Actor who appeared in Dixon of Dock Green and Steptoe and Son, and latterly BBC wardrobe supervisor
The daughter of actor and music-hall comedian Syd Walker (of BBC Radio’s Band Waggon fame) and singer Aymer Jessie Graham-Young, Sue Walker seemed born into a career in front of and behind the television camera.
Raised in Hove, East Sussex with her brother, the film director, writer and producer Pete Walker, she made her professional debut aged 15 as a chorus dancer at Brighton’s Grand Theatre. Early successes included the 1954 Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium with the song-and-dance troupe Dawn White and Her Glamazons.
Walker’s television profile was at its highest in the 1970s when she was seen in Dixon of Dock Green, Oh, Father!, Steptoe and Son, Within These Walls and Ted Willis’ Crime of Passion.
After leaving acting to raise her four children, she became a wardrobe mistress with BBC Television, notably working on the channel’s flagship soap EastEnders, from its first episode in 1985 until her retirement in the late 1990s.
Despite suffering from severe arthritis in later years, she continued to work alongside two of her daughters at their part-time, Clapham-based Italia Conti performing arts school every weekend until late last year.
Sue Walker (whose married name was Susan Gamester) was born on July 29, 1932 and died on May 4, aged 87.