- Clare Higgins (actress)
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name = Clare Higgins
10 November 1955
Bradford, Yorkshire, England
laurenceolivierawards = Best Actress
Sweet Bird of Youth"
Vincent in Brixton"
Higgins, the second of five children, was born in
Bradfordin the county of Yorkshire, England, the daughter of Paula Cecilia (née Murphy) and James Stephen Higgins. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/7/Clare-Higgins.html "Clare Higgins Biography (1957?-)"] . Film Reference.com.] Her parents came from a working-class Irish Catholicbackground [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/11/23/bthig23.xml "Jung at heart."] Telegraph.co.uk.] and worked as teachers. Higgins was interested in acting since her childhood. After being expelled from a convent school, she ran away from home at seventeen. At 19, she gave birth to a boy but gave him to adoption because she was unable to raise him.
At 23, she achieved her dream of becoming an actress, graduating from the
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Through the '80s, she became a dynamic stage actress, both in Londonand on Broadway, winning three Olivier Awards. In 1983, she starred with Ben Crossin the BBCproduction of A.J. Cronin's "The Citadel", playing the role of Christine Manson. For the big screen, Clare gave a landmark performance as Julia Cotton in the violent, harrowing Clive Barkerdirected " Hellraiser". The film was made in 1986 and was based on Barker's original novel " The Hellbound Heart".
Higgins reprised the role in 1988 for
Tony Randel's "". A successful sequel to "Hellraiser", "Hellbound" was considered a brutal horror film that shocked audiences around the world and,in general, collected great reviews.Fact|date=February 2008 The landmark movie marked forever the careers of all involved - William Hope, who had the most difficult scene with Higgins, to this day claims that "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" was the finest film he has ever done to date.Fact|date=February 2008
In 2007, Higgins took the rôle of Ma Costa in
Chris Weitz's "The Golden Compass" starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craigand Dakota Blue Richards.
Acting Awards and nominations
Higgins was awarded the
Laurence Olivier Theatre Awardin 1995 (1994 season) for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in " Sweet Bird of Youth" at the Royal National Theatre. She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awardfor Best Actress in both 2002 and 2005: in 2002 for her performance in " Vincent in Brixton" performed at the Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe and Wyndham Theatres, and in 2005 for her performance as Hecubain the EuripidesTragedy at the Donmar Warehouse. She was awarded the 2002 London Critics Circle Theatre Awardfor Best Actress for her performance in "Vincent in Brixton" performed at the Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe and later at Wyndham's Theatre. Additionally, she was awarded the 1994 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre) for Best Actress for her performances in " The Children's Hour" and "Sweet Bird of Youth". She was also awarded the 2002 London Evening StandardTheatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Vincent in Brixton" at the Donmar Warehousein London. Clare Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Awardas Best Actress (play) for "Vincent in Brixton".
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