Susan George (actress)

Susan Melody George (born 26 July 1950) is an English film and television actress, film producer, and Arabian horse breeder.

Susan George
George in October 2008
Susan Melody George

(1950-07-26) 26 July 1950
London, UK
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1962–present
Simon MacCorkindale (m. 19842010)
(his death)


She has recalled many holidays at the caravan park in Font-y-Gary in South Wales as a child.[1] She trained at the Stage School, Corona Theatre School and has acted since the age of four, appearing on both television and film.

She is perhaps best known for such films as Straw Dogs (1971) with Dustin Hoffman, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) with Peter Fonda and Mandingo (1975) with Ken Norton.[2]

When asked in a 2013 interview about working with Hoffman and director Sam Peckinpah in Straw Dogs, George said:

I had a love-hate relationship with Sam, but he was a brilliant director and a genius of his time. Dustin was a generous actor to work with, who could be intense at times, but had a great personality and an incredibly mischievous sense of humour. Making the film was a fantastic experience and one that I cherish to this day.[3]

In the early 1970s, George came to be associated with rather provocative, sometimes (as in Straw Dogs) controversial roles and became quite typecast. Cinema writer Leslie Halliwell's rather terse summary of her career was: "British leading lady, former child actress; usually typed as sexpot".[4]

Her lighter side was apparent in some of her TV appearances, such as in an episode ("The Gold Napoleon") of The Persuaders (1971) with Roger Moore and Tony Curtis. In 1988, George marked her film-producing debut with Stealing Heaven.

Personal life

Susan George was married to British actor Simon MacCorkindale from 5 October 1984 until his death on 14 October 2010.[5] They did not have any children.[6]

Before her marriage, her name was linked with several celebrities, including footballer George Best and Prince Charles. She had a four-year relationship with American singer Jack Jones,[7] and later spent another four years as the partner of casino manager Derek Webster.[8]

TV and filmography



As executive producer

As miscellaneous crew

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1983 10th Saturn Awards Best Actress The House Where Evil Dwells Nominated

Equestrian interest

George breeds Arabian horses and has a stud farm called Georgian Arabians.[9]


  1. Country life. Country Life, Ltd. 2008. p. 58. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  2. "Mandingo". The New York Times.
  3. "Susan George".
  4. Halliwell, Leslie (1984). Filmgoer's Companion, 8th ed, 1984.
  5. "Casualty actor Simon MacCorkindale dies aged 58". BBC News. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  6. "The EastEnder who stole Prince Charles' heart". Daily Mirror. London. 16 June 2001.
  7. "Jack Jones, Susan George take romance on road", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 24 July 1975. Accessed 26 August 2014
  8. "Has Susan found real love at last?", Titbits, 7 May 1986. Accessed 26 August 2014
  9. "Georgian Arabians".
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