Su Pollard tries to make children cry when she stars in pantos. Oh yes, she does!
The TV legend, 74, is famous for making fans laugh as cheeky Peggy in 80s sitcom Hi-De-Hi! – but she says these days she goes all out to be as mean as possible. She told the Daily Star: “I relish it. If they don’t boo, I scream and call them useless. I wind them all up.
“It’s fun being mean to them. If no child is carried out crying then I’ve done a terrible job. “I don’t wish to be modest. When they scream and cry, you can hear it streets away.
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“I’ve never been a mother. I don’t know how mothers manage. I’m just glad I’m not one.” Su is playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre this Christmas.
She said: “I love playing a villain. If you’re any sort of actress, you throw yourself into the role. I look at the script and go, ‘That’s not evil enough.’ I think of the worst people I’ve met.“ You can really have fun with it. Aren’t I awful?”
Su recently told how the spirit of Ruth Madoc played a prank on her as she paid an emotional tribute to the star in front of a packed audience. Su was starring as a fairy in panto when the death of her Hi-de-Hi co-star was announced.
But as she took to the stage to address the audience, Su said her crown was knocked from her head by Ruth’s playful spirit. The star, who was appearing in BBC Two series Pilgrimage at the time, also told how she had to correct then Prince Charles when he mistakenly called the hit sitcom Ho-de-Ho.
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Speaking to the Sunday Express, she recalled her mysterious encounter while performing in Jack and The Beanstalk. Ruth died on December 9, aged 79. Su recalled: “The producer said to me, ‘I’d love you to dedicate these next two shows to Ruth’. “I made a little speech at the end.
"As I said, ‘Thank you so much, she would’ve been delighted with the lovely tributes’, my crown just went forward on my head. I said, ‘Ruth is watching us. She’s not quite ready to settle into heaven yet’. The audience applauded – it was fabulous.”
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