Angus Lennie

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Angus Lennie
Born Angus Wilson Lennie
(1930-04-18)18 April 1930
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died 14 September 2014(2014-09-14) (aged 84)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–2014

Angus Wilson Lennie (18 April 1930 – 14 September 2014) was a Scottish actor best known for his film appearance as Archibald Ives in The Great Escape (1963). He was also known for being in the television soap opera Crossroads.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born and 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 well 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 included Tunes of Glory (1960), Petticoat Pirates (1961), Operation Snatch (1962), The Great Escape (1963) as the diminutive serial escaper Flying Officer Archibald Ives (nicknamed The Mole), 633 Squadron (1964) as Hoppy Hopkinson the sole survivor, Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975) and The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (1984).


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



  1. ^ "Angus Lennie dead: Great Escape's The Mole dies aged 84". 15 September 2014. 

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