Susan Delfino

Played by Teri Hatcher



  • Remarried to Mike Delfino
  • Mother of Julie and M.J.
  • Children's book author
  • A little clumsy

Susan Delfino is the sweet and beautiful girl next door. She had everything she ever wanted: the dream house, the adorable daughter, and the perfect man. Then she discovered that her husband Karl Mayer was cheating with his secretary and her dreamy suburban life became a nightmare. After she kicked Karl out, Susan struggled to raise her teenage daughter Julie on her own and to find love in a brave new world.

Then, hunky plumber Mike Delfino arrived on Wisteria Lane. All the women were after him. But Susan and Mike's chemistry was overwhelming. Sure, there were a few ups and downs and false starts, but it didn't take a rocket scientist to see that they would end up together. They're the neighborhood's perfect couple. And, they had a perfect little boy named M.J.

Not that they haven't had tough times. When the economy took a dip, they were forced to rent out their house on Wisteria Lane and move into an apartment. Susan did some work for a risqué website and Mike took a job in Alaska to earn enough money to get back onto the lane. But now she faces her biggest test of all – how will the sweet, innocent Susan cope with taking part in covering up a murder?


She’s hot! She’s intelligent! She used to be Lois Lane! (And did we mention she’s hot?) Teri Hatcher's wildly successful portrayal of comically-klutzy Susan Mayer in the ABC Comedy Desperate Housewives has kept us coming back week after week. After all, watching her trip and fall makes us feel better about our own spilled milk in life. Hatcher’s role of the single mom searching for love in the sometimes sordid, always intriguing world of Wisteria Lane has vaulted her to the pinnacle of today's hottest comic actresses.

Hatcher's international success has continued to grow since her days starring as the unforgettable Lois Lane in the 1994-97 series Lois & Clark. She also became a New York Times best-selling author with her 2006 book, Burnt Toast and other Philosophies of Life. In the critically acclaimed bestseller, she offers a personal, heartfelt and often very funny manifesto on life, love and the lessons we all need to learn—and unlearn—on the road to happiness.

Of all her film credits, Hatcher still considers the first film she ever made—The Big Picture, directed by Christopher Guest—to be her favorite. Other movies that followed were Soapdish, with Kevin Kline, Two Days in the Valley, Spy Kids, directed by Roberto Rodriguez, and as "Bond" girl Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies, opposite Pierce Brosnan. Nor will anyone ever forget the line she made famous in Seinfeld, which was, of course, "They're real -- and they're spectacular."

For her role as Susan Mayer, Hatcher earned a 2005 Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Musical or Comedy, Television), a 2005 Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series), a 2006 Golden Globe Award nomination, a 2005 Television Critics Award nomination and a 2005 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.

Hatcher is also well known for her involvement in worthy causes, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities such as The Starlight Starbright Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Aviva Center in Los Angeles, CARE Humanitarian Relief Organization and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. She has also been a strong advocate of both AIDS Walk Los Angeles and AIDS Walk New York, and an active participant in the battle against breast cancer.

Among her pop culture honors, Hatcher has had the distinction of being the most downloaded image on the internet the year she posed wrapped in Superman's cape -- and nothing else!