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Jane Horrocks



Perhaps best-known to international audiences for her role as Bubble, Edina Monsoon's gloriously vapid assistant on Absolutely Fabulous, Jane Horrocks is a well-established stage and screen actress in her native Britain.



Born in Lancashire, England, to working-class parents on January 18, 1964, Horrocks began performing in a non-professional capacity (or "showing off" as she has said) at an early age, wowing her informal audiences with her gift for mimicry. Although an acting career was seen as unrealistic in her Northern English town, Horrocks nevertheless ended up winning a place at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where her classmates included Ralph Fiennes, Imogen Stubbs, and Iain Glen. During her studies at RADA, Horrocks was advised to lose her distinctive Lancashire accent. Fortunately, she rejected this "advice;" her decision to nurture her way of speaking would later result in her casting in a number of plum character roles.



Following graduation, Horrocks joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Despite the RSC's prestige, the actress felt unchallenged and underused in her work with the company. Thankfully, she found some form of relief in her collaboration with playwright Jim Cartwright while performing in a production of one of his plays; Cartwright was so impressed with Horrocks' uncanny impersonations of such singers as Edith Piaf and Judy Garland that he promised to write a play expressly to showcase her talents. A few years later, he made good on his promise with The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, a play about a painfully shy girl (Horrocks) possessing a remarkable ability to mimic some of history's most famous singers. Horrocks earned lavish praise for her performance; in 1998, the play was made into a well-received film, Little Voice, in which Horrocks co-starred with Ewan McGregor, Brenda Blethyn, and Michael Caine.



Horrocks also began appearing on both the big and small screens during the late '80s, doing supporting work in a number of films and television series. She had her screen breakthrough in Mike Leigh's acclaimed family comedy Life Is Sweet (1991), earning awards from the Los Angeles film critics and the National Society of Film Critics for her portrayal of an anorexic girl who at one point asks her boyfriend (David Thewlis) to lick chocolate off her breasts.



Bouncing back and forth between comedy and drama and film and television during the rest of the decade, Horrocks continued to establish herself as one of her country's most versatile performers. The 1998 release of Little Voice brought with it lavish acclaim for the actress, who earned a number of international award nominations and honors for her singular performance in the film.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  • Bubble
2016
92% Sunshine on Leith
  • Jean
2013
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Lead Elf
2011
No Score Yet Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Fairy Mary
2009
89% Tinker Bell
  • Fariy Mary
2008
68% Brothers of the Head
  • Roberta Howe
2006
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
  • Meenie
2006
83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  • Mrs. Plum
2005
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe
  • Donner
2002
58% Born Romantic
  • Mo
2001
No Score Yet Robbie Williams: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Actor
2001
20% Christmas Carol - The Movie
  • Ghost of Christmas Past
2001
97% Chicken Run
  • Babs
2000
No Score Yet Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage
  • Wimsik
2000
No Score Yet Faeries
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Winter In Watership Down
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Flint Street Nativity
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Hunting Venus
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Journey to Watership Down
  • Actor
1999
79% Little Voice
  • LV
1998
No Score Yet Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis
  • Marla Dorland
1998
No Score Yet Wyrd Sisters
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet How To Be Absolutely Fabulous
  • Actor
1996
100% Second Best
  • Debbie
1994
No Score Yet Deadly Advice
  • Jodie Greenwood
1993
100% Life Is Sweet
  • Nicola
1991
75% Memphis Belle
  • Faith
1990
100% The Witches
  • Miss Ann Irvine
1990
No Score Yet The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Pattern
1989
67% Getting It Right
  • Jenny
1989
No Score Yet Heartland
  • Pam
1989
No Score Yet The Fifteen Streets
  • Christine Bracken
1989
No Score Yet The Dressmaker
  • Rita
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Bubble Katy Grin Bubble/Katy Grin
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Ros Pritchard

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