Angela Pleasence

Daphne Anne Angela Pleasence (born 30 September 1941), better known as Angela Pleasence, is an English actress. Trained in theatre, Pleasence's first major film role came in Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), followed by roles in horror films such as From Beyond the Grave and Symptoms (1974).

Angela Pleasence
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Pleasence in 1974
Daphne Anne Angela Pleasence

(1941-09-30) 30 September 1941 (age 79)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1964–present
Parent(s)Donald Pleasence
Miriam Raymond

She worked extensively in television productions and British miniseries throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She had minor roles in the films The Search for John Gissing (2001), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Gigolos (2005).


Pleasence was born in Chapeltown, Sheffield, South Yorkshire,[1] to Miriam Raymond and actor Donald Pleasence.[2] She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and made her stage debut in 1964 as Titania in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.[3] She appeared extensively in London theatre productions throughout the 1970s.[3]

She is known for her performance as Catherine Howard in the 1970 BBC serial The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Other television credits include Les Misérables, The Barchester Chronicles (alongside her father), Mansfield Park, Silas Marner, Midsomer Murders, Whitechapel, Agatha Christie's Poirot and Agatha Christie's Marple.

She is also noted for her roles in horror films of the 1970s, including From Beyond the Grave, Symptoms and The Godsend. She made a guest appearance in the parody series Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible satirising her earlier performances.

She has also appeared as the Ghost of Christmas Past in the 1984 holiday television film A Christmas Carol, Sister Cecilia in Stealing Heaven (1988), a crowd member in Martin Scorsese's 2002 crime drama Gangs of New York, Elizabeth I in the 2007 Doctor Who episode "The Shakespeare Code", and Winnie in the BBC drama Happy Valley (2016).


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Scruffy Girl
1969 Destiny of a Spy Peace Girl Television film
1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Catherine Howard Mini-Series
1973 The Love Ban Mick's Secretary
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days Traudel
1974 From Beyond the Grave Emily Underwood
1974 Symptoms Helen
1978 Les Misérables Fantine Television film
1980 The Godsend The Stranger
1982 The Barchester Chronicles Mrs Grantly Mini-Series
1983 Mansfield Park Lady Bertram Mini-Series
1984 A Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Past
1985 Silas Marner Molly Television film
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Clara Television film
1988 Stealing Heaven Sister Cecilia
1989 Somewhere to Run Anita Fitzpatrick Television film
1991 The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish Louis's Sister
1996 September Lottie Television film
1997 The Pig's Family Rosie Short film
1998 Cider with Rosie Crabby Television film
2001 The Search for John Gissing Johanna Frielduct
2002 Gangs of New York Woman Accomplice
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple Miss Hartnell
2005 The Gigolos Joy
2007 Doctor Who Queen Elizabeth I Episode: “The Shakespeare Code
2011 Your Highness Mother
2011 Agatha Christie's Poirot Nanny
2013 Whitechapel Louise Iver
2016 Happy Valley Winnie Mini-Series


  1. ^ Hill 1993, p. 161.
  2. ^ Gussow, mel (3 February 1995). "Donald Pleasence, Virtuoso Actor, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Angela Pleasence Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 26 May 2015.


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