The illustrious career of Susan George began at an early age. By the time she was 12, she had already filmed eleven television plays and many more commercials. Throughout the seventies and eighties, her face was rarely away from British television screens and at just 17, she won her first starring film role opposite Michael York in “The Strange Affair”.
In 1972, she landed what was to become her most iconic film role starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs”. Susan’s performance as Amy Sumner, Hoffmans’ young wife, was revered worldwide and catapulted her to international stardom.
Living in California for some 12 years, she starred in many movies before her return to the UK in the eighties to set up Amy International Productions, choosing to work behind the camera’s in partnership with her late husband Simon MacCorkindale.
Although Susan is known the world over for her international film career, she is known in the Middle East for a very different passion – that of breeding pure bred Arabian horses.
Her stud farm “Georgian Arabians” is based in the West Country of England and began as a hobby 20 years ago. However, in recent years it has become a successful business enterprise and in residence are notably some of the worlds’ finest Arabian horses bred by Susan. Her dream realised after years of dedication and committment. In 2010, when Susan’s husband lost his battle with cancer, life took on a very different meaning and her current aim has been to ensure the outcome and success of the many projects and plans that they had created together.
An animal and wildlife lover all her life, Susan owned several breeds of dogs before falling for the charms of the Irish Setter and eventually becoming a breeder of the same, exhibiting at Championship shows across the UK and the worlds most famous dog show Crufts.
Susan is homoeopathically minded and has been for many years. Her belief in alternative medicine led to the creation of a company she set up in the year 2000. “Susan George Naturally” produces a range of Equine Aromatherapy Products designed for animal wellbeing and what began as a cottage industry, is now the focus of a relaunch to sell to a larger audience online.
In recent years, Susan has unveiled a talent for photography and her ability to capture the beauty and spirit of the horse has been fulfilled in a highly acclaimed exhibition of etching prints and colour photography entitled “The Spirit of Equus”. Her photographs have been described by art enthusiasts as unique and breathtaking. First staged at Petley Fine Art in the West End of London, “The Spirit of Equus” was last exhibited for 6 weeks in Harrods.
“Susan George – The Brand” is the latest website addition designed to be the focal point for all of her businesses. Plans are in development for a natural skin care line and a very different online shop will open it’s doors “Susie’s Secrets”. On sale will be memorabilia, vintage clothing and a body natural care range of products.
Susan’s mandate for 2016 included the completion of her autobiography and the realisation of a project closest to her heart. “Lasting Life – The Simon MacCorkindale Legacy” was launched in February 2016 and will fundraise for cancer, specific needs and RAFT, a pioneering medical research organisation that has performed miracles in 28 exceptional years. In Susan’s words “The road in front of us is exciting from so many points of view and it is my greatest wish that with funds, focus, energy and committment this charity in my late husband’s name, will make a difference to the lives of many”.
Susan George is a member of: “British Actor’s Equity”; “The Performing Rights Society”; “British Academy of Composers and Songwriters”; “Screen Actors Guild”; “The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists”; “The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists”. She is a life member of “The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences” and also of “The British Academy of Film and Television Arts”. She is a past president of “The British Arabian Horse Society” and the past honorary president of “The Horse of the Year Show”.
Susan travelled to Udaipur, India in 2018 as part of BBC1’s “The Real Marigold Hotel” which was aired in August 2018.
Awards include – British Film Institute Anthony Asquith award for best new composer. Best Actress Virgin Islands Film Festival – Italy’s Valentino award for Best Actress.