Hardness of head and softness of heart, this is British actress Vicky McClure. Brits will forever know the Nottingham-born player for her role as Lol, first in the Shane Meadows film This Is England (2006), and then in the ongoing TV series. As a darkly troubled protagonist on a Midlands estate during the 1980s, McClure delivered urbane glimpses into the space between the sacred and profane. Her work attributed to the genesis of two additional Channel 4 series—This Is England ’86 (2010) and This Is England ’88 (2011)—following the same characters. McClure told the Guardian in 2014, “Lol was the most in-depth I’ve gone with any character.” Evidently, she burrowed deep enough into the complex and imaginary to cement a traumatized character—Lol endures rape, incest and violence!—that perseveres in a hyper competitive media landscape. Proof: the ’90 installment of the series is currently in post-production. After winning a 2011 BAFTA for her work as Lol, she told the press she was “numb.” But transference is the actor’s essential role. And when McClure performs with inimitable composure, and shakes audiences to their CALIFUK-ing cores, it’s only natural that they too would feel neither pleasure, nor pain, just—
1 Born 8 May 1983[a]
1.a “Free parking will be provided.” [i]
1.i From: “Stars Comes Out At LAPD Golf Match” [*]
Los Angeles Times | 8 May 1983
*Hole in one! 20th Century Fox Studio offered parking spots for a celebrity golf tournament hosted at Rancho Park Golf Course. Above par attendees were to include George Peppard (The A-Team) Eric Estrada (Chips), and CALIFUK progenitor, the London-born Bob Hope.
Photographer: Brian Daly at Briandaly.co.uk.
Stylist: Aradia Crockett for Fashionstylists.co.uk.
Hair: Fabio Nogueira for Frankagency.co.uk.
Makeup: Lyz Marsden for Caren.co.uk using Elemis and M.A.C Cosmetics.
Executive Producer: Jane Everett for Pranaproduction.co.uk.
Associate Producer: Laura Gonzalez Murphy for Pranaproduction.co.uk.