Nothing before or since has ever affected me so deeply. I lost interest in my school work although I was never very academic. In time, I became much more interested in acting, following the example of my mother.'Angela's firmly middle-class up-bringing had been underpinned by her father's prosperous wood veneer company.
With him gone, her mother, Irish actress Moyna Mac Gill, took the bold step of trying her luck in America and uprooted her four children - Angela, her half-sister Isolde (she later became Peter Ustinov's first wife) and twin brothers Edgar and Bruce - and moved to New York and ultimately Los Angeles.
Public Health England (PHE) has launched its 'Stay Well This Winter' campaign to urge people who are most vulnerable to flu to get their free vaccination.
This year, the vaccination is being offered to more people than ever – around 21 million people in total.
'Touch wood.'The last time she trod the boards in London was as Gertrude in a Peter Hall production of Hamlet in the 70s.
'For someone with a long term health condition like asthma or COPD, flu has the potential to turn very serious.
'We want as many eligible people as possible to get their jab, as it is the best way to protect everyone from flu and minimise the burden on the NHS during the season when it faces the most pressures.' The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk.
The head of the NHS has warned that a strain of flu that has caused huge problems in Australia is thought to be heading our way.
Simon Stevens said that the h3n2 strain has been particularly severe in the elderly and children.