Charly Clive

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Charly Clive
Born1991/1992 (age 30–32)[1]
Years active2015–present

Charly Clive (born born 1991/1992) is an English actress, known for her role as Marnie in the 2019 television series Pure.

Clive attended drama school in New York City, graduating in 2015. That December, at age 23, Clive was diagnosed with a macroadenomas brain tumour.[1] She wrote about her experience in a sellout comedy stage show called Britney, which was named after her brain tumour,[1] which in turn was named after singer Britney Spears: “I needed it to be iconic, and there is nobody more iconic than Britney. If I was going to get a tumour, then she'd have to be a little bit fabulous, and so Britney was the one".[2]

She was selected by Screen International as one of its Screen Stars of Tomorrow for 2018.[3]

The premise pilot for an eponymous television sitcom adaptation of Britney aired on BBC Three in November 2021,[4] though it was not picked up to series.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Never Better Dylan
2018 What in the World Short Film
2021 All My Friends Hate Me Sonia


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Pure Marnie / Marnie MacCauley
2021 Britney Charly premise pilot
(also creator, writer, associate producer)
2022 The Lazarus Project Sarah

Music video[edit]

Year Artist Video Album
2020 Elderbrook Numb Why Do We Shake In The Cold?


Year Title Role Venue Notes
2016 Britney herself Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh also co-writer and producer
2019 Britney herself Soho Theatre, London also co-writer and producer


  1. ^ a b c Wiseman, Eva (27 January 2019). "Charly Clive: How my brain tumour inspired a comedy career". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 27 January 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2020. …aged 23, her brain tumour was the size of a [43 mm] golf ball. Her blind spot was a pituitary adenoma…
  2. ^ Blake, Elly (30 November 2021). "Britney: The story behind the new BBC Three comedy". The Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 13 March 2023. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Screen Stars of Tomorrow 2018". Screen International. 4 October 2018. Archived from the original on 5 March 2023. Retrieved 22 November 2023.
  4. ^ Baker, Emily (30 November 2021). "Britney, BBC3, review: The first time a brain tumour has ever been funny". i. Archived from the original on 20 October 2022. Retrieved 22 November 2023.
  5. ^ Morris, Lauren (6 December 2021). "Britney stars say they're "ready to go" if BBC commissions full series". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 28 January 2022. Retrieved 22 November 2023.

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