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Susan Hampshire



Susan Hampshire was an actress from childhood, but stardom eluded her until she played a colorful one-scene bit in the 1958 London stage production Expresso Bongo. Hampshire was not cast in the 1959 film version of this play, but instead made her "official" starring film debut (after a couple of earlier bit parts) in the class-conscious comedy Upstairs and Downstairs (1959). She endeared herself to American audiences with her performance in Disney's Three Lives of Thomasina (1963) then went out of her way to avoid being typecast in kiddie-movie parts by playing the scantily clad lady friend of Albert Finney in Night Must Fall (1964). Two years later, she was seen as the completely un clad leading lady in the French Paris in the Month of August (1966), directed by her future husband Pierre Granier-Deferre. With her portrayal of Agnes Wakefield in the all-star 1969 television adaptation of David Copperfield, Hampshire established herself as one of the business TV miniseries performers in the English-speaking world. Her performances as Fleur Forsythe in the internationally popular The Forsythe Saga (1967), Sarah Churchill in The First Churchills (1970) and Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair (1972) won her accolades from all over the globe, including three American Emmy awards. She also starred as Lady Glencora Palliser in the 22-episode adaptation of Anthony Trollope's The Pallisers (telecast in the U.S. in 1977). Though she breezes through archaic classical dialogue with seeming effortlessness, Susan Hampshire has been a lifelong dyslexic, a fact she elaborates upon in her 1982 book Susan's Story.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Malpertuis
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Nancherrow
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Coming Home
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Born Free: A New Adventure
  • Joy Adamson
1996
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Sparkling Cyanide'
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Barchester Chronicles
  • Signora Madeline Neroni
1982
No Score Yet The Story of David
  • Michal
1976
No Score Yet Cry Terror
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Baffled!
  • Michele Brent
1973
No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Isabel
1973
No Score Yet Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (The Exorcism of Hugh)
  • Anna Robinson
1972
No Score Yet Living Free
  • Joy Adamson
1972
No Score Yet Malpertuis: The Legend of Doom House
  • Nancy Alice Euryale
1971
No Score Yet The First Churchills
  • Sara Churchill
1971
No Score Yet Vanity Fair
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet David Copperfield
  • Agnes Wickfield
1970
No Score Yet Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies
  • Betty
1969
No Score Yet An Ideal Husband
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet The Fighting Prince of Donegal
  • Kathleen McSweeney
1966
No Score Yet The Three Lives of Thomasina
  • Lori MacGregor
1964
No Score Yet Night Must Fall
  • Olivia Bramson
1964
No Score Yet Wonderful Life (Swingers' Paradise)
  • Jenny
1964
No Score Yet Expresso Bongo
  • Cynthia
1959
No Score Yet Bang!
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Monarch of the Glen
2000-2005
  • Molly
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Actor

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