Clare Higgins

Clare Higgins


Bradford, Yorkshire, UK.

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Claire Higgins
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Clare Higgins is one of Britain's most accomplished actresses. Although she appears frequently on televison, it is for her theatre work that she is perhaps most recognised. Born in Bradford, the daughter of teachers, Clare saw her first theatre production at the age of 14 when the convent…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • If a movie was made about her life, Clare would like American actress Gena Rowlands to play her.

    • The role that Clare would love to play again is Cleopatra. In 1992 she starred as Cleopatra at the RSC however she feels that she never did the character justice.

    • In 2006, Clare was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance of Linda in A Death of A Salesman. She was up against her friend and fellow LAMDA graduate Harriet Walter for her performance in Mary Stewart

    • In 2003, Clare was nominated for a Tony Award in the category of Best Actress for her role in the Broadway production of Vincent In Brixton.

    • At the age of 19, Clare gave birth to a son but gave him up for adoption. They were re-united in 1995.

    • Clare trained as a massage therapist and is a qualified as a psychotherapist.

    • Clare has received an incredible three Olivier Awards for Best Actress. The award winning performances were in Sweet Bird of Youth in 1995 at the National Theatre, Vincent in Brixton in 2003 at the National Theatre, Wyndham's and Broadway, and Hecuba at the Donmar Theatre in 2005.

    • Clare saw her first stage production at the age of 14. She went on a school trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon where she saw Dame Judi Dench perform in A Winter's Tale.

    • Clare would like That All There Is? by Peggy Lee to be played at her funeral.

    • Clare's biggest regret in life is that she has not raised a child.

  • Quotes

    • Clare: I always think there is something indecent about acting at eight o'clock in the morning.

    • Clare: (On borrowing jewellery for the Tony Awards) I remember Harry Winston, the famous jewellers, ringing all of us women up who were nominated, and saying, 'would you like to loan some jewels?' and I said no! And they said 'why?' And I said, because knowing me, I'd just drop the diamond and ruby earrings down the toilet.

    • Clare: (On winning awards) You feel almost unfairly blessed because to get a reward, a prize, for something you love doing so much, seems to be ridiculous.

    • Clare: (On what she does with her three Olivier Awards) I balance one on my head and use the other two as dumb bells. They're very heavy, so they're great for the biceps.

    • Clare: (On her career) I can't say I had a 'big break' as it was a more of a steady thing, which I think is much better than being flavour of the month.

    • Clare: (Her definition of happiness) Sitting in total silence with a soulmate by Branwen's Grave on the river Alaw on Anglesey, watching the sun set.