Claire Forlani

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Claire Forlani
Claire Forlani 2015.jpg
Claire Forlani in 2015
Born Claire Antonia Forlani
(1972-07-01) 1 July 1972 (age 42)[citation needed]
Twickenham, London, England
Other names Clair Forlani
Education Arts Educational Schools, London
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Dougray Scott (m. 2007)

Claire Antonia Forlani (born 1 July 1972) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in films such as Mallrats, Basquiat, and Meet Joe Black.

Early life[edit]

Claire Forlani was born in 1972 in Twickenham, London, the daughter of Barbara (née Dickinson), who was English, and Pier Luigi Forlani, a music manager from Ferrara, Italy.[1][2][3] At the age of 11, Forlani entered the Arts Educational School in London, where she began to study acting. During her six years at the school, she also studied dance, which led to performances on stage in The Nutcracker and Orpheus in the Underworld.


Forlani at the world premiere of Flashbacks of a Fool, 13 April 2008

Forlani's parents moved to San Francisco in 1993, in order to allow for wider casting opportunities in Hollywood films. Subsequently, Forlani was cast in the television mini-series J.F.K.: Reckless Youth and the film Police Academy: Mission to Moscow. In 1995, she played the supporting role of Brandi Svenning in Mallrats. In 1996, Forlani appeared in a supporting role as Sean Connery's daughter in the film The Rock. She continued to appear in both widely released and smaller-budget films. In 1998, she starred with Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black. She then appeared in Antitrust, a thriller released in January 2001. Forlani was the new face of L'Oréal in 2001. She has been ranked no. 51 (2000) and no. 89 (2001) in Stuff magazine's "100 Sexiest Women", no. 85 (2001) in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women" and was slotted in Loaded's "Hot 100 Babes". In 2003, she co-starred with Jackie Chan in The Medallion.

In autumn 2006, Forlani joined the cast of CSI: NY in a recurring role as a medical examiner, Dr. Peyton Driscoll.[4] In February 2007, Forlani portrayed Tori Bodeen in the film version of Nora Roberts's best-selling book Carolina Moon. In 2008, she starred opposite Daniel Craig in Flashbacks of a Fool. In 2011, Forlani played Queen Igraine in Camelot and Kate Templeton in Love's Kitchen alongside her husband Dougray Scott.[5]

In 2011, she also made an appearance in NCIS: Los Angeles as Agent Lauren Hunter, replacing Henrietta Lange (Linda Hunt) temporarily as the operations director at NCIS for the end of season 2. She also appeared in season 3's finale, where her character is killed in a car bombing.

She has also appeared in a series of television commercials for Dewar's Scotch whisky, in which she affects a Scottish accent.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2007, Forlani married Scottish actor Dougray Scott.[7] She is stepmother to his two children.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
1991, 1992 Press Gang Judy Wellman Debut
1992 Gypsy Eyes Katarina
1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Katrina
1995 Mallrats Brandi Svenning
1996 Basquiat Gina Cardinale
The Rock Jade Angelou
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Joan
1998 Basil Julia Sherwin
Into My Heart Nina
Meet Joe Black Susan Parrish
1999 Mystery Men Monica
2000 Boys and Girls Jennifer Burrows
2001 Antitrust Alice Poulson
2002 Triggermen Emma Cutler
2003 The Medallion Nicole James
The Pentagon Papers Patricia Marx Daniel Ellsberg's wife
Gone Dark Monica Prince Also known as 'The Limit'
2004 Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius Mary Malone Jones
2005 Green Street Shannon Dunham
The Shadow Dancer Isabella Parish Titled Shadows in the Sun in the United States
Ripley Under Ground Cynthia
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes – "Crouch End" Doris Freeman
CSI: NY Dr. Peyton Driscoll Season 3 (nine episodes)
Seasons 4 & 6 (one episode each)
2007 Hallam Foe Verity Foe
Carolina Moon Tory Bodeen
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Ruth Davies
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Solana
Beer for My Horses Annie
2009 Shannon's Rainbow Christine
False Witness Pippa Porter
Not Forgotten Katie
2010 Love's Kitchen Kate Templeton
2011 Camelot Queen Igraine Ten episodes
2011–12 NCIS: Los Angeles Lauren Hunter Season 2 (two episodes)
Season 3 (four episodes)
2013 Another Me Ann
2015 Unity[8] Narrator Documentary


  1. ^ "The Cast of Meet Joe Black – Claire Forlani". Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Claire Forlani Biography (1972–)". Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Michelle Tan. "Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott Get Married". 
  4. ^ "Forlani Doctors Up 'CSI: NY'". 10 August 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Nissim, Mayer (29 June 2011). "Gordon Ramsay's 'Love's Kitchen' flops with just £121 at box office". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  6. ^ DEWAR'S Highlander Honey - The Drinking Man's Honey, DewarsUS - YouTube
  7. ^ a b Tan, Michelle (8 June 2007). "Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott Get Married – Marriage, Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott". People. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Dave McNary (April 22, 2015). "Documentary ‘Unity’ Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators". Variety. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 

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