Plot Summary | Add Synopsis Taglines: A second chance to catch the killer! Edit Goofs In “Cold Fusion”, the final episode of Series Five, Grace reads through Clifford Day's criminal record and mentions that, in 1979, he was charged with “conspiracy under the Data Protection Act”.
2 Episodes (2011-2011) Johnston made her television debut, aged 38, with a minor recurring role on Coronation Street in the summer of 1982, playing the role of Mrs. Chadwick, the wife of a bookmaker.
Johnston may be best known as Barbara Role in the BBC comedy series The Role Family, appearing with her former on-screen husband in Brook side, Ricky Tomlinson, from the show's inception in September 1998 until it ended at Christmas 2000. She also appeared in a one-off special which aired in October 2006.
From 2000 to 2011, she starred in the television series Waking the Dead, in which she played the role of psychological profiler Grace Foley, alongside Trevor Eve. She starred in Jennifer Saunders's comedy drama Jam & Jerusalem on BBC One, alongside Joanna Lumley, Maggie Steed and David Mitchell.
Also in 2008, she played After Flint winch in the BBC adaptation of Little Orbit. In May 2008 it was confirmed Johnston would return as Barbara Role for another episode of The Role Family, which aired on Christmas Day 2008 on BBC One.
The show returned for further Christmas specials in 2009, 2010 and 2012. She shared a role with Billie Piper in the television adaptation of A Passionate Woman which aired on BBC One on 11 April 2010.
On 2 April 2012, Coronation Street series producer Phil Collin son announced Johnston had joined the soap opera as Gloria, the mother of Stella Price (played by Michelle Collins). She made her first screen appearance on 5 September 2012.
It was announced in June 2013 that Johnston would leave the soap opera in 2014 to pursue other acting roles. In May 2014 it was announced that Johnston would guest star in the fifth series of the period drama Downton Abbey.
She played Denver, a lady's maid to the Dowager Countess, played by Dame Maggie Smith. In 1967, she married her first husband Neil Johnston and became pregnant at the age of 24.
She suffered a miscarriage shortly after and the couple later divorced, but she kept his surname as her professional name. She has one son, Joel, from her second marriage to David Ammeter.
Johnston is strongly opposed to smoking. Despite playing the role of heavy smoker Barbara Role in The Role Family, Johnston gave up smoking in 1978, but had to smoke low-tar cigarettes while playing the role.
This was because the cast and crew including Johnston could not stand the smell of herbal cigarettes. In fact, in most episodes of The Role Family, Johnston's character Barbara when lighting a cigarette did not actually inhale.
In all the Christmas specials Johnson's character Barbara was not seen to smoke at all. In 1989 Johnston, assisted by Lesley Thomson, published her first book, a memoir titled Hold on to the Messy Times.
In 2011, she published another memoir titled Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother. In her autobiography, Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother, she states that she was originally going to be called Margaret Jane Wright, after her mother and grandmother, but her father thought that it would be best to call her Susan.
Brook side: The Lost Weekend ... Sheila Cork hill (1997 video special) Brook side: Friday the 13th ... Sheila Cork hill (1998 video special) The Unseen Royals ... Narrator (1999 TV documentary) Caring for the Recently Deceased ... Marjoram Bryon (2014 short) ^ “Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art”.
^ Sue Johnston returns to Coronation Street as Stella Price's mother. ^ BBC in talks with Herne and Cash over Role Family return.
The dangers of that Clause really hit me and I felt angry. ^ “Sue Johnston: My secret battles with depression and bulimia”.
^ “Brook side veterans Phil Redmond and Sue Johnston reunited at graduation”. CS1 main: multiple names: authors list (link) ^ Johnston, Sue, 1943- (2011).