Susan Penhaligon

Susan Penhaligon (born 3 July 1949) is an English television actress best known for her appearances in the controversial 1976 drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire and the British television situation comedy, A Fine Romance (1981–84) (as the more glamorous sister of Judi Dench's character).

She was cast in many television series and cult, horror and exploitation films of the 1970s, and played the character Jean Hope in the British soap opera Emmerdale. She is also a regular stage actress.

Penhaligon's father worked as an engineer for the Shell oil company and was working in the Philippines at the time of her birth there. She trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and, as a student, she shared a flat with soon-to-be rock star Peter Hammill. She is named in his songs "Refugees" and "Easy to Slip Away".

Other notable television appearances have been Teenage Health Freak (1993), A Kind of Living (1983), A Kind of Loving (1982). She was also Lucy in the 1977 BBC adaptation Count Dracula starring Louis Jourdan, and as Bianca in a 1980 TV adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew.

Television guest-starring roles include appearances in such series as Casualty; A Touch of Frost; Bergerac; Remington Steele; Tales of the Unexpected; Return of the Saint; Upstairs, Downstairs; and Doctor Who (portraying Lakis in the story The Time Monster). She returned to Doctor Who for the 2001 audio adventure Primeval.

She also appeared in several films of the 1970s. These included The Land That Time Forgot (1975); sex-comedy No Sex Please, We're British (1973); Under Milk Wood (1972); Australian-made horror film Patrick (1978); and Soldier of Orange (1979). She portrayed Juliane Köpcke in I Miracoli accadono ancora (1974), a film which graphically depicted Köpcke's ordeal in the jungle after surviving the crash of LANSA Flight 508.

Penhaligon lives on a houseboat on the River Thames with her husband, actor Duncan Preston, and son, actor Truan Munro. She has recently appeared as a guest on the ITV1 programme called Loose Women on 12 September 2008 and announced that she has written a novel called, "For The Love Of Angel". The book is based on Truro in Cornwall and set in the 1880s just as the cathedral was being built. Penhaligon was in a pantomime at the Theatre Royal Bath in December 2008-January 2009, along with Colin Baker and Lewis Bradley.

Susan Penhaligon

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