Clare Holman

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Clare Holman
Born (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 53)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Howard Davies
(m. 2005–16)
(his death)

Clare Margaret Holman (born 12 January 1964) is an English actress. She portrayed forensic pathologist Dr. Laura Hobson in the television series Inspector Morse and Lewis from 1995 to 2015.[1]



Holman started her acting career in the 1988 television film The Rainbow, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence, directed by Stuart Burge.

In 1991, she played Iris Bentley, sister to Derek Bentley, played by Christopher Eccleston, in the film Let Him Have It, and in 1992, she voiced Juliet in the Shakespeare: The Animated Tales adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

She played Harper in the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America in November 1993. In 1995, Holman was cast as Dr Laura Hobson in the crime drama series Inspector Morse, where she continued to play her until 2000 when the series ended.

Holman was nominated for a 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1996 for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders as two different characters. The episodes are entitled Country Matters (2002) and Ring Out Your Dead (2005).

In 2006, Holman reprised her role of Dr. Hobson in the series Lewis, which series ended in 2015. She appeared in all 42 episodes.

In October 2013 she played the role of Liz in the Tricycle Theatre production of the Moira Buffini play Handbagged,[2] and in 2015, Holman appeared in the film Suite Francaise. From April to May 2015, she appeared as Myra Bolton in Doris Lessing's play, Each His Own Wilderness, at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London.

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.

Teaching and Directing[edit]

Holman teaches drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has directed six episodes of Doctors in 2010 and two episodes of Holby City in 2012.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Holman was married to director Howard Davies. They married in April 2005 in Stratton, Cornwall and were together until his death in October 2016. She has stepchildren and stepgrandchildren from her husband's previous marriage. She supports ending violence against girls, contributing to Plan UK, part of the world's biggest campaign for girls' rights.[4] Holman remains good friends with Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1989 The Fifteen Streets Mary Llewellyn
The Woman in Black
1991 Let Him Have It Iris Bentley
Afraid of the Dark Rose
1995-2000 Inspector Morse Dr Laura Hobson
1996 Tom & Viv Louise Purdon
Giving Tongue Jessie Fielding MP
1997-1999 The Lakes Simone Fisher
1999 Love in the 21st century Sarah Episode 'Toyboys'
2000 Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
2001 The Innocent Alison Huntley
2003 Island at War Felicity Dorr
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness 1 episode
2005 Digital Reaper Mary Daines
2006 Blood Diamond News Reporter
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Miss Packard Episode: By The Pricking of My Thumbs
2006-2015 Lewis Dr. Laura Hobson
2007 Fallen Angel Wendy Ellis
2009 Heartbeat
2011 Death in Paradise
2013 Scott & Bailey
2015 Suite Francaise Marthe
2016 Silent Witness
Waiting for You Janet


  1. ^ "Dr Laura Hobson". IMDb, Inc., An company. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Billington, Michael (2 October 2013). "Handbagged – review". Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Clare Holman Biography".,Inc., an Amazon Company. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Who Is Supporting Our Work". PLANUK. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 

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