Vicky McClure

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Vicky McClure
Vicky McClure, Svengali premiere.jpg
McClure at the London premiere of Svengali, March 2014
Vicky Lee McClure

(1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 35)
Wollaton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
ResidenceNottingham, England
Alma materCentral Junior Television Workshop
OccupationActress, model
Years active1999–present
AwardsRTS 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).[1] 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).

Early life[edit]

McClure was born in Wollaton, Nottingham.[1] Her father was a joiner and her mother a hairdresser, and she has a younger sister. McClure was educated at the Fernwood Comprehensive School.

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.[2] 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.[2]


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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[1]

McClure co-starred in the London-based comedy film Filth and Wisdom, the first feature film directed by pop singer Madonna.[4] 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".[5] 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.[2] 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).[6] 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.[7]

She starred in the BBC TV thriller The Replacement in 2017.

In February 2017, she made her professional stage début at Nottingham Playhouse in the fortieth anniversary production of Touched by Stephen Lowe.[8]

Vicky did voiceover work for the More4 show A Year on the Farm in August 2017.

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.[9] In 2012, McClure appeared in the video for Jake Bugg's song "Two Fingers" along with Line of Duty co-star Craig Parkinson.[10] On 18 March 2014, McClure appeared on BBC Radio 1's Innuendo Bingo.[11]

Nottingham tram[edit]

Nottingham Express Transit named a tram after her.[12] On her maiden trip she was asked to leave the tram for fare evasion – having been offered a free ride, she did not have a ticket.[13]

Personal life[edit]

McClure lives in Nottingham with director Jonny Owen.[14] On 28 December 2017, they announced their engagement.[15]


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 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
Svengali Shell Film
Hummingbird / Redemption Dawn Film
2015 Convenience Levi 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[edit]

Year Result Award Category Film or series Character
2011 Nominated TV Quick Award Best Actress This is England '86 Lol[16]
2011 Won RTS Television Awards Best Actor (Female) This is England '86 Lol[17]
2011 Won BAFTA Television Awards Best Actress This is England '86 Lol
2012 Nominated RTS Television Awards Best Actor (Female) This is England '86 [18]
2012 Nominated BAFTA Television Awards Best Actress This is England '88 Lol
2012 Nominated Glamour Awards Pandora Breakthrough[citation needed]
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. ^ a b c d Two Shot Podcast, Vicky McClure, 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ "'This is England' - Vicky McClure Q&A". Time Out. 26 April 2007. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  4. ^ Christopher, James (14 February 2008). "Review: Madonna's Filth and Wisdom". The Times.
  5. ^ Wilson, Jared (22 October 2010). "Vicky McClure interview". LeftLion. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Line of Duty". BBC One. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Vicky McClure to make period drama debut for BBC". Nottingham Post. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Ashworth, Pat (22 February 2017). "Touched review at Nottingham Playhouse – 'bittersweet and resonant'". The Stage. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Illamasqua's Alter Ego Gallery".
  10. ^ "Jake Bugg – Two Fingers". YouTube. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Vicky McClure plays Innuendo Bingo!". YouTube. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  12. ^ Page, Jemma (9 December 2015). "Actress Vicky McClure has Nottingham tram named after her". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  13. ^ Ashe, Isaac (22 April 2017). "Line of Duty star Vicky McClure relives tram misunderstanding". BBC News. Retrieved 29 Jan 2019.
  14. ^ Gorman, Rachel (10 October 2015). "At home with Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  15. ^ Gorman, Rachel (5 March 2018). "Vicky McClure reveals how boyfriend Jonny Owen proposed on Christmas Day". Nottinghamshire Live. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  16. ^ Wightman, Catriona (18 May 2011). "In Full: TV Choice Awards 2011 - Nominees". Digital Spy.
  17. ^ "RTS Programme Awards 2011". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  18. ^ "RTS Programme Awards 2012". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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