Lilian Bellamy

Lilian likes a good time.

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Played by:
Sunny Ormonde
8 July 1947
Property developer/bonne vivante
Lives at:
Home Farm
Owns a share in:
The Bull

Having spent many years as a tax exile on Guernsey, she burst back on to the Ambridge scene a merry widow with the express purpose of giving the village a good shake-up.

Before the sun was even half way over the yardarm she could be found heading for The Bull or quaffing a G&T on the terrace.

She thought she'd tamed businessman and cardsharp Matt 'Tiger' Crawford, until events proved otherwise. But once he had served a prison sentence for fraud, they managed to resume their life and they set up a new company, Amside Property Developments. Matt thought she would just be a front for his activities, but she insisted on having a full say in its affairs.

Did we say affairs? Unfortunately in 2012 she started one - with Matt's half brother Paul Morgan - until his sudden death six months later.

Don't drown that gin, darling.
Lilian Bellamy
  • Likes - Smoking, drinking, hard partying
  • Dislikes - Orange juice, abstemiousness
  • Highs - Getting Matt to move in with her
  • Lows - Seeing Matt imprisoned, Paul's death

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Sunny Ormonde

Sunny Ormonde has played the outrageous and wayward Lilian Bellamy since 2000 and has loved every minute of it! Sunny was already a seasoned radio actress with well over 400 radio play credits to her name when she was asked to join The Archers cast, many of whom she had worked with on other projects.

Kim Durham is an old friend and Sunny was thrilled when it was decided that Matt and Lilian would become an item on the show. They have had great fun with the Tiger and Pusscat storylines!

Aside from radio, Sunny is a prolific performer in other media. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has appeared in theatres the length and breadth of the country. Over the years her roles have been many and varied and she has appeared in theatres from Canterbury to Clwyd, Salisbury to Pitlochry.

Favourite roles have included Christopher in On The Razzle and Shirley Valentine – like Lilian, a woman who knows her own mind!

TV credits include Casualty, Waiting For God, Why Can’t I Go Home?, Grange Hill, Life of Shakespeare, Hope It rains, Framed, Jupiter Moon and Brookside.

Sunny can often be seen performing in The Archers show Come Rain Come Shine, and she and Sara Coward (Caroline Sterling) perform a two-person show called Wicked Women.

Radio is a great love and she continues to enjoy work in this medium outside The Archers. Recent work has included Project Raphael, Death Of A Secret Wife, The Return Of The Native and the series Oddbody with Margaret Tyzack, Stephanie Cole and Annette Badland (Hazel Woolley).

Archers highlights

hiding behind the knicker rack in Underwoods
Sunny Ormonde

Getting drunk with Eddie in the cider shed, hiding behind the knicker rack in Underwoods, causing havoc in the rehearsals of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and any scenes with Matt - her tiger. I loved The Costa Rica story line. The writers were brilliant; we were able to plumb such emotional depths here!


  • Actor - Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, and Julie Walters - they are delicious and poetic performers, inhabiting and never demonstrating their characters; all three totally inspirational!
  • Book - Kahil Gibran's The Prophet. Comforting, inspirational - a great handbook for life. I have often reached for it for reassurance and guidance.
  • Film - Out Of Africa for its beauty and any Steve Martin film for the laughter. It’s good to laugh!