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Susan Wooldridge

This article is about the British actress. For the American civil servant, see Sue Ellen Wooldridge.
Susan Wooldridge
Born (1952-07-31) 31 July 1952 (age 63)
London, England
Occupation Actress, writer
Relatives Hugh Wooldridge (brother)
Awards BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (1988)

Susan Wooldridge (born 31 July 1952) is the daughter of British actress Margaretta Scott and composer John Wooldridge. She is also the sister of Hugh Wooldridge.


She was born in London, England, and educated at convent schools, the Central School of Speech and Drama, and L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris.

Acting career

Wooldridge has been acting since 1972. Her big break came in 1984 with The Jewel in the Crown, in which she played the pivotal character of Daphne Manners whose affection for the handsome Hari Kumar doomed him. For this role she received a BAFTA nomination and the ALVA Award for Best Actress. She has appeared in many British film productions, including The Shout (1978), How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), and Hope and Glory (1987) for which she won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress 1988.

She also appeared in many US/British TV productions, such as Dame Agatha Christie's mystery, Dead Man's Folly (1986) which starred Sir Peter Ustinov, Jean Stapleton, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Constance Cummings and the series, Ticket To Ride.

She has appeared in such British TV shows as two series of Preston Front (Best Comedy Award 1995), 20,000 Streets Under the Sky (Best mini-series nomination), Underworld (Best Comedy Award 1998), Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons, Bad Company (the case of The Bridgewater Four miscarriage of justice), Pinochet’s Progress, Mrs Bradley Mysteries, The Hummingbird Tree and Lewis.

She continues to work on the British stage playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in London in 2009 as well as plays by new writers.


In July 2009, her first novel, The Hidden Dance, was published in the United Kingdom by Allison & Busby, and won the Best Red Read for Best Debut Novel 2010.

Personal Life

She lives in London with her partner, the actor and writer, Andy de la Tour.

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