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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 November 1955Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameClare Frances Elizabeth Higgins
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

After three years of drama school, she headed to Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theater. There, among her other credits, she had leading roles in the plays "The Deep Man", "Measure For Measure" and "A Streetcar Named Desire", in which she played "Stella". At the same time, she was busily carving a niche for herself in numerous BBC television plays, including Cover Her Face (1985), Pride and Prejudice (1980), "Unity", Hideaway (1986), "Byron" and the ten-part The Citadel (1983). She was also a featured regular on the English comedy series Up Line (1987). In 1984, she made her feature film debut in Horton Foote's Nineteen Nineteen (1985).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Clare Higgins was born the second of five children to parents who were both teachers and nursed acting ambitions from childhood. However she was sent to a convent school from which she was expelled, and she ran away from home at age 17. At 19 she gave birth to a son whom she gave up for adoption, but was pleased to be reunited with him in 1995. At 23 she actually fulfilled her childhood ambition of acting, graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and throughout the 1990s and 2000s consolidated her reputation as a dynamic stage actress, both in London and on Broadway, winning three Olivier awards. In the mid-1990s she also trained, successfully, to become a massage therapist and a psychotherapist.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: don @ minifie-1

Spouse (1)

Clive Wood (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Despite a long and successful career on-stage, she is perhaps best known in films for her sinister portrayal of "Julia" in Hellraiser (1987), a role she also reprised in the sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988).
Appearing in "The Night of the Iguana" at the Lyric Theatre, London. [November 2005]
Appearing solo in Wallace Shawn's 90-minute monologue "The Fever" at the Royal Court Theatre (downstairs), Sloane Square, London, until May 2009. [April 2009]
National Theatre of Great Britain; appearing with Simon Russell Beale in George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara". [June 2008]
Appearing in a limited run of "Night of the Iguana", alongside Woody Harrelson, at the Lyric Theatre, London. [July 2005]
Appearing (as "Jocasta") opposite Ralph Fiennes (as "Oedipus") in "Oedipus" at the National Theatre in London (Olivier Stage), until January 2009. [November 2008]
Ameida Theatre, Islington, London: playing "Mrs Klein" in Nicholas Wright's play, "Mrs Klein". Directed by 'Thea Sharrock'. [October 2009]
Appearing in the Marianne Elliott-directed "All's Well That Ends Well", as the "Countess of Rossillion", at the Royal National Theatre, London, until September 2009. [June 2009]

Personal Quotes (4)

[talking about her character in Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)} I hope you understand Julia's reasons for being an unpleasant character, because you see the depths she's prepared to plumb for love. She's a great deal nastier this time, and if anybody sympathizes with her, I'm doing something wrong. I really want everybody to hate me.
[talking about the hardest scene she had to do in Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)] The most difficult thing I had to do in "Hellbound" was walk down the wind tunnels with a jet engine blowing at me, keep my eyes open and look evil at the same time! There's a lot of wind in this movie . . . and blood . . . and slime . . . and gore . . .
[about Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)] I think that "Hellraiser II" will be . . . I think "worst" is the wrong word. "Better" in the sense that we use better special effects, more evil, more disgusting, more blood . . . this is Hellraiser (1987) plus.
[on Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)] I had to come back, because to be the queen of hell, you see, it's an opportunity that I couldn't miss!

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