Angel Coulby

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Angel Coulby
Angel Coulby at Comic Con France 2010 - P1440209.jpg
BornAngel Coulby
(1980-08-30) 30 August 1980 (age 34)
London, England
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active2001–present
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Angel Coulby
Angel Coulby at Comic Con France 2010 - P1440209.jpg
BornAngel Coulby
(1980-08-30) 30 August 1980 (age 34)
London, England
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active2001–present

Angel Coulby (born 30 August 1980) is an English actress. She made her television debut in the BBC comedy 'Orrible. She is best known for portraying the character Queen Guinevere "Gwen" Pendragon in the BBC fantasy series Merlin.

Early life[edit]

Coulby was born and grew up in north London to Guyanese parents; she moved to Edinburgh to study for a degree in acting at Queen Margaret University.


She is seen in an episode of Scariest Places on Earth, not! as a student who had an encounter with a ghost. Her breakthrough came in 2001 with her role in the Johnny Vaughan vehicle 'Orrible. She was later chosen to play Gwen, a young woman who would later become Queen Guinevere, in the BBC One fantasy TV series Merlin.

In an interview, Coulby stated that she enjoys being able to play the character from Gwen the humble, lowly maidservant all the way to Queen Guinevere of Camelot. In that capacity, she starred in all the five seasons, and most of the episodes, right up to the final one.

She took the star role of the jazz singer Jessie in the BBC Two Stephen Poliakoff five-part 2013 drama serial Dancing on the Edge, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Goodman, Matthew Goode, Anthony Head and Jacqueline Bisset.[1]

It was announced in February that Coulby would star in the British remake of The Tunnel, a Scandinavian crime drama. She will star alongside Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy. The series aired in late 2013.[2]

Coulby has stated in interviews that she enjoys music festivals and has recently taken up sewing as a hobby, as well as designing clothes and playing guitar.


1997Scariest Places on EarthAwassa Tact (scared student), name intended as wordplay on "I was attacked"[3][4]Episode: "2.10 – Exorcism: Greyfriars Cemetery 1"
2001'OrribleShiv4 episodes
2002CasualtySallyEpisode: "In the Heat of the Night"
Having It OffKylie RileyTV series
Good Thief, AA Good ThiefLeah PickeringTV movie
2003Second Coming, TheThe Second ComingPC Louise FraserTV miniseries
ManchildPippaEpisode: "2.4"
2004Making WavesLMA Anita CookEpisode: "1.1"
Episode: "1.2"
As IfAmber7 episodes
ConvictionJemma Ryan6 episodes
Holby CityMaxine FramleyEpisode: "A Good Day to Bury Bad News"
2005The JacketIntern No. 2
Murder Investigation TeamLee AllansonEpisode: "2.1"
The League of Gentlemen's ApocalypseReceptionist
Imagine Me & YouAnna
VincentGillian Lafferty7 episodes
2006HustleAliceEpisode: "A Bollywood Dream"
Doctor WhoKatherineEpisode: "The Girl in the Fireplace"
The BillZoe HughesEpisode: "461"
Tripping OverCharityEpisode: "1.5"
Gina's Laughing GearNurse JonesEpisode: "Dollby City"
Secret LifeYoung MumTV movie
New Street LawSharon WeirEpisode: "2.6"
Talk to MeFaith4 episodes
Visit, TheThe VisitRachael6 episodes
Life Is WildEpisode: "Heritage Day"
2008– 2012MerlinQueen Guinevere "Gwen" Pendragon65 episodes (main role)
2013Dancing on the EdgeJessie Taylor5 episodes (main role)
The TunnelLaura Roebuck10 episodes (main role)


  1. ^ "Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on the Edge for BBC Two starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode", BBC Media Centre.
  2. ^ Morgan Jeffery, "'Merlin' star Angel Coulby, Keeley Hawes join 'The Bridge' remake", Digital Spy, 1 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Exorcism". Scariest Places on Earth. Season 2. Episode 10. 4 May 2001. ABC Family. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Scariest Places on Earth (Greyfriars Cemetery 1) : paranormal-activity". 3 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 

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