Louise Gold

Louise Gold

Louise Gold JOUST BTS copy

Louise Gold performs in the jousting scene.

Louise Annie Stayin Alive

Gold performs Annie Sue for "Stayin' Alive".

Louise Gold with her Whatnot in 2012

Gold with her Muppet Whatnot likeness in 2012.

Louise & Funella

Gold with Funella of The Furchester Hotel


Gold with Mean Mama.

Louise Gold (b. August 19th 1956) is an actress & Muppeteer who has done extensive stage work in Britain (especially in musical theatre), as well as being a recurring Muppeteer in various Muppet productions. She was the only British member of The Muppet Show performing team. She joined the Muppet Team in 1977 during season 2 of The Muppet Show. Sooner or later, she became a performer on SESAME STREET. Her most well known characters on the show was young & aspiring pig Annie Sue.

While on The Muppet Show, she frequently worked as assistant to JIM HENSON when performing characters that needed more than 1 person. Gold has also been teamed w/ JERRY NELSON often times over the years in various productions,especially for musical numbers. She commented on this, saying: "I guess people think we sound good together!"[1]

In the Muppet Show Fan Club newsletter (Volume 3, No 1, 1981), the 5'9" tall performer described the hiring process: "They were looking for a girl strong enough & tall enough to manipulate the puppets. I think I was chosen for my size, not my talent!"

As a puppeteer, she went on to become a founding member of the team behind the satirical TV show Spitting Image.

Her most recent stage credits (as a singer actress in musical theater) include Tanya in Mamma Mia, Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby in The Waterbabies, Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, & Mrs. Sowerberry/Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver!.

As a cabaret puppeteer, she has attempted to bring together both strands of her career, particularly in her own cabaret act LOUISE GOLD...By Appointment.

GOLD has not Muppeteered in a major Muppet production in recent years, although in August of 2010, she led the JIM HENSONs Camden walk. In the February 2013 issue of Empire, James Bobin confirmed that LOUISE GOLD will perform in Muppets Most Wanted & that her character Annie Sue will be in the movie.

Muppeteer CreditsEdit


  1. "LOUD, Left-handed & Lovely" by Emma Shane

Special extra imagesEdit


Louise Gold Annie Sue left handed
  • Louise Gold is left-handed, & Annie Sue, is an example of 1 of the few right-handed Muppet characters. Louise always puppeteered Annie Sues head with her left hand, & used her right for Annie Sues right hand (any pictures which show otherwise would have been flipped). There was however 1 scene in episode 302 when Annie was puppeteered right-handed, namely for the number "Carbon Paper". The reason for this was that her rather inexperienced regular puppeteer wasnt actually puppeteering her in that scene (Muppeteer veteran FRANK OZ was filling in).

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