Angel in 2009
Vanessa Madeline Angel
10 November 1966
Rick Otto (m. 1996)
Vanessa Madeline Angel (born 10 November 1966) is an English-American actress and former model. She played the role of Lisa on the television series Weird Science. She is also known for her role as Claudia in the film Kingpin.
Angel, who has said this is her birth name and not a stage name, was born in London, the daughter of Elizabeth and Peter Angel, a stockbroker. She was discovered by a model-management agent in a London cafe as a teenager. At 16, she was signed by Ford Models and moved to New York City. During her modelling stint, Angel appeared on the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She was also contracted as the Diet Pepsi Girl.
Angel's first film role was in the 1985 American comedy, Spies Like Us, in which she played a soldier in the Soviet Strategic Missile Forces who sleeps with Dan Aykroyd's character; she also appears in the accompanying Paul McCartney video. In 1990, she appeared in a small role in the film King of New York. Angel continued to appear in films throughout the early 1990s. After a leading guest-spot on TV's The Equalizer, she played the recurring roles of Megan on Baywatch and Detective Peggy Elliott on Reasonable Doubts. She guest-starred in two episodes of Melrose Place, playing what she described as "this crazy, drugged out, bisexual supermodel who kissed [the character played by] Daphne Zuniga!"
From 1994 to 1998, she starred in the television series Weird Science as Lisa, the computer-generated genie role originated by Kelly LeBrock in the 1985 film upon which the series is based. In 1995, Angel was cast in the role of Xena, a guest spot on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, but due to an illness was unable to take the role, which eventually went to Lucy Lawless.
During the series run of Weird Science, Angel landed the female lead in the Farrelly brothers film, Kingpin. She played roles in Kissing a Fool with David Schwimmer, followed by a role in the 1999 film, Made Men. In 2004, she appeared in SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2, as Scott Baio's wife. Angel has also had roles in the Sci-Fi Pictures Original telefilm Sabretooth (2002) and The Perfect Score (2004).
In 2000, she guest starred in three episodes of the Sci-Fi Channel's Stargate SG-1, playing Anise, a Tok'ra archaeologist/scientist whose host is named Freya. Her first appearance is in the season-four episode Upgrades, and she appeared in the two following episodes, Crossroads and Divide and Conquer. In 2005, Angel played herself in the season-two episode of Entourage entitled I Love You Too. In 2007, she completed the independent film Blind Ambition, and later appeared in the Farrellys' Hall Pass. She played a guest role as Alison in the fifth season of Californication.
Angel started a clothing line in 2009, VANE LA.
On 15 October 2014 Angel appeared on Ken Reid's podcast TV Guidance Counselor.
|1985||Spies Like Us||Russian Rocket Crewperson|
|1989||Another Chance||Jackie Johanson|
|1990||King of New York||'British Female' bodyguard of Frank White.|
|1991||Killer Instinct||Deborah Walker|
|1994||Sleep with Me||Marianne|
|1994||Cityscrapes: Los Angeles||Trouble|
|1998||Kissing a Fool||Natasha|
|2000||Enemies of Laughter||Jennifer|
|2000||G-Men from Hell||Gloria Lake|
|2004||The Perfect Score||Anita Donlee|
|2004||Out for Blood||Susan Hastings||Video|
|2004||Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2||Jean Bobbins|
|2005||Raging Sharks||Linda Olsen||Video|
|2005||The Good Humor Man||Ms. Barlass|
|2006||Monster Night||Claire Ackerman||Video|
|2008||Blind Ambition||Autumn milestone|
|2011||Hall Pass||Missy Frankinopoulos|
|2013||Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft||Ms. Keegan|
|2013||National Lampoon Presents: Surf Party||Brenda|
|2015||Talbot County||Prof. Anderson||Post-production|
|????||Behind the Walls||Kathy Harper||Post-production|
|2016||"My Summer Prince"||Queen Rosalind|
|1988||The Equalizer||Christine Hayes||"Video Games"|
|1991||Baywatch||Megan||"The One That Got Away", "The Trophy: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1992||On the Air||Chorus Girl||"The Lester Guy Show"|
|1992||Raven||Flight Attendant||"The Unseen Enemy"|
|1992||Lady Boss||Christie||TV miniseries|
|1992–1993||Reasonable Doubts||Det. Peggy Elliott||Recurring role|
|1993||Melrose Place||Karen||"Carpe Diem", "State of Need"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Kathryn Scofield||"The Phantom Killer"|
|1993||The Cover Girl Murders||Rachel||TV film|
|1994||Time Trax||Jane Hawkins||"The Gravity of It All"|
|1994–1998||Weird Science||Lisa / Various||Main role|
|1997||Veronica's Closet||Suzanne||"Veronica's Best Buddy", "Veronica's a Doll"|
|2000||Stargate SG-1||Anise / Freya||"Upgrades", "Crossroads", "Divide and Conquer"|
|2002||Sabretooth||Catherine Viciy||TV film|
|2003||The Division||Mary Turner||"Body Double"|
|2004||Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys||Erica Sharpe||TV film|
|2005||Criminal Intent||Susan Grace||TV film|
|2005||Entourage||Vanessa Angel||"I Love You Too"|
|2007||Planet Raptor||Dr. Anna Rogers||TV film|
|2009||Saving Grace||Pauline Hoover||"The Heart of a Cop"|
|2011||Christmas Spirit||Hope||TV film|
|2012||Californication||Alison||"The Way of the Fist"|
|2014||Hello Ladies: The Movie||McCadams||TV film|
- "Vanessa Angel". Biography, Sabretooth, Sci Fi Channel. Archived from the original on 20 December 2002.
I almost changed it because I worried people thought of me as this triple-x girl.
- "Vanessa Angel (1963- )". FilmReference.com.
- Nicholas, Ruth (30 October 1999). "Style: That year's model". The Independent (London). Retrieved 12 November 2007.[dead link]
- Bozzola, Lucia. "Vanessa Angel". All Movie Guide / Rovi via The New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- "none". Vogue. UK. April 1983. Cover.
- Scavullo, Francesco (February 1985). "none". Cosmopolitan. 198 (2). U.S. Cover.
- "Xena Gets the Axe". BBC News. 17 October 2000. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
- Rita Kempley (7 January 1997). "'Kingpin': Bowl-You-Over Yucks". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 October 2007.
- "Scott Baio Does Day Care". CBS News. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 17 October 2007.
- Polan, Brenda (1983). "Models". In Brenda Polan. The Fashion Year. Jackie Modlinger, Terence Donovan (First ed.). Zomba House, 165–167 Willesden High Road, London, NW10 2SG: Zomba Books. p. 183. ISBN 0946391033.
They are: Vanessa Angel from Harrow-on-the-Hill currently working in New York, contracted as the Diet Pepsi Girl, a commercial contract that makes her hundreds of thousands of pounds and the first British model in ages to make the cover of Vogue;
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