Vicky McClure

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Vicky McClure
Vicky McClure, Svengali premiere.jpg
McClure at the London premiere of Svengali, March 2014
Born Vicky Lee McClure
(1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 33)
Wollaton, Nottingham, England, UK
Alma mater Central Junior Television Workshop
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1999–present
Awards RTS Best Actress 2011, Best Television Actress (BAFTA) 2011

Vicky Lee McClure (born 8 May 1983) is an English actress, best known for her work in the BBC series Line of Duty and in the films of director Shane Meadows. She played the title character's sister Ladine in A Room for Romeo Brass (1999), and featured in Meadows's successful project and spin offs, This Is England (2006), This is England '86 (2010), This Is England '88 (2011) and This Is England '90 (2015).[1] Her other film roles include Filth and Wisdom (2008), Hummingbird (2013), and Svengali (2013).

McClure won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for This is England '86.

Early life[edit]

McClure was born in Wollaton, Nottingham,[1] and educated at the Fernwood Comprehensive School. She also attended the Central Junior Television Workshop where she was spotted by fellow Nottingham-born actress Samantha Morton who helped launch her career.


McClure has worked on the This is England films for a period of over 9 years, portraying the role of Frances Lorraine "Lol" Jenkins. In an April 2007 interview with Time Out, McClure spoke of Meadows approaching her for the role while she was in a pub with Andrew Shim.[2] She described the making of the film, which was highly improvised, as "constant laughing and jokes". In 2011, her performance as Frances Lorraine "Lol" Jenkins in This is England '86 won her the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress and the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress.[1]

McClure co-starred in the London-based comedy film Filth and Wisdom, the first feature film directed by pop singer Madonna.[3] She admitted to being slightly star-struck upon first meeting Madonna, "I tried to act as cool as possible but inside I'm like, "Oh my God; there's Madonna!" You can't help it".[4] The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 13 February 2008.

She also joined the cast of the British police procedural television series, Line of Duty, in 2012 as DC Kate Fleming, continuing in the role in Series 2 (2014) and Series 3 (2016). In 2013, she appeared in the British action-thriller film Hummingbird opposite Jason Statham.

In July 2016, she appeared as Winnie Verloc in The Secret Agent, based on the eponymous novel by Joseph Conrad.[5]

Video and other work[edit]

She was also featured alongside Kaya Scodelario, Abbey Butler, Andy Crane and Paul Young in Plan B's music video "She Said". In 2010, McClure appeared in a number of promotional short films for the English cosmetics brand Illamasqua.[6] In 2012, McClure appeared in the video for Jake Bugg's song "Two Fingers" along with Line of Duty co-star Craig Parkinson.[7] On 18 March 2014, McClure appeared on BBC Radio 1's Innuendo Bingo.[8]

Personal life[edit]

McClure lives with director Jonny Owen.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1999 A Room for Romeo Brass Ladine Brass
2000 Doctors Kirsty Dunns TV series (1 episode: "Love Me Tender")
2002 Tough Love Zoe Love TV movie
2004 Birth Day Lucia short
2005 The Stairwell Woman short
2006 This Is England Frances Lorraine “Lol” Jenkins
2008 Filth and Wisdom Juliette
2009 Enough Rope Iris video short
Cast Offs Claire TV series (1 episode: "Carrie")
2010 Five Daughters Stacy Nicholls TV series (3 episodes)
Just Before Dawn Fay short
This Is England '86 Frances Lorraine “Lol” Jenkins BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress
RTS Award for Best Actress
TV Choice Award for Best Actress
2011 Walk Like a Panther TV series
Stolen DC Manda Healey TV movie
Coming Up Kelly TV series (1 episode: "Rough Skin")
The Body Farm Tess Williams TV series (1 episode: "Sexual Intentions")
This Is England '88 Frances Lorraine “Lol” Jenkins TV series (3 episodes)
2012 True Love Serena TV series (1 episode: "Nick")
Line of Duty DC Kate Fleming TV series
2013 Broadchurch Karen White TV series
Svengali Film/Post-production
Hummingbird / Redemption Dawn Film
2014 Line of Duty DC Kate Fleming TV series
2015 Convenience Levi Film
This Is England '90 Frances Lorraine “Lol” Jenkins TV series (4 episodes)
2016 The Secret Agent Winnie TV series (3 episodes)
Line of Duty DS Kate Fleming (promoted at the end

of series)

TV series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Film or series Character
2011 Nominated TV Quick Award Best Actress This is England '86 Lol
2011 Won RTS Television Award Best Actor (Female) This is England '86 Lol
2011 Won BAFTA Television Awards Best Actress This is England '86 Lol
2012 Nominated RTS Television Award Best Actor (Female) This is England '88 Lol
2012 Nominated BAFTA Television Awards Best Actress This is England '88 Lol
2012 Nominated Glamour Award Pandora Breakthrough
2015 Nominated BAFTA Television Awards Best Supporting Actress Line of Duty DC Kate Fleming


  1. ^ a b c McNulty, Bernadette (30 August 2015). "This Is England's Vicky McClure: 'It makes me sad that I'm not going to play Lol'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "'This is England' — Vicky McClure Q&A", 26 April 2007
  3. ^ Christopher, James; "Review: Madonna's Filth and Wisdom", 14 February 2008
  4. ^ Vicky McClure interview for LeftLion Magazine
  5. ^ "Vicky McClure to make period drama debut for BBC". 12 September 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Illamasqua's Alter Ego Gallery"
  7. ^ "Jake Bugg - Two Fingers - YouTube". YouTube. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Gorman, Rachel (10 October 2015). "At home with Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 

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