- Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but left after only one year.
- Appeared in a series of commercials for the Tesco supermarket chain for more than 10 years.
- Jim Cartwright wrote the play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice specifically for her after he heard her singing impressions of Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Ethel Merman; she later re-created the role in the film adaptation Little Voice.
- Her breakthrough film role came in the 1990 Mike Leigh movie Life Is Sweet.
- Released the album Further Adventures of Little Voice in 2000, which features her singing in the styles of her favorite female vocalists.
- 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- Molly Vivian — Daughter
- Nick Vivian — Significant Other
- Sam Mendes — Ex-significant Other
- Dylan Vivian — Son
- Barbara Horrocks — Mother
- John Horrocks — Father
- Oldham College, Oldham, England; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1985)
- Birth Name: Barbara Jane Horrocks
- Birth Place: Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England
- Profession: Actor, Voice-overs, Singer
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