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Cara Horgan is an English actress who has appeared on stage, on television, and in films.
In 2008, Horgan appeared in Hedda, a modern updated version of Hedda Gabler, directed by Carrie Cracknell in which she played the lead character to favourable reviews; reviewer Charles Spencer in The Telegraph wrote that she was "especially fine as a glamorous, bob-haired Hedda, ... using sex... like a shrimping net".
In 2009 she appeared in a revival of Ferdinand Bruckner's Krankheit der Jugend ("Pains of Youth"), directed by Katie Mitchell, at the National Theatre. In 2010, she appeared in Caryl Churchill's Far Away at Bristol Old Vic, directed by Simon Godwin.
From 2013 to 2015 she joined Sean Holmes ten-member Secret Theatre company at the Lyric Hammersmith, which experimented with improvisational techniques towards drama. For some performances, a cast member's name was chosen from a hat by an audience member to be the show's protagonist; then, he or she would be "given a series of increasingly impossible acts to accomplish" which could involve such activities as complex dance routines, wrestling, singing and improvisation, according to one account. She performed with the ensemble for two years to positive reviews. In an extended interview in Exeunt Magazine, she described her work at Secret Theatre as giving her "freedom to play".
In 2015, she appeared in The Mother at the Ustinov Studio in Bath. In 2017 she appeared in Cellmates at The Hampstead Theatre directed by Edward Hall. Paul Taylor in The Independent wrote "Cara Horgan is delectable in a double as the Russian maid who duets with Bourke in his hammy renditions of “Danny Boy” for his captors and as the wife in a CND couple who have an inconvenient marital meltdown while helping Blake on his first night outside"
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|2004||The Libertine||Acting Troop|
|2008||The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas||Maria|
|2010||Cowards and Monsters||Fun_girl73||Short|
|2012||The Wedding Video||Roxy|
|2017||The Death of Stalin||Lidiya Timashuk|
|2005||The Rotters Club||Claire Newman||BBC|
|2006||The Romantics||Mary Shelley|
|2006||Jane Eyre||Eliza Reed||BBC|
|2007||Peep Show||Aurora||Objective Productions|
|2007||Silent Witness||Anna Holland||BBC|
|2008||Ladies and Gentlemen||Emily||Talkback|
|2011||Waking The Dead||Lucy Christie||BBC|
|2011||Law & Order:UK||Elizabeth Lerner||Kudos|
|2012||A Young Doctor's Notebook||Klara||Big Talk|
|2013||Common Ground||Suzi||Baby Cow Productions|
|2016||Midsomer Murders||Rachel Monkford||Bentley Productions|
|2018||Genius: Picasso||Alice B.Toklas||National Geographic|
|2018||West of Liberty||Johnson||6 Episodes|
|2018||Jerusalem||Rae Savitt||5 Episodes
|2008||Hedda||Hedda||Carrie Cracknell||The Gate Theatre|
|2009||The House of Special Purpose||Olga||Howard Davies||Chichester Festival Theatre|
|2009||Pains of Youth||Irena||Katie Mitchell||The National Theatre|
|2010||Far Away||Joan||Simon Godwin||Bristol Old Vic|
|2011||The School for Scandal||Maria||Deborah Warner||The Barbican|
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- Chamber Piece
- A Series of Incresingly Impossible Acts
- Show 6
- A Stab in the Dark
|Various||Sean Holmes||The Lyric, Hammersmith|
|2015||The Mother||Elodie||Laurence Boswell||Bath Ustinov|
|2017||Cellmates||Miranda/Zinaida||Edward Hall||The Hampstead Theatre|
- Siobhan Murphy, "Lyric's Secret Theatre Show 3 is a mixed bag", metro.co.uk, 29 October 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
"...Cara Horgan's brutally ambitious prison governor wants nothing to go wrong with the execution of psychotic rapist and murderer Richard Sanger...."
- "The Wedding Video – BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- YearsAndYearsVEVO (3 March 2016), Years & Years – Desire ft. Tove Lo, retrieved 20 March 2016
- Victor Solomatin (6 July 2015), The Chemical Brothers I'll See You There @ Sónar 2015, retrieved 20 March 2016
- "Casting announced for THE MOTHER by Florian Zeller", LondonTheatre1News.com, 20 April 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015;
"Cara Horgan's theatre credits ... Secret Theatre ... School For Scandal...Pains of Youth ...The House of Special Purpose... and Hedda Gabler ... film credits include The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas ... and The Libertine..."
- Charles Spencer, "Updated Hedda is off-target", telegraph.co.uk, 3 September 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
"... Cara Horgan is especially fine as a glamorous, bob-haired Hedda ... using sex... like a shrimping net."
- Caroline Bishop (19 August 2009). "Gambon Leads Bennett's Habit of Art", officiallondontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved July 2015.
- MATT WOLF, On the London Stage, a 'Little Voice' Grown Powerful, nytimes.com, 18 November 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
"... Cara Horgan and Leo Bill in Pains of Youth..."
- Leo Benedictus, "What to say about ... Katie Mitchell's Pains of Youth: This dark play about medical students in 1920s Vienna has drawn forensic analysis from the critics. But do they give it a clean bill of health?", theguardian.com, 2 November 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
"...Laura Elphinstone and Cara Horgan in Pains of Youth. ..."
- Dominic Cavendish, "'Far Away' at the Bristol Old Vic" review; Caryl Churchill's 'Far Away' takes us into a deranged dystopia that may enrage but cannot be ignored", telegraph.co.uk, 31 May 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
"... Cara Horgan plays the girl in later years, blithely working in a sinister hat factory on ornate creations for a "parade" of condemned prisoners (a chilling scene perfectly executed....)"
- Dominic Maxwell, "Far Away at Bristol Old Vic", thetimes.co.uk, 31 May 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
"...Far Away ... Cara Horgan (in photo)..."
- David Benedict, The School for Scandal review (2011), Variety. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- Michael Coveney. Whatsonstage.com, June 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- Lucy Brooks, "Culture Whisper Review: A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Tricycle Theatre: Mind-boggling feats both silly and profound make for an engrossing and refreshingly honest show", CultureWhisper.com. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
"... Cara Horgan, likewise, appeared in The Libertine and My Week with Marilyn. They have all been part of the Secret Theatre Company for at least two years now, under the direction of Sean Holmes, artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith. ..."
- A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Tricycle Theatre, CultureWhisper.com, 12 January 2015 – 28 January 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
"... Cara Horgan, likewise, appeared in The Libertine and My Week with Marilyn...."
- Paul Taylor, Theatre review: Secret Theatre – Show 3, independent.co.uk, 28 October 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
"...monstrously ambitious prison governor (superb Cara Horgan)..."
- Dan Hutton, Freedom to Play: Q&A and Interviews, exeuntmagazine.com, 1 October 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
"...according to Cara Horgan, asks "the audience to put their own interpretation or their own understanding of things on the work they're seeing...."
- Lyn Gardner, "The Mother review – Gina McKee is ghost-like in haunting empty nest drama", theguardian.com, 29 May 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
"...the beautiful Elodie (Cara Horgan)...."
- "Cell Mates review: An astute revival". The Independent. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2018-01-21.