Actor Ian McShane’s Ex-Wife Suzan Farmer Passed Away At 75

Suzan FarmerSuzan Farmer was the former spouse of popular actor Ian McShane. Image Source: Social Media.

Ian David McShane is an English producer, actor, and director born on September 29, 1942. He is well recognized for his television appearances, primarily as the star of the BBC sitcom Lovejoy. Over the years of his professional career, he has established himself as one of the most successful actors of all time.

Did you know Ian has been married thrice in his life? From 1965 until 1968, he was sharing a marital life with Suzan Farmer. So follow along and learn more about Ian McShane‘s ex-wife Suzan in the following subtitles.

Who Was Suzan Farmer?

English actress Suzan Maxine Farmer, who lived from June 16, 1942, until September 17, 2017, worked in both film and television. She was frequently chosen for Hammer Films productions. From 1965 until 1968, Farmer married Ian McShane, whom she met on the set of Wild and Willing.

Moreover, by the middle of the 1980s, her acting career was over. Following the divorce, she found it hard to sustain relationships and went into seclusion while battling alcoholism and depression. Then, on September 17, 2017, unfortunately, Ian McShane’s ex-wife, Suzan, who was 75 years old, passed away from cancer in England, UK. 

Ian McShane's ex-wife Suzan Farmer
Suzan Farmer passed away in September 2017 due to cancer. Image Source: Horizon Blakes7 Club Twitter

On the other hand, Suzan Farmer’s ex-husband moved forward in his life. He married Ruth Post from 1970 to 1970, where she suffered from infidelity as a result of his affair with Sylvia Kristel. Since August 1980, he has been married to Gwen Humble, and the pair seems to be going strong with each day’s passing. Furthermore, he leads a happy family, including his wife, his son, Morgan McShane, and his daughter, Kate McShane.

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Suzan Farmer’s Early Life

Ian McShane’s ex-wife was born in Maidstone, Kent, as the daughter of metal merchant David Farmer and Eleanor Farmer (née Best). She was raised along with her brother, Michael Farmer, by two alcoholic parents in an unstable and violent household. Later on, the family eventually relocated to Bray in Berkshire. Their home location was now close to the Bray Studios that Hammer Flims production would later use.

Unfortunately, Suzan Farmer’s dad passed away when she was four, and she moved in with relatives. However, as per some sites, she was seven when her dad died, and even his company went bankrupt. Her brother went to boarding school and became treasurer of the Conservative party.

Furthermore, Ian McShane’s ex-wife left school at the age of 15 to pursue a career in the entertainment business. She then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama to hone her acting skills. Soon, she was flitting between television and movie roles.

Ian McShane’s Wife, Suzan’s Career

Suzan Farmer was the lead in several of Hammer’s 1960s swashbuckling and horror movies. Dracula, Prince of Darkness, and Rasputin, the Mad Monk, were made back-to-back. Unfortunately, with Ralph Bates as her husband, Persecution was a box-office and critical failure.

Furthermore, the television shows that she appeared in are The Idiot (1966), The Caesars (1968), Out of the Unknown (1969), Thriller (1975), and Blake’s 7 (1978). For a month in 1978, she played a chiropodist on Coronation Street. She was a founding member of John Fraser’s London Shakespeare Group.

Overall, Suzan lived a very comfortable life despite getting divorced and losing the love of her life, which led to her depression. We will never forget Suzan deep in our hearts and all our memories of her. She will always be a legend in the film industry. May Suzan rest in peace, and we hope the best for her family.

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