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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 10, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, model

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This British-born beauty came to America and became known to cable viewers as Lisa, the virtual-reality goddess created by two geeky teen males in "Weird Science," the USA Network series based on the 1986 feature. (The role was originated by another model-turned-actress, Kelly LeBrock).Pouty-lipped and honey blonde, Vanessa Angel was born and raised in the London area. By her teens, she had been signed to a modeling contract and was on magazine covers (Vogue, Cosmopolitan). In 1985, she made her feature film debut in the small role of a Russian rocket crew member in "Spies Like Us." Other roles were small at first, as in Abel Ferrara's "King of New York" (1990) and in "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" (1992) as a flight attendant. Angel graduated to leads in the B-movie "Homicidal Impulses" (1992), playing a deadly beauty who seduces Scott Valentine. It took another four years before she landed on the A-list, cast as the street-smart lass teaching Woody Harrelson the true art of the hustle in the Farrelly brothers' "Kingpin" (1996).The small screen also provided opportunities for Angel. In the late '80s, she began making guest appearances on series like "The Equalizer," eventually landing the recurring...

This British-born beauty came to America and became known to cable viewers as Lisa, the virtual-reality goddess created by two geeky teen males in "Weird Science," the USA Network series based on the 1986 feature. (The role was originated by another model-turned-actress, Kelly LeBrock).

Pouty-lipped and honey blonde, Vanessa Angel was born and raised in the London area. By her teens, she had been signed to a modeling contract and was on magazine covers (Vogue, Cosmopolitan). In 1985, she made her feature film debut in the small role of a Russian rocket crew member in "Spies Like Us." Other roles were small at first, as in Abel Ferrara's "King of New York" (1990) and in "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" (1992) as a flight attendant. Angel graduated to leads in the B-movie "Homicidal Impulses" (1992), playing a deadly beauty who seduces Scott Valentine. It took another four years before she landed on the A-list, cast as the street-smart lass teaching Woody Harrelson the true art of the hustle in the Farrelly brothers' "Kingpin" (1996).

The small screen also provided opportunities for Angel. In the late '80s, she began making guest appearances on series like "The Equalizer," eventually landing the recurring role of a cop on "Reasonable Doubts" (NBC, 1992-93) and a bisexual supermodel on the soapy "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-93). She found time to make sporadic appearances in longforms like the NBC miniseries "Jackie Collins' 'Lady Boss'" (1992) and "The Cover Girl Murders" (USA Network, 1993).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Hall Pass (2011)
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 Criminal Intent (2005)
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 Out for Blood (2004)
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 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) Jean Bobbins
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 Sabretooth (2002) Catherine Viciy
9.
 Firetrap (2001) Beth
10.
 Bread and Roses (2000) Herself
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At age 16, signed by Eileen Ford to a modeling contract; began appearing on magazine covers such as <i>Vogue</i> and <i>Cosmopolitan</i>
1985:
Feature acting debut in "Spies Like Us" as a Russian spy
1988:
Early TV credit, an episode of "The Equalizer" (CBS)
1992:
Had female lead in low budget "Homicidal Impulse"
1992:
Made miniseries debut, "Jackie Collins' 'Lady Boss'" (NBC)
1992:
Had a recurring role on the NBC drama series "Reasonable Doubts"
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Played Karen Beair on "Melrose Place" (Fox)
1993:
Co-starred in "The Cover-Girl Murders" (USA Network)
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Played Lisa on "Weird Science" (USA Network)
1996:
Co-starred in "Kingpin" as Claudia, a hustler who hits the road with bowlers, Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid
1998:
Cast in the romantic comedy "Kissing a Fool"
2004:
Starred in the comedy "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2"
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Education

Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

"Because somebody is in a miniskirt doesn't mean they're a bimbo." --Vanessa Angel in USA TODAY, January 26, 1996.

"Acting really makes you deal with you feelings. I discovered there was this incredible person waiting to burst out . . . I know I sound like the most boring person in the world, but my passion right now is my spiritual search. I'll just try to live up to my name." --Angel in PEOPLE, November 7, 1994.

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husband:
Rick Otto. Actor. Married in 1995.

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father:
Peter Angel. Stockbroker.
mother:
Elizabeth Angel.

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