Georgina Pollard was born on 7th November
1949 in Nottingham, England. The eldest
daughter to Don and Hilda Pollard - they
were in shock for so long that it took
them another seven years before they came
up with a sister for Su, in the shape of
the lovely Jean.
interest in the stage began when at the
age of six she played an angel in the
school nativity play. Whilst standing on
a box announcing the arrival of the Angel
Gabriel, she fell through the lid.
Everyone roared with laughter and she
loved it from that moment.
At sixteen she
began singing in charity shows and at
working men's clubs and pubs whilst
working as a secretary and her claim to
fame from that time was that she was the
first woman to sing 'Ave Maria' in
hotpants in a working men's club!
After an apprenticeship at
the Arts Theatre in Nottingham Su made
her television debut in 1974 on the
enormously popular talent show hosted by
Hughie Green, Opportunity Knocks,
where her rendition of 'I'm Just A Girl
Say No' from Oklahoma saw her come
second to a singing Jack Russell
Undeterred, she went on to
play in the musicals The Desert Song
and Rose Marie with John Hanson,
starred in Cameron Mackintosh's West End
production of Godspell, played
opposite Jack Wild in Big Sin City
at the Roundhouse, toured in the musical Grease
in a company that also included Tracey
Ullman, had them rocking in the aisles
with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Hugh Paddick
in the farce Not Now Darling, won
a role in Andrew Sach's play Philately
Will Get You Nowhere and appeared at
the Mermaid Theatre in a celebration of
the music of Cole Porter called Oh Mr.
Su's first comedy
role was in a BBC series screened in 1978
entitled Two Up, Two Down in which
she played a hippy named Flo. Paul
Nicholas played her partner, Jimmy, both
of whom were squatting in the house of a
nice middle class couple. It only lasted
one series but then in 1979 came the
pilot programme for a new BBC comedy
written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
set in a holiday camp.
was of course Hi de Hi! The role
of Peggy Ollerenshaw was to make Su a
household name and the title of the
series became a catchphrase echoed
through the land. These days, it still
is, incredibly, and can also be often
spotted in online social media!
Hi de Hi! went onto
achieve almost legendary status in the
annals of British comedy and ran until
1988, notching up some 58 episodes which
regularly attracted audiences of over 15
million. Indeed Hi de Hi!'s status
and legacy continue to grow each year.
Various cable and digital
channels continue to air episodes and the
series still airs in countries around the
world. A true testament to the talents of
Perry & Croft and the cast and crew.
2003 saw the
release of the first two series of Hi
de Hi! on DVD. "The Complete
Collection" soon followed. A must
for every fan of great comedy.
a result of rave reviews Su was offered
the role of Sally in the West End
production of Me And My Girl at
the Adelphi Theatre which she played for
over a year. The production was a
came roles in a national tour of Rodgers
and Hart's Babes In Arms playing
Bunny Byron opposite Matthew Kelly, and
the title role in Sweet Charity
during a record breaking season at the
Connaught Theatre, Worthing.
also starred in the stage production of Hi
De Hi! - The Holiday Musical, which
along with almost all of the gang from
the television series, played sell out
seasons in Bournemouth (Summer 1983), The
Victoria Palace (Winter Season 1983/84)
and finally The Opera House in Blackpool
Following the successful
television series and theatre
productions, around the mid-1980s the BBC
drew up plans to make a film version of Hi-de-Hi!,
as had been done with other hit sitcoms
in the 70s and early 80s. Sadly the film
didn't go past the planning stage and
Ted, Gladys, Spike, Peggy et al never got
to share their magic on the cinema
Other notable credits for Su
include writing two books: 'Hearts and
Showers', published by Headline, became a
best seller both in hardback and
paperback form. and later, the lesser
known, 'Sensible Slimming'.
Su also appeared in a number
of television adverts, most notably a
Typhoo Teabags campaign which featured
two memorable TV spots, as well as Walls
Ice Lollies with actress Elizabeth
Estensen, and Kit Kats, with comedy star
Roy Kinnear. Su's image also featured in
press advertising for Heineken lager,
Toymaster toy stores, Ideal World
shopping and, even, the British Safety
Su's first hit
single 'Starting Together', written by
Bill Buckley of That's Life fame -
the theme to a BBC television documentary
The Marriage - shot to number
two in the UK charts.
This was followed by further
single releases and an album, 'Su', on
K-Tel Records which entered the album
charts and achieved silver status.
response to requests to hear Su singing
live, in 1987 Su toured the UK in The
Su Pollard Show. This also played on
the QE2 and in New York. Subsequently her
one woman show A Song, A Frock and A
Tinkle earned rave reviews at The
Donmar Warehouse and on a national tour.
Hi de Hi's tearful final episode,
the writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft
dreamed up a new comedy set in the
roaring twenties You Rang M'Lord
in which Su was cast as Ivy Teasdale,
maid to wealthy Lord Meldrum. Once again
reunited with Paul Shane and Jeffrey
Holland. The show became a great
favourite with the British public and ran
for 26 episodes between 1988 and 1993.
You Rang, M'lord? is
a big favourite with Su's fans and the
series is also Su's personal favourite
from the many TV roles she has played.
In the mid 1990's
David Croft brought his popular team back
together for a new show set in the small
railway station of Hatley in 1963 when
Dr. Richard Beeching's axe fell on many
Oh Dr. Beeching! had
Su cast as Ethel Schumann, box office
clerk and station gossip. After 19
episodes the BBC called time on the
series but it remains a favourite with
viewers all over the country.
In addition to Su's best
known roles she has been seen on other
television programmes including; Me
And My Town, Harty, Entertainment
Express, Sunday Sunday, Aspel
& Co. (famously guesting
alongside a slightly merry Oliver Reed), Night
Of 100 Stars, Top Of The Pops,
Joan Rivers, Star Memories,
Through The Keyhole, The Midday
Show (in Australia), Coast To
Coast, Loose Women, This Morning, The
Paul O'Grady Show. and Songs Of
Praise to name a few.
In 1989 Su was thrilled to
be the subject of This Is Your Life
and hosted the game show Take The
Plunge for Thames Television.
is known to younger viewers as the voices
of Penny Crayon, and as Noisy
in Little Robots. As well as the lead
voice in The Tale Of Jemima
Puddleduck, guesting on Crackerjack,
playing Gloria Swoon in Claude
for the Disney Junior channel and
appearing as Mrs Cupelle in Hacker
Time on CBeebies.
Su has been seen in
programmes as diverse as The
Generation Game, Give Us A Clue,
Wogan, The Royal It's A
Knockout, Noel's House Party (receiving
the coveted Gotcha award) and no less
than five Royal Variety Shows.
radio Su played in concert with the 80
strong BBC Radio Orchestra at London's
Festival Hall and appeared with Gorden
Kaye in three series of the comedy For
Better Or For Worse. Su has also made
guest appearances on dozens of radio
shows over the years.
took to the stage again appearing as
Audrey in a national tour of the cult
musical Little Shop of Horrors,
appeared in the West End and in New
Zealand creating the role of Suzette in
the hit comedy Don't Dress For Dinner
(co-starring with the late, great Simon
Cadell once more).
Also in New Zealand
Su joined David Griffin in The Good
Sex Guide Revue, a saucy new musical,
and co-starred with Les Dennis and Roy
Walker on the North Pier for Blackpool's
Biggest Show in 1995.
the nineties, Su toured the Far East in
Alan Bennet's comedy Habeas Corpus,
created the role of Pam in Jimmy Perry
and Roy Moore's musical That's Showbiz,
starred with Britt Ekland and Jeffrey
Holland in See How They Run for a
summer season in Bournemouth and on a
also played the role of Angela in Abigail's
Party which once again found her
touring the country to theatres full of
eager audiences and rave reviews.
In 2001 Su released her CD
album, 'The Collection', featuring 17
tracks, including hit singles and
always been one of Su's specialities and
has been both principal boy and girl
across the UK in Goldilocks, Babes
In The Woods, Pinocchio, Jack
And The Beanstalk, Mother Goose,
Aladdin, and Dick Whittington.
In 2002 Su took on the role
of the Wicked Queen in Snow White,
her first outing as a "baddie".
A role she has played a number of times
August 2001 and May 2002 Su played Pirate
Maid Ruth, alongside Gary Wilmot as the
Pirate King, in the hugely succesful The
Pirates Of Penzance. The musical
toured the lengths and breadths of the
In late 2001 Su guest
starred in an episode of the hit BBC1
comedy Gimme Gimme Gimme. She
played Heidi Honeycomb, alongside Kathy
Burke and James Dreyfus.
Barely pausing to
draw breath Su took on the role of the
wicked Miss Agatha Hannigan in Annie -
The Musical, the drunken spinster who
is in charge of the orphanage where young
Annie resides. Su was a revelation in the
role, not only doing justice to the
wonderful Annie score, but playing
the drunken orphanage owner to
In 2003 Su toured the UK in Annie,
again as Miss Hannigan, guested in The
Vagina Monologues,and played the
Wicked Queen in Snow White.
2004 was busy, with
Su playing the lead character on a
national tour of A Happy Medium,
making various TV appearances, including
the 'Home-Tek' advertising campaign. Su
returned to playing Miss Hannigan in Annie,
including a successful Christmas season.
2005 saw Su again voicing
those Little Robots, returning to The
Vagina Monologues for a limited run,
and playing the Wicked Queen in Snow
White in Rhyl.
In early 2006 Su
toured the UK in her first Shakesperian
role, playing the Nurse in Romeo &
Juliet, opposite Gerald Harper. She
returned to The Vagina Monologues
and made a number of TV appearances,
including The Princes Trust 30th
Birthday. Su once again played the
Wicked Queen in Snow White, this
year at Mansfield Palace.
2007, and Su starred in Menopause
the Musical in London, and guested on
The Paul O'Grady Show, Loose Women and
This Morning, and spent Christmas
playing the Wicked Queen in Snow
White at the Festival Theatre in
A large part of
2008 saw Su starring in two national UK
tours of Shout! The New Swinging 60s
Musical. She received rave reviews
as Yvonne. Throughout the year Su guested
on many tv and radio shows. The year
ended with Su, once again, starring in
panto, this year in Cinderella
at the Swansea Grand.
2009 was another
busy year for Su. She announced the
launch and line-up of 'Bestival', guested
on Loose Women - and was named
their "fashion icon", apt in a
year when her clothes made headlines, and
toured the UK in Annie. Su also
attended the 30th Anniversary Hi-de-Hi!
celebrations, and celebrated her 60th
2010 saw film a guest role
in the Benidorm Christmas
special and hit the road for a 10 month
UK tour of Annie. In 2011 Su
toured the UK with Annie as Miss
Hannigan for the final time, recorded a
song for Richard Kates' new album and
made a cameo in Ray Cooney's Run For
Your Wife! movie.
In 2012 Su starred
as Miss Hannigan in Hong Kong and
Singapore. She reprised the role for
audiences in New Zealand in 2014. Su also
continued to appear on TV and in panto.
In 2012 she managed to appear in two
pantos simultaneously , Sleeping
Beauty in Bournemouth and Snow
White in Horhsam. In 2013 it was Peter
Pan in Nottingham, with David
Into the mid 2010s and
beyond Su has continued to appear in
theatre productions - including the
highly successful Ha Ha Hood! show
with Cannon and Ball - and on TV - on
Who's Doing The Dishes?, Pointless
Celebrities, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
as well as a variety of "talking
heads" guest appearances.
2018, alongside a plethora of other
stars, Su participated in the five-part
ITV series Last Laugh in Vegas.
A ratings hits reality series which
culminated in a "Showtime"
finale playing in Las Vegas.
To date this is Su's only
dip into reality TV. She has long
resisted numerous requests to guest on I'm
A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! -
despite Ant & Dec saying she is their
most wanted campmate - and Celebrity
Following Last Laugh in
Vegas, Su made her debut at
Edinburgh's Fringe Festival in August
2018 in Philip Meeks' Harpy.
Directed by Hannah Chissick Su received
some of the best reviews of her career
playing Birdie at Underbelly, Cowgate.
Su's career continues to be
busy, with theatre and panto roles
scheduled for 2019, as well as a
milestone birthday in November, and she
hopes you will keep up to date with her
appearances via Su Online - www.supollard.com
- her Official Website, launched in
September 2000 and still going strong
almost 20 years later!
There is also now an official Su
Pollard Instagram page.
Su's only social media outlet.