May. 12th, 1937
London, England, UK
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Susan Hampshire is an English actress, known for her many television and film roles. A three-time Emmy Award winner, she won for The Forsyte Saga in 1970, The First Churchills in 1971, and for Vanity Fair in 1973. Her other television credits include The Pallisers (1974), The Grand (1997â€“98), and Monarch of the Glen (2000â€“2005). Her first starring role was in the film During One Night in 1960. She then took the leading role in a 1962 BBC adaptation of What Katy Did. Soon afterwards, she was taken up by Walt Disney, and starred in The Three Lives of Thomasina (opposite Patrick McGoohan) and The Fighting Prince of Donegal. She would later appear opposite McGoohan again, in two episodes of Danger Man. She co-starred with Cliff Richard in Sidney J. Furie's 1964 musical Wonderful Life.
In 1966, she was introduced to American TV viewers in the pilot episode of The Time Tunnel as a young passenger on the Titanic who befriends Dr. Tony Newman. She later portrayed conservationist Joy Adamson in Living Free, the sequel to Born Free. In 1972, she played three different characters in Malpertuis, directed by Harry Kumel. She is well known for her work on television. She appeared in several popular television serials, including The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962) in which she replaced Julie Christie, who was not available for the show but had played the part of Andromeda in the first season A for Andromeda (1961). Her most notable television role in the 1960s came in the BBC's 1967 adaptation of The Forsyte Saga, in which she played Fleur. 1973 saw her again on U.S. television with Kirk Douglas in a musical version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Other miniseries in which she appeared are The Pallisers, The Barchester Chronicles and Coming Home. In 1997 she appeared in the ITV television series The Grand. She played a madame residing in the hotel. More recent TV roles include Molly MacDonald, Lady of Glenbogle in Monarch of the Glen (2000â€“05), and an appearance in Casualty (Series 26, No Goodbyes, 19 November 2011) as Caitlin Northwick (alongside Michael Jayston).
- She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1995 for her services to dyslexia causes and drama.
- She had numerous miscarriages during the early 1970s, following the birth of her son Christopher.
- December 31, 2000: Announced to Sunday Telegraph that she had joined Exit, the voluntary euthanasia society.
- On her own volition she visited 'Albert Schweitzer' (qv) in Africa for two weeks.
- She wrote her memoir "Susan's Story" about dealing with her dyslexia. Prominent spokeswoman for dyslexia causes in Britain.
- Dated 'Nicky Henson' (qv) in the '70s.
- Wearing an extremely low-cut dress, she was presented to the Prince of Wales at a show-business function in 1973. The Prince told her, "My father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours, I must look her straight in the eyes."
- Her daughter, Victoria Granier-Deferre, died in infancy.
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