Sue Lloyd in the trailer for The Ipcress File (1965)
|Born||Susan Margery Jeaffreson Lloyd
(1939-08-07)7 August 1939
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, UK
|Died||20 October 2011(2011-10-20) (aged 72)
London, England, UK
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Resting place||Reading Cemetery and Crematorium|
|Spouse(s)||Ronald Allen (m. 1991; d. 1991)|
Sue Lloyd (7 August 1939 – 20 October 2011) was an English model and actress, with numerous film and television credits. She may be best known for her long-running role (1979 to 1985) as Barbara Hunter, née Brady, in the British soap opera Crossroads.
The daughter of a GP, Susan Margery Jeaffreson Lloyd was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. She attended Edgbaston High School in Birmingham and studied dance as a child, attending Sadler’s Wells Ballet School. As her height (5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)) increased, her possibilities for a career as a dancer diminished, and she became a showgirl and model, and, briefly, a member of Lionel Blair‘s dance troupe.
Films and television
She made her film debut in two espionage-themed films released in 1965. Lloyd was a foil to Michael Caine‘s Harry Palmer in the spy thriller The Ipcress File, and had a role in The Return of Mr. Moto.
In the same year Lloyd played the regular role of secret agent Cordelia Winfield, alongside Steve Forrest in the 1965-66 British ITC television series The Baron. Originally Lloyd’s character only appeared in the pilot episode, with Steve Forrest’s sidekick played by Paul Ferris. Pressure from the American television network who were to screen the show replaced Ferris with Lloyd.
In 1971, Lloyd starred in a stage version of the TV series The Avengers playing John Steed’s sidekick, Mrs Hannah Wild. She also appeared with several other stars in the 1976 Lindsay Shonteff imitation James Bond film No. 1 of the Secret Service.
Her other film credits include Corruption, Revenge of the Pink Panther, The Stud and The Bitch. On her Twitter page Joan Collins said that she and Lloyd had to get drunk prior to their nude scenes. She reunited with Michael Caine in Bullet to Beijing (1995), one of the later Harry Palmer films.
Lloyd joined the long-running British soap opera Crossroads in 1979. She played Barbara Hunter (née Brady) until she and her on and also off screen partner Ronald Allen were dropped from the series in 1985.
In Crossroads Lloyd played the wife of actor Ronald Allen, who was sacked on the same day she was. They were good friends, having met shortly after his long-term life partner, fellow Crossroads actor Brian Hankins, had died from cancer in 1978. Lloyd’s friends were surprised when, in 1991, she married an ailing Allen six weeks before his own death, on 18 June, from cancer.
Sue Lloyd died on 20 October 2011, aged 72, from cancer.
- Nothing But the Best (1964) – Debutante at Hunt Ball (uncredited)
- The Ipcress File (1965) – Jean Courtney
- Hysteria (1965) – French Girl
- Attack on the Iron Coast (1968) – Sue Wilson
- Corruption (1968) – Lynn Nolan
- Where’s Jack? (1969) – Lady Darlington
- Twinky (1970) – Ursula – Scott’s Deprived Girl
- Percy (1971) – Bernice
- Innocent Bystanders (1972) – Joanna Benson
- That’s Your Funeral (1972) – Miss Peach
- Go for a Take (1972) – Angel Montgomery
- Penny Gold (1973) – Model
- Spanish Fly (1976) – Janet Scott
- The Ups and Downs of a Handyman (1976) – The Blonde
- No. 1 of the Secret Service (1977) – Sister Jane
- Revenge of the Pink Panther (1977) – Claude Russo
- The Stud (1978) – Vanessa
- Lady Oscar (1979) – Comtesse Gabrielle de Polignac
- The Bitch (1979) – Vanessa Grant
- Correction, Please or How We Got Into Pictures (1979) – Countess Skladanowsky
- Rough Cut (1980) – Female Guest
- Eat the Rich (1987) – Val
- U.F.O. (1993) – Judge
- Bullet to Beijing (1995) – Jean
- Beginner’s Luck (2001) – (Last appearance)
- The Saint series 2 ep.19 Luella (1964-1967) – Marla Clayton / Luella
- Gideon’s Way (1965) – Mary Henderson / Passenger with Det. Chief Insp. David Keen
- The Avengers series 4 ep.8 A Surfeit of H20 (1965) – Joyce Jason
- The Baron (1966–1967) – Cordelia Winfield
- The Saint series 5 ep.22 Island of Chance (1967) – Marla Clayton / Luella
- Journey to the Unknown series 1 ep.7 The Madison Equation (1969) – Barbara Rossiter
- Department S ep. Black Out (1969) – Brigitte
- The Persuaders! ep.3 Take Seven (1971) – Maggie
- The Two Ronnies (1972) – Blanche
- Crossroads (1979-1985) – Barbara Hunter / Barbara Brady
- Bergerac (1988-1990) – Eva Southurst
- Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (1989) – Lucky Dyson