Sue Johnston
Actress
Sue Johnston
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.
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Rovers review – big, bouncy football comedy that doesn’t quite score
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
The reunion of The Royle Family stars Craig Cash and Sue Johnston is welcome – but this new sitcom is pleasurable rather than honkingly funny A dog piddling on the corner flag of a windswept football pitch heralds the arrival of new sitcom Rovers (Sky1). Craig Cash and Sue Johnston lead a capable cast of familiar comedy faces in this affectionate rendering of a fictional non-league football team and its rag-tag supporters’ club. A brass band plays You Are My Sunshine as Cash’s character, Pete Mott, is booted off a local radio phone-in for using abusive language (again), such is his fanaticism for Redbridge Rovers FC. Inside the clubhouse, Doreen (Johnston) is instructing new girl Sam (Lolly Adefope) in the ways of phonetic cheese toastie order-taking. “Mike Nolan’s wife had a black baby,” gossips Doreen as she pours Pete his pre-match pint. They all discuss that for a while and she enjoys the repeated use of the phrase “sloshing it about a bit” to mean that the captain’s wife has bee ...
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Amazing Grace sings with stars to raise £1.6m for Alder Hey
Isle Of Man Today - almost 2 years
A nine-year-old Manx girl has performed at a star-studded Alder Hey Charity Ball, receiving a standing ovation, and helping to raise £1.6m in Liverpool for the children’s hospital. Grace Lee was born with complex congenital heart disease and lung disease and was asked to sing at the event after the success of her singing in Liverpool One in September last year. In September Grace stunned the hundreds of onlookers gathered at Liverpool city centre with her performance, backed by a choir of around 800 Alder Hey and Shop Direct employees. The nine-year-old has already undergone several operations, including multiple open heart surgeries, at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Other stars performing at the charity ball included Katherine Jenkins, Olly Murs and John Bishop. Also in attendance were football legends Kenny Dalglish, Jamie Carrager and John Barnes who helped raise cash for lifesaving equipment. The event was moved from the atrium of the rebuilt hospital due to high ...
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Coronation Street: Sue Johnston tipped to play Michelle Collins' mother
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Ex-Brookside star, 68, to play mother of Stella and grandmother of Leanne and Eva.
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Celia Imrie and Sue Johnston reveal their struggle with eating disorders
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, both women spoke of the pressure they felt to be thin while growing up in Sixties Britain.
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I'VE GIVEN UP ON LOVE SAYS SUE JOHNSTON - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
ACTRESS Sue Johnston is putting on a brave face despite giving up on finding love again because the men she fancies are too young for her. Royle Family star Sue Johnston, 67, admitted she has a crush on footballer
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Luminaries such as Sue Johnston, Sue Townsend and Roger McGough in Sefton ... - Click Lancashire
Google News - over 5 years
This year, to celebrate the 5th Sefton Celebrates Writing Festival there will also be a season of literature based events starting with Afternoon Tea with Sue Johnston, Monday September 5, at the Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport, though this event is
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Sue Johnston: My fun times making The Royle Family - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Soon I was being stopped in the street and asked to say, 'What have you had for your tea?' Caroline [Aherne] was being stopped to say, 'Hiya, Mam!' and Ricky [Tomlinson] was inundated with requests for a shout
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Sue Johnston - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
And that's a constant source of amazement to Sue Johnston, who plays the sexually-frustrated housewife so brilliantly in hit sitcom The Royle Family. Sue, 67, says with a laugh: “I am always gob-smacked that Barbara wants to proposition Jim
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TV star Sue Johnston will take a trip down memory lane on visit to Southport - Southport Visiter
Google News - over 5 years
SHE spent many happy days here as a child, now much-loved actress Sue Johnston can't wait to get back to Southport and visit some old haunts. Visiting the resort next month, Sue will be appearing at a literary afternoon tea at the Royal Clifton Hotel
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Farm shuts to public after E.coli outbreak - The Press, York
Google News - over 5 years
John and Sue Johnston, who run Cruckley Animal Farm at Foston-on-the-Wolds, near Driffield, took the decision after six cases of E.coli 0157, the most common form of the bug, were linked to the site. It left both adults and children affected and,
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Paddy Shennan's TV review: Sugartown (BBC1) - Liverpool Echo
Google News - over 5 years
shouted an alleged character (Margery played by Sue Johnston – why, Sue, why?) – just minutes after I'd written in my notebook “Is this am dram, or a bad panto – or an am dram group doing a very bad panto?” No, it's much worse than all that . . . this
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Sue Johnston and Stephanie Beacham among stars for new Herts Meet the Author ... - Hertfordshire Mercury
Google News - over 5 years
The Royle Family star Sue Johnston will be sharing her life story at Hertford Theatre, when she discusses her autobiography Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother on Tuesday September 27. Tenko and Coronation Street actress Stephanie Beacham will celebrate
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Filming starts on Sky 1's Gates - with Sue Johnston, Joanna Page and Tom Ellis - Unreality TV
Google News - over 5 years
GATES is an ensemble comedy headed by Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Waking The Dead), Tom Ellis (Miranda, Merlin) and Joanna Page (Gavin and Stacey, Love Actually) set in the all too familiar chaos of the school gates. Ellis and Page play parents
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Sunday night TV's sh ... Sugartown - Highland News
Google News - over 5 years
With a cast that includes Waking The Dead's Sue Johnston, Spooks' Miranda Rolson and face of North of England Shaun Dooley, the new three-part drama set in a seaside rock factory should have been a treat. But instead you got to unwrap a daft plot,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sue Johnston
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 70
    In May 2014 it was announced that Johnston will guest star in the fifth series of the period drama Downton Abbey.
    More Details Hide Details She will play Denker, a lady's maid to the Dowager Countess, played by Dame Maggie Smith. Johnston currently portrays Julie in the BBC Radio 4 series Love in Recovery. Johnston has campaigned on behalf of the Labour Party and has been a long-time gay rights campaigner. She is a supporter of Liverpool F.C. and Warrington RLFC.
    She departed on 21 February 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2011 she played Eileen Lewis in the BBC one-off drama Lapland, a role which she reprised in 2013 for a series, Being Eileen.
  • 2013
    Age 69
    It was announced in June 2013 that Johnston would leave the soap opera in 2014 to pursue other acting roles.
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  • 2012
    Age 68
    She made her first screen appearance on 5 September 2012.
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    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).
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  • 2010
    Age 66
    Johnston shared a role with Billie Piper in the television adaptation of A Passionate Woman which aired on BBC One on 11 April 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 65
    Johnston was appointed OBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2010, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Chester at Chester Cathedral. In 1989 Johnston, assisted by Lesley Thomson, published her first book, a memoir titled Hold on to the Messy Times. In 2011, she published another memoir titled Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother.
  • 2008
    Age 64
    In May 2008 it was confirmed Johnston would return as Barbara Royle for another episode of The Royle Family, which aired on Christmas Day 2008 on BBC One.
    More Details Hide Details The show returned for further Christmas specials in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
    Also in 2008, she played Affery Flintwinch in the BBC adaptation of Little Dorrit.
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  • 2004
    Age 60
    In 2004, she appeared in one episode of the series, Who Do You Think You Are?, in which she traced her family tree.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in Jennifer Saunders's comedy drama Jam & Jerusalem on BBC One, alongside Joanna Lumley, Maggie Steed and David Mitchell. The first series aired in 2006, the second series began on New Year's Day 2008 and the third in August 2009.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in a one-off special which aired in October 2006.
  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was supported by Alun Armstrong as her husband and Jonny Lee Miller.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 38
    She appeared in the show's first ever episode on 2 November 1982 – aired on the day that Channel 4 went on air – and her last episode was aired in September 1990, when the character was written out of the series following her divorce from Bobby Grant (Ricky Tomlinson) and remarriage to Billy Corkhill (John McArdle).
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    From 1982 to 1990, she appeared as Sheila Grant in the soap opera Brookside.
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    Johnston made her television debut, aged 38, with a minor recurring role on Coronation Street in the summer of 1982.
    More Details Hide Details She played the role of Mrs. Chadwick, the wife of a bookmaker.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 26
    In 1970, Johnston was sexually attacked at the age of 27 which inspired her storyline in Brookside as Sheila Grant, where she was raped.
    More Details Hide Details In her autobiography, Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother, she states that she was originally going to be called Margaret Jane Wright, after her mother and grandmother, but her father thought that it would be best to call her Susan. Film Television Television film Additional credits
  • 1967
    Age 23
    In 1967, she married her first husband Neil Johnston and became pregnant at the age of 24.
    More Details Hide Details She suffered a miscarriage shortly after and the couple later divorced but she kept his surname as her professional name. She has one son Joel from her second marriage to David Pammenter. She has one grandchild. Despite playing the role of heavy smoker Barbara Royle in The Royle Family, Johnston gave up smoking in 1978, but had to smoke low-tar cigarettes whilst playing the role; however, she is now completely anti-smoking.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on December 7, 1943.
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