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20 September 1958
|Spouse(s)||Jesse Newman (divorced)|
Suzanne Packer (born Suzanne Jackson on 20 September 1958) is a Welsh actress who is best known for playing the role of Tess Bateman in the long-running television series Casualty from September 2003 until August 2015. She returned to the show as a guest for the 30th anniversary episodes. She now teaches in many Welsh schools.
Packer is the daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents to Abergavenny, and her mother worked as a nurse. She is the elder sister of the Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson. Whilst studying at Llanedeyrn High School in Cardiff, she already showed an interest in acting, playing the lead in school plays including Oklahoma and The King and I.
Embarking on an acting career, in the early 1990s she was most well known for her role as Mick Johnson's wife Josie in the Channel 4 soap Brookside. She then undertook a degree in teaching at Goldsmiths College, and after graduating in 1996 taught drama in London.
Whilst acting, she met and married American actor Jesse Newman. The couple moved to New York City, where she taught drama and acted, and in 2003 gave birth to their son Paris. After the birth their relationship began to break down, and they agreed to move back to the UK, but Newman later decided to stay in the US. The couple divorced the following year.
Arriving back in Cardiff with her three-month-old son, she gained an audition for BBC drama Casualty. Three weeks later she started work as Sister Tess Bateman, first appearing on screen from September 2003. In November 2006 Martina Laird who played the role of Comfort left Casualty, which then meant that Suzanne was the second longest serving cast member.
On 19 March 2017, Packer appeared in the ITV crime drama Vera as ranger Sophia in the episode "Natural Selection".
On 23 February 2018, Packer appeared in the series finale of Death in Paradise.
On 18 March 2018, Packer played a minor role in an episode of Hold the Sunset.
In 2019 Packer played Dame Stella Regan in the 5Star prison drama Clink. And she also played Delyth Lloyd in Series 1 and 2 of the Welsh drama Keeping Faith.
Packer is divorced from American actor Jesse Newman and in 2006 lived in Cardiff with their son Paris.
|1990–2000||Brookside||Josie Johnson/Brooks||Channel 4||17 episodes.|
|1992||Crime Story||Barbara Pilkington||ITV||1 episode: "All Good Friends"|
|1994||The Lifeboat||Helen Mitchell||Unknown||1 episode: "Shadow of Doubt"|
|1995||Grange Hill||Miss Foster||BBC||2 episodes: (season 18, episode 19), (season 18, episode 20)|
|Some Kind of Life||Dr. Judson||Unknown|
|1996||Wales Playhouse||Veronica||BBC Wales||1 episode: "Strangers in the night"|
|Porkpie||Trish||Channel 4||1 episode: "Fatal Distraction"|
|1997||Tiger Bay||Marie||Unknown||4 episodes.|
|1998||Brothers and Sisters||Siobhan Etienne||Unknown|
|1999||The Bill||Katherine Adams||ITV||1 episode: "Treading Water"|
|2000||Dirty Work||Rhiannon||Unknown||6 episodes.|
|2002||Third Watch||Dr. Sharon Reid||NBC||American crime drama. Episode: "The Greater Good"|
|2003–2015, 2016||Casualty||Tess Bateman||BBC||Left in August 2015, appeared in 30th Anniversary Special in August 2016.
Directed 1 episode:
"Guilty Secrets" (2010)
|2004–2005||Holby City||2 episodes:
"Casualty @ Holby City: Part Two" (2004)
"Casualty @ Holby City: Deny thy father – Part 2" (2005)
|2005||Casualty @ Holby City||Crossover Drama.
"Crash and Burn" (2005)
"Teacher's Pet" (2005)
"Interactive: something we can do" (2005)
|2014||Under Milk Wood||Mrs. Beynon||(TV Movie)|
|2015||Doctors||Rose Blair||"The Heart of England"|
|2016||Stella||Carol||Sky 1||series 5|
|The Level||Teresa Devlin||ITV||All 6 episodes. Recurring role.|
|Bang||Layla||S4C / BBC||All 8 episodes. Bilingual Drama (Welsh/English)|
|Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith||Delyth Lloyd||Series 1, 8 episodes. Bilingual Drama (Welsh/English)|
|2018||Death in Paradise||Maya Oprey||BBC||series 7, episode 8|
|Hold the Sunset||Mrs. Pool||1 episode: "Roger the Carer" (series 1, episode 5)|
|Doctor Who||Eve Cicero||1 episode: "The Tsuranga Conundrum" (series 11, episode 5)|
|The ABC Murders||Capstick||TV miniseries, 3 episodes|
|2019||Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith||Delyth Lloyd||S4C / BBC||Series 2, 8 episodes. Bilingual Drama (Welsh/English)|
- "Characters & Cast: Tess Bateman". Casualty. BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
- Hayward, Anthony (1996). Who's Who on Television. London: Boxtree. ISBN 0 7522 1067 X.[page needed]
- "Colin Jackson and his sister, Suzanne". Sunday Times. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- Hayward 1996, p. 193
- "Episode 3". BBC. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- Ling, Thomas (4 November 2018). "Doctor Who series 11 episode 5: meet the guest cast of The Tsuranga Conundrum". Radio Times.