Susan Hampshire

Actor, Author, Ballerina
Best known to American audiences for her portrayal of sturdy upper crust Brits on public TV imports, Susan Hampshire was a celebrated British actress of stage, screen and TV, mostly in her native land. American ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1937 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Monarch of the Glen 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masterpiece Theatre: Fifteen Years 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bang! 1977 (Movie)

Cilla Brown (Actor)

The Pallisers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Cry Terror! 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Baffled! 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanity Fair 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Living Free 1972 (Movie)

Joy Adamson (Actor)

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand 1972 (Movie)

Anna Robinson (Actor)

Malpertuis: Histoire d'une maison Maudite 1971 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

David Copperfield 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Time For Loving 1970 (Movie)

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Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

The Fighting Prince of Donegal 1965 (Movie)

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The Three Lives of Thomasina 1963 (Movie)

Lori MacGregor (Actor)

Expresso Bongo 1959 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Barchester Chronicles (TV Show)

Actor

The First Churchills (TV Show)

Actor

The Forsyte Saga (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Best known to American audiences for her portrayal of sturdy upper crust Brits on public TV imports, Susan Hampshire was a celebrated British actress of stage, screen and TV, mostly in her native land. American audiences came to know her through such serials as "The Forsyte Saga" (PBS, 1969-70), in which she was Fleur, the stalwart member of a merchant family, "The First Churchills" (PBS, 1971), in which she was Sarah, the focused member of the Duke of Marlborough's clan, and as Becky Sharpe in the TV rendition of "Vanity Fair" (PBS, 1972). She won Emmy Awards for all three portrayals, and is also remembered as Agnes Wickfield in the "David Copperfield" adaptation shown on NBC in 1970. Additionally, Hampshire was the outspoken Glencora in "The Pallisers" (PBS, 1977), a series about a Victorian family with political leanings.

Relationships

Pierre Granier-Deferre

Husband
married in 1967 divorced in 1974

Victoria Granier-Deferre

Daughter
died within a day of her birth

Christopher Granier-Deferre

Son
born in 1971

George Hampshire

Father
was director of ICI

June Hampshire

Mother
operated a small private school and taught dance

Nicky Henson

Companion
had relationship after they appeared together in "Peter Pan" in the mid-1970s at the time, Henson was married to Una Stubbs

Kulukundis

Husband
married on April 4, 1981

EDUCATION

trained for the ballet

Milestones

2000

Had featured role in the BBC TV series "Monarch of the Glen"

1999

Reprised role of headmistress in "Nancherrow" (ITV)

1998

Appeared as a headmistress in the British TV adaptation of Rosamund Pilcher's novel "Coming Home" (ITV Network)

1993

Starred in "Relative Values" at Savoy Theatre, London

1977

Cast as Glencora in "The Pallisers" TV series

1972

Played Joy Adamson in "Living Free"

1972

Starred as Becky Sharpe in "Vanity Fair" (Masterpiece Theatre)

1970

Played Sarah Churchilll in "The First Churchills" (Masterpiece Theatre)

1969

Featured as Agnes Wickfield in "David Copperfield" (NBC)

1968

Played Fleur in "The Forsyte Saga" (PBS)

1961

Early TV appearance, "Adventures in Paradise" episode

1959

First adult film role, "Upstairs and Downstairs"

1959

London debut, "Expresso Bongo"

1958

Stage debut, "Night Must Fall" at Bognor Regis, England

1947

Film debut "The Woman in the Hall"

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources erroneously list 1942 as the year of Miss Hampshire's birth.

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A dyslexic, Hampshire was made a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995 for her work on behalf of those with that learning disability.

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On having plastic surgery on her nose when she was starting out, Susan Hampshire told The Daily Express (January 2, 2001): "All my family had similar noses - handsome, but perhaps a bit large for an ingenue. At that young age you don't know why you do these things and in subsequent years absolutely everyone I know has had far more plastic surgery than me, so I'm reluctant to talk about it. But yes, it is true. Regretting anything is not in my nature, otherwise you'd sit around all day bewailing your past."

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Hampshire has received honorary degrees from London University (1985), St. Andrew's University (1987), Kingston University (1993), and Pinemanor College (1993).

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She created a bit of controversy in December 2000 when she announced she had become a member of Exit, a voluntary euthanasia society. (Euthanasia is illegal in the United Kingdom.)

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