Angus Lennie

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Angus Lennie
Born (1930-04-18) 18 April 1930 (age 84)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation actor
Years active 1959 - present

Angus Lennie (born 18 April 1930 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish actor best known for his film appearance as Steve McQueen's friend Archibald Ives in the 1963 film The Great Escape. He was also known for being in the television soap opera Crossroads.

Early life[edit]

He was brought up in Glasgow and attended Eastbank Academy in the city. He attended the 94th Glasgow (1st Shettleston) Company of the Boys' Brigade. He then appeared in repertory theatres in various towns in England and Scotland.


He remains best known for his long running role as cook Shughie McFee in the soap opera Crossroads, which he played from 1974 to 1981. His earliest major role was as Davie "Sunny Jim" Green in BBC Scotland's comedy series, Para Handy - Master Mariner in 1959-60. Other TV credits include: Target Luna, The Saint (The Fellow Traveller), Doctor Who (in the serials The Ice Warriors and Terror of the Zygons), The Borderers, Z Cars, Rumpole of the Bailey, Lovejoy, The Onedin Line, All Night Long, Keeping Up Appearances and Monarch of the Glen.


His film appearances include: 633 Squadron, Tunes of Glory, Oh! What a Lovely War and a significant role in The Great Escape as the diminutive serial escaper Flying Officer Archibald Ives (nicknamed The Mole). He was the sole survivor in 633 Squadron, while he appears in RAF uniform again in The Great Escape. When the two films were shown as a double bill at Gants Hill Odeon, London, in the 1970s, the two roles created the impression that he played the same character in both films.


He has appeared in many stage productions, including A Midsummer Night's Dream and pantomimes.

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