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Su as a youngsterAlthough she doesn't like to admit it often, Susan Georgina Pollard was born on 7th November 1949 in Nottingham, England. The eldest daughter to Don and Hilda Pollard (they were in shock for so long that it took them another seven years before they came up with a sister for Su, in the shape of the lovely Jean).

Su's interest in the stage began when at the age of six she played an angel in the school nativity play. Whilst standing on a box announcing the arrival of the Angel Gabriel, she fell through the lid. Everyone roared with laughter and she loved it from that moment. 

At sixteen she began singing in charity shows and at working men's clubs and pubs whilst working as a secretary and her claim to fame from that time was that she was the first woman to sing 'Ave Maria' in hotpants in a working men's club!

After an apprenticeship at the Arts Theatre in Nottingham Su made her television debut in 1974 on the enormously popular talent show hosted by Hughie Green, Opportunity Knocks, where her rendition of 'I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No' from Oklahoma saw her come second to a singing Jack Russell dog... 

Undeterred, she went on to play in the musicals The Desert Song and Rose Marie with John Hanson, starred in Cameron Mackintosh's West End production of Godspell, played opposite Jack Wild in Big Sin City at the Roundhouse, toured in the musical Grease in a company that also included Tracey Ullman, had them rocking in the aisles with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Hugh Paddick in the farce Not Now Darling, won a role in Andrew Sach's play Philately Will Get You Nowhere and appeared at the Mermaid Theatre in a celebration of the music of Cole Porter called Oh Mr. Porter.

Three Up, Two DownSu's first comedy role was in a BBC series screened in 1978 entitled Two Up, Two Down in which she played a hippy named Flo with Paul Nicholas playing her partner, both of whom were squatting in the house of a nice middle class couple. It only lasted one series but then in 1979 came the pilot programme for a new BBC comedy written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft set in a holiday camp. 

Hi-De-Hi! logoIt was of course Hi de Hi! The role of Peggy Ollerenshaw was to make Su a household name and the title of the series became a catchphrase echoed through the land. 

Peggy OllerenshawHi de Hi! has now gone onto achieve almost legendary status in the annals of British comedy and ran until 1988, notching up some 58 episodes which regularly attracted audiences of over 15 million.

Hi-De-Hi! - The StageshowIndeed Hi de Hi!'s status and legacy continue to grow each year. Various cable and digital channels continue to air episodes and the series still airs in numerous countries around the world.

These repeats have led to toddlers knocking on Su's door asking to see "Peggy"! Any wonder that Su looks back on her Hi De Hi! days with nothing but fondness.

2003 saw the release of the first two series of Hi de Hi! on DVD. As of 2009 every episode of Hi-de-Hi! is available on DVD, via a variety of boxed sets, as well as "The Complete Collection".

It's Peggy

Me and My GirlAs a result of rave reviews Su was offered the role of Sally in the West End production of Me And My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre which she played for over a year. 

Su and MatthewThen came roles in a national tour of Rodgers and Hart's Babes In Arms playing Bunny Byron opposite Matthew Kelly, the title in Sweet Charity during a record breaking season at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing. 

Hi-De-Hi! - The Holiday MusicalSu also starred in the stage production of Hi De Hi! - The Holiday Musical, which along with all the gang from the television series played sell out seasons in Bournemouth (Summer 1983), The Victoria Palace (Winter Season 1983/84) and finally The Opera House in Blackpool (Summer 1984).

Su and Bill BuckleySu's first hit single 'Starting Together', written by Bill Buckley of That's Life fame - the theme to a BBC television documentary The Marriage - shot to number two in the UK charts. This was followed by an album, 'Su', on K-Tel Records which entered the album charts and achieved silver status. 

A Song, A Frock And A TinkleIn response to requests to hear Su singing live, in 1987 Su toured the UK in The Su Pollard Show and subsequently her one-woman-show A Song, A Frock and A Tinkle earned rave reviews at The Donmar Warehouse and on a national tour. Su's book 'Hearts and Showers', published by Headline, became a best seller both in hardback and paperback form. 

Ivy TeasdaleFollowing Hi de Hi's tearful final episode, the writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft dreamed up a new comedy set in the roaring twenties You Rang M'Lord in which she was cast as Ivy Teasdale, maid to wealthy Lord Meldrum. Once again reunited with Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland. The show became a great favourite with the British public and ran for 26 episodes between 1988 and 1992.

Like Hi de Hi!, You Rang, M'lord? has also re-aired on various channels in many countries, reaching a whole new audience of viewers not around when it was shown originally. You Rang? is a big favourite with Su's fans and the series is also Su's personal favourite from the many TV roles she has played.

Ethel SchumannIn the mid 1990's David Croft brought his popular team back together for a new show set in the small railway station of Hatley in 1963 when Dr. Richard Beeching's axe fell on many minor stations. 

Oh Dr. Beeching! had Su cast as Ethel Schumann, box office clerk and station gossip. After 19 episodes the BBC called time on the series but it remains a favourite with viewers all over the country. 

In addition to Su's best known roles she has been seen on other television programmes including; Me And My Town, Harty, Entertainment Express, Sunday Sunday, Aspel & Co. (famously guesting alongside a slightly merry Oliver Reed), Night Of 100 Stars, Top Of The Pops, Joan Rivers, Star Memories, Through The Keyhole, The Midday Show (in Australia), Coast To Coast, Loose Women, This Morning, and The Paul O'Grady Show to name but a few. 

In 1989 Su was thrilled to be the subject of This Is Your Life and hosted the game show Take The Plunge for Thames Television. 

Penny CrayonSu is known to younger viewers as the voices of Penny Crayon, and as Noisy in Little Robots. Su has been seen in programmes as diverse as The Generation Game, Give Us A Clue, Wogan, The Royal It's A Knockout, Noel's House Party (receiving the coveted Gotcha award) and no less than five Royal Variety Shows

BBC Orchestra Gala ConcertOn radio Su has been accompanied by the 80-strong BBC Radio Orchestra at London's Festival Hall and appeared with Gorden Kaye in the comedy For Better Or For Worse.

Little Shop Of HorrorsSu took to the stage again appearing as Audrey in a national tour of the cult musical Little Shop of Horrors, appeared in the West End and in New Zealand creating the role of Suzette in the hit comedy Don't Dress For Dinner (co-starring with the late, great Simon Cadell once more). 

The Good Sex Guide RevueAlso in New Zealand Su joined David Griffin in The Good Sex Guide Revue, a saucy new musical, and co-starred with Les Dennis and Roy Walker on the North Pier for Blackpool's Biggest Show in 1995.

Don't Dress For DinnerIn the nineties, Su toured the Far East in Alan Bennet's comedy Habeas Corpus, created the role of Pam in Jimmy Perry and Roy Moore's musical That's Showbiz, starred with Britt Ekland and Jeffrey Holland in See How They Run for a summer season in Bournemouth and on a national tour. 

Abigail's PartySu also played the role of Angela in Abigail's Party which once again found her touring the country to theatres full of eager audiences and rave reviews.

In 2001 Su released her CD album, 'The Collection', featuring 17 tracks, including her hit singles and personal favourites. This year Su also presented an edition of the long-running BBC1 show, Songs Of Praise.

AladdinPantomime has always been one of Su's specialities and has been both principal boy and girl across the UK in Goldilocks, Babes In The Woods, Pinocchio, Jack And The Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Aladdin, and Dick Whittington. In 2002 Su took on the role of the Wicked Queen in Snow White, her first outing as a "baddie".

Pirate Maid Ruth and the Pirate KingBetween August 2001 and May 2002 Su played Pirate Maid Ruth, alongside Gary Wilmot as the Pirate King, in the hugely succesful The Pirates Of Penzance. The musical toured the lengths and breadths of the UK.

In late 2001 Su guest starred in an episode of the hit comedy Gimme Gimme Gimme. She played Heidi Honeycomb, alongside Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus.

Miss HanniganBarely pausing to draw breath Su took on the role of the wicked Miss Agatha Hannigan in Annie - The Musical, the drunken spinster who is in charge of the orphanage where young Annie resides. Su was a revelation in the role, not only doing justice to the wonderful Annie score, but playing the drunken orphanage owner to perfection.

In 2003 Su toured the UK in Annie, again as Miss Hannigan, guested in The Vagina Monologues, voiced the character of Noisy in the BBC children's animated series Little Robots, and played the Wicked Queen in Snow White.

A Happy Medium2004 was busy, with Su playing the lead character on a national tour of A Happy Medium, making various TV appearances, including the 'Home-Tek' advertising campaign. Su returned to playing Miss Hannigan in Annie, including a successful Christmas season.

2005 saw Su again voicing those Little Robots, returning to The Vagina Monologues for a limited run, and playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White in Rhyl.

In early 2006 Su toured the UK in her first Shakesperian role, playing the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, opposite Gerald Harper. She returned to The Vagina Monologues and made a number of TV appearances, including The Princes Trust 30th Birthday. Su once again played the Wicked Queen in Snow White, this year at Mansfield Palace.

2007, and Su starred in Menopause the Musical in London, and guested on The Paul O'Grady Show, Loose Women and This Morning, and spent Christmas playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White at the Festival Theatre in Malvern.

A large part of 2008 saw Su starring in two national UK tours of Shout! The New Swinging 60s Musical. She received rave reviews as Yvonne. Throughout the year Su guested on many tv and radio shows. The year ended with Su, once again, starring in panto, this year in Cinderella at the Swansea Grand.


2009 was another busy year for Su. She announced the launch and line-up of 'Bestival', guested on Loose Women - and was named their "fashion icon", apt in a year when her clothes made headlines, and toured the UK in Annie. Su also attended the 30th Anniversary Hi-de-Hi! celebrations, celebrated her 60th birthday, and rounded off the year in Snow White in Bournemouth.

2010 saw film a guest role in the Benidorm Christmas special and hit the road for a 10 month UK tour of Annie. In 2011 Su toured the UK with Annie as Miss Hannigan for the final time, recorded a song for Richard Kates' new album and made a cameo appearance in Ray Cooney's Run For Your Wife! movie.

In 2012 Su starred as Miss Hannigan in Hong Kong and Singapore. She will reprise the role for audiences in New Zealand in 2014. Throughout all this Su has continued to appear on TV and in panto. In 2012 she managed to appear in two pantos, Sleeping Beauty in Bournemouth and Snow White in Horhsam. In 2013 it was Peter Pan in Nottingham, with David Hasselhoff.

More recently Su has continued to appear in theatre productions - including the highly successful Ha Ha Hood! show with Cannon and Ball - and on TV - on Who's Doing The Dishes?, Pointless, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and Hacker Time. As well as her annual festive panto role.

Su is busier now than ever and hopes you will all keep up to date with her roles and appearances via SuOnline, her Official Website, launched in September 2000. 

 
 

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