So far, I think everything I’ve ever wanted to do, I’ve actually done,” says Susan
One of the most persistent grouses among British actresses was always that they didn’t get the good breaks in British pictures. The plum roles and films they moaned, always pivoted on the men. Think back, they’ll say, can you recall when a film last centered on a woman? Well, things have changed. Many English actresses are being given tremendous chances to show us what they’re made of.
Among them is Susan George who certainly can’t complain about the acting roles offered her.
Although still a youngster, she was born on 26th July 1950, she’s already tackled parts that many another talented actress might have wanted to get her teeth into.
Twinky was just one instance. To be cast in the important title role was fortunate, but then to have a top American actor, Charles Bronson, as your co-star – that’s bounty, indeed!
But then Sue always appears to have had a guiding star.
She’s the daughter of a retired musical-comedy actress and dancer known as Bubbles Percival, and a dance-band leader and saxophonist who at one time ran his own group known as “Norman George and his Music.” Showbiz you might say is in Sue’s blood.
Sue considers the biggest influence in her young life so far has been her mother.
“She put me on the stage as a very young child. I felt she wanted me to do all the things that she would have liked to have done in her time and never actually did. So far, I think everything I’ve ever wanted to do I’ve actually done, which is rather lovely.”
This has included making her professional debut at the age of four; going to an acting school; appearing on TV in advertising commercials, serials, plays and shows; being in a West End production of “The Sound Of Music” in which she played the leading juvenile role; and making her first feature film appearance in The Sorcerers, starring Boris Karloff.
Small roles in Billion Dollar Brain and Up The Junction followed before her first starring role in The Strange Affair came about.
“I did the test on a day off from Up The Junction – and had raging toothache at the time. When I actually started the screen test the pain disappeared like magic – but was replaced by sheer terror!” she recalls.
The result of the test was phoned to her on her seventeenth birthday by the director of the film, David Greene.
“I realised what a super and enormous chance I’d been given,” she said.
A guest role in Looking Glass War and another starring part in All Neat In Black Stockings were followed by her Twinky performance and then a role in Spring And Port Wine playing a teenager
Today Susan has become one of the most popular young actresses on the British scene.
So there we have one very satisfied young actress who’s definitely not about to join the disgruntled league.