Angel Leonie Coulby (born 30 August 1980) is an English actress. She is best known for portraying the character Gwen (Guinevere) in the BBC fantasy series Merlin.

Angel Coulby
Angel Coulby at Comic Con France 2010 - P1440209.jpg
Coulby in 2010
Angel Leonie Coulby[1]

(1980-08-30) 30 August 1980 (age 39)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2001–present

Early lifeEdit

Coulby was born in Islington, London, and studied for a degree in acting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She is of part Afro-Guyanese descent.[2][3]


She is seen in an episode of Scariest Places on Earth as a student who had an encounter with a ghost. Her breakthrough came in 2001 with her role in the Johnny Vaughan vehicle 'Orrible. She was later chosen to play Gwen, a young woman who would later become Queen Guinevere, in the BBC One fantasy TV series Merlin.

In an interview, Coulby stated that she enjoys being able to play the character from Gwen the humble, lowly maidservant all the way to Queen Guinevere of Camelot.[citation needed] In that capacity, she starred in all the five seasons, and most of the episodes, right up to the final one.

She took the star role of the jazz singer Jessie in the BBC Two Stephen Poliakoff five-part 2013 drama serial Dancing on the Edge, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Goodman, Matthew Goode, Anthony Head and Jacqueline Bisset.[4]

It was announced in February 2013 that Coulby would star in The Tunnel, a British-French remake of Scandinavian crime drama, The Bridge. She starred alongside Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy. The first, series aired in late 2013, and Coulby reprised her role for a second series in 2016.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Scariest Places on Earth Awassa Tact (scared student), name intended as wordplay on "I was attacked"[6][7] Episode: "2.10 – Exorcism: Greyfriars Cemetery 1"
2001 'Orrible Shiv 4 episodes
2002 Casualty Sally Episode: "In the Heat of the Night"
Having It Off Kylie Riley TV series
A Good Thief Leah Pickering TV movie
2003 The Second Coming PC Louise Fraser TV miniseries
Manchild Pippa Episode: "2.4"
2004 Making Waves LMA Anita Cook Episode: "1.1"
Episode: "1.2"
As If Amber 7 episodes
Conviction Jemma Ryan 6 episodes
Holby City Maxine Framley Episode: "A Good Day to Bury Bad News"
2005 The Jacket Intern No. 2
Murder Investigation Team Lee Allanson Episode: "2.1"
The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Receptionist
Imagine Me & You Anna
Vincent Gillian Lafferty 7 episodes
2006 Hustle Alice Episode: "A Bollywood Dream"
Doctor Who Katherine Episode: "The Girl in the Fireplace"
The Bill Zoe Hughes Episode: "461"
Tripping Over Charity Episode: "1.5"
2007 Blue Murder (UK TV series) Kate Malin' Episode: "Crisis Management"
Magicians Receptionist
Gina's Laughing Gear Nurse Jones Episode: "Dollby City"
Secret Life Young Mum TV movie
New Street Law Sharon Weir Episode: "2.6"
Talk to Me Faith 4 episodes
The Visit Rachael 6 episodes
Life Is Wild Episode: "Heritage Day"
2008–2012 Merlin Guinevere "Gwen" 62 episodes (main role)
2013 Dancing on the Edge Jessie Taylor 5 episodes (main role)
2013–2018 The Tunnel Laura Roebuck Main role
2015–present Thunderbirds Are Go Tanusha "Kayo" Kyrano (voice) Main role; 10 episodes
2016 Undercover Julia Redhead 2 episodes
2016 Hooten & the Lady Melina Episode 1.1: "Egypt"
2017 Man in an Orange Shirt Claudie 1 episode
2017 Body Slam Ruth Short movie
2018 Innocent Detective Cathy Hudson[8] 4 episodes (main role)


Year Title Role Director Company Notes
2007 Statement of Regret Issimama Banjoko Jeremy Herrin Cottesloe National Theatre
2014 Good People[9] Katie Jonathan Kent Hampstead Theatre / Noel Coward Theatre

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Role Result
2010 Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards Golden Nymph Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Gwen in Merlin Nominated


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ Tempest Bradford, K. (28 February 2015). "Uncovering Hidden Black History, On Screen And On The Page". Code Switch. NPR. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ "15 Black British Actresses Making Major Moves • EBONY". EBONY. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on the Edge for BBC Two starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode", BBC Media Centre.
  5. ^ Morgan Jeffery, "'Merlin' star Angel Coulby, Keeley Hawes join 'The Bridge' remake", Digital Spy, 1 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Exorcism". Scariest Places on Earth. Season 2. Episode 10. 4 May 2001. ABC Family. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Scariest Places on Earth (Greyfriars Cemetery 1) : paranormal-activity". 3 December 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby lead the cast of new ITV drama Innocent".
  9. ^ "Curtis Brown".

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