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The Telegraph: Culture | Comedy: Su Pollard Interview

August 2nd, 2018

telegraph18aA new interview with Su, published by The Telegraph, on the day she makes her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in Harpy at Underbelly, Cowgate at 4pm this afternoon. Be there or be square!

Su Pollard: ‘People can’t deal with anything that is perceived to be soft porn’

The name Su Pollard evokes a certain time in recent cultural history. As the lowly, lovable chambermaid Peggy Ollerenshaw in sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, she caught the public imagination and for a time in the Eighties she seemed to be the most famous woman in Britain.

She scored a No 2 single with Starting Together and released an album. Elton John was a fan and Freddie Mercury once asked her for an autograph. While at a charity event in the House of Commons, Princess Diana approached her and they started tap dancing.

“She was very good, very slick,” says Pollard. “She was also very nice with a fabulous smile and fabulous teeth. I just wanted to grab them, which probably isn’t the right thing to do.”

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The Telegraph: Money – Fame and Fortune

December 12th, 2017

telegraph17aSu Pollard: ‘My last Hi-de-Hi royalty cheque was for £11.20′

Actress and singer Su Pollard, 68, came to fame as Peggy Ollerenshaw in Hi-de-Hi!, BBC One’s iconic Eighties comedy. She later starred in You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching! She had a number two hit single, Starting Together, in 1986, and has toured the UK as a singer.

She has performed in many musicals, theatre productions, pantomimes, and has also toured with her own one-woman show. Su lives in London.

How did your childhood influence your work ethic and attitude towards money?

I was taught a good work ethic by both parents. My dad started off in the woodyard, making packing cases for Player’s, the cigarette manufacturers, and worked his way up to become a data processing clerk.

My mother worked part-time at the same factory. She impressed upon my sister and myself that you always do your very best, work as hard as you can, and then hopefully things improve in life.

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The Telegraph: The UK’s 10 Best Pantomime Breaks

December 4th, 2015

snowwhite15cSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Blackpool Grand is included in The Telegraph’s “The UK’s 10 best pantomime breaks”.

The best pantomimes for families at theatres over the 2015/16 Christmas and New Year holiday, with ideas on where to eat, where to stay and what to do nearby

4. Grand Theatre Blackpool

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, December 4 to January 3

Rather nice, to have a Grade II* listed 1894 theatre with all the Matcham twiddles but a colour scheme of cream, gold and royal blue for a change. Make no mistake, though, this is a vintage panto theatre with over 1,000 seats and four tiers of seats. Su Pollard does a turn as a distinctly un-wicked Wicked Queen (01253 290190;; tickets from £14.50).

Stay: The Big Blue Hotel (0871 222 4000; is the in-house hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a tram ride away from the theatre. Doubles from £89 including breakfast.

Eat: Sapori at 36 Clifton Street (01253 627440; is a sweet little family-run Italian restaurant a short walk from the theatre. A pizza will set you back £6.95.

See: Blackpool Pleasure Beach (0871 222 1234; has Santa’s Grotto and Ice Skating at weekends and on selected dates in the run up to Christmas. The £10 ticket includes the Grotto, a Diamond Pass gift from Santa, ice skating, skate hire and hot drink.

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