The actor who has taught Susie the most, though, is Max Beesley (star of TV’s Hotel Babylon and Survivors), who was her boyfriend for four years (they split at the end of 2007 amid rumours that he was unable to commit to the relationship). ‘Our first date was
terrible. The first thing
I said to Max
was, “I need to lie down”’
He was, and remains, a significant part of her life and going on their first date is the only thing, she confides, that has ever really terrified her. ‘That date was terrible. I think it was because my two previous relationships had evolved from friendships and this was my first proper date.
`I remember walking into Max’s house and feeling so sick – I don’t think I have ever told anyone this – that the first thing I said to him was, “I need to lie down.” I lay on his sofa and this was before the date had even started.
`In hindsight it was hilarious – he found it really funny that I was having a full-on panic attack, but then later on that evening he thought he was having a heart attack, so I suppose you could say it was a pretty memorable night.’