Sarah Douglas (actress)

Sarah Douglas (born 12 December 1952) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for playing the Kryptonian supervillain Ursa in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), and Jinda Kol Rozz in one episode of Supergirl in 2018.

Sarah Douglas
Born (1952-12-12) 12 December 1952
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK
Years active1966present
Richard LeParmentier
(m. 1981; div. 1984)

Her other prominent roles include that of the evil Queen Taramis in the 1984 film Conan the Destroyer, and Pamela Lynch in the 1980s primetime drama series Falcon Crest (198385).

Early life

Douglas was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, the second daughter of Beryl (née Smith), a physiotherapist who often worked upon RSC actors, and of Edward Douglas, a career member of the Royal Air Force.[1][2] Having been educated locally at Alcester Grammar School, she then trained with the National Youth Theatre and the Rose Bruford College, before turning professional by working on several productions alongside actors such as Roy Dotrice and Jon Pertwee.


Eventually, Douglas's career took her in front of the camera with small appearances in the 1973 film The Final Programme (alternatively known as The Last Days of Man on Earth) and Rollerball in 1975. After this, Douglas became known to British television audiences in the 1970s by appearing in The Howerd Confessions, the TV version of Dracula, The Inheritors, Space: 1999 and Return of the Saint, and appeared in the films The People That Time Forgot (for which she was nominated for a Saturn Award), and the controversial and rarely seen film The Brute (1977), in which she played an abused wife. Douglas' first major role was that of Ursa in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), having beaten 600 actresses to the part. In 1984, she played another fantasy villainess in Conan the Destroyer as the evil Queen Taramis. Douglas also continued to appear on television, and was a series regular in the short-lived British sitcom Thundercloud in 1979. Throughout the 1980s, she went on to appear in a variety of guest roles in UK and US series such as The Professionals, Bergerac, Hotel, Magnum, P.I., Sledge Hammer! and Remington Steele. However, her most prominent television role is that of Pamela Lynch in the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest, which she played for two seasons from 198385. She also played another "Pamela" in the 1984 television miniseries V: The Final Battle.

In the 1990s, she returned to science fiction, guest-starring in Babylon 5 (in the 1994 episode "Deathwalker"), and in Stargate SG-1 (in the 1998 two-part episode "The Tok'ra"). Douglas has also appeared in a variety of genre films, including Solarbabies, The Return of Swamp Thing, Beastmaster 2, Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge and Return of the Living Dead 3. She also voiced characters in episodes of several animated TV series, including Iron Man, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Superman: The Animated Series, Heavy Gear and Batman of the Future.

Recent appearances

In 2003, Douglas returned to the UK to appear in a nationwide tour of Hamlet playing alongside actress Emily Lloyd. The following year, she completed a run in London's West End in the play Roast Beef playing the role of Clytemnestra. Also in 2004, Douglas completed an audio commentary for the Special Edition DVD of Conan the Destroyer.

In 2006, she performed in the audio drama Sapphire and Steel: The Mystery of the Missing Hour alongside David Warner. Also in 2006, she was reunited with many of her Superman co-stars in Los Angeles as a new version of Superman II (known as Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut) was released with previously unseen footage. At the same time, a new Superman DVD boxset was released, featuring an interview with Douglas.

Douglas went on to appear in the 2007 Sci-Fi Pictures original film Gryphon, playing the mother of Jonathan LaPaglia's character.

In 2008, Douglas worked on further audio productions, and reunited with David Warner for a new BBC Audio CD entitled The Brightonomicon. She has also participated in the new audio recordings for Stargate Atlantis. Another 2008 screen credit was as a cancer-stricken transsexual in the BBC daytime series Doctors.

In 2009, Douglas completed work on a series of radio plays for the BBC. The first to air on BBC Radio 4 was Cry Babies, in which she performed alongside Alex Jennings. The play, written by film critic Kim Newman, was aired on 9 March 2009. A second play, with Derek Jacobi, aired on 13 March 2009 on Radio 4.

Douglas then appeared in the TV film Witchville which premiered on SyFy on 22 May 2010.

In June 2010, Douglas voiced the character of Professor Meadows in the video game "Blood of The Cybermen", part of the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games series which was made available for free download from the official Doctor Who website. She is also credited as the voice of 'The Entity' in the third game, simply named "TARDIS". She plays Jones, a class 14 super computer, in the fourth adventure game in the series, "Shadows of the Vashta Nerada".

In 2012, Douglas voiced a recurring role in the animated series of Green Lantern. She is also involved with a sci-fi audio series entitled The Flashback, which has been in production on both sides of the Atlantic. 2012 also saw the release of the comedy horror film Strippers vs Werewolves, in which Douglas appeared. The film co-stars Robert Englund, Steven Berkoff, Adele Silva and Billy Murray. In October 2012, Douglas completed recording an audiobook version of the Age of the Five fantasy novel trilogy by Trudi Canavan for Big Finish Productions. After this, she returned to the London stage appearing in The Hallowe'en Sessions at the Leicester Square Theatre from 29 October to 3 November 2012 to positive reviews.[3][4]

In September 2015, Douglas made a couple of appearances in Emmerdale as a hospital consultant.[5]

In 2016, Douglas appeared in writer/director Kenneth Mader's quantum time travel thriller "Displacement" as the mysterious Dr. Miles.

In January 2018, the directors of Supergirl continued their tradition of casting former Superman movie stars and cast Douglas as Jinda Kol Rozz in the episode Fort Rozz.[6]

Personal life

Douglas married actor Richard LeParmentier[7] in 1981. They divorced in 1984. LeParmentier died in 2013.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Final Programme Catherine
1977 The Brute Diane
1977 The People That Time Forgot Charly
1978 Superman Ursa
1980 Superman II
1984 Conan the Destroyer Queen Taramis
1986 Solarbabies Shandray
1987 Steele Justice Kay
1988 Nightfall Roa
1989 The Return of Swamp Thing Dr. Lana Zurrell
1991 Dalí Gala
1991 Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time Lyranna
1991 The Art of Dying Sara
1991 Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge Elsa Toulon Video
1992 Meatballs 4 Monica Shavetts
1993 Return of the Living Dead 3 Lt. Col. Sinclair
1993 Quest of the Delta Knights Madam Maaydeed Video
1994 Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance Nicolette
1995 Spitfire Carla Davis
1995 Voodoo Prof. Conner
1995 Monster Mash Countess Natasha 'Nasty' Dracula
1997 Asylum Dr. Emily Hill
1998 Hell Mountain Daneeka
1999 Changing Directions Sarah Johnson Short
2007 Gryphon Queen Cassandra of Delphi
2011 Halloween: H33 Dr. Loomis Short
2012 Strippers vs Werewolves Jeanette
2016 Displacement Dr. Miles


Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Spies Maria "A Lamb to the Flock"
1973 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Joyce Langland "Harlequinade"
1973 Black and Blue Beautiful Girl "Secrets"
1974 Dracula Dracula's Wife TV film
1974 Justice Jenny Deane "Under Suspicion", "Decisions, Decisions"
1974 The Inheritors Jennie Garrett TV series
1976 BBC2 Playhouse Miss Radson "The Mind Beyond: Meriel, the Ghost Girl"
1976 The Howerd Confessions Lola "1.6"
1976 Space: 1999 B "The AB Chrysalis"
1977 Warship Amanda "Robertson Crusoe"
1977 Esther Waters Miss Peggy "1.1"
1977 Seven Faces of Women Marianne "She: Eye of the Beholder"
1978 Return of the Saint Sheila Northcott "The Arrangement"
1979 Room Service Mrs. Martindale "1.7"
1979 Thundercloud Bella Harrington TV series
1980 The Professionals Dr. Kate Ross "Wild Justice"
1981 Bergerac Anne Beresford "Last Chance for a Loser"
1983–1985 Falcon Crest Pamela Lynch 51 episodes: recurring (season 3), main cast (season 4)
1984 V: The Final Battle Pamela TV miniseries
1985 Murder, She Wrote Violet Weems "Sing a Song of Murder"
1986 Magnum, P.I. Isobel Dumout / Countess Jacklyn Fabre Dumout "All Thieves on Deck"
1986 Hotel Stella Falco "Hearts Divided"
1986 The Wizard Lady Whitehurst "It Takes a Chimp"
1987 Remington Steele Shannon Wayne "Steele Hanging in There: Parts 1 & 2"
1987 Matlock Barbara Sutcliffe "The Therapist"
1987 Sledge Hammer! Mrs. Emily Carstairs "Play It Again Sledge"
1987 Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion Leona Stark TV film
1989 A Fine Romance Dr. Emma Gabor "It's Just the Gypsy in My Soul"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Mrs. Gibbons "The Royal Mystery"
1990 Super Force Dr. Verona "The Crime Doctor"
1991 Tagget Mrs. Sands TV film
1993 Tarzán Kiki Bluet "Tarzan and the Fountain of Youth"
1993 Almost Home Lady Harrington "The Fox and the Hound"
1994 Babylon 5 Deathwalker / Jha'Dur "Deathwalker"
1994 Iron Man Alana Ulanova (voice) "Enemy Within, Enemy Without"
1995 Gargoyles Una (voice) "M.I.A."
1996 The Stepford Husbands Dr. Frances Borzage TV film
1996 To the Ends of Time Karnissa TV film
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Mrs. Cadbury / Woman (voice) "Village of the Doomed"
1997 L.A. Heat Wilma "Electra"
1998 Stargate SG-1 Yosuuf / Garshaw of Belote "The Tok'ra: Parts 1 & 2"
1999 Superman: The Animated Series Mala (voice) "Absolute Power"
1999–00 Batman Beyond Donna Walker / Queen (voice) "Once Burned", "King's Ransom"
2001 Heavy Gear: The Animated Series Col. Magnilda Rykka (voice) TV series
2005 The Brief Crown Court Judge "Blame"
2008 Zorro: Generation Z Gloria Sheffield "Poll Axed"
2008 Doctors Stacy Morgan "Hearts and Minds"
2010 Witchville The Red Queen TV film
2012–13 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Science Director / Scar (voice) Guest role (4 episodes)
2015 Emmerdale Consultant "1.7292", "1.7293"
2017 A Christmas Prince Mrs. Averill Netflix film
2018 Supergirl Jindah Kol Roz "Fort Rozz"
2018 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding Mrs. Averill Netflix film
2019 Holby City Victoria Parker "Ex Marks The Spot"


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  2. "Sarah Douglas Biography". Yahoo! Movies. AEC One Stop Group, Inc. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  3. "Hallowe'en Sessions Review". Forbidden Planet. James Bacon. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  4. "Hallowe'en Sessions Review". The Manish Agarwal. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  6. "'Superman: The Movie' Alum Sarah Douglas Comes to 'Supergirl' in "Fort Rozz" Photos". DC. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  7. "Star Wars Actor Dies at Age 66". 16 April 2013.
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