Susan Tully is a British actress, TV personality, and director who is famous for her long-running role as Michelle in the TV series ‘EastEnders’. Tully plunged into acting as a hobby when she was a child and later studied at the Anna Scher Children’s theater. She soon landed many roles as a child actor and was first seen as a host in the children’s program ‘Our Show’. She subsequently appeared in ‘The Saturday Banana’, ‘Why Can’t I Go Home?’, ‘Never Never Land’, and her first hit ‘Grange Hill.’ She landed her breakthrough as Michelle with ‘EastEnders’, a role she played for over a decade in over 800 episodes . At the end of the 1990s, Susan Tully decided to switch from acting and became a director for TV series. Her popular releases as a director include ‘Getting On’, ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’, ‘Stella’, ‘Puppy Love’, ‘The A Word’, ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’, and ‘The Chase.’ More recently, she starred in the documentary ‘Anna’ and directed episodes of the popular BBC procedural series ‘Line of Duty.’ Currently, Tully is busy working on her next project ‘C.B. Strike’, scheduled for release in 2020.
While studying in high school, Susan Tully grew passionate about acting and attended the Anna Scher children’s theatre. With this, her journey into the big screen was made easy. As a child, she was first seen in the TV program for children ‘Our Show’, where she was the host. She appeared in ten episodes from 1977 to 1978. In 1978, she also appeared as the presenter in ‘The Saturday Banana’ alongside Bill Oddie. She made her fictional debut in 1979 with the family series ‘Why Can’t I Go Home?’ as Rosalie in an episode. In 1980, she made her film debut in the family drama ‘Never Never Land’ as Doreen. Next year, she was cast a main character, Suzanne Ross, in the comedy drama ‘Grange Hill.’ She played the role for three seasons from 1981 to 1984 in 33 episodes.
By mid-1980s, Susan Tully had made a name for herself as a versatile child actress. In 1985, she landed her big break with the long-running TV series ‘EastEnders’, where she played the role of Michelle Fowler. She played this role for a decade and appeared in whopping 800-plus episodes. While her work with ‘EastEnders’ occupied her for many years, she made several TV appearances as herself.
In 1986, she appeared in the TV series documentary ‘Scene’, ‘Wogan’, and ‘Just Another Day.’ Her other television appearances include ‘The Lowdown’ (1988), ‘One Day in the Life of Television’ (1989), ‘Give Us a Clue’ (1991), ‘Genderquake’ (1996), ‘Comic Relief’ (1997), ‘Holiday Reps’ (1997), and ‘Do You Fancy Me’ (1999).
Toward the end of the 1990s, she switched from acting to direction and embarked on her journey as a director by directing twelve episodes of ‘EastEnders’. In 2000, she directed several episodes of the drama series ‘Black Cab’ and ‘London’s Burning’. Other directorial ventures in the early 2000s include several episodes of ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ (2002) and ‘The Bill’ (1999-2004). Her direction for ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ was nominated for a BAFTA Children's Award in 2002. In 2003, she directed the episode ‘Lambs to the Slaughter’ of the crime series ‘M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team.’
In 2005, she directed three episodes of the comedy drama ‘Twisted Tales’; two episodes of the crime drama ’55 Degrees North’; and ‘four episodes of the comedy mystery ‘Funland.’ She continued in the same vein for the rest of the decade and worked with popular series such as ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ (2006), ‘Goldplated’ (2006), ‘The Chase’ (2006), ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’ (2007), ‘Theatre Live!’ (2009), ‘Blue Murder’ (2009), ‘Silent Witness’ (2008-2011), and ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ (2009-2011). In 2011, she also appeared as herself in the documentary ‘Anna’, which chronicled the life of Anna Scher.
In 2012, she directed episodes of ‘Good Cop’, ‘The Paradise’, ‘Stella’ and ‘Getting On’ before venturing into other genres of TV such as ‘Truckers’ (2013), ‘Puppy Love’ (2014) and ‘The Mill’ (2014). Her direction for ‘Stella’ fetched her a Best Director nomination at the BAFTA Cymru Award ceremony in 2013. In 2014, she directed the action crime drama ‘Crossing Lines’. In 2016, her projects included ‘The A Word’ and ‘The Musketeers.’ More recently, she directed an episode of ‘Britannia’ (2018), a couple of episodes of ‘Tin Star’ (2019), and two episodes of the hit BBC series ‘Line of Duty’ (2019). Her releases in 2020 include an episode of the drama ‘C.B. Strike’, which stars Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, and Kerr Logan.
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Family & Personal Life
Susan Tully was born on 20 October 1967, in Highgate, London. Her father worked as a watch-case maker, and she grew up in a council estate in London. In her spare time, she loves watching old movies. Her favorite actors include Denholm Elliott and Beryl Reid. She remains extremely reserved about her private life and has not revealed any information about her relationships.