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Jane Horrocks

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Barbara Jane Horrocks born 18 January 1964 is an English stage, film and television actress, voice artist, musician and singer, who played the roles of Bubble and Katy Grin in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous 1992–2012 She was nominated for the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for the title role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, and received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations when she reprised the role in the 1998 film Little Voice Her other film roles include The Witches 1990, Life Is Sweet 1990, Corpse Bride 2005 and Sunshine on Leith 2013


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
  • 3 Career
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Filmography
    • 51 Film
    • 52 Television series
    • 53 Television films
    • 54 Short film, television and video
    • 55 Music videos
  • 6 Awards and honours
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early lifeedit

Horrocks, the youngest of three children, was born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, the daughter of Barbara née Ashworth, a hospital worker, and John Horrocks, a sales representative1 She attended Balladen County Primary School and later trained at Oldham College and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with Imogen Stubbs and Ralph Fiennes,2 and began her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company3 She drew critical notice for her performance in the film Life Is Sweet 1991, followed by her award-winning performance in the West End play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in which she sang all the songs Horrocks became a name with the role of Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous 1992–2016

The Rise and Fall of Little Voiceedit

While working on Road, a play directed by Jim Cartwright, Horrocks warmed up by doing singing impressions of Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Ethel Merman Cartwright was so impressed with her mimicry he wrote The Rise and Fall of Little Voice for hercitation needed She was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1992 West End production, directed by her boyfriend Sam Mendescitation needed She reprised her role in the 1998 screen adaptation, Little Voice, which earned nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Motion Picture, and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actresscitation needed

In 2000, Horrocks made the CD Further Adventures of Little Voice, again singing in the style of favourite divascitation needed The recording includes duets with Ewan McGregor, Robbie Williams and Dean Martin Horrocks collaborated once more with Robbie Williams the following year, for a cover of the Bobby Darin song "Things" on Williams's album Swing When You're Winning


Horrocks has appeared on stage in Ask for the Moon Hampstead, 1986, A Collier's Friday Night Greenwich, 1987, Valued Friends Hampstead, 1989, and The Debutante Ball Hampstead, 1989 She appeared in Catherine Cookson's The Fifteen Streets, alongside Sean Bean and Owen Teale in 1989, Our Own Kind Bush, 1991, Deadly Advice Fletcher, 1993, Cabaret Donmar Warehouse, 1994, Macbeth Greenwich Theatre, 1995 and Absurd Person Singular Garrick Theatre, 20071 Her last West End appearance was in Sweet Panic, the 2003 Stephen Poliakoff drama in which she portrayed a neurotic mother locked in a battle of wills with her disturbed son's psychologistcitation needed She starred in Richard Jones's critically acclaimed production of The Good Soul of Szechuan at the Young Vic in 2008,4 and was reunited with Jones in a new musical production of Annie Get Your Gun, which opened at the Young Vic in October 20095In 2016s If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me Horrocks revisited the songs of her youth, to sing versions of tracks by the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths, Buzzcocks and The Human League at London’s Young Vic6

Horrocks's voiceovers have been used on Chicken Run 2000, Christmas Carol: The Movie 2001, Corpse Bride 2005, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 and Tinker Bell 2008 in which she was Fairy Mary; she reprises the role in the Tinker Bell sequels, and on radio as Fenchurch in the audio adaptation of Douglas Adams' science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for BBC Radio 4 She has voiced Donner in all three Robbie the Reindeer films in aid of Comic Relief

Other television credits include Absolutely Fabulous, Victoria Wood - We'd Quite Like To Apologise, Bad Girl, Boon, Heartland, Hunting Venus, La Nonna, Leaving Home, Never Mind the Horrocks, Nightlife, Wyrd Sisters, Foxbusters, Red Dwarf, Some Kind of Life, Suffer the Little Children, The Storyteller, The Garden, Fifi & the Flowertots, Little Princess the voice of the princess and Welcome to the Timescitation needed She was the subject of an episode of the genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are in 2006 That year she played the title role in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, a drama about a woman elected prime minister For 10 years, Horrocks appeared with Prunella Scales in commercials for the UK supermarket chain Tesco7 She narrated BBC Two's television series The Speaker in April 20098

Also in 2009, Horrocks took the lead in the BBC TV production Gracie!, a drama portraying the life of Gracie Fields during World War II and her relationship with the Italian-born director Monty Banks played by Tom Hollander9

On Tuesday 14 January 2014, Horrocks appeared as a contestant in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off on BBC Two This programme is the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off, whose purpose is to help raise money for the charity Sport Relief, and was hosted by Jo Brand The other contestants were: TV and radio presenter Kirsty Young, choreographer Jason Gardiner, and Olympic athlete Greg Rutherford

In October 2014, Horrocks will play Ella Khan in the London revival of East is East at Trafalgar Studios as part of Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed season10

On 9 May 2015 she gave a reading at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember in Horse Guards Parade, London that was broadcast live on BBC111

In 2015 she supplied the voice of the Tubby Phone in the reboot of the popular British children's television series Teletubbies

Personal lifeedit

Horrocks lives with playwright Nick Vivian12 in Twickenham with their children, son Dylan and daughter Molly13

In 2011, Horrocks caused minor controversy by admitting to no longer shopping in Tesco, stating that 'there's always a set type of people doing their shopping whether it's pensioners holding everyone up or screeching kids Or sometimes you can have rather a lot of chavs in, and that gets a bit scary' Writers Julie Burchill and Barbara Ellen branded Horrocks snobbish and hypocritical for her comments, drawing particular attention to the fact that Horrocks had famously fronted a series of adverts for the supermarket chain in the 1990s141516



Year Title Role Directed by
1988 The Dressmaker Rita Jim O'Brien
1989 Getting It Right Jenny Randal Kleiser
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Pattern Stuart Orme
1990 The Witches Miss Susan Irvine Nicolas Roeg
Memphis Belle Faith Michael Caton-Jones
Life Is Sweet Nicola Mike Leigh
1993 Second Best Debbie Chris Menges
1994 Deadly Advice Jodie Greenwood Mandie Fletcher
1997 Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis Mavis Davis / Marla Dorland John Henderson
1998 Little Voice LV Mark Herman
1999 Faeries Huccaby voice Gary Hurst
1999 Hooves of Fire Donner voice
2000 Chicken Run Babs voice Peter Lord & Nick Park
Born Romantic Mo David Kane
Lion of Oz Wimsik voice Tim Deacon
2001 Christmas Carol: The Movie Ghost of Christmas Past voice Jimmy T Murakami
2002 Legend of the Lost Tribe Donner voice
2005 Corpse Bride The Black Widow / Mrs Plum voice Tim Burton
Brothers of the Head Roberta Howe Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Meenie voice Tim Hill
2007 Close Encounters of the Herd Kind Donner voice
2008 Tinker Bell Fairy Mary voice Bradley Raymond
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Fairy Mary voice Klay Hall
2010 No One Gets Off in This Town
2011 Arthur Christmas Lead Elf voice Sarah Smith
2012 Secret of the Wings Fairy Mary voice Bobs Gannaway & Peggy Holmes
2013 Sunshine on Leith Jean Dexter Fletcher
2014 The Pirate Fairy Fairy Mary Peggy Holmes
2016 Ab Fab: The Movie Bubble

Television seriesedit

Year Title Role Notes
1987 First Sight Natalie Episode: "Leaving Home" 13
Screenplay Louise Episode: "The Road" 213
1988 The Storyteller Anja Episode: "The True Bride" 19
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Pippa Bond Episode: "No Crying He Makes" 27
1989 The Jim Henson Hour Anja Episode: "Musicians" 18
Victoria Wood Cathy Warburton Episode: "We'd Quite Like to Apologise" 14
Smith & Jones Episode: "The Unprepared Version" 56
1990 Boon Trisha Downey Episode: "Best Left Buried" 511
1991 Screen One Gail Episode: "Alive and Kicking" 37
Performance Episode: "Nona" 12
1992 Red Dwarf Nirvanah Crane Episode: "Holoship" 51
Screenplay Maggie Hunt Episode: "Bad Girl" 73
Performance Episode: "Roots" 23
1995 Performance Doll Tearsheet Episode: "Henry IV" 55
1996 Tales from the Crypt Cammy Episode: "Cold War" 76
Never Mind the Horrocks Various roles
1997 Wyrd Sisters Magrat Garlick voice Television mini-series
The Blobs Various voice 26 Episodes all episodes
1995–1998 Crapston Villas Flossie 20 episodes all episodes
1999 Foxbusters Jeffries voice
1999–2000 Watership Down Hannah 14 episodes
2000 Mirrorball Yitta Hilberstam Television pilot
2001 Little Big Mouth Krystan voice
2002 Linda Green Teresa Franklin Episode: "Teresa" 22
2003 to 2005 Wide-Eye Flea voice
Baby Komodo Voice
26 episodes All episodes
2004 Monkey Trousers Various roles
2005 Jericho Sadie Swettenham Episode: "To Murder and Create" 13
2006 The Street Angela Quinn Episodes: "The Accident" 11
"Stan" 12
2005–2005 Fifi and the Flowertots Fifi Forget-Me-Not voice 40 episodes
2006 The Amazing Mrs Pritchard Ros Pritchard 6 episodes all episodes
2006–2007 Little Princess Little Princess voice
2011 Coming Up Felicity Episode: "Magic" 65
Phineas and Ferb Eliza Episode: "My Fair Goalie" 311
This is Jinsy Mrs Stenton Episode: "Vel" 16
Little Crackers Hairdresser Episode: "Jane Horrocks' Little Cracker: Barbara" 23
Pixie Hollow Games Fairy Mary voice Television special
2012 Get Your House in Order Narrator voice Episode: "Stuart" 13
True Love Sandra Episode: "Sandra" 14
1992–2012 Absolutely Fabulous Bubble
also played Katy Grin, Lola and radio voice
33 episodes
2011–2013, 2015 Trollied Julie Cook 37 episodes
2014 Lily's Driftwood Bay Wee Rabbit
2015 Inside No 9 Liz "Cold Comfort" 24
2015 Teletubbies Tubby Phone voice
2015 Long Live the Royals Queen Elenor voice UK version only

Television filmsedit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Fifteen Streets Christine Bracken
Heartland Pam
1991 Came Out, It Rained, Went Back in Again Learner Lesbian
1993 Cabaret Sally Bowles
1994 Self Catering Marilyn
Suffer the Little Children Deborah Hayes
1995 Some Kind of Life Alison
1996 Nightlife Helen
1999 Hunting Venus Cassandra
The Flint Street Nativity Zoe
2009 Gracie! Gracie Fields
2010 The Road to Coronation Street Margaret Morris

Short film, television and videoedit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Butter Beggar Television
1995 Combination Skin voice Short film
1999 Hooves of Fire Donner voice Television
2002 Legend of the Lost Tribe Donner / Arctic Fox voice Television
2002 Last Rumba in Rochdale Gran voice Short film
2004 Wheeling Dealing Authentic Newsreader Short film
2006 Voices from the Underworld Herself voice Video Short
2007 Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind Donner voice Television
2011 The Itch of the Golden Nit voice Short film

Music videosedit

  • New Order - 1963 1995

Awards and honoursedit

  • BAFTA Awards 1999: Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Little Voice 1998
  • British Independent Film Awards 1999: Nomination for Best Actress for Little Voice 1998
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1999: Nomination for Best Actress for Little Voice 1998
  • Golden Globes 1999: Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -Comedy/Musical, for Little Voice 1998
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 1991: Won Award for Best Supporting Actress for Life is Sweet 1991
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards 1992: Won Award for Best Supporting Actress for Life Is Sweet
  • Satellite Awards 1999: Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for Little Voice 1998
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999: Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast, for Little Voice 1998, shared with Annette Badland, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Michael Caine, Philip Jackson and Ewan McGregor
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999: Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Little Voice 1998
  • Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival 1994: Won Best Actress Award for Deadly Advice 1994


  1. ^ a b Bio at FilmReferencecom
  2. ^ Jane Horrocks at The Guardian Unlimited Film
  3. ^ "BBC - Drama - People Index Jane Horrocks" 
  4. ^ Theatre review at The Guardian Unlimited
  5. ^ Official Young Vic announcement
  6. ^ bellaafrica, why jane horrocks is singing the smiths
  7. ^ Jones, Paul "Jane Horrocks: "I'm eternally grateful to Tesco"" Radio Times BBC Retrieved 17 September 2013 
  8. ^ "Filmography: Horrocks, Jane" Film & TV Database BFI Retrieved 17 September 2013 
  9. ^ "Amazing Gracie: Jane Horrocks" Manchester Evening News Retrieved 17 September 2013 
  10. ^ "East is East starring Jane Horrocks" 
  11. ^ "Actress Jane Horrocks cries reading WW2 letter" BBC News 
  12. ^ "What I know about men" The Guardian 27 September 2009 Retrieved 4 August 2012 
  13. ^ "Cape escape: From white sand beaches to wines and wildebeest, South Africa has it all" Daily Mail 22 April 2012 Retrieved 4 August 2012 
  14. ^ "Jane Horrocks doesn't like Tesco despite starring in supermarket's adverts - Daily Mail Online" Mail Online 26 July 2011 
  15. ^ "Julie Burchill: It's time to tackle the chav-baiters" The Independent 28 July 2011 
  16. ^ Barbara Ellen "Sorry, Jane Horrocks, but it's you who's being common" the Guardian 

External linksedit

  • Jane Horrocks at the Internet Movie Database
  • BBC interview
  • Jane Horrocks on BBC Drama Faces
  • The many faces of Jane Horrocks
  • Jane Horrocks on Who Do You Think You Are

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