Sue Johnston

Born Dec 7, 1943

Susan "Sue" Johnston, OBE is a BAFTA nominated English actress best known for playing Sheila Grant in the long-running soap opera Brookside (1982–90), Grace Foley in Waking the Dead from 2000 to 2011 and Barbara Royle in the BBC comedy The Royle Family from 1998. In 2012, Johnston joined the cast of the soap opera Coronation Street as Gloria Price, the mother of character Stella Price. She made her first appearance on 5 September 2012.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on December 7, 1943.


1967 23 Years Old In 1967, she married her first husband Neil Johnston and became pregnant at the age of 24. … Read More
1970 26 Years Old In 1970, Johnston was sexually attacked at the age of 27 which inspired her storyline in Brookside as Sheila Grant, where she was raped. … Read More


Johnston made her television debut, aged 38, with a minor recurring role on Coronation Street in the summer of 1982. … Read More


1992 48 Years Old Since then she has appeared in many drama series and films, including Inspector Morse, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Brassed Off and My Uncle Silas. In 1992 Johnston gave a tour de force performance in the three-part award winning drama Goodbye Cruel World, in which she portrayed a woman coming to terms with a muscle-wasting illness. … Read More


1998 54 Years Old Johnston is also well known for her role as Barbara Royle in the BBC comedy series The Royle Family, appearing with her former on-screen husband in Brookside, Ricky Tomlinson, from the show's inception in September 1998 until it ended at Christmas 2000. … Read More
2000 56 Years Old From 2000 to 2011 Johnston starred in the television series Waking the Dead, in which she played the role of psychological profiler Grace Foley, alongside Trevor Eve.


2004 60 Years Old In 2004, she appeared in one episode of the series, Who Do You Think You Are?, in which she traced her family tree. … Read More
2008 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Also in 2008, she played Affery Flintwinch in the BBC adaptation of Little Dorrit.
2009 65 Years Old Johnston was appointed OBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours. … Read More
2010 66 Years Old Johnston shared a role with Billie Piper in the television adaptation of A Passionate Woman which aired on BBC One on 11 April 2010.
2012 68 Years Old 1 More Event
On 2 April 2012, Coronation Street series producer Phil Collinson announced Johnston had joined the soap opera as Gloria, the mother of Stella Price (played by Michelle Collins).
2013 69 Years Old It was announced in June 2013 that Johnston would leave the soap opera in 2014 to pursue other acting roles.
2014 70 Years Old 1 More Event
She departed on 21 February 2014. … Read More
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