Claire Rushbrook

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Claire Rushbrook
Born Claire Louise Rushbrook
1971 (age 45–46)
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994 – Present

Claire Louise Rushbrook (born 1971)[1] an English film, television and stage actress.

Rushbrook's theatre credits include West End productions of Three Sisters as Olga[2] and Festen as Helene. Other stage roles include Mary Warren in The Crucible (Sheffield Crucible theatre), Sonia in Uncle Vanya (Almeida Theatre) and Mum in Market Boy (National theatre).[3]

Her films include Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies (1996) and Carine Adler's Under the Skin (1997) with Samantha Morton. On television, she has starred in The Sins (2000), Linda Green (2001–02), the sitcom Carrie And Barry (2004–05), Whitechapel (2009–13) and My Mad Fat Diary (2013–15), for which she received a 2014 BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in both seasons of Home Fires, in 2015 and 2016.


Rushbrook was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and went to Fearnhill School in Letchworth, Hertfordshire,[citation needed] and then attended the Rose Bruford College.[4] She worked mainly in theatre for around five years before moving into film and television.[4] She guest starred in the episodes "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit" in Doctor Who and had supporting roles in films Secrets & Lies and Spice World.[4] Her Doctor Who guest star status earned her a position in a Doctor Who celebrity edition of The Weakest Link but ended up being the fourth one voted off. She also appeared in the 2008 BBC comedy drama Mutual Friends and the 2009 ITV1 dramas Whitechapel and Collision, both alongside Phil Davis.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Secrets & Lies Roxanne
1997 Under the Skin Rose Kelly
1997 Crocodile Snap Mum Short film
1997 Spice World Deborah
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Lady Estelle
2000 Shiner Ruth
2002 Doctor Sleep Grace AKA, Close Your Eyes
2003 Changed Man, AA Changed Man Short film
2007 I Am Bob Barlady Short film
2007 Mary and Mick Mary Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Casualty Policewoman "Love and Affection"
1997 Turning World Julia Garnett "1.1", "1.2", "1.3"
1997 Touching Evil Julie Carney "Killing with Kindness: Parts 1 & 2"
1999 Spaced Yolanda "Art"
1999 Shockers: The Visitor Terri TV film
2000 Sins, TheThe Sins Faith Blackwell TV miniseries
2001-02 Linda Green Michelle Fenton Regular role
2002 Stretford Wives, TheThe Stretford Wives Elaine Massey Simmons TV film
2004 Family Business Rachel Brooker "1.1"
2004-05 Carrie and Barry Carrie Main role
2006 Doctor Who Ida Scott "The Impossible Planet", "The Satan Pit"
2006 Afterlife Jennifer "Things Forgotten"
2007 Inspector George Gently Valerie Lister "Gently Go Man"
2007 Double Time Sarah TV film
2008 Ashes to Ashes Trixie Walsh "1.3"
2008 Mutual Friends Leigh Cato Main role
2009 New Tricks Pamela Scott "Death of a Timeshare Salesman"
2009 Enid Dorothy Richards TV film
2009 Collision Karen Donnelly TV miniseries
2009-13 Whitechapel Dr. Caroline Llewellyn Recurring role
2010 Lizzie and Sarah Fiona TV film
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Caroline "The Blue Geranium"
2011 Fades, TheThe Fades Meg TV miniseries
2011 Great Expectations Mrs. Joe TV miniseries
2012 Murder Ellen Lowell "Joint Enterprise"
2012 Mrs Biggs Ruby Wright "1.2", "1.3"
2013 Mill, TheThe Mill Mrs. Timperley TV miniseries
2013-15 My Mad Fat Diary Linda Earl-Bouchtat Main role
2015-2016 Home Fires Pat Simms Main role


Date Title Role Director Station
29 October 2008 Love Contract[5] Emma Claire Grove BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play


  1. ^ (2014) "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth Edition". Oxford University Press. p.666.
  2. ^ Editorial Staff (3 June 1999). "Three Sisters - Reviews". What's On Stage. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Claire Rushbrook". Client Area Troika. Retrieved 8 April 2014. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Claire Rushbrook". BBC Drama. BBC. March 2005. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  5. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – Love Contract

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