What has the ex-EastEnders star staged?

Director Susan Tully is known to millions of television viewers as baby-faced Michelle Fowler in EastEnders – but she’s been behind the scenes for decades.

The former soap star has not acted since 1998.

Instead, she has made some of the best TV shows in the past few years.

Here’s everything you need to know about Too Close director Susan Tully.

Lofty Holloway and Michelle Fowler in EastEnders (Image Credit: BBC)

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Too Close Director Susan Tully: What else did she direct?

Susan Tully turned to directing after leaving EastEnders in 1995.

Her last acting role was in the comedy film Up ‘n’ Under in June 1998.

From 1998 to 1999, Susan returned to direct 12 episodes of the BBC soap EastEnders.

She directed the five-part series Black Cab as well as Londons Burning, The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Bill, Twisted Tales, 55 Degrees North and Funland.

Susan clearly preferred to be behind the camera rather than in front of the camera, and directed Kay Mellor’s The Chase, a call girl’s secret diary, Silent Witness, Lark Rise to Candleford, Stella, Tin Star and The A Word.

In 2019, Susan Tully directed the final two episodes of Line of Duty’s fifth series – possibly one of the most explosive television series of all time.

Remember when Hastings was arrested and Attorney Gill was nearly stabbed to death by a curved copper tranter in the toilets?

More recently, Susan has shot four episodes of Strike and the current ITV hit Too Close.

Who wrote Too Close?

Too Close is based on the novel by writer and former The Bill actress Clara Salaman.

However, she published it under her pseudonym Natalie Daniels.

Clara is a bestselling writer and has a particular focus on dark storylines with strong female leads.

Describing Too Close’s initial setup, she says, “When we first meet Connie, she is a patient in a safe mental health unit.

“Where we also meet the psychiatrist Emma.

“Connie is very lively. She says she doesn’t remember driving a car off a bridge with two children.

“Though we wonder if she’s telling the truth. Is she faking? Is she a bad woman? We don’t know what she’s up to.

“It’s Emma’s job to find out if Connie has real ‘dissociative amnesia’ or if it’s bad.”

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Too Close on ITV1 is a tense three-part drama directed by Susan Tully (Credit: ITV)

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Who did Susan Tully play in EastEnders and why did she leave?

London-born Susan wanted to quit acting after her role as Suzanne Ross in Grange Hill came to an end in 1984.

However, she quickly secured the role of Michelle Fowler in EastEnders.

She played the iconic role between 1985 and 1995 – and was one of the original cast.

While on the show, her character became pregnant at the age of 16 after having an affair with 39-year-old adulterer Den Watts.

In the late 1990s, the character was written by Michelle Fowler from the BBC soap.

Susan, now 53, has been retrained as a director.

In December 2016, EastEnders re-cast the role of Michelle Fowler for actress Jenna Russell after Sue repeatedly turned down offers to return.

She gave her blessing for the recast.

Too Close Director Susan Tully: What is Too Close about?

Too Close investigates the dangerous relationship between forensic psychiatrist Dr. Emma Robertson and her patient Connie Mortensen.

Connie is charged with a terrible crime but says she doesn’t remember anything.

Emma is well acquainted with challenging patients but soon develops an unhealthy close relationship with Connie.

As the story unfolds, the lines blur and the doctor-patient relationship turns into a twisted game.

Will the truth ever come out? Or will this investigation become Emma’s own doom?

Too Close will continue on Tuesday April 13th 2021 and will end on Wednesday April 14th 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.

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