Jane Horrocks

Actor, Singer
This petite, waifish blonde actress first caught audiences attention as the anorexic teen who memorably insists that David Thewlis lick chocolate off her breasts in Mike Leigh's comedy "Life Is Sweet" (1991) and went on ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1964 in Lancashire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (43)

Inside No. 9 2001 - 2004, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sunshine on Leith 2013 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolutely Fabulous: Olympics Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Pixie Hollow Games 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Lead Elf (Voice)

Phineas and Ferb 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tinker Bell 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Fairy Mary (Actor)

Jericho 2 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers of the Head 2006 (Movie)

Roberta Howe (Two-Way Romeo) (Actor)

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Meenie (Actor)

The Street 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Absolutely Fabulous: White Box 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Black Widow Spider/Mrs Plum (Actor)

Absolutely Fabulous 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Absolutely Fabulous New York Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Linda Green 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mirrorball 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Born Romantic 2001 (Movie)

Maureen 'Mo' Docherty (Actor)

Christmas Carol: the Movie 2001 (Movie)

of Ghost of Christmas Past (Voice)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

of Babs (Voice)

Poultry in Motion: The Making of Chicken Run 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis 1999 (Movie)

Marla Dorland (Actor)

Little Voice 1998 (Movie)

Little Voice (Actor)

Alive TV 1984 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold War 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Advice 1996 (Movie)

Jodie Greenwood (Actor)

Second Best 1994 (Movie)

Debbie (Actor)

Absolutely Fabulous 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Life Is Sweet 1991 (Movie)

Nicola (Actor)

Memphis Belle 1990 (Movie)

Faith (Actor)

The Witches 1990 (Movie)

Miss Irvine -- Miss Ernst's Assistant (Actor)

Getting It Right 1989 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

The Jim Henson Hour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase 1989 (Movie)

Pattern (Actor)

The Dressmaker 1988 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Alive and Kicking (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Faeries (TV Show)

Voice

Wyrd Sisters (TV Show)

Voice
Music (4)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

("Remains Of The Day") (Song Performer)

Born Romantic 2001 (Movie)

("Baby Won't You Please Come Home") (Song Performer)

Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis 1999 (Movie)

("Shine On Me" "Untouchable") (Song Performer)

Robbie The Reindeer in Hooves of Fire (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

This petite, waifish blonde actress first caught audiences attention as the anorexic teen who memorably insists that David Thewlis lick chocolate off her breasts in Mike Leigh's comedy "Life Is Sweet" (1991) and went on to create an indelible impression as the aptly named Bubble, the dim-witted, kooky assistant to Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) in the cult British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous" (1993-95). Born and raised in Lancashire, Jane Horrocks matriculated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (where her classmates included Iain Glen, Imogen Stubbs and Ralph Fiennes). While in school, she was advised to work on losing her nasal native accent as it would limit the roles she could play. Almost in defiance, Horrocks has nurtured her distinctive, working-class Lancashire twang, and that decision has led to a string of interesting character parts.

Relationships

Sam Mendes Director

Companion
Began dating 1992 Split 1995

Nick Vivian

Companion
live together

Molly Vivian

Daughter
born in 1999

Dylan Vivian

Son
born on April 28, 1997

EDUCATION

attended college in Oldham; majored in English

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1985
awarded the Bronze Medal before graduating; classmates included Ralph Fiennes and Imogen Stubbs

Milestones

2001

Brought back to the new "Absolutely Fabulous"

2000

Lent her voice to the character of a dim-witted hen in the blockbuster Claymation film "Chicken Run"

2000

Had co-starring role in the ensemble comedy-drama "Born Romantic"

1998

Recreated breakthrough stage role in film "Little Voice"

1997

Provided the voices for the characters in the animated British children's series "The Blobs"

1996

Starred in own British TV special "Never Mind the Horrocks"

1996

Played Lady Macbeth in a stage production of "Macbeth"

1994

Received critical raves for her performance as Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes-directed environmental staging of "Cabaret" in London; production co-starred Alan Cumming

1994

Appeared in support of William Hurt and Cumming in "Second Best"

1994

Made cameo appearance in Cumming's short film "Butter"

1991

Breakthrough stage role as Little Voice in Cartwright's play "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice"

1991

Breakthrough film role, "Life is Sweet"

1990

Co-starred with Anjelica Huston in "The Witches"

1989

Appeared with Anthony Hopkins in the BBC telecast "Heartland"

1988

Feature film debut, "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase"

1986

Had featured role in Jim Cartwright's stage play "Road" at the Royal Court Theatre; production filmed for broadcast on British TV in 1987

1985

Spent a year with the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating from RADA

Played recurring role of Bubble in hit TV series "Absolutely Fabulous"

Signed to co-star in the BBC comedy series "Mirrorball", reuniting with the cast of "AbFab"; series aborted

Raised in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England

Bonus Trivia

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"A cross between Audrey Hepburn and Olive Oyl." --director Mandie Fletcher

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"I'm not a great fan of Shakespeare's. I find it quite hard work." --Jane Horrocks quoted in Newsday, June 22, 1995.

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"She's a chameleon really, The roles she's played are so diverse that people don't really know who she is. They've seen her, but they don't know they've seen her." --"Little Voice" director Mark Herman quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 8, 1998.

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"I had tears in my eyes . . . it's the first time I've actually watched a star being born." --co-star Michael Caine on working with Horrocks, quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 8, 1998.

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"I think I'd probably give up acting. It's a new discovery, the singing. I've not really explored what I am capable of, whereas I feel like I have in the acting world. I don't get sent a lot of stuff, and what I do get sent isn't on the whole very good. . . . "I found myself a bit of a phoney. I thought, I feel an idiot pretending to convey this emotion because I don't feel it at all. I used to immerse myself in it. Now I feel at one remove, saying, 'This is a ludicrous profession and I'm too old to be dressing up and pretending to be somebody else.'"I think I am a bit more settled now. If an actor does start to feel like that, they probably don't need to act any more. They don't need to escape into some role. I just find it a bit of an effort now." --Horrocks quoted in The Daily Telegraph, September 28, 2000.

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