Vicky McClure is one of the country’s most exciting actors, and thanks to Shane Meadows’s This is England 86, she has already claimed a Best Leading Actress BAFTA for her mesmerising and heartbreaking performance as ‘Lol’. She was nominated again for the same role in This is England 88 and finished the story last year with This is England 90, which was the last chapter in the cult show. ‘Lol’ really struck a chord with audiences, and it was down to Vicky’s ability to remain so still, expressive and magnetic on screen.
Originally learning her craft at the Nottingham TV Workshop, an acting school responsible for launching the careers of Jack O’Connell, Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell and Joe Dempsie, she was discovered by Shane and starred in one of his earlier films A Room For Romeo Brass then was asked to join the This is England family.
Vicky has gone on to star in the best produced drama we’ve seen. She was unforgettable in the smash hit BBC2 crime thriller Line of Duty, played a steely and driven journalist in the first series of Broadchurch, which was a record breaking drama for the channel; True Love directed by Dominic Savage co-starred David Tennant and was a beautifully improvised thirty minute one-off exploring the heartache of long lost love and she recently starred in her first period drama, a brilliant reimagining of the famous Victorian novel by Joseph Conrad called The Secret Agent – a thrilling three-parter based on anarchy and terrorism in Victoria London and starred Toby Jones and Stephen Graham.
Vicky also starred in the hit psychological thriller The Replacement alongside Morven Christie.