'After the first series I met Victoria Beckham’s parents and they told me she was a huge fan of the show, whichwas a relief…
But they do say Victoria has a very dry sense of humour,’ Susie says.
On the advice of her agent, Susie left the show after the second series (her character died of anorexia and the show struggled on for another three, increasingly outlandish, series), in order not to be typecast, and to gain more acting experience.
‘One of the things I like best about my work is the physical challenges that have come with it, such as learning martial arts and sword fighting and bareback riding,’ she says with a happy smile when she has been safely hoisted back on to solid ground.
‘Nothing frightens me, but I do love frightening other people.’ Susie’s choice of roles, it has to be said, has also been pretty fearless over the years.
From her television debut in 2002 as the legendary Chardonnay in (her portrayal of the prototype Wag – before the term was coined – was so convincing that David Beckham allegedly began to refer to his wife as Beaujolais), to her involvement in the forthcoming film ) was to create something around the most marketable title ever (the combination of lesbian, vampire and killers), and Susie was thrilled to take on the cameo role of Blonde.
Privately educated at the prestigious Sir William Perkins’s School in Chertsey, Susie was not as academic as her brilliant sister (now a highly regarded geneticist) and transferred to Strode’s sixth-form college in Egham, where she developed a passion for drama that gained her an opportunity to perform at the National Theatre.‘An agent was in the audience and straight away – even though I was only 18 – she wanted me to go for auditions.
I went home and said to my parents, “I have to do this,” and they reluctantly agreed.
I got some small parts and the next year I decided to take a risk and defer my place at university.’.‘I saw a clip the other day and it was so ahead of its time, such a clever concept.
When I went for the first audition my character was called Cheryl, but by the third she had become Chardonnay.
Jimmy (Horne) and Fletch (Corden) unexpectedly find themselves stuck in a village in which all the women have been enslaved by a vampire curse.
‘The script was hilarious, and even though I only have a tiny role it was impossible to turn down,’ she says.
Funny, refreshingly honest and ravishingly pretty, Susie grew up in leafy Surrey (where we meet and where she is still based), the daughter of businessman Ron and primary school teacher Evelyn.
Although her parents parted when she was 13, she regards her childhood – with sister Lynn – as ‘pretty much idyllic’.