Susan Penhaligon

Susan Penhaligon (born 3 July 1949) is a British actress and writer, probably best known for her appearances in the controversial 1976 drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire and several ongoing roles in UK television series. Penhaligon's father worked as an engineer for the Shell oil company and was working in the Philippines at the time of her birth there. Her parents separated and she was sent to live with her grandmother in Cornwall in 1956. After her parents divorced she went to live with her mother who had returned to Cornwall to run a bed and breakfast in St Ives. For a few years she enjoyed an idyllic existence, growing up in a bohemian community of up-and-coming abstract artists but when Penhaligon was ten her mother sent her away to boarding school. Her family upbringing was interrupted and she had little contact with her father who had remarried and moved to San Francisco. She did not meet him again until 1969 just two years before he died. While training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Penhaligon shared a flat with soon-to-be rock star Peter Hammill. She is named in his songs "Refugees" and "Easy to Slip Away".


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