Bugsy Malone star shines on

Sue McGough in Bugsy Malone.
Sue McGough in Bugsy Malone.

A Hogsthorpe grandma who performed alongside Jodie Foster in Bugsy Malone is, almost 40 years on, still proving a hit on the dance floor.

Sue McGough, 53, appeared in the 1976 Oscar-winning musical as Dotty, one of the gangsters’ molls.

Sue McGough with Sylvester McCoy during Doctor Who filming.

Sue McGough with Sylvester McCoy during Doctor Who filming.

She was one of six selected from about 6,500 hopefuls who auditioned for the roles.

The career that would follow would include such highlights as performing in front of Prince Charles at a Royal Variety Performance, roles on the likes of Doctor Who, Casualty and Open All Hours, and even riding Red Rum onto a theatre stage as part of a show commemorating the horse’s third Grand National win.

Today, now as a grandmother-to-two, Sue is still adding to her already-impressive résumé.

After a break from the arts, Sue has for the last 10 years or so worked as a freelance dance, drama and musical theatre teacher and for the past three years has been studying advanced dance teaching exams.

Some 21 exams later, she is now classed as an expert in all genres of dance.

She said: “I feel absolutely delighted because I had quite a late start in dancing.”

As a young child, growing up in Middlesborough, Sue had struggled with restrictive movement in her hips and a curvature of the spine and was told she would never walk properly.

At the age of nine, her orthopaedic surgeon suggested dancing to increase her mobility.

After three years of lessons, she had secured a part in Bugsy Malone.

She said: “My memories are being treated like a star.”

Sue now hopes to become an examiner and said her recent success showed age was no barrier to realising your dreams.

She said: “If you want to really do something and are passionate about it, you should never think you are too old.”