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Susan Elizabeth Birtwistle, Lady Eyre, (born 9 December 1945)[1] is a producer and writer of television drama. Birtwistle has won awards for several of her productions, including Hotel du Lac, Pride and Prejudice and Emma, and was one of the nominees for the 2008 BAFTA Awards for her production of Cranford.[2]


Early lifeEdit

She was born in Northwich, Cheshire, England, and attended Northwich County Grammar School for Girls (now The County High School, Leftwich). She studied drama and English at Coventry College of Education (became part of the University of Warwick).


She is known for producing well-known costume dramas.

Partial filmography as producerEdit

Personal lifeEdit

In 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Chester.[3]

She married the English film, theatre, television and opera director Richard Eyre in 1973 in Chelsea, London; they have one daughter, Lucy (born in 1974).[4]


  1. ^ Companies House
  2. ^ BAFTA awards site, accessed on 6 April 2008
  3. ^ "News release". University of Chester. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Made in heaven". Daily Telegraph. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2008.

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