In 2003, she won the Television and Radio Industries Club Award for New TV Talent for her work on Footballer's Wives.
After a number of minor movie and TV roles in 2001 and 2002, she was cast in her breakthrough role of Chardonnay Lane-Pascoe in the TV series Footballer's Wives, appearing in the show from 2002 to 2004.
She was spotted by an agent while appearing in the Royal National Theatre's production of After Juliet.
At the age of 19, she worked as a magician's assistant for several months, taking part in a number of different illusions including levitation, being beheaded by a guillotine, and being sawed in half.
After leaving school, she turned down a place at university to follow her dream of working in the performing arts.
When she was at primary (elementary) school, one of her fellow students was TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher.
Is friends with fellow actress Kelly Brook.
Her sister, Lynn, is a respected genetic scientist.
Her parents are Ron and Evelyn Amy. Her father is the former chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds, and was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his work.
Ranked #74 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, UK Edition in June 2002
Susie: I'm not great at camping. I did one night in a tent in the Australian outback but it was so uncomfortable I drove back to Sydney the next day.
Susie: It's great to work on a new play because you're creating something from scratch.
Susie: (On touring America with a friend) We drove 3,000 miles starting in Dallas and visiting all of the Deep South. I love the US. I love seeing places you aren't meant to see – the real America. My friend and I didn't book ahead, we stayed in some grotty hotels. It was just hysterical. We'd pay £25 a night between us so it wasn't glamorous.
Susie: I've realised if there's something bad reported about you, everyone just goes 'wow' and flips the page. It's only you who's going, 'Everyone's reading this'. It's quite vain to think everybody else cares that much about your business. They don't really and there's always something about someone else the next day.
Susie: One of the most attractive things is confidence. And learning what looks work on you, something that might look great on a friend might not suit you. Whenever I feel this way I try to work out more and it makes me feel more positive.
Susie: I just fell in love with Mickey Rourke when he was in Nine and a Half Weeks. People laugh whenever I tell them that.
Susie: Being a magician's assistant was hard work, but a lot of fun and I really enjoyed doing it. Because I love physical challenges and scaring people, I especially loved all of the big scary illusions like the guillotine and being sawed in half. The sawing in half was a bit scary because he used a chainsaw to cut me in half. But it was the guillotine that really used to scare people because, when the blade dropped, they'd see my head actually drop into the basket.
Susie: I don't see myself as wildly ambitious. I just want to do varied work that enables me to grow as an actress and at some point I would like to have children. That is important to me but not something I want to rush, because children are a lifelong commitment and before that there are so many more adventures to be enjoyed.
Susie: You couldn't embarrass my dad if you tried, and he was amazing when glamour pictures of me taken on the set of Footballers' Wives ended up on the front page of the Daily Star. He was running this huge company at the time and some of the workers had my picture up as a joke. He didn't bat an eyelid. I am very proud of both my parents. It was incredible when my father was awarded the OBE.
Susie: I think I have been very lucky to have worked on such different projects with so many great actors. Dennis Hopper was amazing, Andy Garcia was the perfect gentleman, and Gérard Depardieu was just, well, very eccentric.
Susie: One of the things I like best about my work is the physical challenges that have come with it, such as learning martial arts and sword fighting and bareback riding. Nothing frightens me, but I do love frightening other people.