Sarah Douglas (actress)
|Born||(1952-12-12) 12 December 1952
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Richard LeParmentier (1981 – 1984; divorced)|
Sarah Douglas (born 12 December 1952) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for playing the Kryptonian supervillain Ursa in Superman (1978), Superman II (1980) and one episode of Supergirl in 2018.
Douglas was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, the second daughter of Beryl (née Smith), a physiotherapist who often worked upon RSC actors, and of Edward Douglas, a career member of the Royal Air Force. Having been educated locally at Alcester Grammar School, she then trained with the National Youth Theatre and the Rose Bruford College, before turning professional by working on several productions alongside well-known British actors such as Roy Dotrice and Jon Pertwee.
Eventually, Douglas’s career took her in front of the camera with small appearances in the 1973 film The Final Programme (alternatively known as The Last Days of Man on Earth) and Rollerball in 1975. After this, Douglas became known to British television audiences in the 1970s by appearing in The Howerd Confessions, the TV version of Dracula, The Inheritors, Space: 1999 and Return of the Saint, and appeared in the films The People That Time Forgot (for which she was nominated for a Saturn Award), and the controversial and rarely seen film The Brute (1977), in which she played an abused wife. Douglas’ first major role was that of Ursa in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), having beaten 600 actresses to the part. In 1984, she played another fantasy villainess in Conan the Destroyer as the evil Queen Taramis. Douglas also continued to appear on television, and was a series regular in the short-lived British sitcom Thundercloud in 1979. Throughout the 1980s, she went on to appear in a variety of guest roles in UK and US series such as The Professionals, Bergerac, Hotel, Magnum, P.I., Sledge Hammer! and Remington Steele. However, her most prominent television role is that of Pamela Lynch in the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest, which she played for two seasons from 1983–85. She also played another “Pamela” in the 1984 television miniseries V: The Final Battle.
In the 1990s, she returned to science fiction, guest-starring in Babylon 5 (in the 1994 episode “Deathwalker“), and in Stargate SG-1 (in the 1998 two-part episode “The Tok’ra“). Douglas has also appeared in a variety of genre films, including Solarbabies, The Return of Swamp Thing, Beastmaster 2, Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge and Return of the Living Dead 3. She also voiced characters in episodes of several animated TV series, including Iron Man, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Superman: The Animated Series, Heavy Gear and Batman of the Future.
In 2003, Douglas returned to the UK to appear in a nationwide tour of Hamlet playing alongside actress Emily Lloyd. The following year, she completed a run in London’s West End in the play Roast Beef playing the role of Clytemnestra. Also in 2004, Douglas completed an audio commentary for the Special Edition DVD of Conan the Destroyer.
In 2006, she performed in the audio drama Sapphire and Steel: The Mystery of the Missing Hour alongside David Warner. Also in 2006, she was reunited with many of her Superman co-stars in Los Angeles as a new version of Superman II (known as Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut) was released with previously unseen footage. At the same time, a new Superman DVD boxset was released, featuring an interview with Douglas.
In 2008, Douglas worked on further audio productions, and reunited with David Warner for a new BBC Audio CD entitled The Brightonomicon. She has also participated in the new audio recordings for Stargate Atlantis. Another 2008 screen credit was as a cancer-stricken transsexual in the BBC daytime series Doctors.
In 2009, Douglas completed work on a series of radio plays for the BBC. The first to air on BBC Radio 4 was Cry Babies, in which she performed alongside Alex Jennings. The play, written by film critic Kim Newman, was aired on 9 March 2009. A second play, with Derek Jacobi, aired on 13 March 2009 on Radio 4.
In June 2010, Douglas voiced the character of Professor Meadows in the video game “Blood of The Cybermen“, part of the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games series which was made available for free download from the official Doctor Who website. She is also credited as the voice of ‘The Entity’ in the third game, simply named “TARDIS”. She plays Jones, a class 14 super computer, in the fourth adventure game in the series, “Shadows of the Vashta Nerada”.
In 2012, Douglas voiced a recurring role in the animated series of Green Lantern. She is also involved with a sci-fi audio series entitled The Flashback, which has been in production on both sides of the Atlantic. 2012 also saw the release of the comedy horror film Strippers vs Werewolves, in which Douglas appeared. The film co-stars Robert Englund, Steven Berkoff, Adele Silva and Billy Murray. In October 2012, Douglas completed recording an audiobook version of the Age of the Five fantasy novel trilogy by Trudi Canavan for Big Finish Productions. After this, she returned to the London stage appearing in The Hallowe’en Sessions at the Leicester Square Theatre from 29 October to 3 November 2012 to positive reviews.
In 2016, Douglas appeared in writer/director Kenneth Mader’s quantum time travel thriller “Displacement” as the mysterious Dr. Miles.
|1973||The Final Programme||Catherine|
|1977||The People That Time Forgot||Charly|
|1984||Conan the Destroyer||Queen Taramis|
|1989||The Return of Swamp Thing||Dr. Lana Zurrell|
|1991||Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time||Lyranna|
|1991||The Art of Dying||Sara|
|1991||Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge||Elsa Toulon||Video|
|1992||Meatballs 4||Monica Shavetts|
|1993||Return of the Living Dead 3||Lt. Col. Sinclair|
|1993||Quest of the Delta Knights||Madam Maaydeed||Video|
|1994||Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance||Nicolette|
|1995||Monster Mash||Countess Natasha ‘Nasty’ Dracula|
|1997||Asylum||Dr. Emily Hill|
|1999||Changing Directions||Sarah Johnson||Short|
|2007||Gryphon||Queen Cassandra of Delphi|
|2011||Halloween: H33||Dr. Loomis||Short|
|2012||Strippers vs Werewolves||Jeanette|
|1966||The Spies||Maria||“A Lamb to the Flock”|
|1973||ITV Sunday Night Theatre||Joyce Langland||“Harlequinade”|
|1973||Black and Blue||Beautiful Girl||“Secrets”|
|1974||Dracula||Dracula’s Wife||TV film|
|1974||Justice||Jenny Deane||“Under Suspicion”, “Decisions, Decisions”|
|1974||The Inheritors||Jennie Garrett||TV series|
|1976||BBC2 Playhouse||Miss Radson||“The Mind Beyond: Meriel, the Ghost Girl”|
|1976||The Howerd Confessions||Lola||“1.6”|
|1976||Space: 1999||B||“The AB Chrysalis“|
|1977||Esther Waters||Miss Peggy||“1.1”|
|1977||Seven Faces of Women||Marianne||“She: Eye of the Beholder”|
|1978||Return of the Saint||Sheila Northcott||“The Arrangement”|
|1979||Room Service||Mrs. Martindale||“1.7”|
|1979||Thundercloud||Bella Harrington||TV series|
|1980||The Professionals||Dr. Kate Ross||“Wild Justice”|
|1981||Bergerac||Anne Beresford||“Last Chance for a Loser”|
|1983–1985||Falcon Crest||Pamela Lynch||Recurring role (season 3), main role (season 4)|
|1984||V The Final Battle||Pamela||TV miniseries|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Violet Weems||“Sing a Song of Murder”|
|1986||Magnum, P.I.||Isobel Dumout / Countess Jacklyn Fabre Dumout||“All Thieves on Deck”|
|1986||Hotel||Stella Falco||“Hearts Divided”|
|1986||The Wizard||Lady Whitehurst||“It Takes a Chimp”|
|1987||Remington Steele||Shannon Wayne||“Steele Hanging in There: Parts 1 & 2”|
|1987||Matlock||Barbara Sutcliffe||“The Therapist”|
|1987||Sledge Hammer!||Mrs. Emily Carstairs||“Play It Again Sledge”|
|1987||Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion||Leona Stark||TV film|
|1989||A Fine Romance||Dr. Emma Gabor||“It’s Just the Gypsy in My Soul”|
|1990||Father Dowling Mysteries||Mrs. Gibbons||“The Royal Mystery”|
|1990||Super Force||Dr. Verona||“The Crime Doctor”|
|1991||Tagget||Mrs. Sands||TV film|
|1993||Tarzán||Kiki Bluet||“Tarzan and the Fountain of Youth”|
|1993||Almost Home||Lady Harrington||“The Fox and the Hound”|
|1994||Babylon 5||Deathwalker / Jha’Dur||“Deathwalker“|
|1994||Iron Man||Alana Ulanova (voice)||“Enemy Within, Enemy Without”|
|1996||The Stepford Husbands||Dr. Frances Borzage||TV film|
|1996||To the Ends of Time||Karnissa||TV film|
|1996||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Mrs. Cadbury / Woman (voice)||“Village of the Doomed”|
|1998||Stargate SG-1||Yosuuf / Garshaw of Belote||“The Tok’ra: Parts 1 & 2”|
|1999||Superman: The Animated Series||Mala (voice)||“Absolute Power”|
|1999–00||Batman Beyond||Donna Walker / Queen (voice)||“Once Burned”, “King’s Ransom”|
|2001||Heavy Gear: The Animated Series||Col. Magnilda Rykka (voice)||TV series|
|2005||The Brief||Crown Court Judge||“Blame”|
|2008||Zorro: Generation Z||Gloria Sheffield||“Poll Axed”|
|2008||Doctors||Stacy Morgan||“Hearts and Minds”|
|2010||Witchville||The Red Queen||TV film|
|2012–13||Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Science Director / Scar (voice)||Guest role (4 episodes)|
|2017||A Christmas Prince||Mrs. Averill||Netflix film|
|2018||Supergirl||Jindah Kol Roz||“Fort Rozz”|