Here’s Sue Lloyd, suitably feathered, and doing a fine imitation of an ostrich, in John d Green’s Kensington studio on 7 April 1967. Sue’s was one of the last sessions that John would take for Birds of Britain. She was 27 at the time, and one of the oldest subjects photographed by John d Green for the 1967 book.
In a 1996 newspaper article, Sue said about the Birds Of Britain shoot: “It was my idea to wear my ostrich feathers. It made me laugh – all the blurb about me being sophisticated and there I was holding such a terrible old fag end! John d Green remembers the session well – “Sue Lloyd was immense fun.”
Sue Lloyd made her acting debut opposite Michael Caine in the 1965 espionage thriller The Ipcress File and made several guest appearances on popular television shows throughout the 60s and 70s including The Saint, Department S, Jason King, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Persuaders! and The Sweeney. Other film credits include Corruption (1968), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) and The Stud (1978). Joan Collins said that she and Lloyd had to get drunk prior to their nude scenes in The Bitch (1979).
However she is probably best known for her long-running role as Barbara Hunter in the Birmingham based soap opera Crossroads. Beginning in 1979, she remained in the role until 1985 when she and her on-screen and future real-life husband, Ronald Allen, were sacked from the series.
Sadly, Sue is no longer with us – she passed away on 20 October 2011.