Su Takes To Tragedy
remembered as dizzy chalet maid Peggy in sitcom
Hi-De-Hi!, Su Pollard has just been bitten by The
Bard. Victoria Tagg reports
from visiting a friend, Su Pollard is about to
exercise her bedside manner as Nurse in Romeo
& Juliet. But before stepping on stage at
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, the former Hi-De-Hi!
star found time for a chat with the Express &
Star in her dressing room.
is definitely her strong point - she never stops.
darling, look - there are the party poppers for
our big bash. This is our last week - we've been
doing it for three months," Su says.
not used to Shakespeare, but I've loved it.
Before this I was being the wicked queen in Snow
White and before that it was The Vagina
Monologues. It's an eclectic period for me."
reaches for a cough sweet. No, she hasn't got a
cold - apparently they are good for "getting
the saliva going," which helps when you're
talking all the time.
being 56, Su feels like a spring chicken and is
bursting with energy.
should have tried getting away with 47. Actually
I feel 19 and-a-half. Yes, that was a great age
because I was in love with somebody and
mini-skirts were all the rage."
fact, Su was wearing a very short skirt and her
legs are certainly in good shape. So how does she
stay so slim?
try to be healthy and always get my five fruits a
day. I love bananas, satsumas and apples. Oh and
I'm mad on porridge - it's good for slow-release
also work out three times a week. I have a
pilates routine for stretching and toning and do
100 skips a day for my cardio. I couldn't bear it
being doddery - I need to be nimble,
was born and brought up in Nottingham, but home
is now London and has been for the past 32 years.
said 'when you're tired of London, you're tired
of life?' I love London, apart from the traffic -
that drives me insane. You can fly to New Zealand
in no time but it takes four hours for me to get
to Heathrow. I don't drive, so I either get a
driver or get on the Heathrow Express. It's a
very good service."
York, Bombay and Bangkok are among her favourite
holiday destinations, along with Huddersfield and
not fussy. I go with a couple of mates or my
sister Jeannie. She's a human biology lecturer
and very brainy."
a true party animal, she raves about going
clubbing, drinking and eating out.
not into champagne or spirits, I like Chardonnay
or a pint of lager. I'm a mad keen lunch and
dinner woman - it's my biggest extravagance.
out for lunch is best because it's more relaxed
and they can last forever."
reminisces about her longest lunch to date, spent
with 'Allo 'Allo! star Carmen Silvera at Le
Gavroche in Mayfair. "We started at 1pm and
were still there at 7.30pm. The maitre d' came
over and asked if we were staying for dinner.
then we were starving again, so said yes. We had
fish, salad, ratatouille and cheese to share. I
love cheese. Of course there were a few bottles
of wine thrown in. It was all fantastic."
also drinks plenty of tea. If there was enough
time in the day, she could easily get through 30
a totally ridiculous amount. But usually I'm too
busy working. I never refuse anything, as long as
it is a good quality script."
other indulgence is, of course, glasses. She owns
about 70 pairs of specs of all shapes and sizes.
get them from the Anglo-American Optical Company
- I've got some brilliant butterfly ones and
another pair that are like guitars.
most I have spent is £525, which was a bit of a
shock. They are the sexy secretary style with
leopard skin print frames."
she still has the owlish glasses, worn for her
most famous role as scatty chalet maid Peggy
Ollerenshaw in the hit TV comedy Hi-De-Hi!
got the whole costume, darling. They were happy
stranger to the Grand Theatre, she last played
orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the musical
Annie three years ago and is very pleased with
her current role as Juliet's nurse. In fact she
has been looking after the entire cast.
said: "I'm a bit of a mother hen. I started
bringing in sweets for them all, but now it's
grapes and satsumas to be good.
are lots of young ones, so I've taken them under
for having her own family, Su is resolutely
single. She divorced Australian school teacher
Peter Keogh in 1992 after eight years of
finished with men ages ago. I can be more
productive without them. I'm just happy being
with that she disappears backstage.
darling, lovely meeting you. Are you coming to
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