Creator / Angel Coulby
Angel Coulby (and yes, there is only one)

A Guyanese-British actress (born 30th August 1980) who has appeared in a number of British television shows, including small parts in Casualty, The Bill, Doctor Who and Hustle, before landing her best-known role as Guinevere in the BBC's fantasy series Merlin - a revisionist take on the character in which she grows from a lowly servant to the future Queen of Camelot.

Loved by directors for her versatility, and loved by fans for her ability to go from attractively dorky to Regal to everything inbetween. So...they love her for the same thing really.

She has also done voice-overs for the L'Oreal Paris advertisements.


Associated Tropes:

  • Ability over Appearance: Given the time-period and the fact that Guinevere means "white" or "fair one", there were some raised eyebrows over Angel getting the part of the medieval queen. The producers said that they had looked at hundreds of potential Guineveres, but Angel was the only one that could nail the quirky, clumsy servant girl, but also "bring the queen" when the occasion called for it.
  • Beauty Mark: Her defining feature.
  • Billing Displacement: She was practically the face of publicity for Dancing on the Edge by doing plenty of interviews and having her image on most of the advertising, but she's more of a supporting character in the drama itself.
  • The Cast Showoff: A cross-show example considering many of her Merlin co-stars would mention her strong singing voice, though it was not until Dancing on the Edge that she was able to demonstrate just how talented she really was.
  • Costume Porn: She always lucks out in her Period Pieces by getting to wear fabulous costumes.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Guinevere, who can also fall under the Real Women Don't Wear Dresses debate. Angel defends her character's role in interviews:
    Question: Do you think actresses have to play feisty Ripley-style action heroines to be perceived as strong female characters?
    Angel: No I donít think they do. That basically says if you want to be successful you have to act like a man and I think thatís definitely not the case. There are other ways of being strong. Itís not just about tough and fighting itís about emotional strength and wisdom. I think young girls can learn a lot from that as well. Itís not about feistiness.
  • The High Queen: On Merlin.
  • I Am Not Spock: Angel indirectly referenced this trope in an interview to publicize Dancing on the Edge in which she voiced her pleasure that the miniseries aired so soon after Merlin had finished. Having worked on the minseries in the hiatus between seasons four and five of the show, her appearance as a jazz singer so quickly on the heels of Merlin immediately dislodged the image people had of her as Guinevere.
  • Older Than They Look: By the time Merlin ended she was thirty-two, though she still looked the same age as her mid-to-late-twenties co-stars.
  • Punny Name: In Scariest Places On Earth she plays a student who had a ghostly encounter in Greyfriars Cemetery. She was credited as Awassa Tact — "I was attacked."
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: A constant source of frustration for her fans considering she's sidelined or just plain not there in almost every Merlin trailer to date. Up until the fourth series, she was always left off the DVD covers as well.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: As Jessie in Dancing on the Edge.
  • Star-Making Role: It was not five years as Guinevere on Merlin that got her the most attention, but her Small Role, Big Impact role on Dancing on the Edge in which she was able to show off her singing talent and was used extensively in publicity.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: It was not until 2012 (coinciding with her upgrade to Queen) that Guinevere was turned into an action figure, years after all her co-stars were toyified. When asked about it, Angel joked that it took the manufacturers that long to get the doll as perfect as possible.
    • It happened again with her character in Thunderbirds Are Go, though due to popular demand for Kayo the situation was quickly rectified.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Often comes up in scripts describing her character.