Angela Douglas

Angela Douglas (born 29 October 1940), born Angela McDonagh, is an English actress.

Angela Douglas
Angela McDonagh

(1940-10-29) 29 October 1940
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England
Other namesShrimp
Kenneth More
(m. 1968; died 1982)

Bill Bryden (m. 2009)

Early life

Douglas was born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.


Douglas started acting as a teenager, joining the Worthing, West Sussex repertory company, before making her West End theatre debut in 1958.

She made an uncredited appearance as an audience member in the 1958 film version of Six-Five Special.

She made her (non-speaking) film debut in 1959 in The Shakedown, and then appeared with Tommy Steele in It's All Happening.

She is best remembered for her roles in several Carry On Films in the 1960s, including Carry On Cowboy (1965) as an all-singing and trigger-happy version of Annie Oakley. She then appeared in Carry On Screaming! (1966), Follow That Camel (1967) and Carry On Up the Khyber (1968). She has, by virtue of this association, appeared on many retrospective and spin-off programmes. Douglas made an appearance in North Wales in September 2005 to unveil a plaque dedicated to the filming of Carry On Up the Khyber, as part of the movie had been shot in Llanberis.

Her other films have included The Comedy Man (1964), Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973) and The Four Feathers (2002).

Her television credits have included Gideon's Way, The Avengers, The Saint; in which she played Jenny Turner, a psychology student in the episode The Death Game, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Jason King, Casualty, Holby City, Coronation Street,[1] and Doctor at Large.

After her husband Kenneth More was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, she put her career on hold, after 11 episodes of Oil Strike North. After More's death, she returned in various roles, including Doris Lethbridge-Stewart in Doctor Who (1989), Peak Practice and Soldier, Soldier, as well as an episode of Band of Gold which featured Robson & Jerome singing in an impromptu wedding band. She played the part of Isobel Trimble in the third series of Cardiac Arrest. She has since concentrated on a career in journalism and writing, having completed two books, including the autobiographical Swings and Roundabouts.[2]

In October 2018 her debut novel, "Josephine: An Open Book" was published. It is fictional but partly based on her own experiences.

Personal life

Douglas met fellow actor Kenneth More on the set of Some People in Bristol in 1962. After starting an affair, More divorced his wife, and the couple married on 17 March 1968. More died on 12 July 1982.

In 1988, she met Scottish playwright and director Bill Bryden at a dinner party arranged by mutual friend Marsha Hunt.[2] They have lived together in west London since, and were married at City Hall, New York City in February 2009.[3]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1959 The Shakedown Model
1960 Feet of Clay Diana White
1961 The Wind of Change Denise
Don't Bother to Knock Girl in Gallery uncredited
The Gentle Terror Nancy
Murder in Eden Beatnik
1962 Fate Takes a Hand Secretary
Design for Loving Bernie's secretary
Some People Terry
1963 It's All Happening Julie Singleton
1964 The Comedy Man Fay Trubshaw
1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Mandy – Harem Girl uncredited
Carry On Cowboy Annie Oakley
1966 Carry On Screaming! Doris Mann
1967 Maroc 7 Freddie
Follow That Camel Lady Jane Ponsonby
1968 Carry On Up the Khyber Princess Jelhi
1973 Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World Janine
1974 Father Brown Petra Merton
1989 Doctor Who Doris 2 episodes
1996 Hamlet Attendant to Gertrude
1998 Shadow Run Bridget
1999 This Year's Love Annabel
2001 South Kensington Camila's Mother
2002 The Four Feathers Aunt Mary


  1. Nown, Graham ed.(1985). Coronation Street 1960–1985: 25 years, CBC Enterprises, 1986. ISBN 0-88794-231-8 photo with brief description of cameo role p203.
  2. Fox, Sue (14 August 1994). "How We Met: Bill Bryden and Angela Douglas". The Independent. London. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  3. Kay, Richard (26 February 2009). "At last! Angela ties the knot". London: daily Mail. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
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