Angie Russell

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Angela Russell
Home and Away character
Portrayed byLaurie Foell
Duration2002–03, 2004
First appearance26 September 2002
Last appearance24 May 2004
ClassificationFormer; recurring
Profile
Date of birth30 September 1962
Date of death21 March 2003
OccupationDeputy Principal of Summer Bay High (2002–03)
 
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Angela Russell
Home and Away character
Portrayed byLaurie Foell
Duration2002–03, 2004
First appearance26 September 2002
Last appearance24 May 2004
ClassificationFormer; recurring
Profile
Date of birth30 September 1962
Date of death21 March 2003
OccupationDeputy Principal of Summer Bay High (2002–03)

Angela "Angie" Russell is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Home and Away, played by Laurie Foell. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 26 September 2002. Foell departed on 21 March 2003, but her character subsequently appeared as a ghost in her daughter's dreams on 24 May 2004.

Storylines

Angie first arrived in Summer Bay in 2002 as a former flame of Rhys Sutherland. Angie's son, Dylan immediately took a shine to Rhys' daughter Kirsty. Angie later dropped a massive bombshell, revealing that Dylan was Rhys' son from their relationship, sending shockwaves through the Sutherland family.

Rhy's marriage to Shelley gradually fell apart. In the midst of this Angie, had a relationship with recently released Jesse McGregor and even lied to Detective Mike Carter about Jesse's whereabouts on the night of a murder.

Angie later began playing mind games with Nick, after she caught him fighting with her son Dylan. Angie used her feminine wiles to seduce Nick and then reject him. When Nick confronted her in a classroom one day, Angie began screaming and tearing at her clothing, framing Nick for sexual assault.

Even after she dropped the charges, the police still pursued Nick. Eventually he was found guilty of sexual assault and given community service at a retirement home. The Bay turned on Angie.

Angie's behavior became more erratic and she became more and more unstable. Several incidents included Angie torching Scott Hunter's (Dani Sutherland's boyfriend) boatshed and blackmailing Josh West over his dealing with a local councillor. Justice Morag, had prior information about scandal Angie had been involved in at Morag's nephew Duncan's school in the city, but it backfired when Angie took a defamation of character suit against Morag.

Toward's the end of Angie's reign of terror over Summer Bay, Angie discovered Dylan wasn't Rhys' son and worse was to come when Nick with the help of his friends Kirsty, her sister Jade and Seb Miller gained a measure of revenge after videoing Angie threatening Nick. Following this, Angie's employment was terminated by Principal Paris Burnett.

Several weeks later, Angie's body was found. Viewers learned in flashbacks that the suspects were; Dylan Russell, Rhys Sutherland, Dani Sutherland, Kirsty Sutherland, Jade Sutherland, Sally Fletcher, Jesse McGregor, Nick Smith, Irene Roberts and Josh West. Eventually, Dylan confessed to arguing with Angie and then pushing her, causing her death. Dylan stood trial in the city and was acquitted. Angie made one final appearance in her daughter, Tasha's dream as a ghost.

Reception

The revelation of Angie's killer and the aftermath raised audience figures in Australia to 1.5 million viewers, beating the Nine Network's Big Brother. [1] A writer for What's on TV included Angie on their list of "The 50 most evil soap villains of all time".[2] The writer stated "Actress Laurie Foell caused chaos not once but TWICE in Home and Away as evil Angela Russell and, later, as Angie's twisted cousin Josie."[2]

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