Sue Lloyd

Susan Margery Jeaffreson 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 and Cordelia Winfield in the ITC series The Baron.

Sue Lloyd
Susan Margery Jeaffreson Lloyd

(1939-08-07)7 August 1939
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England
Died20 October 2011(2011-10-20) (aged 72)
London, England
Resting placeReading Cemetery and Crematorium
Years active1963–2001
Ronald Allen
(m. 1991; died 1991)

Early life

The daughter of a GP, 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.[2] 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.[3]

She was one of the last two debutantes to be presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1958; the final such ceremony.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.

She made many guest appearances in several popular shows of the 1960s and 1970s, including The Saint, Department S, Jason King, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Persuaders! and The Sweeney.

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.[7] 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.[8]

Personal life

In Crossroads Lloyd played the wife of actor Ronald Allen, who was sacked on the same day she was.[8] They were good friends, having met shortly after his 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.[9]

Sue Lloyd died on 20 October 2011, aged 72, from cancer.[10]




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  2. "Sue Lloyd obituary | Television & radio". The Guardian. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. "Sue Lloyd". Telegraph. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  4. "Sue Lloyd | Herald Scotland". Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  5. p.189 Lisanti, Tom & Paul, Louis Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962–1973 McFarland, 2002
  6. "The Baron | A Cherished Television Review". Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  7. "Obituary: Sue Lloyd - Glamorous actress who appeared in Crossroads, The Avengers and The Ipcress File". The Scotsman. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  8. TV Babylon by Paul Donnelley (Vista, 1997), pp.160–161
  9. Fade to Black A Book of Movie Obituaries by Paul Donnelley. Omnibus Press: 2010)
  10. "ATV Today | Ipcress File Star Sue Lloyd Dies at 72". Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  11. "" Retrieved 17 December 2017.
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