Really In The Pink
has an awesome presence. She bounded into our
interview full of life, a vision in pink, covered
in sparkly accessories and clutching a frog
was struck by her infectious, if a little
exhausting, energy and I instantly knew that our
interview would be anything but dull.
57-year-old is taking a well-earned break between
performances of the Birmingham Rep touring
production of Romeo and Juliet, in which she
is so nice to be taking a break - I have been
working hard on the part, and it has taken a lot
out of me because I have to really concentrate on
getting all the flowery language right.
wanted to do Shakespeare for a while, and the
part of Nurse has been a great for me because she
is a great comic figure - her character has been
easy to ease into because I feel like I'm in
members had just two weeks to rehearse for the
four-month show, and perfectionist Su spent hours
preparing with the show's director to ensure she
got the part spot-on.
make sure I warm up properly before every
performance. I am a firm believer in the five Ps
- which are proper preparation prevents poor
despite the headaches, Su is having a ball.
consider the show to be one of the highlights of
my career - the cast is fantastic and we have a
lot of fun together."
grew up in Nottingham, but has made London her
home for the past 32 years.
is a self-confessed hoarder, and her town house
garage is packed with treasured momentos of her
career - from her original Peggy costume, to a
Noel Edmund's Gotcha Oscar.
loves the glitz and glamour of the showbiz scene
and has had a firm presence on the celebrity
circuit during her 30-plus years in the
counts the likes of Michael Parkinson and Gloria
Hunniford among her famous friends but does not
believe in spending a lot on flashy items.
I do have my little luxuries like taxi rides - I
never learned to drive."
thrives on challenges and it seems she has tried
her hand at everything - having attempted a film
career, achieved chart success, and even penned a
is perhaps best known for her role as yellowcoat
wanabee, cleaner Peggy Ollerenshaw, in the 1980s
hit sitcom Hi-De- Hi!
she has been performing since the age of five,
when she made her acting debut in a school play
and found she adored the attention.
just love making people laugh. To me the greatest
sound of all is when you hear people practically
being sick because they are laughing so
Su seems to have favoured theatre over the small
screen in recent years.
do love television, but many shows are not as
well produced these days, and are far too reliant
on reality show formats. I find these shows
ghastly - I have turned down three offers to
appear on Celebrity Big Brother because I do not
want anyone to control my actions."
what are her thoughts on the good old days?
remember filming episodes of Hi-De-Hi! as if they
were yesterday, and I do still miss it.
scripts were of such good quality, and there was
a fabulous sense of comradeship on the production
- we had a lot of fun and I am still in touch
with cast members.
show is now being enjoyed by a whole new
generation, which is great, and I get kids
knocking on my door asking for Peggy - I tell
them `She's not in at the moment because she's
doing the chalets, but she'll be back
does Su mind that she is best known for a
character she played more than 20 years ago?
think that all stars are known for one
significant point in their career, for example
look at Alec Guinness - all those great
performances and he is still best remembered as
Ob-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars!"
she re-applied her bright pink lippie, Su
pondered future goals.
would love to do a musical comedy film with
Barbara Streisand who I think is a fantastic
actress. When I was last in California, I put a
note through her door suggesting that we work
together - her secretary politely declined the
tour of Romeo and Juliet finishes next month at
the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton, but Su's
workload will not be easing.
projects include a revival of her successful
one-woman show, a voiceover for a new series of
BBC children's animation Little Robots, a reprise
of her role in the Vagina Monologues, and a
return to a favourite panto role of hers, the
Wicked Queen in Snow White.