Angus Imrie is a British radio, television and stage actor, who rose to fame for his role as Josh Archer in one of the longest-running drama series, “The Archers”, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
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Angus William Jake Imrie was born on August 2, 1994 on the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England. His father was Benjamin Whitrow, a British actor best known for his role as Mr. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. His mother is a British actress and novelist, Celia Imrie, who is best known for her work on the ‘Bridget Jones’ franchise series and Victoria Wood’s comedy skits. He has two older half-siblings from his father’s previous marriage.
Angus Imrie (Bagot) © Johan Persson
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Angus graduated from Dulwich College, an independent boys’ boarding school in London, then graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theater from the University of Warwick in 2015. To further prepare for his acting career, Angus went on to study at the UK’s oldest drama school, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) from 2015 to 2017.
Angus was fascinated by acting from an early age. Most of his early career appearances were because his mother was in it too.
At the age of 5 he made his first screen display in the movie “Station Jim” produced by BBC One. He was also part of the 2005 film ‘Wah-Wah’, but he was uncredited. It was followed by the TV drama series ‘Kingdom’ in which he appeared in an episode that aired in 2007.
As he went through his teens, he continued to build his acting resume with a variety of notable projects. In 2012, Angus was part of “Restless,” a TV version of William Boyd’s novel of the same name, and “The Hollow Crown,” a television movie series adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tetralogy called “Henriad.” In 2013, he took part in an episode of ‘Father Brown’, BBC One’s third longest running daytime series.
Angus also took part in several plays, most notably Shakespeare’s “Richard II” in which he played Bagot, and “Nell Gwynn” as Ned Spigett, both staged at the Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015.
He became popular when he took on the major role of Josh Archer in the longest running radio drama series ‘The Archers’. It has aired since 1951 and has had approximately 19,000 episodes in a span of 69 years. It’s a much-loved radio soap, and so his recurring role helped make his name known to the public, aside from his known parentage.
Angus landed movie roles after a string of TV appearances. In 2017, he was part of the short film released online called “Circadia” written and directed by Roger Hyams. The following year, he was cast in the main cast of “Pond Life,” a film about teenage anxiety and trauma written by Richard Cameron and directed by Bill Buckhurst. It premiered at the 2019 Glasgow International Film Festival and received a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Also in 2019 he had a supporting role in the 20e Century Fox movie “The Kid Who Would Be King”, starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson. He played the Young Merlin, and it would have been his ticket to a worldwide audience, as it was a joint US-UK production, but unfortunately it was a commercial disappointment, despite critical reviews being mostly positive.
Angus was overjoyed to hear that Patrick Stewart would be part of the film – in an interview during the promo of the film, he said, “Sir Patrick just got involved and came to play Merlin, which, as you can imagine, for everyone involved in the film, but especially for me, was such a blast to get a part.” It turned out that Patrick had worked with Angus’ mother in theater many years ago, so he was excited to work with Angus as well.
Angus returned to television and was seen as Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, from the historical drama miniseries ‘The Spanish Princess’. It was a TV adaptation of Philippa Gregor’s two novels, “The King’s Curse” and “The Constant Princess” and aired in 2019. The same year, he also appeared in the comedy series “Fleabag”, produced by Amazon Studios and Two. Brothers Picture for the BBC’s digital channel.
In 2020, he had a supporting role in ‘Emma’, a comedy drama film based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel of the same name. It was directed by Autumn de Wilde and released in both the UK and US, but worldwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic raised only $25.2 million. Critics’ reviews of Metacritic, CinemaScore, and PostTrak have all been generally positive, and it has an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Angus’ parents never married because his mother had a clear understanding and agreement with his father who is a close friend of hers. From the start, she didn’t want a relationship or marriage; she just wanted to be a parent. He is quite close to his mother. There is no other information about his dating history or personal life.
Who is Cecil Imrie?
Celia Diana Savile Imrie was born on 15 July 1952 in Guildford, Surrey, one of five children of radiologist David Andrew Imrie and Diana Elizabeth Bois Cator. She graduated from Guildford High School and graduated from Guildford School of Acting. She is considered to be one of the most successful actresses in Britain in recent years, and in addition to being popular in the UK, she was also a part of many Hollywood films such as the series ‘Bridget Jones’, ‘Nanny McPhee’ , ‘Mama Mia! Here we go again’ and ‘Malevolent’.
During an interview with The Scotsman, she said, “People don’t always approve of that, and it got me in trouble.” This referred to the time she had Angus, and she didn’t want to be tied down by marriage or any other relationship, which disappointed Angus’ grandmother.
As of early 2020, sources estimate her net worth at over $5 million from all the work she has done for TV, theater, movies, and her novels.
Who is Benjamin Whitrow?
Benjamin John Whitrow was born on February 17, 1937 in Oxford, to Philip Whitrow, a teacher, and Mary Alexandra Flaunders. Aside from his role in “Pride and Prejudice”, produced by BBC in 1995, he was the voice of Fowler in the popular animated film “Chicken Run”, with Mel Gibson as the voice of the lead character. He also participated in numerous films, television series and radio shows.
He was previously married to Catherine Cook and had two children. Angus was born when he was already 57 years old. He passed away on September 28, 2017 at the age of 80.
In 2014, Angus received the Most Promising Actor Award from Spotlight, a casting agency, at The Sunday Times National Student Drama Festival.
Angus is 1.83 m tall and weighs about 65 kg. He is white with light brown hair and brown eyes.
As of early 2020, sources estimate his net worth at over $1 million, and when combined with his mother’s, he is said to be living a comfortable life.