Vanessa Angel

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Vanessa Angel
Angel in 2009
BornVanessa Madeline Angel
(1966-11-10) 10 November 1966 (age 48)
London, England
OccupationActress, model
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Rick Otto (m. 1996)
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Vanessa Angel
Angel in 2009
BornVanessa Madeline Angel
(1966-11-10) 10 November 1966 (age 48)
London, England
OccupationActress, model
Years active1985–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 discovered by a model-management agent in a London cafe as a teenager.[3] 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[4] and Cosmopolitan.[5] 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; 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.[6]

During the series run of Weird Science, Angel landed the female lead in the Farrelly brothers film, Kingpin.[7] 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.[8] 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]


1985Spies Like UsRussian Rocket Crewperson
1989Another ChanceJackie Johanson
1990King of New YorkBritish Female
1991Killer InstinctDeborah WalkerAlternative title: Homicidal Impulse
1992Stop! Or My Mom Will ShootStewardess
1994Cityscrapes: Los AngelesTrouble
1994Sleep with MeMarianne
1998Kissing a FoolNatasha
1999Made MenDebra
2000Enemies of LaughterJennifer
2000G-Men from HellGloria Lake
2001CamouflageCindy Davies
2001FiretrapBeth Hooper
2002SabretoothCatherine ViciyMade-For-Television Movie
2004The Perfect ScoreAnita Donlee
2004Out for BloodSusan HastingsAlternative title: Vampires: Out for Blood
2004SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2Jean Bobbins
2005Raging SharksLinda OlsenDirect-to-video release
2005Good Humor Man, TheThe Good Humor ManMs. BarlassUncredited
2006Monster NightClaire AckermanDirect-to-DVD release
2008Blind AmbitionAutumn Milestone
2008Endless BummerBrenda Schooler
2009Level SevenAngela
2011Hall PassMissy Frankenopolis
2011A Christmas PuppyHope, A spirit of Christmas
2013Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of WitchcraftMrs Keegan/Great Witch
2013National Lampoon Presents Surf PartyBrenda
1988Equalizer, TheThe EqualizerChristine Hayes1 episode
BaywatchMegan3 episodes
1992On the AirChorus Girl1 episode
1992RavenFlight Attendant1 episode
1992Lady BossChristieTelevision film
Reasonable DoubtsDetective Peggy Elliott7 episodes
1993Melrose PlaceKaren3 episodes
1993Murder, She WroteKathryn Scofield1 episode
1993Cover Girl Murders, TheThe Cover Girl MurdersRachelTelevision film
1994Time TraxJane Hawkins1 episode
Weird ScienceLisa88 episodes
1997Veronica's ClosetSuzanne2 episodes
2000PartnersAngelTelevision film
2000Stargate SG-1Anise/Freya3 episodes
2002SabretoothCatherine ViciyTelevision film
2003Division, TheThe DivisionMary Turner1 episode
2004Puppet Master vs Demonic ToysErica SharpeTelevision film
2005Criminal IntentSusan GraceTelevision film
2005EntourageHerself1 episode
2007Raptor Island 2: Raptor PlanetDr. Anna RogersTelevision film
2009Saving GracePauline Hoover1 episode
2009Mars Shuttle Murders, TheThe Mars Shuttle MurdersHelena KirkowskiTelevision film
2009Shark BiscuitDetective Patricia HenleyTelevision film
2012CalifornicationAlisonSeason 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. ^ Nicholas, Ruth (1999-10-30). "Style: That year's model". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2007-11-12. [dead link]
  4. ^ Vogue (UK: Condé Nast Publications). April 1983. pp. Cover. 
  5. ^ Scavullo, Francesco (February 1985). Cosmopolitan 198 (2) (U.S.: Hearst Corporation). pp. Cover. 
  6. ^ "Xena Gets the Axe". BBC News. 2000-10-17. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  7. ^ Rita Kempley (1997-01-07). "'Kingpin': Bowl-You-Over Yucks". Washington Post. Retrieved October 17, 2007. 
  8. ^ CBS News (2004-08-23). "Scott Baio Does Day Care". CBS News. Retrieved October 17, 2007. 
  • Polan, Brenda (First Published 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;  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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