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Born on April 18, 1918 in Liverpool, England (UK).
Birth Name: Avril Florence Angers
Father: Harry Angers (comedian)
Nickname: 'The "Lucille Ball" of the United Kingdom'.
Died in London on November 9, 2005 from pneumonia.

TV Appearances

(1997)"Network First: Victoria and Albert"(Older Queen Victoria)
(1994)"Common As Muck" (Diane Parry)
(1992)The Tomorrow People (Mrs Hawthorne)

(1990)"All Creatures Great and Small"-A Friend for Life (Molly Shadwell)

(1989)"Victoria Wood" - Val De Ree Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha (Mim)
---- A World in Tatters (Ma Mossop)
---- Mystery at Ma Mossop's (Ma Mossop)
(Sept 23, 1986)TV Times

(Used with permission from Jamie who runs the C.A.B website).

(1986)"C.A.T.S. Eyes" - Tranmere Dan and Tokyo Joe (Edna)
(1984)Tripper's Day (Ada)

(1982)"Minder" -The Birdman of Wormwood Scrubs (Mrs. Knight)
©Euston Films

(????)"Smuggler"- In at the Death (Nan)
(1981)Dangerous Davies - The Last Detective (Mrs. Fulljames)
(1981)The Kenny Everett Television Show
(1980)"Just Liz" (Jessie Worth)

(1978)"All Creatures Great and Small"- Pups, Pigs and Pickle (Miss Dooley)
Both images ©BBC

(1977)"No Appointment Necessary"(Beryl Armitage)

(1977)"Odd Man Out" (Ma)
©Thames Television

(1976)Confessions of a Driving Instructor (Mrs. Truscott)
©Columbia Pictures

(1975)"Dawson's Weekly" - All Pools Day (Second Clerk)
(1974)"The Liver Birds" - Where's Beryl? (Receptionist)
(1973)Gollocks! There's Plenty of Room in New Zealand (Mrs. Armstrong)
(1971)The More We Are Together (Doris Tingle)

(1971)Cry of the Penguins (Fanny)
©British Lion Film Corporation

(1971)Mr. Forbush and the Penguins/Cry of the Penguins (Fanny)

(1970)There's a Girl in My Soup (English Tourist/Woman in elevator)

Both images © Charter Film Productions, Ascot Productions, Frankovich Productions

(1970)"Dad's Army"-Put That Light Out (Telephone Operator)

Both images ©BBC

(1970) "Bright's Boffins" -The Submarine (Molly McCrandle)
(1969)Staircase (Miss Ricard)

(1969)The Best House in London (Mrs Tozer/Flora's Mother)

Both images © Bridge Productions

(1968)Two a Penny (Mrs. Burry)

(1968)Dad's Army-The Lion Has Phones (Telephone Operator)

(1967)Three Bites of the Apple (Gladys Tomlinson)
All 4 images ©Alvin Ganzer Production
(Appeared with Harvey Korman (Carol Burnett Show fame!))

(1966)The Family Way ( Liz Piper)

Both images ©Jambox

(1965)Be My Guest (Mrs. Pucil)

(1964)Devils of Darkness (Midge)
© Planet Film Productions

(1960)"Coronation Street" (Norah Dawson and Sylvia Crozier)
©Granada Television

(1960)Fred Emney Picks a Pop
(1958)"All Aboard" (Joan Harrison/stewardess)
(1957)Light Fingers (Miss Manley)
(1956)Women Without Men/Blond Bait (Bessie)
(1956)Bond of Fear (Hiker)

(1956)The Green Man (Marigold)
Both images ©Grenadier Films Ltd.

(1956)The Charlie Farnsbarns Show
(1954)Friends and Neighbors (Maisie Honeybee)
(1954)"Dear Dotty" (Dotty Binns) (First comedienne with her own show)
(1954)Don't Blame the Stork (Renee O'Connor)
(1951)The Six Men
(1951)How Do You View? (Rosie Lee)
(1950)Miss Pilgrim's Progress (Factory girl)
(1949)Skimpy in the Navy (Sheila)

(1948)The Brass Monkey

All 3 images ©Ingram Films/Diadem Films

(????)Born Yesterday
(????)Lucky Mascot
(????)Arthur Askey Show
(????)The Songwriters
(????)Looks Familiar
(????)Holiday Town
(????)The Gold Hunter
(????)Bob Monkhouse Show
(????)Before the Fringe
(????)Dick Emery Show
(????)Coronation Concert
(????)Just Liz
(????)Give up a Clue
(????)Trelawney of the Wells
(????)Rude Health

Images used with permission and provided by:
anonymous contributers
"There's a Girl in My Soup" image courtesy of Peter Rowland


AYBS Stats

AYBS Timeframe: 1979

Episode: "Mrs. Slocombe, Senior Person"


Magazine/Newspaper Cover/Articles


1940's (pin-up)

TV Mirror
July 17, 1954

©Macfadden Publishing



(Jan 2005) Stage Newspaper


More Links

Avril Angers Links

Find a Grave site

Audio/Video/Books/Official Websites


(1948)"Brass Monkey" Played Levis’ ditzy secretary and sang "Home Sweet Home".

Radio Show

(1959)Look Back with Angers

Sheet Music

Enjoy Yourself

"Shellac Sisters"

(Used with permission from King Uke who ran a blog (now gone) at:

Orange Coloured Sky

Look at that Girl

(2 images above used with permission from an anonymous contributor).

Real Life Facts/Trivia

- Former Tiller Girls dancer
- Member of ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association). Got an African Star for the work done for ENSA.
-There was a cartton in "Radio Fun"-"The Adventures of Avril Angers".
-(Oct 2005) Max Wall Society (Guest of Honor)
-73 year career span!

(Michael (For letting me use this image of Avril Angers and info from his Swalwelluk website)).


Africa Star



  Name Theater(s)


1932 Cinderella Birmingham  
1936 Concert party Palace Pier Theatre  
1936 Cinderella Alexandra Theatre  
1944 Keep Going (Revue) West End Theater  
1945 The Gaieties Winter Garden  
1946 Make It a Date Duchess Theater  
1949 Don't Listen Ladies Hayes Theater Madeleine
1949 Jeannie Connaught Theater Jeannie
1949 Love for Love Connaught Theater Miss Prue
1949 Sugar Plum Connaught Theater Adeline
1950 Born Yesterday Gaiety Theater Billie Dawn
1951 Mary Had a Little... Strand Theater Dolores
1952 Susan New Theater Susan Ray
1953 Robinson Crusoe Wimbledon Theater Robinson Crusoe
1955 Robinson Crusoe Pleasure Gardens Robinson Crusoe
1958 The Gypsy Warned Me Richmond Theater Belle
1960 The Night Life of the Virile Potato Lyric Theater Mrs Webster
1962 Paris By Night - Revue On Tour (Australia)  
1964 Busybody Lyceum Mrs Piper
1964 This is Your Wife Alhambra Amy Holroyd
1964 Little Me Cambridge Theater Miss Poitrine
1966 Blithe Spirit Belgrade Theatre Madame Arcati
1967 I'll Get My Man Alexandra Theatre Harriet Humphrey
1967 The Winslow Boy Derby Playhouse Grace Winslow
1967 School for Scandal Derby Playhouse Mrs Candour
1968 Barefoot in the Park Guernsey Mother
1968 Cinderella Hippodrome Wicked Sister
1969 Barefoot in the Park Phoenix Theatre Mother
1969 A Talent To Amuse Phoenix Theatre
1970 The Au Pair Man Watford Mrs Rogers
1971 The Mating Game Pier Theatre Mrs Finney
1971 Goldilocks Princess Theatre Dame
1972 The Dating Game Apollo Theatre Mrs Finney
1972 Play of the Month-The Millionairess Woman
1973 Cockie! Vaudeville Theater  
1974 Not in the Book South Africa Tour Sylvia Bennett
1975 Norman, Is That You? Phoenix Theatre Beatrice Charlton
1975 No Sex Please, We're British Strand Theatre Eleanor Hunter
1975 See How They Run UK Tour Miss Skillon
1975 Cinderella Croydon Fairy Queen
1976 Murder at the Vicarage Savoy Theatre Miss Marple
1978 She Stoops to Conquer Birmingham Rep Mrs Hardcastle
1979 Move over Mrs. Markham Middle and Far East Tour Miss Smythe
1979 Blithe Spirit UK Tour Madame Arcati
Oct 25-30,1982 Blithe Spirit The Theatre Royal  
Dec 24 1982-February 4, 1983 Cinderella

The Old Palace Theater

Played Fairy Godmother
1983 Gigi New Theatre Hull  
1983 The Killing of Sister George Theatre Royal  
1985 When We Are Married Theatre Royal  
1985 BBC Plays Trelawny of the Wells    
November 1986 Cluedo-The Play

King's Theatre/The Grand Theatre


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(Used with permission from Paul at ).




(Used with kind permission from Michael at


1988 Easy Virtue Kings Head Theater  
1992 Post Mortem Kings Head Theater  
1993 Crazy for You Prince Edward Theatre Mother
???? The Mating Game    
???? Oklahoma!    
???? Gigi    
???? The Killing of Sister George    
???? Cards on the Table    
???? When We Are Married    
???? Easy Virtue    
???? Post Mortem    
???? Little Musical The Truth, Little Me and Here's to Us songs  


Theatre Royal Norwich  



Evan Williams Shampoo card

(Used with permission. Image courtesy of Peter Rowland).