Upcoming movie The Chosen
Education Bangor University
Name Frances Barber
|Full Name Frances J Brookes|
Born 13 May 1957 (age 58) (1957-05-13) Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
Parents Gladys Simpson, S. W. Brookes
Nominations Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre
Movies and TV shows A Zed & Two Noughts, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, Goal II: Living the Dream, Mr Holmes, Agatha Christie's Poirot
Similar People Neil Pearson, Trevor Nunn, Samantha Spiro, Eric Deacon, Danny Webb
Frances Barber (born Frances J Brookes, 13 May 1957) is an English actress. She received Olivier Award nominations for her work in the plays, Camille (1985), and Uncle Vanya (1997). Her numerous television credits include The Street (2009), Doctor Who (2011), and Silk (2012–14), while her film appearances include Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1992), and the upcoming, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017).
- Frances barber
- Frances barber shakespeare and mamet give the actor everything video
- Life and career
- Political views
Frances barber shakespeare and mamet give the actor everything video
Life and career
Barber was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England. Her parents are S. W. Brookes and Gladys Simpson; Barber is the fourth of six children. She attended the Wolverhampton Municipal Grammar School.
Barber studied drama at Bangor University, in Wales where she was a contemporary of director Danny Boyle, who became her boyfriend.
With the Pet Shop Boys, she appeared in their musical Closer to Heaven in 2001 as well as guest singer for the song "Friendly Fire" on their 2006 live concert at the Mermaid Theatre. She also appeared alongside Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in the Old Vic's pantomime production of Aladdin in the 2005–06 Christmas season. She again starred with Ian McKellen in 2007 playing Goneril in Trevor Nunn's production of King Lear and as Arkadina in Chekhov's The Seagull with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon followed by a world tour throughout the year. They again performed the two plays in repertory at the New London Theatre on Drury Lane, opening in November 2007 and closing mid-January 2008.
In 2011, she guest-starred in the Doctor Who episodes A Good Man Goes to War and The Wedding of River Song (and 5 other episodes, sometimes uncredited) as Madame Kovarian. She also played alongside then Doctor Who star Karen Gillan in the television film We'll Take Manhattan as Diana Vreeland.
In 2006, she received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wolverhampton.
In May 2017, Barber endorsed the Labour Party in the 2017 UK general election.