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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 6 March 1941Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Angell was educated at PLC in Melbourne then studied music at the Melba Conservatorium. She began as an actress with Melbourne's Little Theatre, worked as a dancer-comedian with the Tivoli Circuit and remained with it for the next 4 years.

She visited the U.K. in 1959-60 where she was introduced to Revue and wrote comedy sketches, music and lyrics. On her return to Australia she formed her own Revue company and co-wrote and produced a series of successful stage shows. There followed many years of TV and stage appearances. She wrote for the satirical "Mavis Bramston Show" and starred in it during its 4 years.

She returned to England in 1969, where she spent the next 20 years appearing on stage, in films and TV dramas and comedies including "All Creatures great and Small", "Shoestring" "Angels" and many others. She was Artistic Director of the Association of Australian Artistes, based at the Australian High Commission in London. She ran her own small theatre company, leasing the Arts Theatre in Great Newport Street, WC2, for lunchtime performances and directing a series of plays there.

Her first book "The Entertainment Machine" was published in 1972 (Horwitz), her second, "Voyage To Port Phillip, 1803" in 1983 (Nepean Historical Society) her third book "A Woman's War" in 2003 (New Holland)but most of her prolific writing career has been for television and the stage. Her latest book "The Coral Browne Story: Theatrical Life and Times of a Lustrous Australian" was published in Sydney in May 2007 by her own company Angell Productions Pty Limited.

Barb has also been involved with the Alzheimer's Societies of U.K. and Australia, serving on the Council in the U.K. and later as President of the NSW (1991-3) and National chapters (1993-4).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Barbara Angell

Trivia (1)

Barbara is preparing for the launch of her latest book - a biography of the actress Coral Browne called "Another Coral Browne Story". This will be launched in June 2006, published by New Holland (Aust) Pty Limited. [January 2006]

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