Susie Blake

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Susie Blake
Susie Blake

(1950-04-19) 19 April 1950 (age 68)
Highgate, London, England
EducationArts Educational Schools, London
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1974–present
RelativesAnnette Mills (grandmother)
Sir John Mills (great-uncle)
Hayley Mills
(1st cousin once-removed)
Juliet Mills
(1st cousin once-removed)

Susie Blake (born 19 April 1950) is an English television, radio and stage actress.

She is best known for her portrayals of the snobbish TV announcer in As Seen On TV by Victoria Wood and the role of Bev Unwin in Coronation Street, portrayed between 2003 and 2006, and a brief return in 2015. She is currently portraying Hilary Nicholson in Mrs. Brown's Boys, which she has been playing since December 2011.

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Blake trained at the Arts Educational School and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She is the granddaughter of actress Annette Mills, and a great-niece of actor Sir John Mills. Actresses Hayley and Juliet Mills are Blake's first cousins once-removed.


Blake has appeared in television programmes starring Victoria Wood and has extensive radio credits. She appeared in the first episode of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave in which her character was responsible for firing Victor Meldrew, and thus set the events of the show into motion. She appeared as Bev Unwin in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street until her departure in December 2006.

Blake played the character of Madame Morrible in the West End production of Wicked. She began her run on 2 April 2007, replacing Miriam Margolyes.[1] Blake played her final performance on 12 April 2008 and was replaced by Harriet Thorpe.[2] Blake appeared as a witch in the pantomime Wizard of Oz at The Lowry Theatre and Gallery, Salford, in 2004/2005.

In late 2008 to early 2009, she starred in the national UK tour of Boeing Boeing, and appeared as Judith in one episode of Wild at Heart's third series. She was also in a national tour of Grumpy Old Women 2 in 2009 with Jenny Eclair and Wendi Peters.

Blake appeared as Hilary Nicholson in the RTÉ and BBC comedy Mrs. Brown's Boys, replacing Sorcha Cusack, who played Hilary in series one. In 2015, she played The Queen in a theatre tour of the West End hit Handbagged.

Blake briefly reprised her Coronation Street role of Bev Unwin in July 2015 to help the long-running character Deirdre Barlow, who was played by the late Anne Kirkbride, bow out of the soap due to Kirkbride's death in January 2015.



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