Put up for adoption at the age of three, Angela was adopted by the Bruce family from Stanley, after a short stay in a Banardo’s home
At 15, she started a three year nursing course at Durham Technical College.
Angela's first screen role was in the 1973 film Man at the Top, before being cast in a newly commissioned TV hospital drama called Angels.
In 1978, she joined the cast of Coronation Street as waitress Janice Stubbs. and was one of the first black characters in the soap.
1980 saw Angela die on screen for a Hammer House of Horror thriller, Charlie Boy. She then went on to star in Doctor Who as Brigadier Winifred Bambera.