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Vicky McClure

Vicky is one of the country’s most exciting actors, and thanks to Shane Meadows’ THIS IS ENGLAND 86, she has already claimed a Best Leading Actress BAFTA for her mesmerising and heartbreaking performance as ‘Lol’. ‘Lol’ really struck a chord with audiences, and it was down to Vicky’s ability to remain so still, expressive and magnetic on screen.

About Vicky

Originally learning her craft at the Nottingham TV Workshop, an acting school responsible for launching the careers of Jack O’Connell, Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell and Joe Dempsie, she was discovered by Shane Meadows and starred in one of his earlier films A Room for Romeo Brass then was asked to join the This is England family. 

Vicky has gone on to star in the best produced drama we’ve seen. She was unforgettable in the smash hit BBC2 crime thriller Line of Duty, played a steely and driven journalist in the first series of Broadchurch, which was a record breaking drama for the channel; True Love directed by Dominic Savage co-starred David Tennant; and her first period drama, a brilliant reimagining of the famous Victorian novel by Joseph Conrad called The Secret Agent - a thrilling three-parter based on anarchy and terrorism in Victoria London and starred Toby Jones and Stephen Graham.

Recent projects include a ‘Hand That Rocks The Cradle’ style psychological thriller, The Replacement and her first stage play in at the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre called Touched - a powerful and poignant World War II drama set during the 100 days between VE and VJ Day, and centred on the lives of a family of working‑class Nottingham women (likely to transfer to London). Line of Duty 4 returns with film actress Thandie Newton joining the cast, and the series moves to BBC1 in late March.

Why I Read

I read more scripts than I do books. Reading for work can at times feel like a chore being it's not a story or book you have chosen to read at that time then the minute I get engrossed in it I'm nearing the end and not wanting it stop. I love discovering people's writing styles. Jed Mercurio who writes Line of Duty has such a specific and unique imagination when writing, he creates such suspense and every detail is on the page. It's a joy to read and then bring to life. 

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