Angharad Mary Rees, The Hon. Mrs David McAlpine, CBE (16 July 1944 – 21 July 2012) was a British actress, best known for her British television roles during the 1970s and in particular her leading role as Demelza in the 1970s BBC TV costume drama Poldark.
Angharad Mary Rees
16 July 1944
|Died||21 July 2012 (aged 68)|
|Occupation||Actress, jewellery designer|
(m. 1973; div. 1994)
The Hon. David McAlpine (m. 2005)
|Awards||Fellow, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama|
Rees was born at Redhill Hospital (now Edgware Community Hospital), Edgware, Middlesex, to Welsh psychiatrist Linford Rees (William Linford Llewellyn Rees, M.D., B.Ch, D.P.M., 24 October 1914 – 29 July 2004) by his marriage to Catherine Thomas (died 1993).
When she was two, in 1946, her family moved from 13 Engel Park, Mill Hill, to Cardiff. Rees had two brothers and a sister. She attended the independent Commonweal Lodge School, then the Sorbonne in Paris for two terms and the Rose Bruford Drama College in Kent. She also studied at the University of Madrid and taught English in Spain before acting in repertory theatre in England.
Throughout her professional life, her birth year was given as 1949, but her birth certificate shows she was born in 1944.
Rees made her television debut as a parlour maid in 1968 in an adaptation of Shaw’s Man and Superman, appearing alongside Eric Porter and Maggie Smith. Other appearances in various television dramas and comedy series quickly followed, including The Way We Live Now, The Avengers, The Wednesday Play, Doctor in the House, Crown Court, and Within These Walls.
Her most notable early roles included the daughter of Winston Churchill (played by Richard Burton) in The Gathering Storm (1974), Lucy in Dennis Potter's television play Joe's Ark (also 1974), and as Celia in As You Like It opposite Helen Mirren (1978). Director Alan Bridges said of Rees' performance in Potter's television play that it was one of the finest performances he had ever witnessed.
She starred as the fictional murderous daughter of Jack the Ripper in the Hammer horror Hands of the Ripper (1971) and the following year’s star-studded film version of Under Milk Wood (1972) starring Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and Elizabeth Taylor. Her other film roles included Jane Eyre (1970), To Catch a Spy (1971), The Love Ban (1973), Moments (1974), La petite fille en velours bleu (1978), The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), the television miniseries Master of the Game (1984) and The Wolves of Kromer (1998) a British-made fantasy film, narrated by Boy George.
Rees appeared in many stage productions in London's West End, including It’s two foot, Six Inches Above The Ground World (Wyndhams, 1970); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lyric, Hammersmith, 1975); The Millionairess (Haymarket, 1978–79); Perdita in A Winter’s Tale (Young Vic, 1981) and A Handful of Dust (Lyric, Hammersmith, 1982). Her other Shakespearean roles included Ophelia for the Welsh Theatre Company (1969) and Hermione at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (1985).
She toured in the Bill Kenwright production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, directed by Peter Hall, with Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray and appeared regularly with John Mortimer in Mortimer’s Miscellany, his self-devised anthology of poetry and prose presented at theatres around Britain.
Following the death of her son Linford in 1999 she turned her back on acting and concentrated on her passion for jewellery design. Rees founded a jewellery design company, Angharad, based in Knightsbridge. Pieces that she designed and produced featured in the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).
On 18 September 1973, Rees married the actor Christopher Cazenove, who had made his name at around the same time in The Regiment. They had two sons: Linford James (20 July 1974 – 10 September 1999) and Rhys William (born 1976). Linford was killed in a car accident on the M11 motorway in Essex while returning to collect his books from Cambridge University, where he had been awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy. Cazenove and Rees divorced in 1994 but remained close. Cazenove died from the effects of septicaemia in 2010.
Rees had a relationship with British actor Alan Bates; on 29 April 2005, after Bates' death, Rees married David McAlpine, a member of the McAlpine construction company, at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. She remained married to McAlpine until her death.
A memorial service was held for her at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London on 27 September 2012 at which Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes led the tributes. He said "If there was one thing she was superb at, it was friendship. And not just sympathetic friendship, but hard-working, useful, practical assistance. She was anxious, I think, that she should not be defined, entirely, as the star of a popular series, as one half of a golden couple, as a mother and hostess, although she excelled in all of these. She wanted also to be remembered as a serious actress whose early career might have gone on to greatness had she not made the personal decision to change direction [by having a family]."
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1: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Charles Lloyd-Pack as Narrator
Angharad Rees as Miss Goldie
Bryan Pringle as Arthur Burr
Rosemary Leach as Ivy Burr
Dai Bradley as Lennie Burr
John Hartley as Simon
George Waring as Harry
Harold Goodwin as Joe
Frank Mills as Mr. MillsWritten by Alan Plater. Directed by Jonathan Alwyn.
2: The Water Maiden
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Lisa Harrow as Marianne
Freddie Fletcher as Liam
Cheryl Hall as Linda
Avril Elgar as Colin's Mother
Graham Ashley as Councillor Phillips
Paul Moriarty as Bob
Brian Pettifer as Alan
Rayner Bourton as Fox
Martin Skinner as Fox's friendWritten by Andrew Davies. Directed by Kenneth Ives.
3: Sleeping Beauty
John Franklyn-Robbins as Narrator
Ciaran Madden as Clare Rawley
Richard Morant as Stephen Grant
Diana Quick as Anna Carpenter
Esmond Knight as Vere Rawley
Adrienne Corri as Constance Rawley
Kathleen Michael as Bess Robson
John Saunders as Bertram
Anne Ridler as Doctor Harrington
Richard Steele as Doctor PorterWritten by Julian Bond. Directed by David Maloney.
4: Jack and the Beanstalk
Martin Thurley as Jonathan Weir
Stephanie Bidmead as Linda Weir
Glyn Owen as Duggie Weir
Peter Jeffrey as Nethercoat
Keith Marsh as Skinner
Miranda Hampton as Marcia
Ian Haliburton as Mike
Denis Gilmore as Fuller
Will Stampe as Vic
Julie May as Dorrie
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5: Hansel and Gretel
Raymond Francis as Harry
Brenda Bruce as Gertie
Gwen Watford as Irene James
Michael Graham Cox as Chris
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6: The Snow Queen
Peter Turner as Kay
Veronica Roberts as Gerda
Richard Butler as Major Burton
Eve Pearce as Mrs. Burton
Julian Holloway as Hale Patterson
Fiona Walker as Brenda Patterson
Lesley-Anne Down as Monica
Andee Cromarty as Charlie
Martin Howells as Derek
Rosalind Elliott as The Robber Girl
Garrick Hagon as Chris
Natalie Kent as Mrs. Harris
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Notable individuals named Rees include the following:
Abraham Rees (1743–1825), compiler of Rees's Cyclopaedia and a botanist
Alan Rees, British Formula One driver
Albert E. Rees (1921–1992) American economist, presidential adviser, and Princeton provost.
Albert E. Rees (actor) 19th-century comic opera actor
Aneurin Rees (1858–1932), Wales rugby union international
Angharad Rees (1949–2012), British actress
Billy Rees (1924–1996), Welsh international footballer
Brinley Rees (1919–2004), British classicist
Celia Rees, British author
Clive Rees, Wales and British Lions rugby union international
Conway Rees (1870–1932), Welsh rugby union international
Coralie Clarke Rees (1908–1972), an Australian author
Dai Rees (born 1913), Welsh golfer
Dai Rees (scientist) (born 1936), British biochemist and science administrator
Dan Rees, Welsh international rugby player
David Rees (disambiguation), several people
Don Rees, warden of Hugh Stewart Hall in the University of Nottingham for 29 years
Eleri Rees (born 1953), Welsh judge
Elgan Rees, Wales and British Lions rugby union international
Elmer Rees, British geometer
Fernando Rees (born 1985), Brazilian auto racing driver
Gareth Rees (disambiguation), multiple people, including:
Gareth Rees (cricketer) (born 1985), Welsh cricketer
Gareth Rees (motorsport commentator) (born 1969), Welsh motorsport commentator
Gareth Rees (rugby union) (born 1967), former Canadian rugby player
Gareth Rees (software developer) (born 1971), computer programmer responsible for the game Christminster
Gavin Rees (born 1980), Welsh professional boxer
Geraint Rees, British neurologist and neuroscientist
Goronwy Rees (1909-1979), Welsh journalist, academician, memoirist, and Soviet spy
Grover Rees, III (born 1951), U.S. judge and diplomat
Jason Rees (disambiguation)
Jean Rees (1914–2004), British artist
Jeremy Rees (1937–2003), British arts administrator
Jerry Rees, U.S. animator and film director
John Rees (disambiguation), multiple people, including:
John Rees (activist) (born 1957), British political activist and writer
John Rees (journalist), American journalist
Sir John David Rees (1854–1922), colonial administrator in British India and Member of Parliament
John Rees (musician) (1857–1949), Welsh musician
John Rawlings Rees (1890–1969), British psychiatrist
Idwal Rees (1910–1991), Wales rugby union captain
Ivor Rees (1893–1967), Welsh soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross
Katie Rees, a former American beauty queen
Laurence Rees, (born 1957), British historian, author and documentary filmmaker
Leighton Rees (born 1940), Welsh darts player
Lionel Wilmot Brabazon Rees (1884–1955), Welsh World War I flying ace
Lloyd Rees (1895–1988), Australian landscape painter
Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow (born 1942), British Astronomer Royal
Matt Rees, (born 1967) Welsh novelist
Matthew Rees, Wales and British Lions rugby union international
Merlyn Rees (1920–2006), British Labour party politician and minister
Milsom Rees (1866–1952), Welsh surgeon
Nathan Rees, (born 1968) Australian politician with the Labor Party, and Premier of New South Wales
Nigel Rees (born 1944), English writer and broadcaster
Nigel Rees (footballer) (born 1953), Welsh footballer
Norman J. Rees (ca. 1906—1976), double agent for USSR and FBI
Peter Rees (born 1926), British Conservative party politician
Paul Rees (born 1986), British racing driver
Robert Rees (disambiguation), several people
Ronnie Rees, Welsh international footballer
Roger Rees (born 1944), British-American actor
Ronnie Rees (born 1944), Welsh footballer
Stuart Rees, director of the Sydney Peace Foundation
Thomas Rees (disambiguation), multiple people, including:
Thomas Rees (Unitarian minister) (1777–1864), Welsh Unitarian minister and scholar
Thomas Rees (Twm Carnabwth) (c. 1806–1876; also known as Twm Carnabwth), Welsh leader of the Rebecca Riots
Thomas Rees (Congregational minister) (1815–1885), Welsh Congregationalist minister
Thomas Ifor Rees (1890–1977), Welsh diplomat and translator
Tom Rees (rugby union) (born 1984), English rugby union player
Tommy Rees (1904–1968), Welsh dual-code rugby player
Thomas Wynford Rees (1898–1959), British soldier in the British Indian Army
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In the small English village of Kromer, the local residents are angered by the wild parties held by the promiscuous 'wolves' who dwell on the edge of town. When a woman is killed by her servants, they manage to put the blame on the wolves, who soon find themselves hunted by an angry mob. Narrated by Boy George, this allegorical tale explores the origins and effects of homophobia.
The film debuted at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 1998 but was released in theaters in December 2000.To Catch a Spy
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