Claire Rushbrook

Claire Louise Rushbrook (born 25 August 1971) is an English actress.

Claire Rushbrook
Born (1971-08-25) 25 August 1971 (age 50)
Years active1994–present

Early lifeEdit

Claire Louise Rushbrook was born on 25 August 1971[1] in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. She attended Fearnhill School in Letchworth, Hertfordshire,[citation needed] before joining Rose Bruford College.[2]


Rushbrook worked mainly in theatre for around five years before moving into film and television.[2] She guest starred in the episodes "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit" in Doctor Who and had supporting roles in films Secrets & Lies and Spice World.[2] Her Doctor Who guest star status earned her a position in a Doctor Who celebrity edition of The Weakest Link but ended up being the fourth one voted off. She also appeared in the 2008 BBC comedy drama Mutual Friends and the 2009 ITV1 dramas Whitechapel and Collision, both alongside Phil Davis.

Rushbrook's theatre credits include West End productions of Three Sisters as Olga[3] and Festen as Helene. Other stage roles include Mary Warren in The Crucible (Sheffield Crucible theatre), Sonia in Uncle Vanya (Almeida Theatre) and Mum in Market Boy (National theatre).[4]

Her films include Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies (1996) and Carine Adler's Under the Skin (1997) with Samantha Morton. On television, she has starred in The Sins (2000), Linda Green (2001–02), the sitcom Carrie And Barry (2004–05), Whitechapel (2009–13) and My Mad Fat Diary (2013–15), for which she received a 2014 BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and Home Fires (2015–16). In 2020 she appeared in Enola Holmes (as Mrs Lane) and Ammonite.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Secrets & Lies Roxanne
1997 Under the Skin Rose Kelly
1997 Crocodile Snap Mum Short film
1997 Spice World Deborah
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Lady Estelle
2000 Shiner Ruth
2002 Close Your Eyes Grace AKA Doctor Sleep
2003 A Changed Man Anne Marie Short film
2007 I Am Bob Barlady Short film
2007 Mary and Mick Mary Short film
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Janice Lincoln
2020 Ammonite Eleanor Butters
2020 Enola Holmes Mrs Lane
2021 Ali & Ava Ava


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Casualty Policewoman "Love and Affection"
1997 Turning World Julia Garnett "1.1", "1.2", "1.3"
1997 Touching Evil Julie Carney "Killing with Kindness: Parts 1 & 2"
1999 Spaced Yolanda "Art"
1999 Shockers: The Visitor Terri TV film
2000 The Sins Faith Blackwell TV miniseries
2001–2002 Linda Green Michelle Fenton Regular role
2002 The Stretford Wives Elaine Massey Simmons TV film
2004 Family Business Rachel Brooker "1.1"
2004–2005 Carrie and Barry Carrie Main role
2006 Doctor Who Ida Scott "The Impossible Planet", "The Satan Pit"
2006 Afterlife Jennifer "Things Forgotten"
2007 Inspector George Gently Valerie Lister "Gently Go Man"
2007 Double Time Sarah TV film
2008 Ashes to Ashes Trixie Walsh "1.3"
2008 Mutual Friends Leigh Cato Main role
2009 New Tricks Pamela Scott "Death of a Timeshare Salesman"
2009 Enid Dorothy Richards TV film
2009 Collision Karen Donnelly TV miniseries
2009–2013 Whitechapel Caroline Llewellyn Recurring role
2010 Lizzie and Sarah Fiona TV film
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Caroline "The Blue Geranium"
2011 The Fades Meg TV miniseries
2011 Great Expectations Mrs. Joe TV miniseries
2012 Murder Ellen Lowell "Joint Enterprise"
2012 Mrs Biggs Ruby Wright "1.2", "1.3"
2013 The Mill Mrs. Timperley TV miniseries
2013–2015 My Mad Fat Diary Linda Earl-Bouchtat Main role
2015–2016 Home Fires Pat Simms Main role
2017 Genius Pauline Einstein 4 episodes, recurring role
2017 Black Mirror Police Detective Episode: "Crocodile"
2017 Death in Paradise Rachel Baldwin 6.5
2018 Requiem Rose 6 episodes, main role
2018 Kiri Julie Burnett 3 episodes, recurring role
2018 No Offence DCI Marilyn Marchant Series 3, main role
2018 The Split Emma Graham Series 1 Episode 4
2019 Don't Forget the Driver Fran 6 episodes, main role
2019 Temple Gloria Wilson 7 episodes, main role


Date Title Role Director Station
5 September 2003 The Sound of Solitary Waves[5] Libby Claire Grove BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
7 March 2007 Time Breathes[6] Gemma Claire Grove BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
29 October 2008 Love Contract[7] Emma Claire Grove BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
20 December 200927 December 2009 Matilda[8] Mrs Wormwood Claire Grove BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial


  1. ^ Brian McFarlane; Anthony Slide (2013). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth Edition. Manchester University Press. p. 666. ISBN 978-0-7190-9139-1.
  2. ^ a b c "Claire Rushbrook". BBC Drama. BBC. March 2005. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  3. ^ Editorial Staff (3 June 1999). "Three Sisters - Reviews". What's on Stage. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Claire Rushbrook". Client Area Troika. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  5. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – The Sound of Solitary Waves
  6. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – Time Breathes
  7. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – Love Contract
  8. ^ BBC – Classic Serial – Matilda

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