Vanessa Angel

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Vanessa Angel
Angel in 2009
Born Vanessa Madeline Angel
(1966-11-10) 10 November 1966 (age 48)
London, England
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Rick Otto (m. 1996)

Vanessa Madeline Angel (born 10 November 1966[1]) is an English 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.

Early life[edit]

Vanessa Angel, who has said this is her birth name and not a stage name,[2] was born in London, the daughter of Elizabeth and Peter Angel, a stockbroker.[3] She was discovered by a model-management agent in a London cafe as a teenager.[4] At 16, she was signed by Ford Models and moved to New York City.[1] During her modelling stint, Angel appeared on the covers of Vogue[5] and Cosmopolitan.[6] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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!"[2]

In 1994, she starred in the television series Weird Science. The show ran for five seasons, ending in 1998. 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.[7]

During the series run of Weird Science, Angel landed the female lead in the Farrelly brothers film, Kingpin.[8] 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.[9] 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.[citation needed]

On 15 October 2014 Angel appeared on Ken Reid (comedian)'s TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Spies Like Us Russian Rocket Crewperson
1989 Another Chance Jackie Johanson
1990 King of New York British Female
1991 Killer Instinct Deborah Walker Alternative title: Homicidal Impulse
1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Stewardess
1994 Cityscrapes: Los Angeles Trouble
1994 Sleep with Me Marianne
1996 Kingpin Claudia
1998 Kissing a Fool Natasha
1999 Made Men Debra
2000 Enemies of Laughter Jennifer
2000 G-Men from Hell Gloria Lake
2001 Camouflage Cindy Davies
2001 Firetrap Beth Hooper
2002 Sabretooth Catherine Viciy Made-For-Television Movie
2004 The Perfect Score Anita Donlee
2004 Out for Blood Susan Hastings Alternative title: Vampires: Out for Blood
2004 SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Jean Bobbins
2005 Raging Sharks Linda Olsen Direct-to-video release
2005 Good Humor Man, TheThe Good Humor Man Ms. Barlass Uncredited
2005 Popstar Diane
2006 Monster Night Claire Ackerman Direct-to-DVD release
2008 Blind Ambition Autumn Milestone
2008 Endless Bummer Brenda Schooler
2009 Level Seven Angela
2011 Hall Pass Missy Frankenopolis
2011 A Christmas Puppy Hope, A spirit of Christmas
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft Mrs Keegan/Great Witch
2013 National Lampoon Presents Surf Party Brenda
2015 Lockhart Lilith
2015 Trouble Sleeping Vanessa
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Christine Hayes 1 episode
Baywatch Megan 3 episodes
1992 On the Air Chorus Girl 1 episode
1992 Raven Flight Attendant 1 episode
1992 Lady Boss Christie Television film
Reasonable Doubts Detective Peggy Elliott 7 episodes
1993 Melrose Place Karen 3 episodes
1993 Murder, She Wrote Kathryn Scofield 1 episode
1993 Cover Girl Murders, TheThe Cover Girl Murders Rachel Television film
1994 Time Trax Jane Hawkins 1 episode
Weird Science Lisa 88 episodes
1997 Veronica's Closet Suzanne 2 episodes
2000 Partners Angel Television film
2000 Stargate SG-1 Anise/Freya 3 episodes
2002 Sabretooth Catherine Viciy Television film
2003 Division, TheThe Division Mary Turner 1 episode
2004 Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys Erica Sharpe Television film
2005 Criminal Intent Susan Grace Television film
2005 Entourage Herself 1 episode
2007 Raptor Island 2: Raptor Planet Dr. Anna Rogers Television film
2009 Saving Grace Pauline Hoover 1 episode
2009 Mars Shuttle Murders, TheThe Mars Shuttle Murders Helena Kirkowski Television film
2009 Shark Biscuit Detective Patricia Henley Television film
2012 Californication Alison Season 5 Episode 2


  1. ^ a b Bozzola, Lucia. "Vanessa Angel". All Movie Guide / Rovi via The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Vanessa Angel". Biography, Sabretooth, Sci Fi Channel. Archived from the original on December 9, 2002. I almost changed it because I worried people thought of me as this triple-x girl. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Nicholas, Ruth (1999-10-30). "Style: That year's model". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2007-11-12. [dead link]
  5. ^ Vogue (UK: Condé Nast Publications). April 1983. Cover. 
  6. ^ Scavullo, Francesco (February 1985). Cosmopolitan 198 (2) (U.S.: Hearst Corporation). Cover. 
  7. ^ "Xena Gets the Axe". BBC News. 2000-10-17. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  8. ^ Rita Kempley (1997-01-07). "'Kingpin': Bowl-You-Over Yucks". Washington Post. Retrieved October 17, 2007. 
  9. ^ CBS News (2004-08-23). "Scott Baio Does Day Care". CBS News. Retrieved October 17, 2007. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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