Clare Holman

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Clare Holman
Born (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 51)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Howard Davies (m. 2005)

Clare Margaret Holman (born 12 January 1964, City of London) is an English actress. She portrayed forensic pathologist Dr. Laura Hobson in the television series Inspector Morse and currently stars as her in Lewis.



Holman started her acting career in the television film The Rainbow, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence. She played Harper in the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America in November 1993. Clare was nominated for 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role of 1996 for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

In 1995, Holman was cast as Dr Laura Hobson in the crime drama series Inspector Morse, where she continued to play her up until 2000 when the series ended. In 2006, Holman reprised her role in the series Lewis, which she still currently plays.

She also played Wendy the narrator and mother of Michael in Fallen Angel, a story about Rosie Byfield, a clergyman's daughter who grows up to be a psychopathic killer, starring Emilia Fox. She has the rare achievement of appearing in two episodes of Midsomer Murders as two different characters. The episodes are entitled Country Matters and Ring Out Your Dead.

In 1991, she played Iris Bentley, sister to Derek Bentley, played by Christopher Eccleston, in the film Let Him Have It.

In October 2013 she played the role of Liz in the Tricycle Theatre production of the Moira Buffini play Handbagged.[1]

In 2015, Holman appeared in the film Suite Francaise.


She teaches drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Personal life[edit]

Holman married director Howard Davies in April 2005 in Stratton, Cornwall. She has stepchildren and stepgrandchildren from her husband's previous marriage. Holman remains good friends with Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Billington, Michael (2 October 2013). "Handbagged – review". Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

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