Angel Coulby

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Angel Coulby
Angel Coulby at Comic Con France 2010 - P1440209.jpg
Born Angel Coulby
(1980-08-30) 30 August 1980 (age 42)
London, England
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 2001–present

Angel Coulby (born 30 August 1980) is an English actress. She is best known for portraying the character Guinevere "Gwen" in the BBC fantasy series Merlin.

Early life

Angel was born and grew up in north London, then she moved to Edinburgh to study for a degree in acting at Queen Margaret University.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed] 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 2013 that Coulby would star in The Tunnel, a British-French remake of Scandinavian crime drama, The Bridge. She starred alongside Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy. The first, series aired in late 2013, and Coulby reprised her role for a second series in 2016.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Scariest Places on Earth Awassa Tact (scared student), name intended as wordplay on "I was attacked"[3][4] Episode: "2.10 – Exorcism: Greyfriars Cemetery 1"
2001 'Orrible Shiv 4 episodes
2002 Casualty Sally Episode: "In the Heat of the Night"
Having It Off Kylie Riley TV series
Good Thief, AA Good Thief Leah Pickering TV movie
2003 Second Coming, TheThe Second Coming PC Louise Fraser TV miniseries
Manchild Pippa Episode: "2.4"
2004 Making Waves LMA Anita Cook Episode: "1.1"
Episode: "1.2"
As If Amber 7 episodes
Conviction Jemma Ryan 6 episodes
Holby City Maxine Framley Episode: "A Good Day to Bury Bad News"
2005 The Jacket Intern No. 2
Murder Investigation Team Lee Allanson Episode: "2.1"
The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Receptionist
Imagine Me & You Anna
Vincent Gillian Lafferty 7 episodes
2006 Hustle Alice Episode: "A Bollywood Dream"
Doctor Who Katherine Episode: "The Girl in the Fireplace"
The Bill Zoe Hughes Episode: "461"
Tripping Over Charity Episode: "1.5"
2007 Magicians Receptionist
Gina's Laughing Gear Nurse Jones Episode: "Dollby City"
Secret Life Young Mum TV movie
New Street Law Sharon Weir Episode: "2.6"
Talk to Me Faith 4 episodes
Visit, TheThe Visit Rachael 6 episodes
Life Is Wild Episode: "Heritage Day"
2008– 2012 Merlin Guinevere "Gwen" 62 episodes (main role)
2013 Dancing on the Edge Jessie Taylor 5 episodes (main role)
The Tunnel Laura Roebuck 10 episodes (main role)
2015 Thunderbirds Are Go Kayo Voice
2016 Undercover Julia Redhead 2 episodes


  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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