Jane Horrocks

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Barbara Jane Horrocks (born 18 January 1964) is an English stage, screen and television actress, voice artist, musician, and singer. She is perhaps best known for her role as "Bubble" on the cult TV series Absolutely Fabulous - as well as her distinctive, rich voice.

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Early life

Horrocks, the youngest of three children, was born Barbara Jane Horrocks in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, the daughter of Barbara (née Ashworth), a hospital worker, and John Horrocks, a sales representative.[1] She attended Balladen County Primary School and later trained at the Oldham College and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with Imogen Stubbs and Ralph Fiennes[2] and began her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[3] She first drew critical notice for her performance in the film Life is Sweet (1991), followed by her award-winning performance in the West End play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in which she sang all the songs. Horrocks became a household name with the role of Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2004), in which she also played Katy Grin in the last two seasons of the series.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

While working on Road, a play directed by Jim Cartwright, Horrocks warmed up by doing singing impressions of Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, and Ethel Merman, among others. Cartwright was so impressed with her gift for mimicry he wrote the play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice to showcase her talent. She was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1992 West End production, directed by her then-boyfriend Sam Mendes. She reprised her role in the 1998 screen adaptation, Little Voice, which earned her nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Motion Picture, and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress.

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