Date - Su Pollard
Su Pollard was born in 1949
in Nottingham. Her interest in acting began at
the age of six when she played an angel in the
school nativity play. At 16, she began singing in
charity shows and at working mens clubs
while working as a secretary.
an apprenticeship at the arts theatre in
Nottingham, she made her TV debut on Opportunity
Knocks. Theatre work including Godspell and
Grease paved the way for Hi-de-hi! which became a
TV hit in 1980. She has also appeared in the
sitcoms You Rang MLord? and Oh, Dr
Beeching! Pollard is single and lives in
Islington. She can be seen in Annie: The Musical
which opens at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln on
September 8 and tours the country until the end
HOSTING AN IMAGINARY DINNER PARTY AND CAN INVITE
ANYONE IN THE WORLD, LIVING OR DEAD, TO YOUR
HOUSE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY...
WHO WOULD BE ON YOUR INVITATION LIST AND
certainly have JFK because to me he was the
epitome of a really attractive bloke. Hed
have to sit opposite me because I couldnt
have anyone ugly in my eyeline. I could ask him
all sorts of questions, such as what happened to
have Barbra Streisand because she epitomises
everything that a good showbiz professional
should be. Shes got the talent and
dedication. I know shes semi-retired but
she gives value for money. Id also have the
group Mud on the table doing Tiger Feet and Id
be dancing with JFK.
invite Prince Charles because I really like him.
I think people have got to realise that before Di
came along he was always the clown prince anyway.
He always used to interweave with the masses and
I think people forget his contribution really. Id
also like Joan Rivers and Robbie Williams. A nice
quite like Victor Lewis Smith. A lot of people
think hes very caustic and acerbic but thats
why I like him. Michael Winner I love him
and read his column every week. Id also
invite my dad, Donald. He knows so much about
everything because hes had such an
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE?
would be very simple. To start with I would have
asparagus without the hollandaise, a few broad
beans and a bit of lemon juice. Then I would have
salmon fish cakes with a touch of chilli sauce
and to go with that a salad of pine nuts and
they did want to have a pudding, I would offer
them banoffee pie or death by chocolate or fresh
fruit salad. Obviously a cheeseboard if required
and copious amounts of really good wine. Wed
have the best stuff, not because of the guests.
Its just courtesy to offer nice food and
drink. Then Id send them on their way with
a party popper and a little gift. Maybe a tube of
WHICH MUSIC WOULD YOU PLAY?
have to have some Streisand, Reload by Tom Jones
and a bit of classical. Probably Bolero. I love
all sorts of music. Apart from the finger in the
ear folk stuff. For my dad I would have some New
WHO WOULD YOU HAVE AS THE LACKEY IN THE KITCHEN?
I havent got a dishwasher because theres
only me and I cant be bothered with loading
it up. I would have one washer upper to one
guest. So if there were eight guests I would have
eight people washing up. People would say thats
ridiculous but one could wash, one could put away
and so on but the whole process would only take
an hour and you could finish off with a cup of
tea if you fancied. Failing that, if I could get
hold of bin Laden, Id get him doing it. Or
some really bossy city woman who is a high
achiever which is great, but at the same
time it would bring them back down to Earth.
WHICH AFTER-DINNER JOKE WOULD YOU TELL?
mine are quite earthy. I quite like Bernard
Manning so Id ask him to tell one. I dont
care if hes not PC. When youve grown
up with certain kinds of humour you get an
affection for it. People are rather too sensitive
and I think weve been steered along that
path by the do-gooders.
HOW WOULD THIS UNLIKELY EVENT COMPARE TO THE WAY
YOU NORMALLY ENTERTAIN FRIENDS?
think it would compare much more favourably. When
I usually entertain, its outside at a
restaurant because Im not a very good cook.
I can make salads but the main dish would have to
be bought from Marks or something. I am very good
at giving little outside things like picnics. I
make very good dressings and what I call posh
sandwiches with nice fillings inside. Most of my
friends are happy to just bring a bottle over and
have a chat.