Susan Penhaligon was brought up in Cornwall and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. Her first appearance in the theatre was playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Connaught theatre, Worthing and since then she has worked extensively in theatre, film and television.
Her early TV credits include Upstairs Downstairs, Tales of the Unexpected, Bergerac, Remmington Steele, Casualty, Inspector Wycliffe and Doctor Who. She played Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew for the BBC’s Shakespeare season and Frank Finlay’s spoilt daughter Prue, in the hugely successful A Bouquet of Barbed Wire. Other leading parts were in Fay Weldon’s Heart of the Country and in Stan Barstow’s A Kind of Loving. She played Lucy in Dracula for the BBC and Judi Dench’s sister Helen in four series of the award0winning sitcom, A Fine Romance. She has also appeared most recently in Casualty, in Doctors and the regular role of Jean Hope in Emmerdale.
Her West End credits include, Three Sisters, (Albery Theatre), The Real Thing (The Strand Theatre) The Mysterious Mr Love and The Maintenance Man both at the Comedy Theatre, Dangerous Corner (The Whitehall Theatre) and Of Mice and Men (The Mermaid Theatre).
Touring: Credits include: And Then There Were None, All Creatures Great & Small, Having a Ball, Bedroom Farce, The Constant wife, Mrs Warren’s
Profession, Death Trap, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, The Madness of George III, The Unexpected Guest.
Other Theatre: American Venus (So & So Arts Club), Martine (The Findborough Theatre), Keeping Up With The Joans (Edinburgh Fringe), Hindle Wakes (Finborough Theatre); The Complacent Lover, A Doll’s House (The Palace Theatre, Watford) Time and the Conways, Lower Depths and The Cherry Orchard (Royal Exchange), Broken Glass (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Jermyn Street Theatre) Prophecy (The New End Theatre) Abducting Diana (Edinburgh Festival) & Misery (King’s Head Theatre).
Her films include leading roles in, The Uncanny, The Land that Time Forgot, No Sex Please We’re British, Leopard in the Snow, Nasty Habits, Patrick, Soldier of the Queen and Private Road and most recently two short films, Citizen versus Kane, Say you Love Me and Top Dog (directed by Martin Kemp).
Susan also published her first novel, For the Love of Angel (Truran Books) a story set down in Cornwall in the 1880’s.