Su Pollard shot to fame as the
kind-hearted but hapless Peggy in the seaside
sitcom Hi De Hi. She followed that up with
similar roles in You Rang M'Lord? and Oh Dr
well as her TV appearances, Su has enjoyed a
successful singing career, has appeared in West
End musicals such as South Pacific and in stage
dramas including Abigail's Party.
caught up with her at the King's Theatre in
Glasgow, where she is on tour with the smash-hit
your first memory of Glasgow?
came here 30 years ago as part of the chorus in
The Desert Song. We heard the pubs opened until
midnight, so after the show, we piled into the
first one we saw - but the barman just looked at
me and scowled, 'nae wimmin allowed, hen.'
don't think they even had 'wimmin's
is it good to be back?
yes. I've returned dozens of times since. I'd
actually planned a cast lunch at the Kelvingrove
Museum this year, which is my fave part of the
city, but was disappointed to hear that it's
closed for renovation. I also love the Transport
Museum, the Italian Centre and the Barras.
Ekland told me Princess Square is her favourite
place to shop. Glasgow is one of the top three
cultural cities in the UK.
Glasgow audiences scare you?
never had any bother - yet!
did you get your break in showbiz?
Opportunity Knocks in 1974. I came second to a
singing Jack Russell dog!
you prefer stage or TV?
stage gives you more freedom of expression.
Cameras can restrict an actor but there's nothing
like using a whole stage, or a live
you enjoy playing Peggy in Hi De Hi?
was fun and she was very good to me. But my
favourite TV role was Ivy Teasdale in You Rang?
We only did 26 episodes, between 1988 and 1992,
but the writing was excellent.
do you think about today's sitcoms?
me, it's all about the writing. Friends was OK
but it was really just one-liners. My favourites
are Sergeant Bilko and Bewitched. Both were made
about 40 years ago but are still being shown
are you enjoying Annie?
such a feel-good show, and I think that's needed,
given the state of the world today.
character, Miss Hannigan, is a baddie, but not a
needs a man - but the only one she can keep is
also a singer. Do you miss that aspect of your
the 80s, I got to No 2 in the charts with
Starting Together and had a solo album that went
launching a one-woman show in the spring which is
a mix of comedy, acting and singing.
famously appeared with a drunk Oliver Reed on
a night that was! Poor Ollie, he felt he had to
act up to his image or people would regard him as
a boring old man. When he wandered on with that
jug of orange, I thought he'd pour it all over
we be seeing you again in Glasgow?
bet ... and I hope Kelvingrove's reopened by