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Jane Horrocks Biography

Birth Name:
Barbara Jane Horrocks
Birth Place:
Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England
Actor, voice-overs, singer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1999BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1990Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1990National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner