Vicky McClure

Victoria Lee McClure (born 8 May 1983) is an English actress, model and presenter. She is known for her roles as Detective Inspector Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line of Duty (2012–present) and Lol Jenkins in Shane Meadows' film This Is England (2006) and its Channel 4 sequel 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 Meadows' films, A Room for Romeo Brass (1999), where she played Ladine. She won the RTS Award and British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lol in This is England '86 in 2011.

Vicky McClure
Vicky McClure, Svengali premiere.jpg
McClure in March 2014
Born (1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 37)
Nottingham, England
OccupationActress, model and presenter
Years active1999–present

McClure is also well known for her role as Karen White in ITV's Broadchurch, and other roles such as in Filth and Wisdom (2008), Hummingbird (2013), Svengali (2013), and The Replacement (2017).

Early lifeEdit

Vicky Lee McClure was born on 8 May 1983 in the Wollaton area of Nottingham.[1] Her father was a joiner and her mother was a hairdresser. She has an older sister, Jenny. McClure was educated at Fernwood School. From age three she took dance lessons, and auditioned for the Central Junior Television Workshop at age 11. Unsuccessful on her first attempt, she was recalled a week later after another child dropped out.[2] While there, she was coached and mentored by fellow Nottingham-born actress Samantha Morton. McClure successfully auditioned for entry to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts aged 16, but her family could not raise the tuition fees, and she remained at the Workshop.[2]


Aged 15 she was asked to audition for a part in Shane Meadows's independent film A Room for Romeo Brass.[3] The youngest to audition, she was called back, and gained the role of Ladine Brass. She secured an agent, but achieved no parts for 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 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.[4] 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[5] 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.[6] 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".[7] The film premièred at the Berlin International Film Festival on 13 February 2008.

She was approached and 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 DI Kate Fleming, continuing in the role in Series 2 (2014), Series 3 (2016), Series 4 (2017) and Series 5 (2019).[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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

Video and other workEdit

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.[11] In 2012, McClure appeared in the video for Jake Bugg's song "Two Fingers" along with Line of Duty co-star Craig Parkinson.[12] On 18 March 2014, McClure appeared on BBC Radio 1's Innuendo Bingo.[13]

Nottingham tramEdit

Nottingham Express Transit named a tram after her.[14] 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.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

McClure lives in Nottingham with Welsh director Jonny Owen.[16][17] On 28 December 2017, they announced their engagement.[18]


Year Film Role Channel 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 Frances Lorraine "Lol" Jenkins [5]
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 [19] Frances 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 Frances Lorraine "Lol" Jenkins TV series (3 episodes)[20]
2012 True Love Serena TV series (1 episode: "Nick")
2012–present Line of Duty DC/DS/DI Kate Fleming TV series
2013 Broadchurch Karen White ITV TV series[21]
Svengali Shell Film[22]
Hummingbird / Redemption Dawn Film[23]
2015 Convenience Levi Film
This Is England '90 Frances Lorraine "Lol" Jenkins Channel 4 TV series (4 episodes)
2016 The Secret Agent Winnie BBC One TV series (3 episodes)
2017 The Replacement Paula BBC One TV series (3 episodes)
2018 Action Team Ruth Brooks ITV2 TV series[24]
Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure Herself BBC TV documentary[25][26]
Mother's Day Sue McHugh BBC TV movie[27]
2019 I am Nicola Nicola Channel 4 TV movie[28]
2020 Alex Rider Mrs Jones Amazon Prime TV series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Result Award Category Film or series Character
2011 Nominated TV Quick Award Best Actress This is England '86 Lol[29]
2011 Won RTS Television Awards Best Actor (Female) This is England '86 Lol[30]
2011 Won BAFTA Television Awards Best Actress This is England '86 Lol[31][32]
2012 Nominated RTS Television Awards Best Actor (Female) This is England '86 Lol[33]
2012 Nominated BAFTA Television Awards Best Actress This is England '88 Lol[34][35]
2012 Nominated Glamour Awards Pandora Breakthrough [citation needed]
2015 Nominated BAFTA Television Awards Best Supporting Actress Line of Duty DC Kate Fleming[36][37]


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  2. ^ a b c d Two Shot Podcast, Vicky McClure, 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ Conner, Megan (17 July 2016). "Vicky McClure: 'Nothing I do will ever top working with Shane Meadows'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  4. ^ "'This is England' - Vicky McClure Q&A". Time Out. 26 April 2007. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b Renshaw, David (4 February 2016). "This Is England box set review: a tumultuous trip from mod to rave". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  6. ^ Christopher, James (14 February 2008). "Review: Madonna's Filth and Wisdom". The Times.
  7. ^ Wilson, Jared (22 October 2010). "Vicky McClure interview". LeftLion. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Line of Duty". BBC One. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Vicky McClure to make period drama debut for BBC". Nottingham Post. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Ashworth, Pat (22 February 2017). "Touched review at Nottingham Playhouse – 'bittersweet and resonant'". The Stage. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Illamasqua's Alter Ego Gallery".
  12. ^ "Jake Bugg – Two Fingers". YouTube. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Vicky McClure plays Innuendo Bingo!". YouTube. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  14. ^ Page, Jemma (9 December 2015). "Actress Vicky McClure has Nottingham tram named after her". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 16 December 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  15. ^ Ashe, Isaac (22 April 2017). "Line of Duty star Vicky McClure relives tram misunderstanding". BBC News. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  16. ^ Pires, Candice (16 March 2014). "Actors Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen on being in love". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  17. ^ Gorman, Rachel (10 October 2015). "At home with Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  18. ^ Gorman, Rachel (5 March 2018). "Vicky McClure reveals how boyfriend Jonny Owen proposed on Christmas Day". Nottinghamshire Live. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Local stars on This is England '86". 7 September 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  20. ^ Harvey, Chris (13 December 2011). "Shane Meadows and Vicky McClure on This Is England '88: interview". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  21. ^ Watts, Halina (6 April 2013). "Broadchurch star Vicky McClure says viewers will be stunned by whodunnit". mirror. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Bafta winner on her move back home". BBC News. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  23. ^ Debruge, Peter; Debruge, Peter (21 June 2013). "Film Review: 'Redemption'". Variety. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Vicky McClure joins spy spoof Action Team". Irish News. 6 September 2017.
  25. ^ "BBC One - Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure". BBC. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  26. ^ Mangan, Lucy (2 May 2019). "Our Dementia Choir With Vicky McClure review – your tears will flow unstoppably". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Vicky McClure unrecognisable in first-look pictures from drama Mother's Day". Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  28. ^ Mangan, Lucy (23 July 2019). "I Am Nicola review – rare, stunning TV about an awful phenomenon". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  29. ^ Wightman, Catriona (18 May 2011). "In Full: TV Choice Awards 2011 - Nominees". Digital Spy.
  30. ^ "RTS Programme Awards 2011". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  31. ^ "This is England 88's Vicky McClure on her rise to Bafta-winning stardom". Radio Times. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  32. ^ "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  33. ^ "RTS Programme Awards 2012". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  34. ^ "BAFTA TV Awards: 'Appropriate Adult' Wins Big; 'Borgen' Tops 'The Killing,' 'Modern Family'". The Hollywood Reporter. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  35. ^ "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  36. ^ Evans, Denise (8 April 2015). "TV BAFTAs 2015: Sarah Lancashire and @ITVCorrie nominated". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
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