 1st Night (originally titled Cosi), for which she learnt to sing opera in Italian.[4] In 2011 she starred in Kill Keith, a comedy horror film featuring Keith Chegwin. She appeared in the 2012 romantic comedy The Knot alongside Mena Suvari and Noel Clarke.

Personal life[edit]

Fielding was previously in a relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston, who appeared with her in an episode of Wallander in 2008.[15][16][17][18][5] Their relationship ended in November 2011.[17][19]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Production Role Venue
2007 The Rose Tattoo[20] Rosa National Theatre
2007 Philistines[21] Polya National Theatre
2007 Much Ado About Nothing[22] Hero National Theatre
2008 The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other[23] Ensemble National Theatre
2010 An Enemy of the People[24] Petra Sheffield Crucible
2011 The Merchant of Venice[9] Portia Royal Shakespeare Theatre
2012 All New People[25] Kim Duke of York's Theatre
2013 American Psycho[11] Evelyn Williams Almeida Theatre
2014 The Merchant of Venice Portia Almeida Theatre
2015 The Beaux' Stratagem Mrs Sullen National Theatre


Year Film Role Notes
2008 She Stoops to Conquer Kate Hardcastle TV movie
2008 Wallander Sonja Hokberg TV series (1 episode: "Firewall")
2009 The Bill Rochelle Chapman TV series (1 episode: "Trust Me")
2010 Doctor Who Lilian TV series (1 episode: "Victory of the Daleks")
2010 Comedy Lab Sam TV series (1 episode: "Filth")
2010 Jas
2010 1st Night Debbie
2010 Midsomer Murders Jessica Peach TV series (1 episode: "The Silent Land")
2010 Pete versus Life Chloe TV series (4 episodes)
2010 Watching Annie short film
2011 Kill Keith Dawn
2012 The Knot Julie
2012 4Funnies Melodie TV series (1 episode: "Uncle")
2012 Uncle Melodine TV movie
2013 Pramface Francesca TV series (1 episode: "Grumpy and Target Boy")
2013 Jo Gabrielle TV series (1 episode: "Place Vendôme")
2013 Love Matters Siobhan TV series (1 episode: "A Nice Arrangement")
2013 The Job Lot Mia Gibbs TV series (1 episode)
2013 Drifters Fay TV series (1 episode)
2014 Father Brown Bunty Pryde TV series (episode 2.3 "The Pride of the Prydes")
2014 Scrotal Recall Phoebe Morris TV series (1 episode: "Phoebe")
2015 Death in Paradise Elizabeth `Betty' Floss TV series (episode 4.4)


  1. ^ a b "Drama: High profile OB actors". The Blue (Christ's Hospital). 2011. p. 55. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "2015 Ian Charleson Awards". Sunday Times. 28 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b Snow, Georgia (19 June 2015). "Susannah Fielding wins Ian Charleson award". The Stage. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Medland, Chris (28 October 2010). "Susannah Fielding chats about some stuff". FHM. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Akbar, Arifa (11 September 2013). "From ice-cream seller to superstar: Susannah Fielding hits the West End stage". The Independent. 
  6. ^ Susannah Fielding – Profile at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Archived 22 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Susannah Fielding: Class of 2006. Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  8. ^ Wise, Louis. "Award for young actors". Sunday Times. 19 June 2011.
  9. ^ a b Billington, Michael (19 May 2011). "The Merchant of Venice - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Realf, Mariah (14 December 2014). "Spotlight: actress Susannah Fielding, who is shaking up Shakespeare, Vegas-style!". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "American Psycho Cast". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Trueman, Matt (7 October 2013). "Doctor Who's Matt Smith set to regenerate … as American Psycho". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Dillon, Luke (19 June 2015). "Susannah Fielding wins 2014 Ian Charleson award". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Wallander: Firewall (Series 1 Episode 2 of 3). BBC One Programmes. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  15. ^ Brooks, Xan (25 November 2011). "Tom Hiddleston: 'I never wanted to be the go-to guy for tails and waistcoats'". The Guardian. 
  16. ^ "Interview: Tom Hiddleston, actor". The Scotsman. 22 November 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Sorren, Martha (8 April 2015). "Who Has Tom Hiddleston Dated? He's Been Linked To Some Pretty Famous Ladies Over The Years". Bustle. 
  18. ^ Mottram, James (8 January 2012). "Soldier of fortune: Tom Hiddleston is set to become 2012's hottest new star". The Independent. 
  19. ^ Davies, Dan (7 April 2012). "'People think Eton is full of arrogant, braying toffs. It just isn't true': Tom Hiddleston on Britain's class consciousness". Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  20. ^ Billington, Michael (31 March 2007). "The Rose Tattoo". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  21. ^ Dowden, Neil (1 May 2007). "Philistines @ National Theatre, London". MusicOMH. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  22. ^ Tripney, Natasha (1 December 2007). "Much Ado About Nothing @ National Theatre, London". MusicOMH. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  23. ^ Billington, Michael (February 13, 2008). "The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other". The Guardian. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  24. ^ Murphy, John (1 Feb 2010). "An Enemy of the People @ Crucible Theatre, Sheffield". MusicOMH. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Eve Myles and Susannah Fielding in All New People with Zach Braff". London Theatre Direct. January 12, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 

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