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Vicky McClure
Born Vicky McClure
1983
Nottingham, England England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
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Vicky McClure (born 1983 in Nottingham) is an English actress best known for her work in the films of Shane Meadows. She played the title character's sister Ladine in A Room for Romeo Brass (1999), and featured in Meadows' most successful film to date, This Is England (2006).

In an April 2007 interview with Time Out,[1] McClure spoke of Meadows approaching her for the role while she was in the pub with Andrew Shim. She described the making of the film as "constant laughing and jokes" and said "We've been majorly involved, which has been fantastic. Even down to things like coming down to see Shane while he was doing the grade and the edit — we've watched so many different versions of the film!"[1]

Much of the film was improvised — "Well it's all improvised. When we're all having a laugh and pissing about, Shane will be like, 'Right just make each other laugh' and somebody will come out with some bizarre comment to start a conversation and we're all naturally laughing because it's funny. A lot of the time it just worked for a first take."[1]

On how working with Meadows may compare with other directors, McClure said "I haven't got loads of experience in terms of working with other directors and I've not got bags of films behind me, but I've got a funny feeling that if I continue to work with other people then I'm not going to get this luxury again."[1]

On similarity with her characters, McClure drew parallels: "I think Ladine (Vicky's character in A Room for Romeo Brass) and Lol are quite similar in the fact that they don't take any shit, and I don't to a certain extent. All three of us are similar in so many different ways… I think they're both quite similar and I think Shane probably sees some of that in me, which obviously helps with the characters. But I'm ever so nice really!"[1]

She has recently co-starred in the London-based comedy film Filth and Wisdom, the first feature film directed by pop singer Madonna.[2] The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 13 February 2008.

References and notes

  1. ^ a b c d e "'This is England' — Vicky McClure Q&A" TimeOut.com, 26 April 2007
  2. ^ Christopher, James; "Review: Madonna's Filth and Wisdom" TimesOnline.co.uk, 14 February 2008

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