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Terry Duggan (m. ?–2008)

film actress

Anna Karen

Years active

Gloria Duggan Gill

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19 September 1936 (age 84) (

On the Buses (1969–1973)The Rag Trade (1977–1978)EastEnders (1996–1998, 2001–2004, 2007–2011, 2013–)

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Who is anna karen

Anna Karen (born Ana Caren Krege on 19 September 1936), is a South African film, television and theatre actress. A regular in soaps and comedy, her best-known roles are in the sitcoms On The Buses and The Rag Trade. She has also appeared in BBC TV's EastEnders from 1996 on a recurring basis as Aunt Sal.


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•  It was the role of Olive in On the Buses that shot her to fame and it is known that she appeared in the film spin-offs as well. When the LWT ( London Weekend Television) revival of the show aired (The Rag Trade) she reprised her role there as well.

•  Married to Terry Dugan until his death in 2008, Anna Karen had performed at his pantomime, called Aladdin. The performance took place at Shaw Theatre, London, and included Martin Chamberlain, Norman Beaton, and Debby Bishop in the cast.

•  In 2016, Karen suffered a fall in her Ilford home, which broke her back and left her bound to a sofa for two months. Even after recovering, she continues to have limited mobility.

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Early in her career, Anna Karen worked as a striptease dancer at London's Panama Club. She has appeared in many films and television programmes, including the BBC sitcom Wild, Wild Women, between 1968 and 1969. That same year she played a schoolgirl in the bikini-flying scene in the film Carry On Camping (even though she was 32 years old). In both these roles she acted with Barbara Windsor (herself a 31-year-old "schoolgirl" in the film).

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Karen is best remembered for her role in the LWT sitcom On the Buses (1969–73). In this series, Karen played Olive, the dowdy bespectacled younger sister of Stan (Reg Varney), and wife of Arthur Rudge (Michael Robbins). She also appeared in the film spin-offs, On the Buses (1971), Mutiny on the Buses (1972), and Holiday on the Buses (1973). From 1977 to 1978, Karen reprised the role of Olive in the LWT revival of the sitcom The Rag Trade created by the same writers.

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Her other film credits included roles in The Sandwich Man (1966), Poor Cow (1967), Carry On Loving (1970), What's Up Nurse! (1977) and Flick (2008). In 1996, Karen played a supporting role in the film Beautiful Thing, as a neighbour of the main characters, Ste and Jamie. A year later, Karen reunited with Barbara Windsor, this time in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Karen plays Aunt Sal, the sister of Windsor's Peggy Mitchell. Although Karen has never been a permanent cast member in the soap, she continues to appear as Aunt Sal occasionally, usually for only one or two episodes at a time.

In 2006, Anna Karen used her experience as a striptease dancer to act as a judge in the final edition of Channel 4's reality television documentary Faking It. In 2008, Karen was a guest on the Channel 4's Sunday Night Project, again with Barbara Windsor.

Anna Karen lying on the couch and wearing a polka dot sleepwear, necklace, and eyeglasses

Karen has also been a regular in pantomimes over the years, and played the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella at the Millfield Theatre, in Edmonton, London at Christmas 2008.

Personal life

Anna Karen lives in Essex, and was married to actor/comedian Terry Duggan from 1967 until he died in 2008. Their daughter, Gloria, was Duggan's adopted daughter from his previous marriage to Pat Lyons. Karen teaches drama at Brewers Academy, based in Hornchurch, Essex.

In January 2016, Karen had a fall in her Ilford home and was sofa bound for eight weeks to recover. She still filmed scenes for Peggy's death in EastEnders in March 2016 and in May 2016, when the scenes aired, Karen was seen with a walking frame. Karen was later pictured in a wheelchair filming Peggy's funeral scenes.

Film roles

  • Nudist Memories (1961) as Anne (uncredited)
  • The Sandwich Man (1966) as Lady with dog
  • Poor Cow (1967) as Neighbour
  • Carry On Camping (1969) as School Girl
  • Carry On Loving (1970) as Wife
  • On The Buses (1971) as Olive
  • The Ski Bum (1971)
  • Mutiny on the Buses (1972) as Olive
  • The Affair (1973) as Willa
  • Holiday on the Buses (1973) as Olive
  • What's Up Nurse! (1977) as Knitter
  • Beautiful Thing (1996) as Marlene
  • The Second Quest (2004) as Sally
  • Together Alone (2005) as Mrs Golding
  • Flick (2008) as Rita Ray
  • No Reasons (2016) as Yvonne
  • Nearly New (2016) as Joan
  • Television roles

    Life with Cooper - 1968

    Wild Wild Women (Maude) - 1969

    On the Buses (Olive Rudge) - 1969–1973

    Dixon of Dock Green (Housewife) - 1970

    The Affair (Willa) - 1973

    Milk-O (Rita Wilkins) - 1975

    ...And Mother Makes Five (Mrs Hitchin) - 1976

    The Kenneth Williams Show - 1976

    The Dick Emery Show - 1977

    The Rag Trade (Olive) - 1977–1978

    Stainless Steel and the Star Spies (Mary) - 1981

    Troubles and Strife (Rosita Pearman) -1985-1986

    Roland Rat: The Series (Maureen McConkey) - 1986

    The Sooty Show (Mrs Woodhead) - 1987

    Super Gran (Commander S. Obvious) - 1987

    EastEnders (Aunt Sal) - 1996-2017

    Goodnight Sweetheart Mrs Hardcore - 1998

    Boyz Unlimited (Nigel's Mum) - 1999

    The Bill (Margie Connell) - 2002

    Revolver (Julie) - 2004

    The Second Quest (Sally) - 2004

    The Golden Hour (Rita Philips) - 2005

    Doctors (Renee Gossman) - 2014

    Nearly New (Joan) -2016


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