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Royle Family's Sue Johnston is found living with a zombie in Newquay

By CG_Oscar  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

Sue Johnston with Philip Philmar

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Sue Johnston, star of the Royle Family and Brookside, is spending a fortnight living with a zombie on a quiet street in Newquay.

She is in Cornwall to play a wife forced to deal with her late husband in Caring For the Recently Deceased, a black comedy written and directed by Truro-based Henry Davies.

The 30 minute movie also stars Philip Philmar, recently seen in Game of Thrones, Melanie Walters, best known for playing Gwen in Gavin and Stacey, and David Schofield, whose big screen roles include Senator Falco in Gladiator, and Mr Mercer in Pirates of the Caribbean.

The actors and crew have been ensconced for the past two weeks in a bungalow in Newquay’s Whitegate Road, where apart from a scene with WI members in a Goonhaven village hall and one in Truro, all the action takes place.

Mr Davies, who runs Stick and Rudder Films, said he was thrilled to attract actors of that calibre to Cornwall and make the movie.

“I basically sent the script to all of their agents and they all came back saying they would loved it and wanted to appear in the film.

“It’s just been an enormous privilege to direct such wonderfully talented people, and that includes the Cornwall based actors on the set. The young crew are just about all from Cornwall too, and they have been terrific.’’

Sue Johnson plays Marjoram, who is married to something of do-nothing couch potato. He dies, but miraculously comes back to life as a more compliant zombie, which Marjoram can now manipulate, but with hilarious consequences.

The Warrington-born actor famously played the wife of another housebound slob, Ricky Tomlinson’s Jim Royle in the Royle Family, and she admits there are similarities.

“I suppose Glynn is very much like Jim in that respect. Yes, he has got many of Jim’s characteristics for sure, but he was different, and not as funny as Glynn, who Philip plays brilliantly."

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