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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 18, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB Profession: actor, singer

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As well known for her stage and screen roles as for her ability to mimic the singing voices of the 20th century's greatest vocalists, Jane Horrocks was a delicate force of nature on both stage and screen. Born in the village of Rawtenstall in England in 1964, Horrocks attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and soon joined with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She would later go on to appear in a number of prominent plays at the Hampstead Theatre between 1985 and 1989, including "Ask for the Moon," "A Collier's Friday Night," "Valued Friends," and "The Debutante Ball." She broke into film in a big way with her role in the comedy drama "Life is Sweet" (1991) in 1991, and took on the memorable role of Bubble on the beloved British comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-2012) the following year. She would also find her career-defining role that year, when Sam Mendes wrote the role of LV in the play "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" for her, utilizing her staggering ability to mimic the singing voices of vocalists like Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe. The play was a great success, and she followed it with still more impressive stage roles, such as the lead in "Cabaret" at the...

As well known for her stage and screen roles as for her ability to mimic the singing voices of the 20th century's greatest vocalists, Jane Horrocks was a delicate force of nature on both stage and screen. Born in the village of Rawtenstall in England in 1964, Horrocks attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and soon joined with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She would later go on to appear in a number of prominent plays at the Hampstead Theatre between 1985 and 1989, including "Ask for the Moon," "A Collier's Friday Night," "Valued Friends," and "The Debutante Ball." She broke into film in a big way with her role in the comedy drama "Life is Sweet" (1991) in 1991, and took on the memorable role of Bubble on the beloved British comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-2012) the following year. She would also find her career-defining role that year, when Sam Mendes wrote the role of LV in the play "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" for her, utilizing her staggering ability to mimic the singing voices of vocalists like Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe. The play was a great success, and she followed it with still more impressive stage roles, such as the lead in "Cabaret" at the Donmar Warehouse. Horrocks reprised the role of LV for the big screen adaptation "Little Voice" (1998), but soon returned to the stage with a starring role in "Sweet Panic" on the West End. She would memorably star in the mini-series "The Amazing Mrs Pritchard" (BBC, 2006), and earned major praise for her starring role in "Annie Get Your Gun" at the Young Vic in 2009. In 2016, Horrocks appeared in the West End production "If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me," which featured her singing songs from the bands that inspired her during her youth, including The Smiths, The Buzzcocks, and The Human League. That same year, she reprised her best known TV role in "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" (2016).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Arthur Christmas (2011)
3.
 Tinker Bell (2008)
5.
7.
 Christmas Carol: the Movie (2003) Voice Of Ghost Of Christmas Past
8.
9.
 Chicken Run (2000) Voice Of Babs
10.
 Born Romantic (2000) Maureen 'Mo' Docherty
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Raised in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England
1985:
Spent a year with the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating from RADA
1986:
Had featured role in Jim Cartwright's stage play "Road" at the Royal Court Theatre; production filmed for broadcast on British TV in 1987
1988:
Feature film debut, "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase"
1989:
Appeared with Anthony Hopkins in the BBC telecast "Heartland"
1990:
Co-starred with Anjelica Huston in "The Witches"
1991:
Breakthrough stage role as Little Voice in Cartwright's play "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice"
1991:
Breakthrough film role, "Life is Sweet"
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Played recurring role of Bubble in hit TV series "Absolutely Fabulous"
1994:
Received critical raves for her performance as Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes-directed environmental staging of "Cabaret" in London; production co-starred Alan Cumming
1994:
Made cameo appearance in Cumming's short film "Butter"
1994:
Appeared in support of William Hurt and Cumming in "Second Best"
1996:
Played Lady Macbeth in a stage production of "Macbeth"
1996:
Starred in own British TV special "Never Mind the Horrocks"
1997:
Provided the voices for the characters in the animated British children's series "The Blobs"
1998:
Recreated breakthrough stage role in film "Little Voice"
2000:
Had co-starring role in the ensemble comedy-drama "Born Romantic"
2000:
Lent her voice to the character of a dim-witted hen in the blockbuster Claymation film "Chicken Run"
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Signed to co-star in the BBC comedy series "Mirrorball", reuniting with the cast of "AbFab"; series aborted
2001:
Brought back to the new "Absolutely Fabulous"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1985

Notes

"A cross between Audrey Hepburn and Olive Oyl." --director Mandie Fletcher

"I'm not a great fan of Shakespeare's. I find it quite hard work." --Jane Horrocks quoted in Newsday, June 22, 1995.

"She's a chameleon really, The roles she's played are so diverse that people don't really know who she is. They've seen her, but they don't know they've seen her." --"Little Voice" director Mark Herman quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 8, 1998.

"I had tears in my eyes . . . it's the first time I've actually watched a star being born." --co-star Michael Caine on working with Horrocks, quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 8, 1998.

"I think I'd probably give up acting. It's a new discovery, the singing. I've not really explored what I am capable of, whereas I feel like I have in the acting world. I don't get sent a lot of stuff, and what I do get sent isn't on the whole very good. . . .

"I found myself a bit of a phoney. I thought, I feel an idiot pretending to convey this emotion because I don't feel it at all. I used to immerse myself in it. Now I feel at one remove, saying, 'This is a ludicrous profession and I'm too old to be dressing up and pretending to be somebody else.'

"I think I am a bit more settled now. If an actor does start to feel like that, they probably don't need to act any more. They don't need to escape into some role. I just find it a bit of an effort now." --Horrocks quoted in The Daily Telegraph, September 28, 2000.

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companion:
Sam Mendes. Playwright, director. Together from 1992 to c. 1995.
companion:
Nick Vivian. Writer. Live together.

Family close complete family listing

son:
Dylan Vivian. Born on April 28, 1997.
daughter:
Molly Vivian. Born in 1999.

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