Vanessa Angel


Actor

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
November 10, 1966

Biography

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...

Family & Companions

Rick Otto
Husband
Actor. Married in 1995.

Biography

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).

Life Events

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

Had a recurring role on the NBC drama series "Reasonable Doubts"

1992

Made miniseries debut, "Jackie Collins' 'Lady Boss'" (NBC)

1993

Co-starred in "The Cover-Girl Murders" (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"

Videos

Movie Clip

Glory (1989) - Colored Soldiers Home in Boston after surviving Antietam, Union officer Robert Gould Shaw feted by his abolitionist parents (Jane Alexander, Peter Michael Goetz), with family friend Searles (Andre Braugher), meeting the governor (Alan North) and Frederick Douglass (Raymond St. Jacques), in Edward Zwick’s Glory, 1989.
Glory (1989) - I'm Runnin' For President Director Edward Zwick introduces black soldiers who’ll serve under Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) in the Union army, Andre Braugher as Searles, Jihmi Kennedy as Sharts, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington as Trip, Morgan Freeman as Rawlins, Ronreaco Lee the drummer, in Glory, 1989.
Glory (1989) - Robert Gould Shaw Director Edward Zwick’s stirring opening, Matthew Broderick as Union officer Robert Gould Shaw, reading partly from his original letters, Kevin Jarre’s script from publications by Peter Burchard and Lincoln Kirstein, from Glory, 1989, with Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.
Glory (1989) - Get Your Slave Wages! Forbes (Cary Elwes) and Colonel Shaw (Matthew Broderick) have disappointing news for their black enlisted Union soldiers, Jihmi Kennedy, Morgan Freeman and others eventually joining in a protest instigated by Trip (Denzel Washington), in director Edward Zwick’s Glory, 1989.
Glory (1989) - How Many Are Left? Colonel Shaw (Matthew Broderick) shares an unwelcome message from the Confederacy with his in-training black Union soldiers, Cary Elwes his aide Forbes, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, Jihmi Kennedy and Denzel Washington as “Trip” among the interested parties, Edward Zwick’s Glory, 1989.
Barcelona (1994) - Pennsylvania 6-5000 Barcelona-based sales rep Ted (Taylor Nichols) elects not to join Naval officer cousin Fred (Chris Eigeman) and local Marta (Mira Sorvino), who return and interrupt his musical internal monologue, in writer-director Whit Stillman's Barcelona, 1994.
Glenn Miller Story, The (1954) - Pennsylvania Six Five Thousand James Stewart (title character) again pawns his trombone, getting nowhere in New York, gets an assist from Don (Charles Drake), then is inspired to call Helen (June Allyson) when he hears her favorite song, leaving the number that would become his famous hit, in The Glenn Miller Story, 1954.

Family

Peter Angel
Father
Stockbroker.
Elizabeth Angel
Mother

Companions

Rick Otto
Husband
Actor. Married in 1995.

Bibliography