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Jane Horrocks


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Jane Horrocks (born January 18, 1964) is an English actress and singer.

She was born in Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, England. She went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. She lives with the UK writer Nick Vivian and they have a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Molly.

While working on a play directed by Jim Cartwright she used to warm up by doing singing impressions of Judy Garland, Dame Shirley Bassey and Ethel Merman, amongst others. Cartwright was so impressed with her that he wrote the play and the movie Little Voice just to show off her talent.

Little Voice is a 1998 British film directed by Mark Herman, and adapted from Jim Cartwright’s play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. It stars Jane Horrocks as a shy girl who discovers she has a remarkable talent for recreating the voices of famous singers, including Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey. The character played by Horrocks is universally referred to as “Little Voice” or “LV”, however her real name is Laura. She is subsequently taken on and promoted by sleazy show business agent, played by Michael Caine.

Television credits:
Absolutely Fabulous (Bubble), Bad Girl, Boon, Heartland, Henry IV, Hunting Venus, La Nonna, Leaving Home, Never Mind the Horrocks, Nightlife, Red Dwarf, Road, Roots, Some Kind of Life, Suffer the Little Children, The Garden, Welcome to the Times. She was also the subject of an episode of genealogy documentary Who Do You Think You Are? (2006).

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  • ehk2

    hey nicola! bollocks! love you.

    21 Jan 2012 Reply

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