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).
Pleasence in 1974
Daphne Anne Angela Pleasence
30 September 1941
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
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, to Miriam Raymond and actor Donald Pleasence. 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. She appeared extensively in London theatre productions throughout the 1970s.
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).
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2007||Doctor Who||Queen Elizabeth I||Episode: “The Shakespeare Code”|
|2011||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Nanny|
- Hill, Holly (1993). Playing Joan: Actresses on the Challenge of Shaw's Saint Joan. Theatre Communications Group. ISBN 978-0-9304-5264-3.
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