Cara Horgan

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Cara Horgan is an English actress who has appeared on stage, on television, and in films.[1]


Horgan has appeared in several British television productions including Peep Show, Lewis, The Rotter's Club, Midsomer Murders and Jane Eyre.[2]

She has appeared in the Miramax film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Wedding Video.[3]

She has appeared in music videos for Years and Years single "Desire"[4] and Chemical Brothers' song "I'll See You There".[5]

In 2008, Horgan appeared in Hedda, a modern updated version of Hedda Gabler, directed by Carrie Cracknell[6] 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".[7]

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.[6][8][9][10] In 2010, she appeared in Caryl Churchill's Far Away, directed by Simon Godwin.[11][12]

In 2011, she performed in The School for Scandal directed by Deborah Warner and written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.[6][13]

From 2013-15 she joined Sean Holmes ten-member Secret Theatre company at the Lyric Hammersmith,[6][14] 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.[15][16] She performed with the ensemble for two years to positive reviews.[17] In an extended interview in Exeunt Magazine, she described her work at Secret Theatre as giving her "freedom to play".[18]

In 2015, she appeared in The Mother at the Ustinov Studio in Bath.[19]

Theatre credits[edit]


  • THE MOTHER, Bath Theatre Royal, Laurence Boswell
  • A STAB IN THE DARK, Secret Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Sean Holmes
  • A SERIES OF INCREASINGLY IMPOSSIBLE ACTS, Secret Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Sean Holmes
  • GLITTERLAND, Secret Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Ellen McDougal
  • CHAMBER PIECE, Secret Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Sean Holmes
  • WOYZECK, Secret Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Sean Holmes
  • THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, Barbican, Deborah Warner
  • FAR AWAY, Bristol Old Vic, Simon Godwin
  • PAINS OF YOUTH, Royal National Theatre, Katie Mitchell
  • THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE, Chichester Festival Theatre/Neal Street, Howard Davies
  • HEDDA, The Gate Theatre, Carrie Cracknell



Year Film Role
2004 The Libertine Acting Troop[6][21]
2005 The Rotters' Club Claire Newman
2005 Afterlife Veronica Vass[21]
2006 The Romantics Mary Shelley
2006 Jane Eyre Eliza Reed[21]
2007 Fallen Angel Joanna Clifford
2007 Silent Witness Anna Holland
2007 Comedy Showcase: Ladies and Gentlemen Emily
2007 Peep Show Aurora
2008 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Maria[21][22][23][6]
2009 Lewis Alice Wishart
2010 Waking The Dead Lucy Christie
2010 My Week with Marilyn Colin's Secretary
2011 Law and Order UK Elizabeth Lerner[21]
2012 Young Doctor's Notebook Klara
2012 The Wedding Video Roxy[21][24]
2012 Jo Marla
2012 Elenor Poppelwell-Common People Suzi
2016 Midsomer Murders Rachel Monkford


  1. ^ Siobhan Murphy, "Lyric's Secret Theatre Show 3 is a mixed bag",, 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...."
  2. ^ a b "Cara Horgan". IMDb. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Wedding Video - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  4. ^ YearsAndYearsVEVO (3 March 2016), Years & Years - Desire ft. Tove Lo, retrieved 20 March 2016 
  5. ^ Victor Solomatin (6 July 2015), The Chemical Brothers I'll See You There @ Sónar 2015, retrieved 20 March 2016 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Casting announced for THE MOTHER by Florian Zeller",, 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..."
  7. ^ Charles Spencer, "Updated Hedda is off-target",, 3 September 2008; retrieved 17 July 2015.
    "... Cara Horgan is especially fine as a glamorous, bob-haired Hedda ... using sex... like a shrimping net."
  8. ^ Caroline Bishop (19 August 2009). "Gambon Leads Bennett's Habit of Art",; accessed July 2015.
  9. ^ MATT WOLF, On the London Stage, a 'Little Voice' Grown Powerful,, 18 November 2009; retrieved 17 July 2015.
    "... Cara Horgan and Leo Bill in Pains of Youth..."
  10. ^ 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?",, 2 November 2009; retrieved 17 July 2015.
    "...Laura Elphinstone and Cara Horgan in Pains of Youth. ..."
  11. ^ 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",, 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....)"
  12. ^ Dominic Maxwell, "Far Away at Bristol Old Vic",, 31 May 2010; retrieved 17 July 2015.
    "...Far Away ... Cara Horgan (in photo)..."
  13. ^ David Benedict, The School for Scandal review (2011),; retrieved 18 July 2015.
  14. ^ Michael Coveney., June 2013; accessed 15 March 2016.
  15. ^ 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",; 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. ..."
  16. ^ A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Tricycle Theatre,, 12 January 2015–28 January 2015; retrieved 18 July 2015.
    "... Cara Horgan, likewise, appeared in The Libertine and My Week with Marilyn...."
  17. ^ Paul Taylor, Theatre review: Secret Theatre - Show 3,, 28 October 2013; retrieved 17 July 2015.
    "...monstrously ambitious prison governor (superb Cara Horgan)..."
  18. ^ Dan Hutton, Freedom to Play: Q&A and Interviews,, 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...."
  19. ^ Lyn Gardner, "The Mother review – Gina McKee is ghost-like in haunting empty nest drama",, 29 May 2015; retrieved 17 July 2015.
    "...the beautiful Elodie (Cara Horgan)...."
  20. ^ "Secret Theatre Company bows out with Grand Finale at Lyric Hammersmith". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f The New York Times, Cara Horgan filmography,; retrieved 17 July 2015.
    "...The Wedding Video; Law & Order: UK; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; Jane Eyre; The Libertine; Afterlife ..."
  22. ^ "NY Film Critics Series announces Motown fall lineup",, 3 September 2008; retrieved 17 July 2015.
    "....Starring: Vera Farmiga, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Cara Horgan...."
  23. ^, Filmography,; retrieved 18 July 2015,
    "2008 ... Cara Horgan... Maria..."
  24. ^ Profile,; accessed 20 March 2016.

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