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Clare Holman

Clare Holman

English actress
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro English actress
Countries United Kingdom
Occupations Actor
Gender female
Birth January 12, 1964 (London, Greater London, London, England)
Spouse: Howard Davies
The details

Clare Margaret Holman (born 12 January 1964) is an English actress. She portrayed forensic pathologist Dr. Laura Hobson in the television series Inspector Morse and Lewis from 1995 to 2015.



Holman started her acting career in the 1988 television film The Rainbow based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence, directed by Stuart Burge.

In 1991, she played Iris Bentley, sister to Derek Bentley, played by Christopher Eccleston, in the film Let Him Have It, and in 1992, she voiced Juliet in the Shakespeare: The Animated Tales adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

She played Harper in the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America in November 1993. In 1995, Holman was cast as Dr Laura Hobson in the crime drama series Inspector Morse, where she continued to play that part until 2000 when the series ended.

Holman was nominated for a 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1996 for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders as two different characters. The episodes are entitled Country Matters (2005) and Ring Out Your Dead (2002).

In 2006, Holman reprised her role of Dr. Hobson in the series Lewis, which series ended in 2015. She appeared in all 42 episodes.

In October 2013 she played the role of Liz in the Tricycle Theatre production of the Moira Buffini play Handbagged, and in 2015, Holman appeared in the film Suite Francaise. From April to May 2015, she appeared as Myra Bolton in Doris Lessing's play, Each His Own Wilderness, at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London.

She also played Wendy the narrator and mother of Michael in Fallen Angel, a story about Rosie Byfield, a clergyman's daughter who grows up to be a psychopathic killer, starring Emilia Fox.

Teaching and Directing

Holman teaches drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has directed six episodes of Doctors in 2010 and two episodes of Holby City in 2012.

Personal life

Holman was married to director Howard Davies. They married in April 2005 in Stratton, Cornwall and were together until his death in October 2016. She has stepchildren and stepgrandchildren from her husband's previous marriage. She supports ending violence against girls, contributing to Plan UK, part of the world's biggest campaign for girls' rights.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1988 The Rainbow Gudrun Brangwen
1989 The Fifteen Streets Mary Llewellyn
The Woman in Black Stella Kidd
1991 Let Him Have It Iris Bentley
Afraid of the Dark Rose
1995–2000 Inspector Morse Dr Laura Hobson
1996 Tom & Viv Louise Purdon
Giving Tongue Jessie Fielding MP
1997–1999 The Lakes Simone Fisher
1998 Big Women Zoe 3 Episodes
1999 Love in the 21st century Sarah Episode: "Toyboys"
2000 Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes Helena Petchey Episode: "The Photographer's Chair"
2001 The Innocent Alison Huntley
2002 Silent Witness Theresa Dalton 2 Episodes: "Closed Ranks" (Parts 1 & 2)
2003 Island at War Felicity Dorr
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness Elizabeth Lukic 1 Episode
2005 Digital Reaper Mary Daines
2006 Blood Diamond News Reporter
Agatha Christie's Marple Miss Packard Episode: "By The Pricking of My Thumbs"
2006–2015 Lewis Dr. Laura Hobson
2007 Fallen Angel Wendy Ellis
2009 Heartbeat Sheena Buckley Episode: "Sweet Sorrow"
2011 Death in Paradise Molly Kerr
2013 Scott & Bailey Sarah Gallagher 1 Episode
2015 Suite Francaise Marthe
2016 Silent Witness Claudia Baxter 2 Episodes: "River's Edge" (Parts 1 & 2)
Waiting for You Janet
2017 Rellik Rebecca Barker
The Crown Princess Marina Episode: "Mystery Man"
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