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Vanessa Angel is an English-born TV and film actress and former model. She is mainly known for her playing the role of Lisa in the 1990s hit comedy series Weird Science. The actress also starred as Claudia in the 1996 sports comedy film Kingpin.
Multitalented, Vanessa started out as a model in her teenage years and graced the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines among several others. The English-born beauty eventually ditched modelling to take her place in front of the camera. And ever since, she has been firing on all cylinders; from the small screen to the big screen, Vanessa Angel has got it all covered.
Vanessa Angel Biography
She was born Vanessa Madeline Angel on November 10, 1966, in Harrow-on-the-Hill, an area of north-west London. Her parents are Elizabeth and Peter Angel.
From a young age, Vanessa loved acting and was very active in her school’s drama club. She got cast in many of her school plays, however, she never dreamed of pursuing a career in acting.
At age 14, Vanessa was spotted in a cafe in her home city of London by the late renowned model agent, Eileen Ford. At age 16, she signed on to the foremost international modelling agency Ford Models, based in New York and therefore relocated to the US. Her modelling career was highly successful and she travelled to various countries across the world and attained international model status. She also graced the covers of prominent international fashion magazines.
Vanessa Angel had her debut movie role in the 1985 comedy film Spies Like Us. The model-turned-actress was handpicked by the movie director to play the role of a Russian spy in the movie. She had to assume a Russian accent for that role which eventually got her interested in movies and since then, there has been no turning back for her.
She went on to hone her acting talent and eventually became a member of The Actors Studio in New York. She landed a lead guest role in the crime TV series The Equalizer (1988). Following her professional training, Vanessa Angel went on to star in a myriad of movies and TV shows through the early 1990s including a small role in the 1990 movie King of New York and Sleep with Me (1994).
Vanessa Angel also had recurring roles in Baywatch (1991) and in Reasonable Doubts (1992-1993). She also had a guest appearance on 2 episodes of the iconic 1990s series Melrose Place.
She landed her breakthrough role in 1994 as she got cast as Lisa in the comedy series Weird Science, based on the 1985 film of the same name. While working on the series, Vanessa Angel landed the female lead in the 1996 sports comedy Kingpin, followed by Kissing a Fool (1998) and Made Men (1999).
At the turn of the century, the actress kept up with her flourishing acting career as she appeared in the 2002 Sci-Fi horror Sabretooth. She also had roles in The Perfect Score (2004) alongside Scarlett Johansson and in Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) opposite Jon Voight.
In 2005, Angel played herself in one episode of HBO’s popular show Entourage. She also starred in a guest role in the fifth season of Californication (2012). She starred opposite her husband Nick Otto in the 2015 thriller film Trouble Sleeping.
5 Key Facts You Must Know About Her
Vanessa Angel is 5 ft 8 inches in height.
Even though Vanessa Angel is her birth name, the former model and actress nearly had it changed. According to her, she was worried that people would assume that she was a porn actress.
In 1995, the actress was originally cast in the titular role in the adventure series Xena: Warrior Princess. However, due to an ailment, Vanessa Angel was unable to make the journey to New Zealand to start filming. She had to pass up the role to Lucy Lawless who was already present at the location.
Vanessa Angel has been married to fellow actor Rick Otto since 1996. The two met through actor Lee Tergesen, who was Vanessa’s co-star on the comedy series Weird Science (1994). They got married on April 1, 1996. In 2002, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named India Otto.
Vanessa Angel is also a fashion entrepreneur. Her clothing line “VANE la” was launched in the summer of 2009.