McClure at the London premiere of Svengali, March 2014
Vicky Lee McClure
8 May 1983
|Alma mater||Central Junior Television Workshop|
|Awards||RTS Best Actress 2011 |
BAFTA Best Actress 2011
Vicky Lee McClure (born 8 May 1983) is a BAFTA award winning English actress best known for her role as Lol Jenkins in Shane Meadows’s film This is England (2006) and its Channel 4 spin-off mini-series’ This is England '86 (2010), This Is England '88 (2011) and This Is England '90 (2015). Before This is England she appeared in another of Shane Meadows’ films- A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) where she played the title character's sister Ladine. McClure won the RTS Award and BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lol in This is England '86 in 2011.
She is also well known for her work as Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line of Duty and Karen White in ITV's Broadchurch. Her other roles include Filth and Wisdom (2008), Hummingbird (2013), and Svengali (2013) as well as co-starring in BBC's The Replacement (2017).
From age three she took dance lessons, before at age 11 auditioning for the Central Junior Television Workshop (Workshop). Unsuccessful on her first attempt, she was recalled a week later after another child dropped out. Whilst there, along with other girls, she was coached and mentored by fellow Nottingham-born actress Samantha Morton. McClure successfully auditioned for entry aged 15 to join the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts aged 16, but as the family could not raise the now required tuition fees, she remained at the Workshop.
Aged 15 and whilst still at school and being a member of the Workshop, she was asked to audition for an independent film. The youngest person to audition, she was called back, and successfully gained a part in Shane Meadows film A Room for Romeo Brass. She gained an agent, but got no parts for the following four years. After starting a drama foundation course at the local college on leaving school, she left to work in retail, initially for H. Samuel and then Dorothy Perkins. Aged 19 she gave up her acting ambitions for 12 months, but then took a part-time office job in Nottingham to allow her to audition for parts, mostly in London.
After an 18 month period of taking walk-on parts in soaps and daytime TV, McClure then worked on the This is England film and mini-series for a period of over 9 years from 2006 until 2015, portraying the role of 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. She described the making of the film, which was highly improvised, as "constant laughing and jokes". In 2011, her performance as 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.
McClure co-starred in the London-based comedy film Filth and Wisdom, the first feature film directed by pop singer Madonna. 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". The film premièred at the Berlin International Film Festival on 13 February 2008.
She was approached an auditioned for a role in ITV soap Emmerdale, but decided to turn it down. She later 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), Series 3 (2016) and Series 4 (2017). In 2013, she appeared in the British action-thriller film Hummingbird opposite Jason Statham.
She starred in the BBC TV thriller The Replacement in 2017.
Vicky did voiceover work for the More4 show A Year on the Farm in August 2017.
Video and other work
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. In 2012, McClure appeared in the video for Jake Bugg's song "Two Fingers" along with Line of Duty co-star Craig Parkinson. On 18 March 2014, McClure appeared on BBC Radio 1's Innuendo Bingo.
|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|
|2006||This Is England||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||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||Natalie||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||Lorraine "Lol" Jenkins||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2012||True Love||Serena||TV series (1 episode: "Nick")|
|2012–present||Line of Duty||DC Kate Fleming||TV series|
|2013||Broadchurch||Karen White||TV series|
|Hummingbird / Redemption||Dawn||Film|
|This Is England '90||Lorraine "Lol" Jenkins||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2016||The Secret Agent||Winnie||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2017||The Replacement||Paula||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2018||Action Team||Ruth Brooks||TV series|
|My Dementia Choir||Herself||TV documentary (in production)|
|Mother's Day||Sue McHugh||BBC TV Movie|
|2019||Line of Duty||DC Kate Fleming||TV series (6 episodes)|
Awards and nominations
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|Year||Result||Award||Category||Film or series||Character|
|2011||Nominated||TV Quick Award||Best Actress||This is England '86||Lol|
|2011||Won||RTS Television Awards||Best Actor (Female)||This is England '86||Lol|
|2011||Won||BAFTA Television Awards||Best Actress||This is England '86||Lol|
|2012||Nominated||RTS Television Awards||Best Actor (Female)||This is England '86|||
|2012||Nominated||BAFTA Television Awards||Best Actress||This is England '88||Lol|
|2012||Nominated||Glamour Awards||Pandora Breakthrough|
|2015||Nominated||BAFTA Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Line of Duty||DC Kate Fleming|
- 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.
- Two Shot Podcast, Vicky McClure, 6 July 2017.
- "'This is England' - Vicky McClure Q&A". Time Out. 26 April 2007. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- Christopher, James (14 February 2008). "Review: Madonna's Filth and Wisdom". The Times.
- Wilson, Jared (22 October 2010). "Vicky McClure interview". LeftLion. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- "Line of Duty". BBC One. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
- "Vicky McClure to make period drama debut for BBC". Nottingham Post. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.[permanent dead link]
- Ashworth, Pat (22 February 2017). "Touched review at Nottingham Playhouse – 'bittersweet and resonant'". The Stage. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
- "Illamasqua's Alter Ego Gallery".
- "Jake Bugg – Two Fingers". YouTube. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
- "Vicky McClure plays Innuendo Bingo!". YouTube. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- Page, Jemma (9 December 2015). "Actress Vicky McClure has Nottingham tram named after her". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
- Ashe, Isaac (22 April 2017). "Line of Duty star Vicky McClure relives tram misunderstanding". BBC News. Retrieved 29 Jan 2019.
- Gorman, Rachel (10 October 2015). "At home with Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- Gorman, Rachel (5 March 2018). "Vicky McClure reveals how boyfriend Jonny Owen proposed on Christmas Day". Nottinghamshire Live. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- Wightman, Catriona (18 May 2011). "In Full: TV Choice Awards 2011 - Nominees". Digital Spy.
- "RTS Programme Awards 2011". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "RTS Programme Awards 2012". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 18 May 2018.