Clare Higgins (I)


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Clare Higgins was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, the second of five children of Paula Cecilia (Murphy) and James Stephen Higgins, who were both teachers, and nursed acting ambitions from childhood. She was sent to a convent school, from which she was expelled, and ran away from home at age seventeen. At nineteen, she gave birth to a ... See full bio »

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Hellraiser Julia
(1987)
Ready Player One Mrs. Gilmore
(2018)
The Libertine Molly Luscombe
(2004)

Filmography

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 2022 Dangerous Liaisons (TV Series) (post-production)
Madame Jericho
- Episode #1.1 (2022) ... Madame Jericho
- Episode #1.8 ... Madame Jericho
- Episode #1.7 ... Madame Jericho
- Episode #1.6 ... Madame Jericho
- Episode #1.5 ... Madame Jericho
 2022 Trying (TV Series)
Bev
- Feelings Are the Worst (2022) ... Bev
- Pick a Side (2022) ... Bev
- Episode #3.8 ... Bev
 2022 The Sandman (TV Series)
Mad Hettie
- Dream a Little Dream of Me (2022) ... Mad Hettie
 2017-2020 The Worst Witch (TV Series)
Miss Cackle / Agatha
- The Witching Hour Part 2 (2020) ... Miss Cackle / Agatha
- The Witching Hour Part 1 (2020) ... Miss Cackle / Agatha
- Grounded (2020) ... Miss Cackle
- A Witch in Time (2020) ... Miss Cackle
- Mildred the Detective (2020) ... Miss Cackle
 1996-2020 Silent Witness (TV Series)
D.S. Farmer / Professor Katherine Dukes
- The Greater Good: Part 2 (2020) ... Professor Katherine Dukes
- The Greater Good: Part 1 (2020) ... Professor Katherine Dukes
- Sins of the Fathers: Part 2 (1996) ... D.S. Farmer
- Sins of the Fathers: Part 1 (1996) ... D.S. Farmer
- Darkness Visible: Part 2 (1996) ... D.S. Farmer
 2018-2019 Into the Badlands (TV Series)
Ankara
 2019 Vera (TV Series)
Elaine Sidden
- The Seagull (2019) ... Elaine Sidden
 2019 Cleaning Up (TV Series)
Mary
- Episode #1.4 (2019) ... Mary
- Episode #1.3 (2019) ... Mary
 2018 The Bisexual (TV Series)
Grace
- Episode #1.4 (2018) ... Grace
 2018 The Convent
Reverend Mother
 2018 Ready Player One
Mrs. Gilmore
 2017 Love, Lies and Records (TV Series)
Jean
- Episode #1.4 (2017) ... Jean
- Episode #1.3 (2017) ... Jean
 2017 Liar (TV Series)
Felicity Cassidy
- Catherine (2017) ... Felicity Cassidy
 2016 The Complete Walk: Richard III (Short)
Margaret
 2013-2015 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Ohila
- Hell Bent (2015) ... Ohila
- The Magician's Apprentice (2015) ... Ohila
- Prologue (2015) ... Ohila (uncredited)
- The Night of the Doctor (2013) ... Ohila
 2015 EastEnders (TV Series)
Hazel Warren
- Episode dated 29 September 2015 (2015) ... Hazel Warren
- Episode dated 28 September 2015 (2015) ... Hazel Warren
- Episode dated 25 September 2015 (2015) ... Hazel Warren
- Episode dated 24 September 2015 (2015) ... Hazel Warren
- Episode dated 22 September 2015 (2015) ... Hazel Warren
 2014 New Tricks (TV Series)
Francis Kane
- Deep Swimming (2014) ... Francis Kane
 2014 Rogue (TV Series)
Vivian
- Coup de Grace (2014) ... Vivian
- Oh Sarah (2014) ... Vivian
- Better Red Than Dead (2014) ... Vivian
- The Last Supper (2014) ... Vivian
- Killing an Arab (2014) ... Vivian
 2014 Father Brown (TV Series)
Dinah Fortescue
- The Daughters of Jerusalem (2014) ... Dinah Fortescue
 2013 Holby City (TV Series)
Susannah Harris
- Home (2013) ... Susannah Harris
- Back from the Dead (2013) ... Susannah Harris
- The More Deceived (2013) ... Susannah Harris
- Only Human (2013) ... Susannah Harris
 2013 I Give It a Year
Elaine
 2012 Homefront (TV Series)
Paula Raveley
- Episode #1.6 (2012) ... Paula Raveley
- Episode #1.5 (2012) ... Paula Raveley
- Episode #1.4 (2012) ... Paula Raveley
- Episode #1.3 (2012) ... Paula Raveley
- Episode #1.2 (2012) ... Paula Raveley
 2012 Downton Abbey (TV Series)
Mrs. Bartlett
- Episode #3.6 (2012) ... Mrs. Bartlett
- Episode #3.3 (2012) ... Mrs. Bartlett
 2012 Shameless (TV Series)
Hazel
- The Brazilian Effect (2012) ... Hazel
 2012 Parade's End (TV Mini Series)
Lady Claudine
- Episode #1.4 (2012) ... Lady Claudine
- Episode #1.3 (2012) ... Lady Claudine
- Episode #1.2 (2012) ... Lady Claudine
- Episode #1.1 (2012) ... Lady Claudine
 2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Clair De Grunwald
 2012 The Syndicate (TV Series)
Joyce
- Episode #1.5 (2012) ... Joyce
- Episode #1.4 (2012) ... Joyce
- Episode #1.3 (2012) ... Joyce
- Episode #1.2 (2012) ... Joyce
- Episode #1.1 (2012) ... Joyce
 2011 Casualty (TV Series)
Brenda Tunnell
- Charlie's Angels (2011) ... Brenda Tunnell
 2010 Toast (TV Movie)
Mavis
 2009 Casualty 1909 (TV Series)
Mrs Ramsbury
- Episode #1.4 (2009) ... Mrs Ramsbury
 2009 Being Human (TV Series)
Josie
- Bad Moon Rising (2009) ... Josie
- Where the Wild Things Are (2009) ... Josie
 2009 Minder (TV Series)
Liz Grant
- A Matter of Life and Debt (2009) ... Liz Grant
 2005-2008 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
'Medea' read by / Gina Colby / Laura Crawford
- Talking to the Dead (2008) ... 'Medea' read by (voice)
- Death in a Chocolate Box (2007) ... Gina Colby
- Midsomer Rhapsody (2005) ... Laura Crawford
 2008 The Curse of Steptoe (TV Movie)
Joan Littlewood
 2007 The Golden Compass
Ma Costa
 2007/I The Stronger (Short)
Mrs. X
 2007 Spring 1941
Clara Planck
 2007 Cassandra's Dream
Dorothy Blaine
 2006 Goldplated (TV Series)
Yvonne
- Cassidy's Mother (2006) ... Yvonne
 2005 Murder in Suburbia (TV Series)
Helen Whittle
- Witches (2005) ... Helen Whittle
 2005 Casanova (TV Mini Series)
Cook
- Episode #1.3 (2005) ... Cook
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Cook
 2005 Bigger Than the Sky
Edwina Walters
 2005 M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team (TV Series)
Lesley Pattison
- Episode #2.1 (2005) ... Lesley Pattison
 2004 The Libertine
Molly Luscombe (as Claire Higgins)
 2004 Stage Beauty
Mistress Revels
 2003 Vincent in Brixton (TV Movie)
Ursula Loyer
 2000 The Secret (TV Mini Series)
Maggie Hewitt
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Maggie Hewitt
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Maggie Hewitt
 2000 The House of Mirth
Mrs. Bry
 2000 The Bill (TV Series)
Judy Ryan
- Take It or Leave It (2000) ... Judy Ryan
 1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (TV Series)
Edith Wharton
- Tales of Innocence (1999) ... Edith Wharton
 1998 B. Monkey
Ms. Cherry
 1996 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Maureen Bristow
- The Best Laid Plans (1996) ... Maureen Bristow
 1996 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
Susannah Dixon QC
- Men of Substance (1996) ... Susannah Dixon QC
 1995 Small Faces
Lorna Maclean
 1994-1995 Screen Two (TV Series)
Lindsay Fontaine / Fiona
- The Absence of War (1995) ... Lindsay Fontaine
- Men of the Month (1994) ... Fiona
 1994 Thin Ice
Fiona
 1994 Fatherland (TV Movie)
Klara
 1993 Circle of Deceit (TV Movie)
Eilish
 1993 Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series)
Marjorie Wilde
- A Man Lay Dead (1993) ... Marjorie Wilde
 1993 Bad Behaviour
Jessica Kennedy
 1992 Downtown Lagos (TV Mini Series)
Ms. McDonald
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Ms. McDonald
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Ms. McDonald
 1992 Boon (TV Series)
Christine Pryall
- Deadline (1992) ... Christine Pryall
 1989 After the War (TV Mini Series)
Rachel Lucas / Rachel Jordan
- Final Demands (1989) ... Rachel Lucas
- In the Sixties (1989) ... Rachel Lucas
- Winds of Change (1989) ... Rachel Lucas
- Love and Kisses (1989) ... Rachel Lucas
- Partners (1989) ... Rachel Jordan
 1988 The Fruit Machine
Eve
 1988 Dreams, Secrets, Beautiful Lies (TV Movie)
Pamela
 1987 Hellraiser
Julia
 1987 Up Line (TV Mini Series)
Fizzy Targett
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Fizzy Targett
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Fizzy Targett
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Fizzy Targett
 1986 Hideaway (TV Mini Series)
Ann Wright
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Ann Wright
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Ann Wright
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Ann Wright
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Ann Wright
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Ann Wright
 1985 Cover Her Face (TV Mini Series)
Catherine Bowers
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Catherine Bowers
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Catherine Bowers
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Catherine Bowers
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Catherine Bowers
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Catherine Bowers
 1985 Nineteen Nineteen
Young Sophie
 1984 Mitch (TV Series)
Jo
- Nature of the Beast (1984) ... Jo
- Saturday Night (1984) ... Jo
- Squealer (1984) ... Jo
- Who Must Remain Anonymous (1984) ... Jo
- Sleeping Dogs (1984) ... Jo
 1983 The Citadel (TV Mini Series)
Christine Manson / Christine Barlow
- Part 9 (1983) ... Christine Manson
- Part 8 (1983) ... Christine Manson
- Part 7 (1983) ... Christine Manson
- Part 6 (1983) ... Christine Manson
- Part 5 (1983) ... Christine Manson
 1981 Byron: A Personal Tour (TV Movie)
Lady Caroline Lamb
 1981 Plays for Pleasure (TV Series)
Ann
- The Concubine (1981) ... Ann
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Annie MacFarlane
- Unity (1981) ... Annie MacFarlane
 1980 Pride and Prejudice (TV Mini Series)
Miss Kitty Bennet
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Miss Kitty Bennet
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Miss Kitty Bennet
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Miss Kitty Bennet
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Miss Kitty Bennet
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Miss Kitty Bennet
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Frank McGuinness' translation of Jean Racine's play, "Phaedra", at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England, with Ben Meyjes, Linda Bassett, Janet Whiteside and Michael Feast in the cast. Tom Cairns was the director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Claire Higgins

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)

Spouse:

Clive Wood  (divorced)
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Personal Quote:

[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. See more »

Trivia:

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). See more »

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