Honeysuckle Weeks

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Honeysuckle Weeks in November 2008
Honeysuckle Hero Susan Weeks

(1979-08-01) 1 August 1979 (age 39)
Alma mater Pembroke College, Oxford
Years active1993–present
Lorne Stormonth-Darling(m. 2007)
Relatives Perdita Weeks (sister)
Rollo Weeks (brother)

Honeysuckle Hero Susan Weeks [1] (born 1 August 1979) is a British actress known for her starring role as Samantha Stewart (later Samantha Wainwright) in the ITV wartime drama series Foyle's War beginning in 2002.

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Early life

Weeks was born in Cardiff, Wales, [2] [3] to Robin and Susan (née Wade) Weeks (who have since divorced), [4] and grew up in Chichester and Petworth. Her parents named her after the plant honeysuckle because they were in bloom when she was born. [5] She has a younger sister Perdita and brother Rollo, both of whom have also pursued careers in acting.

Cardiff Capital and largest city of Wales

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Petworth town and in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England

Petworth is a small town and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It is located at the junction of the A272 east-west road from Heathfield to Winchester and the A283 Milford to Shoreham-by-Sea road. Some twelve miles (21 km) to the south west of Petworth along the A285 road lies Chichester and the south-coast. The parish includes the settlements of Byworth and Hampers Green and covers an area of 2,690 hectares. In 2001 the population of the parish was 2,775 persons living in 1,200 households of whom 1,326 were economically active. At the 2011 Census the population was 3,027.

Weeks was educated at Great Ballard School, [6] Sussex, Roedean School and Pembroke College, Oxford, where she read English (graduating with upper-second class honours). [7] She also spent time studying art on the John Hall Pre-university Course in Venice, Italy. As a child she was a member of the Chichester Festival Theatre. From the age of nine, Weeks studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School at the weekends. [ citation needed ]

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Roedean School British upper-class boarding school in Sussex

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Aged 11, Weeks was flown to the United States and cast in the Walt Disney Pictures feature A Far Off Place being directed by Steven Spielberg. [8] However, when Spielberg dropped out of the project, Weeks' role was re-cast with Reese Witherspoon. [9]

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Her acting career began with the juvenile lead in a television series, an adaptation of Anne Fine's Goggle-Eyes (1993), alongside her sister Perdita. Since then she has appeared in many programmes, including the children's series The Wild House and the long-running series Midsomer Murders and Poirot . In 1997 Honeysuckle and Perdita were both in Catherine Cookson's The Rag Nymph, wherein Perdita played the younger version of her sister's character. Her film roles include Annie Ridd in Lorna Doone (2000) and Sarah in My Brother Tom (2001). She starred in The Bill in 2009 as Julie Nowak. [10]

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Goggle-Eyes, or My War with Goggle-Eyes in the US, is a children's novel by Anne Fine, published by Hamilton in 1989. It features a girl who hates her mother's boyfriend, she thinks. In the frame story, set in a Scottish day school, that girl Kitty tells her friend Helen about hating her mother's boyfriend.

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She has recently starred in The Five, created by best-selling thriller writer Harlan Coben. She is currently best known for her parts in three television series: Close Relations (1998), Ladies & Their Gentlemen (2002–2006), and Foyle's War (2002–2010, 2013, 2015). In the last, a BAFTA Award–winning detective series set in Hastings during and just after World War II, she starred opposite Michael Kitchen. In 2007, Weeks starred in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries as Tania Thompson, a character based on the Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka. In 2008, she appeared as Harriet Pringle in the Radio 4 adaptation of Fortunes of War . In 2012, she played a small part as Mrs Beeton in an episode of the BBC educational programme The Charles Dickens Show. [11]

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In 2015 she appeared as Mae Harmer in the BBC TV series Death in Paradise episode 4.8. On 9 May 2015 she portrayed a wartime letter writer at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember in Horse Guards Parade, London that was broadcast live on BBC1. She also appeared in the ITV series Lewis episode "Magnum Opus".


Weeks has appeared in the films My Brother Tom, Red Mercury and The Wicker Tree (the "spiritual successor" to The Wicker Man). [12]

Stage acting

In early 2010, she appeared as "Sarah Prentice" in a production of the Agatha Christie play A Daughter's A Daughter at London's Trafalgar Studios. [13] Later that year, Weeks appeared as Eliza Doolittle in a production of Pygmalion at the Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex.

She starred in the UK premiere of Melanie Marnich's play These Shining Lives from 8 May to 9 June 2013. [14]

In 2018, she starred as Mabel Cantwell in Gore Vidal's play The Best Man on the West End. [15]

Personal life

Weeks was engaged to the poet and musician Anno Birkin for a short period before his death, at age 20, in a car crash in Italy in 2001. She married hypnotherapist Lorne Stormonth-Darling [4] in an impromptu Buddhist wedding ceremony while on holiday in the Himalayas in 2005, followed by a London wedding in July 2007. [16] The couple have one child, Wade, born in 2011, and live in Petworth. [16]

In August 2015, Weeks was caught speeding on the A3 in south-west London. It later emerged that she was already banned from driving under the totting-up scheme (due to points violations), and in early 2016 was ordered to wear an electronic tag as a consequence when the court imposed a four-week night time curfew on her. [17] [18]

In July 2016, it was reported that Weeks had gone missing, with relatives said to be concerned for her welfare. [17] However, she was later found safe and well and remained with police late that night before being returned to West Sussex. [19] [20]

Awards and nominations

In 2004, Weeks was nominated in the Most Popular Newcomer category at the National Television Awards.


Goggle-Eyes 1993Kitty4-part miniseries (appeared in all episodes)
A Dark-Adapted Eye 1994Young Faith2-part miniseries (appeared in Episode 1)
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries 1995Young Petra SaundertonSeries 8, episode 4 - "The Strawberry Tree: Part 1"
The Bill 1995Lucy Dean Series 11, episode 128 - "Deadline"
The Bill1996Deborah White Series 12, episode 64 - "Cuckoo"
Have Your Cake and Eat It 1997Sophie Dawson4-part miniseries (appeared in all episodes)
Rag Nymph1997Millie3-part miniseries (appeared in all episodes)
The Wild House 199798Serena WildMain role; Series 1 & 2 (18 episodes)
Close Relations1998Imogen6-part miniseries (appeared in Episodes 15)
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries1998JennySeries 11, episode 7 - "The Orchard Walls"
Midsomer Murders 1999Fleur BridgesSeries 2, episode 3 - "Blood Will Out"
Casualty 2000Diane Gibson Series 15, episode 1 - "Phoenix"
Lorna Doone 2000Annie RiddTelevision film
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings 2000Alice CottisloeChristmas special
My Brother Tom2001SarahFeature film
Red Mercury 2005ClarissaFeature film
Agatha Christie's Poirot 2005Rhoda DawesSeries 10, episode 2 - "Cards on the Table
Where the Heart Is 2006CarlySeries 10, episode 7 - "Don't Look Back in Anger"
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2007Tania ThompsonSeries 6, episode 2 - "Know Thine Enemy"
The Bill2009Julie Nowak Series 25, episodes 12 & 13 - "Righteous Kill" (Parts 1 & 2)
The Wicker Tree 2011LollyFeature film
The A to Z of Crime2011Herself6-part series (appeared in 3 episodes)
The Charles Dickens Show2012Mrs. Beeton4-part miniseries (appeared in Episode 3 - "Christmas")
Foyle's War 200215Samantha StewartMain role; 8 series (28 episodes)
Death in Paradise 2015Mae HarmerSeries 4, episode 8 - "Unlike Father, Unlike Son"
Lewis 2015Carina BeskinSeries 9, episodes 3 & 4 - "Magnum Opus" (Parts 1 & 2)
The Five 2016Laura MarshallSeries 1 (4 episodes)

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