Angela Douglas

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Born: 29 October 1940, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England.

Angela Douglas is an actress renowned for her vibrant presence in British cinema and television. Her early life in the quaint town of Gerrards Cross laid the foundation for a career that would see her grace both the stage and screen with her talent.

Angela Douglas’s passion for acting blossomed early and as a teenager she joined the Worthing, West Sussex repertory company. This experience paved the way for her West End theatre debut in 1958, marking the beginning of a promising acting career.

Her film debut came a year later in “The Shakedown,” and she continued to build her portfolio with roles alongside notable stars like Tommy Steele in “It’s All Happening.”

However, it was the iconic “Carry On” film series of the 1960s that truly catapulted her to fame. Douglas’s memorable performances in “Carry On Cowboy” (1965), “Carry On Screaming!” (1966), “Follow That Camel” (1967), and “Carry On Up the Khyber” (1968), endearing her to audiences and securing her place in British pop culture.

Beyond the “Carry On” series, Douglas’s filmography includes “The Comedy Man” (1964), “Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World” (1973), and “The Four Feathers” (2002).

Her television credits are equally impressive, featuring appearances in “Gideon’s Way,” “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” “Z-Cars,” “Dixon of Dock Green,” “Jason King,” “Casualty,” “Holby City,” “Coronation Street,” and “Doctor at Large.”

Angela Douglas’s personal life has been as eventful as her professional one. She met fellow actor Kenneth More on the set of “Some People” in Bristol in 1962. Their relationship blossomed into marriage on March 17, 1968 and lasted until More’s death on July 12, 1982.

After a period of mourning Douglas found love again with Scottish playwright and director Bill Bryden, whom she married in 2009. Sadly, Bryden passed away on January 5, 2022.

Angela Douglas has also made her mark as a writer and journalist, authoring two books, including the autobiographical “Swings and Roundabouts.” In October 2018, she published her debut novel, “Josephine: An Open Book,” a fictional work with roots in her own experiences.

 

Suggested viewing

 

Follow That Camel (1967)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.0

A falsely accused cricket player flees England to join the French Foreign Legion, dragging his loyal manservant along for the chaotic ride. Their hopeless attempts to live life in the desert legion are met with suspicion from the uptight commander and a sergeant with a penchant for fibbing. When a kidnapping plot involving a belly dancer and a hidden oasis unfolds, the unlikely heroes must find their courage to prove themselves and perhaps even win back the love left behind.

Top cast: Phil Silvers, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Angela Douglas, Joan Sims, Peter Butterworth, Bernard Bresslaw, Anita Harris.

Carry On Cowboy (1965)

Carry On Cowboy poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.2

A timid plumber is mistaken for a lawman and sent to clean up a lawless frontier town. The townspeople, desperate for a hero, play along with the charade. Meanwhile, a group of inept outlaws terrorise the town and romance blossoms between the disguised plumber and the saloon’s sassy owner. Hilarious chaos ensues as the fake lawman tries to outwit the real criminals, all while navigating the unfamiliar Wild West.

Top cast: Sid James, Angela Douglas, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth, Percy Herbert, Jon Pertwee.

Carry on Up the Khyber (1968)

Carry on Up the Khyber

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.8

A British outpost in colonial India is guarded by a regiment known for their intimidating kilts. When a misunderstanding arises about whether the soldiers wear underwear, a comedic chain of events unfolds. The misunderstanding threatens to spark a rebellion and a bumbling attempt to fix it leads to mistaken identities, romantic entanglements, and a chaotic escape.

Top cast: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Roy Castle, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth, Terry Scott.

Carry on Screaming! (1966)

Carry on Screaming! poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.7

In this comedic horror film, a sinister doctor with a peculiar sideline kidnaps beautiful women. His dastardly plot involves turning them into mannequins to sell to unsuspecting shops. Unfortunately for the doctor, a clueless detective is on the case, oblivious to the abductions. High jinks and horror collide as the investigation stumbles forward.

Top cast: Harry H. Corbett, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Angela Douglas, Fenella Fielding, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth.

The Comedy Man (1964)

The Comedy Man poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.8

The film follows a down-on-his-luck actor in 1960s London. Facing middle age and dwindling opportunities, he stubbornly clings to his dream of landing a prestigious dramatic role. Despite financial hardship and pressure to take demeaning television commercials, he rejects such work believing it beneath his talent. His pride and perseverance are challenged as he grapples with his fading career and the harsh realities of the acting world.

Top cast: Kenneth More, Cecil Parker, Dennis Price, Billie Whitelaw, Norman Rossington, Angela Douglas, Edmund Purdom, Frank Finlay, Alan Dobie.

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