Sue Devaney

Sue Devaney (born Susan Barber, 2 July 1967) is an English actress. She is known for television roles in Coronation Street (1984–1985, 2019), Jonny Briggs (1985–1987), Casualty (1994–1997) and Dinnerladies (1998–2000). Her extensive stage career includes roles in London productions of When We Are Married (1987), The Wind in the Willows (1990) and The Land of the Living (1993). In 2014, she starred in the musical Mamma Mia! for a 10-week summer season at the Blackpool Opera House. She also performed as multiple parts (such as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Mrs Fezziwig) in A Christmas Carol (2017–2018) at The Octagon Theatre Bolton.

Sue Devaney
Susan Barber

(1967-07-02) 2 July 1967 (age 52)
Years active1983–present


Devaney has played various roles on British television including; Debbie Webster in Coronation Street, Rita Briggs in Jonny Briggs, Liz Harker in Casualty and Jane in Dinnerladies. In the early 1990s she appeared in a commercial for the Gateway supermarket chain (now Somerfield).[1]

In 2009 she played the role of Peggy in hit Channel 4 drama Shameless, and lent her voice to the role of Jane in Carol Donaldson's BBC Radio 4 play Normal and Nat. Devaney performed at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Friday 2 December 2011 – Sunday 22 January 2012.

In 2013 she appeared in the ITV comedy drama series Great Night Out as Linda, and played Carmel in the BBC comedy-drama Being Eileen.[2] In April 2013, she appeared in the BBC Scotland produced Glasgow-based soap River City.

On stage, she has appeared in numerous productions, including A Taste of Honey, Beggars Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Love's Labours Lost, When We Are Married, The Wind in the Willows and The Land of the Living.

In 2014, she starred as Rosie in the musical Mamma Mia! for a 10-week summer season at the Blackpool Opera House, in the Winter Gardens from 20 June to 31 August. This was the only UK tour date of the musical in 2014.

On 11 November 2017, Devaney appeared on Pointless Celebrities.



Year Title Character Production Notes
1984–1985, 2019 Coronation Street Debbie Webster ITV 39 episodes
1985–1987 Jonny Briggs Rita BBC One 28 episodes
1993 Heartbeat Jennifer Galvin ITV Season 2, episode 6 (Bang to rights)
1994–1997 Casualty Liz Harker BBC One Regular role
1998–2000 Dinnerladies Jane BBC One Recurring (11 episodes)
2009 Shameless Peggy Channel 4 1 episode
2012 Emmerdale Midwife ITV 1 episode
2013 Great Night Out Linda ITV 2 episodes
2013 Being Eileen Carmel BBC "DIY" (1 episode)
2013 River City Angela BBC Scotland Recurring role


  1. ^ Applemask (1 October 2006). "This is why Gateway doesn't exist anymore" – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Michael Wynne (writer) (4 March 2013). "DIY (4 March 2013)". Being Eileen. BBC. BBC One.

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