Sue Johnston

Susan Johnston, OBE (née Wright; born 7 December 1943) is an English actress known for playing Sheila Grant in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside (1982–1990), Barbara Royle in the BBC comedy The Royle Family (1998–2000, 2006, 2008–2010, 2012), Grace Foley in the BBC drama Waking the Dead (2000–2011), Gloria Price in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street (2012–2014) and Miss Denker in the ITV drama Downton Abbey (2014–2015). She won the 2000 British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress and was nominated for the 2000 BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Performance for The Royle Family.

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Brassed Off (1996)

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A Yorkshire coal mine is threatened with closure and the only hope is for the men to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At first mocked for being a woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Tara Fitzgerald  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Stephen Tompkinson

A Yorkshire coal mine is threatened with closure and the only hope is for the men to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At first mocked for being a woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Tara Fitzgerald  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Stephen Tompkinson

Imagine Me & You (2005)

During her wedding ceremony, Rachel notices Luce in the audience and feels instantly drawn to her. The two women become close friends, and when Rachel learns that Luce is a lesbian, she realizes that despite her happy marriage to Heck, she is falling for Luce. As ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ol Parker
CAST:  Piper Perabo  •  Lena Headey  •  Matthew Goode  •  Celia Imrie

During her wedding ceremony, Rachel notices Luce in the audience and feels instantly drawn to her. The two women become close friends, and when Rachel learns that Luce is a lesbian, she realizes that despite her happy marriage to Heck, she is falling for Luce. As ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ol Parker
CAST:  Piper Perabo  •  Lena Headey  •  Matthew Goode  •  Celia Imrie

Preaching to the Perverted (1997)

Henry Harding MP, a British government minister on a moral crusade, hires an inexperienced young computer whizzkid, Peter Emery who works for a Christian computer company called Holy Hardware, to infiltrate the United Kingdom BDSM scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Urban
CAST:  Christien Anholt  •  Guinevere Turner  •  Tom Bell  •  Ricky Tomlinson

Henry Harding MP, a British government minister on a moral crusade, hires an inexperienced young computer whizzkid, Peter Emery who works for a Christian computer company called Holy Hardware, to infiltrate the United Kingdom BDSM scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Urban
CAST:  Christien Anholt  •  Guinevere Turner  •  Tom Bell  •  Ricky Tomlinson

New Year's Day (2001)

Two 17-year-old boys mark the new year by doing twelve dangerous but exciting tasks set for them by their friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Suri Krishnamma
CAST:  Bobby Barry  •  Marianne Jean-Baptiste  •  Anastasia Hille  •  Jacqueline Bisset

Two 17-year-old boys mark the new year by doing twelve dangerous but exciting tasks set for them by their friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Suri Krishnamma
CAST:  Bobby Barry  •  Marianne Jean-Baptiste  •  Anastasia Hille  •  Jacqueline Bisset

The Turn of the Screw (2009)

A young governess, Ann, is sent to a country house to take care of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Soon after her arrival, Miles is expelled from boarding school. Although charmed by her young charge, she secretly fears there are ominous reasons behind his expulsion. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Fywell
CAST:  Michelle Dockery  •  Eva Sayer  •  Josef Lindsay  •  Dan Stevens

A young governess, Ann, is sent to a country house to take care of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Soon after her arrival, Miles is expelled from boarding school. Although charmed by her young charge, she secretly fears there are ominous reasons behind his expulsion. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Fywell
CAST:  Michelle Dockery  •  Eva Sayer  •  Josef Lindsay  •  Dan Stevens

Lapland (2011)

Recently widowed Eileen Lewis,son Pete and his wife Mandy and daughter Paula with her spouse Ray,plus the grandchildren, leave Birkenhead to spend Christmas in Lapland.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Catherine Morshead
CAST:  Sue Johnston  •  Stephen Graham  •  Julie Graham  •  Keith Barron

Recently widowed Eileen Lewis,son Pete and his wife Mandy and daughter Paula with her spouse Ray,plus the grandchildren, leave Birkenhead to spend Christmas in Lapland.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Catherine Morshead
CAST:  Sue Johnston  •  Stephen Graham  •  Julie Graham  •  Keith Barron

500 Miles North (2014)

To claim a huge inheritance, two estranged brothers must travel to the wilds of Scotland in an old camper van to spread their father’s ashes. James and John haven’t spoken in ten years; John is now a thrusting executive with a wandering eye, James, a lonely, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luke Massey
CAST:  Joseph Morgan  •  Matt Ryan  •  Wendy Glenn  •  Vanessa Branch

To claim a huge inheritance, two estranged brothers must travel to the wilds of Scotland in an old camper van to spread their father’s ashes. James and John haven’t spoken in ten years; John is now a thrusting executive with a wandering eye, James, a lonely, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luke Massey
CAST:  Joseph Morgan  •  Matt Ryan  •  Wendy Glenn  •  Vanessa Branch

Face (1997)

Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of recriminations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonia Bird
CAST:  Robert Carlyle  •  Ray Winstone  •  Steven Waddington  •  Gerry Conlon

Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of recriminations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonia Bird
CAST:  Robert Carlyle  •  Ray Winstone  •  Steven Waddington  •  Gerry Conlon

Golden Years (2016)

Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Miller
CAST:  Bernard Hill  •  Virginia McKenna  •  Simon Callow  •  Una Stubbs

Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Miller
CAST:  Bernard Hill  •  Virginia McKenna  •  Simon Callow  •  Una Stubbs

Score (2001)

Comedy about a Sunday League football team who win the Lottery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andy De Emmony
CAST:  Eve Myles  •  Sue Johnston  •  Robert Pugh  •  Alun Armstrong

Comedy about a Sunday League football team who win the Lottery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andy De Emmony
CAST:  Eve Myles  •  Sue Johnston  •  Robert Pugh  •  Alun Armstrong

Walk Like a Panther (2018)

A group of 1980s wrestlers are forced to don the lycra once last time when their beloved local pub is threatened with closure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Cadan
CAST:  Stephen Graham  •  Jason Flemyng  •  Dave Johns  •  Julian Sands

A group of 1980s wrestlers are forced to don the lycra once last time when their beloved local pub is threatened with closure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Cadan
CAST:  Stephen Graham  •  Jason Flemyng  •  Dave Johns  •  Julian Sands

British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves (2016)

Documentary celebrating the British sitcom and taking a look at the social and political context from which our favourite sitcoms grew. We enjoy a trip through the comedy archive in the company of the people who made some of the very best British sitcoms. From The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Breid McLoone
CAST:  Rebecca Front  •  Steve Coogan  •  James Corden  •  Hugh Dennis

Documentary celebrating the British sitcom and taking a look at the social and political context from which our favourite sitcoms grew. We enjoy a trip through the comedy archive in the company of the people who made some of the very best British sitcoms. From The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Breid McLoone
CAST:  Rebecca Front  •  Steve Coogan  •  James Corden  •  Hugh Dennis

Caring for the Recently Deceased (2014)

A recent widow's life changing experience when her useless husband returns from the grave.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Davies
CAST:  Melanie Walters  •  Abigail Thaw  •  Sue Johnston

A recent widow's life changing experience when her useless husband returns from the grave.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Davies
CAST:  Melanie Walters  •  Abigail Thaw  •  Sue Johnston

Death on the Tyne (2018)

Draper's Tours are taking Mildred and her care home friends on an overnight ferry trip from North Shields to Amsterdam, where things will quickly turn turbulent as the passengers and crew begin to get bumped off one-by-one. Throughout it all, Terry is still ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Bye
CAST:  Johnny Vegas  •  Sian Gibson  •  Sheila Reid  •  James Fleet

Draper's Tours are taking Mildred and her care home friends on an overnight ferry trip from North Shields to Amsterdam, where things will quickly turn turbulent as the passengers and crew begin to get bumped off one-by-one. Throughout it all, Terry is still ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Bye
CAST:  Johnny Vegas  •  Sian Gibson  •  Sheila Reid  •  James Fleet

The Cure (2019)

The story of an ordinary woman who exposed one of the worst hospital care scandals in the history of the NHS. Based on the inspiring real-life story of Julie Bailey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Goodison
CAST:  Sian Brooke  •  Simon Armstrong  •  Georgie Glen  •  Sandra Huggett

The story of an ordinary woman who exposed one of the worst hospital care scandals in the history of the NHS. Based on the inspiring real-life story of Julie Bailey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Goodison
CAST:  Sian Brooke  •  Simon Armstrong  •  Georgie Glen  •  Sandra Huggett

Bitter Harvest (1992)

A young black British woman goes to the Dominican Republic as an aid worker. When she goes missing, her parents make an emotional journey to piece together her story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Cellan Jones
CAST:  Josette Simon  •  Sue Johnston  •  Rudolph Walker  •  Yul Vazquez

A young black British woman goes to the Dominican Republic as an aid worker. When she goes missing, her parents make an emotional journey to piece together her story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Cellan Jones
CAST:  Josette Simon  •  Sue Johnston  •  Rudolph Walker  •  Yul Vazquez

Measure for Measure (1994)

Modern dress adaptation of Shakespeare's play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thacker
CAST:  Tom Wilkinson  •  Corin Redgrave  •  Juliet Aubrey  •  Ian Bannen

Modern dress adaptation of Shakespeare's play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thacker
CAST:  Tom Wilkinson  •  Corin Redgrave  •  Juliet Aubrey  •  Ian Bannen

Brookside: The Lost Weekend (1997)

A special, video only story set on the Brookside close. On Friday 14th November 1997, a five night a week storyline ended in a cliffhanger and this video completes the story - a tale of kidnapping extortion and violence. The action-packed episode features faces ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Summers
CAST:  Sue Johnston  •  Dean Sullivan  •  Claire Sweeney  •  Sue Jenkins

A special, video only story set on the Brookside close. On Friday 14th November 1997, a five night a week storyline ended in a cliffhanger and this video completes the story - a tale of kidnapping extortion and violence. The action-packed episode features faces ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Summers
CAST:  Sue Johnston  •  Dean Sullivan  •  Claire Sweeney  •  Sue Jenkins

The Jump (1998)

Having married into a family with Mafia connections, Donna thought her husband George was the diamond in the rough. But after his arrest, she sees layers of him beneath her worst fears, and finds herself fighting for her safety and sanity.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Susan Vidler  •  Adrian Dunbar  •  Jonathan Cake  •  John Light

Having married into a family with Mafia connections, Donna thought her husband George was the diamond in the rough. But after his arrest, she sees layers of him beneath her worst fears, and finds herself fighting for her safety and sanity.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Susan Vidler  •  Adrian Dunbar  •  Jonathan Cake  •  John Light

Brookside: Friday the 13th (1998)

There is trouble a-plenty in store for the Corkhill clan in this video-only special. Series creator Phil Redmond has returned to pen a dramatic script which follows on from a weekend special.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Summers
CAST:  Sue Johnston  •  Dean Sullivan  •  George Christopher Wilson  •  Claire Sweeney

There is trouble a-plenty in store for the Corkhill clan in this video-only special. Series creator Phil Redmond has returned to pen a dramatic script which follows on from a weekend special.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Summers
CAST:  Sue Johnston  •  Dean Sullivan  •  George Christopher Wilson  •  Claire Sweeney
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