Emmerdale actress Susan Penhaligon reveals ‘extraordinary’ moment she met her long-lost siblings after 40 years

Posted on Jan 30 2018 - 3:29am by admin

Susan Penhaligon has opened up about meeting her siblingsSusan Penhaligon has opened up about meeting her siblings [Getty]

Emmerdale actress Susan Penhaligon has met her long-lost sister for the first time. 

The soap star 68, met her sibling Karen over a lunch in San Francisco.

Susan’s father when left England for America when she was 10 years old after splitting with her mother. In the states, he married again and had two children, Karen and Greg. 

Susan PenhaligonSusan Penhaligon’s brother reached out to her on Twitter [Susan Penhaligon/Twitter]

And it was through the power of social media that Susan, who played Jean Hope in the ITV soap, was reunited with her siblings. 

“I’d only just joined Twitter and didn’t quite know how it worked, but I got a message from Greg saying, ‘I think I’m your brother’,” she told the Mirror.

“I gave him my number and we spoke. It was extraordinary. I couldn’t believe it and felt great excitement.”

1984: British actress Susan Penhaligon at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)The British actress has been in a number of shows, including Emmerdale [Getty]

Susan, who found fame on the show Bouquet of Barbed Wire, jetted to San Francisco and met her siblings separately. 

“You can clearly see Karen and I are sisters. The resemblance is incredible,” she continued. 

“I instantly connected with her. She even has my facial expressions.”

Portrait of actress Susan Penhaligon at the Villa Pampili, where she is promoting the film 'The Story of Juliane Koepcke', Rome, circa 1974. (Photo bySusan Penhaligon said it was an ‘extraordinary moment’ [Getty]

Discussing their meeting, the actress said: “I put a lot of mementoes and photos of my father on the table for Karen to see, and she came in and burst into tears. It was like the TV programme Long Lost Family.

“She didn’t know much about our father’s early life in Cornwall, certainly not about his life with my mother.

“My father went to the States and almost started a new life. It would have been different now with social media.”

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