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.
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
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
Barbara — Mother
John — Father
Dylan — Son
Allistair — Brother
Clyde — Brother
Molly — Daughter
Molly Vivian — Daughter
Barbara Horrocks — Mother
Dylan Vivian — Son
Nick Vivian — Significant Other
John Horrocks — Father
Sam Mendes — Ex-significant Other
Oldham College, Oldham, England; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1985)