Hi-De-Hi Su Couldn't Say Goodbye
where the heart is - even without Hi-De-Hi! -
says actress Su Pollard - but she had to go all
the way to find out!
The wacky Hi-De-Hi! star revealed she almost
emigrated down under after the show ended - and
now says: 'It would have been the biggest mistake
of my life.
it came to the crunch, I just couldn't do it,' Su
confesses in a cultured voice that Hi-De-Hi!'s
scatty chalet maid Peggy would be proud of. 'I
love England and can't imagine living anywhere
actually got as far as buying a luxury home in
Perth before backing out. Now she says she'll use
it for holidays.
often thought about living in Australia as that's
where my husband Peter comes from,' says Su.
'When Hi-De-Hi! finished earlier this year, it
seemed like the right time to go out there.'
actress was also offered a leading part in an
Aussie TV show, which made the prospect of living
down under even more appealing.
approached me saying, "If you've got the
time, we'd like you to do it" - which, of
course, was very flattering.
was keen to go over there and give it a whirl -
but things never work out quite the way you think
the end, says Su, the show was postponed...and
her plans to emigrate were shelved for good.
fantastic to have a house in Perth,' she says,
lounging in her usual zany mix of bright clothes
and red rimmed glasses.
there's no way I'd live there permanently. The
house cost us £30,000, but if it was in this
country the price would be about £100,000. All
Peter's family and friend's are there, so we'll
be over to visit quite often.
neither of us wants to settle down there - we've
made our lives here, and here is where we'll
38, shares a beautiful terraced house in North
London with her husband, teacher Peter Keogh.
married Peter in 1984 and, shortly afterwards,
his homosexual past was revealed in a
controversial court case. Now, however, they have
just celebrated their fourth wedding
anniversary...and couldn't be happier.
has said: 'When all that business happened with
me in court' - referring to when he was charged
with, and cleared of, stealing £4200 to pay for
a boyfriend's holiday - 'I think we both felt
that as we'd got through that, we could handle
anything life threw at us.'
even Peter, who is now going back to work full
time in a Catholic primary school, has been
surprised at how well he and Su get on. The
couple had known each other for just 10 weeks
when they tied the knot, and he admits that, at
first, it was difficult learning to share their
only blot on an otherwise perfect marriage is
that the couple haven't had any children.
Su says she is too busy and getting too old to
start a family. And Peter is not keen on the idea
think I'd make a good mother,' Su explains. 'If
it happens then great, but at the moment I'm busy
with my own career. I don't think I could keep my
work going and have children.'
career certainly is taking up a lot of her time
at the moment. Even though Hi-De-Hi! - her first
successful TV role - is over. Su says she has
plenty of plans for the future.
the moment I'm writing a book called Hearts And
Showers - it's all about teenage problems like
having spots and dealing with boyfriends.
writing from experience but it's still a real
challenge and needs constant self discipline to
get it finished.
publishers approached me ages ago asking me to
write it - but it still isn't finished, so I'm
spending every spare moment I've got on it.
really looking forward to seeing it on the
bookshop shelves, though. It is going to have a
really glitzy cover - a bit like Jackie Collins
but not as steamy!'
is also likely to be back on our screens very
done pilots for a couple of TV shows,' she says,
'and both of them will be brilliant.
also touring in a cabaret that's called A Frock,
A Song And A Tinkle, which is the most fun I've
had since leaving Hi-De-Hi!
scatty character in the series - chalet maid
Peggy - was one of the easiest parts she has had
didn't become like Peggy, you know. I made Peggy
into me,' Su admits. 'The scriptwriters used to
listen to us talking in the canteen and they'd
slip in things they overheard into the next
last episode of the holiday camp comedy was
screened in February but the stars had their
emotional farewell just before Christmas.
was a very sad finale to 10 years of working
together,' says Su. 'There was quite a few tears,
I can tell you.
was as though we would never see each other
it turned out that we just can't keep away from
each other,' Su laughs. 'We keep in touch and
I've seen loads of them since.
even planning holding a yearly reunion just like
the real life holiday campers used to do!'