Sue Cleaver

Sue Cleaver (born 2 September 1963 in Watford, Hertfordshire) is a British actress. She is best known for playing Eileen Grimshaw on the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street.[1][2][3] She also played Glenda, delivering baked goods in Victoria Wood's BBC comedy Dinnerladies, which ran for two series from 1998 to 2000. She was covering for Denise Robertson as the agony aunt on ITV daytime programme This Morning until Robertson's death in 2016.

Sue Cleaver
Born (1963-09-02) 2 September 1963 (age 56)
Years active1993–present
Known forCoronation Street (1994, 2000–)
James Quinn (m. 1993⁠–⁠2003)


She studied at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre and her first television appearance was a small part in an episode of A Touch of Frost. She went on to star in the acclaimed drama series Band of Gold before landing a role in the film Girls' Night alongside Julie Walters and Brenda Blethyn.

In the late 1990s she had recurring roles as Standish in The Cops, and as Glenda in the Victoria Wood penned sitcom Dinnerladies.[4][5] She appeared as PC Sylvia Holland in This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper miniseries in 2000. She also had a small part in the Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett film The Man Who Cried. It was after filming that role in 2000 that she was cast as Eileen Grimshaw on Coronation Street. Cleaver won praise for her portrayal of Eileen, the mother of a son, Todd, who struggles with his sexuality and announces he is gay.

Aside from her acting Cleaver became a trainee psychotherapist after co-stars informed her she was good at listening. She is currently[when?] in her third and final year of training.


Cleaver is patron of the charity When You Wish Upon a Star.[6]


  1. ^ "Coronation Street's Sue Cleaver reveals she almost died after battle with sepsis". Metro. 2019-09-13. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  2. ^ Fitzpatrick, Katie (2019-07-27). "How Corrie legend Sue Cleaver has changed in 19 years on the soap". men. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  3. ^ "Coronation Street fans discover Sue Cleaver starred in soap BEFORE being cast as Eileen". Entertainment Daily UK. 2020-01-15. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  4. ^ "dinnerladies - S2 - Episode 1: Catering". Radio Times. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  5. ^ Brandwood, Neil (2011-03-31). Victoria Wood: The Biography. Random House. ISBN 978-0-7535-4657-4.
  6. ^ "Press | When You Wish Upon A Star | Dream Making For Sick Children". When You Wish Upon A Star. Retrieved 2011-11-19.

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