Susan Stranks

Susan Stranks (born 2 December 1938) is a British actress, television presenter and producer.

Susan Stranks
Born (1938-12-02) 2 December 1938
London, England, UK
Television producer
Spouse(s)Robin Ray


Born in London, Stranks was ten years old when she played the role of the younger Emmeline Foster in the romantic adventure film The Blue Lagoon (1949). She then played Janet Smith, the young sister of Ann Todd, in the David Lean film Madeleine (1950).

Stranks played a young student in the crime drama Sapphire (1959), and had a small part as a schoolgirl in the train scenes of The 39 Steps (also 1959) starring Kenneth More. Both roles were uncredited. She then appeared as a regular panelist on the TV pop music show Juke Box Jury as well as Emergency - Ward 10 but she is best known for the children's TV series Magpie, which she co-presented from 1968 to 1974.

Following Magpie, Stranks devised and presented a programme for pre-school children, named Paperplay, which ran until 1981.

Stranks has since become a children's radio campaigner,[1] helping to create Fun Radio, a station aimed at children aged under 10 years old.[2]

Personal life

Stranks was married to actor and media personality Robin Ray (son of comedian Ted Ray) from 1960 until his death in 1998.[3] They had one child, Rupert.


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