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Claire Skinner is an English actress known for her work on stage, television, and film. Born on August 27, 1965, in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Skinner began her acting career in the 1980s.
Skinner's first major role was in the play "Measure for Measure" at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984. She went on to appear in several other RSC productions, including "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "The Winter's Tale."
In 1990, Skinner made her West End debut in the play "The Glass Menagerie." She continued to work in the West End throughout the 1990s, appearing in productions of "The Importance of Being Earnest," "The Herbal Bed," and "Mrs. Warren's Profession."
Skinner's breakthrough role came in 1998 when she was cast as Sue Brockman in the BBC sitcom "Outnumbered." The show ran for five seasons and was a critical and commercial success. Skinner's performance as the frazzled mother of three was widely praised, and she won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Female Comedy Performance in 2009.
Despite her success on television, Skinner continued to work in the theater. In 2001, she starred in the West End production of "The Unexpected Man" alongside Michael Gambon. The play was a critical success and Skinner's performance earned her an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.
Skinner's other notable stage credits include "The Glass Menagerie" at the Donmar Warehouse in 2007, "The Father" at the Tricycle Theatre in 2014, and "The Rehearsal" at the Almeida Theatre in 2016.
In addition to her work in theater and television, Skinner has appeared in several films, including "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999).
Skinner returned to the West End in 2019 to star in the play "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" at Trafalgar Studios. The play, which tells the story of a couple raising a severely disabled child, was well-received by critics and audiences alike.

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Claire Skinner STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
West End Revival, 2019
Sheila

[West End]
West End Production, 2015
Anne

[West End]
London Revival, 2010
Myra Bruhl


Claire Skinner Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 1996 - Best Supporting Performance

Claire SkinnerThe Glass Menagerie

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Maria Teresa Creasey's DEGENERATE to be Presented at London's Vault Festival Winter 2023


Maria Teresa Creasey's Degenerate is coming to Vault Festival Tuesday 24 January at 6.25pm, Wednesday 15 February at 6.25pm, and Sunday 19 February 2023 at 7.20pm. Degenerate is an experimental coming of age comedy from someone who has already come of age.

Review: THE NARCISSIST, Chichester Festival Theatre


Christopher Shinn's play brims with interesting politics but is too often bogged down in overly-familiar personal issues

New Casting Announced for Festival 2022 at Chichester Festival Theatre


Updated casting has been announced for Festival 2022 at Chichester Festival Theatre. Learn more about the upcoming lineup here!

Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury Announces Season of Socially-Distanced Shows


Following on from the fun-sized pantomime Nurse Nellie Saves Panto (Friday 11 December - Sunday 3 January), the season will be a rich mix of music, comedy, dance and drama, designed to lift your spirits and celebrate the shared experience of live performance once more.

Chichester Festival Theatre Announces Autumn Season Update and Spring Season Preview


Following the COVID-19 lockdown until 2 December, Chichester Festival Theatre has had to cancel or postpone some of the shows in the Autumn season.

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE PALE HORSE Premieres March 13 on Prime Video


On March 13, 2020, Amazon Prime Video will premiere Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse in the US. The bewitching two-part mystery stars Emmy and BAFTA-nominated actor, Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle). BAFTA-nominated writer, Sarah Phelps, adapted the acclaimed 1961 novel for television and served as executive producer.

Jonathan Church Launches New Production Company


Award-winning theatre director and producer Jonathan Church CBE, has announced the launch of a new production company Jonathan Church Theatre Productions supported by Trafalgar Entertainment's Joint CEOs Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire.

BWW Review: PRISM, Richmond Theatre


Unless you are a seasoned movie buff, it is unlikely you will have heard of Jack Cardiff. However, this great British cinematographer had a seismic effect on the way in which we view films, having been the first person to shoot a Technicolor film in Europe. He worked on films such as Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes, filling the screen with previously unseen levels of colour and saturation. In Terry Johnson's play, Prism, we visit Cardiff in his declining years, as dementia robs him of his present, but also returns him to his colourful past.

Serena Hill Named Casting Director For Trafalgar Theatre Productions


Trafalgar Theatre Productions, the producing arm of Trafalgar Entertainment, has today announced the appointment of Serena Hill who has joined the company in the new role of Casting Director.

Review Roundup: A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG Revival At Trafalgar Studios


When Peter Nichols wrote the ground-breaking play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in 1967, it was inspired by his own personal experience of bringing up his disabled daughter. A story about family, the funny and moving play shines a light on her parents' caring for their daughter, who is affectionately nicknamed Joe Egg.

BWW Review: A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, Trafalgar Studios


Claire Skinner and Toby Stephens reunite for the first time in 18 years in Peter Nichols seminal 1960's play about parents coping with a disabled child. Does A Day in the Death of Joe Egg stand the test of time?

THE ANTIPODES Leads October's Top 10 New London Shows


London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Annie Baker's latest to Ealing comedy and a royal reunion, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, interviews and features!

Final Casting Announced For A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG


When Peter Nichols wrote the ground-breaking play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in 1967, it was inspired by his own personal experience of bringing up his disabled daughter. A story about family, the funny and moving play shines a light on her parents' caring for their daughter, who is affectionately nicknamed Joe Egg.

Patricia Hodge Joins Cast Of A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG


It's been announced today that Olivier Award winner and Miranda star Patricia Hodge will join the cast of Peter Nichols' funny and moving masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Hodge will star opposite Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, The Father). The production opens at London's Trafalgar Studios on 21 September (Press Night 2 October).

Tony Winner Bertie Carvel Cast in BBC One & Amazon's THE PALE HORSE


Casting for the latest Agatha Christie drama, The Pale Horse has been announced by BBC One, Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited.

Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner Star In West End Revival Of A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG


Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, The Father) will make their long awaited returns to the West End stage this autumn in Peter Nichols' (Privates on Parade, Passion Play) funny and moving masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Directed by Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui), this revival of Nichols' acclaimed bittersweet comedy reunites two of the greatest actors of their generation. The stars, who last worked together 18 years ago on the award winning BBC TV drama 'Perfect Strangers', will now be performing on stage together for the very first time. Opening at Trafalgar Studios on Saturday 21 September, tickets go on-sale on Friday 19 July.

Claire Skinner And Toby Stephens To Lead A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG At Trafalgar Studios


Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner will lead a revival of Peter Nichols play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, directed by Simon Evans.

BBC Arts Announces New Documentaries, Including Oscar Wilde Doc with Stephen Fry


In 2019 BBC Arts will offer audiences innovative programming and partnerships with the best artistic talent - giving unique perspectives and an unmissable front-row seat to the best arts and performance in the UK and beyond.

BWW Review: NIGHTFALL, Bridge Theatre


Part of the inaugural season at the Bridge Theatre, Laurie Sansom directs Nightfall. An exquisite exploration into grief, anxiety and change, Barney Norris' new play is an introspective character study and one which plays as such.

Photo Flash: First Look at NIGHTFALL at the Bridge Theatre


Barney Norris' Nightfall, directed by Laurie Sansom and starring Ophelia Lovibond (Lou), Ukweli Roach (Pete), Claire Skinner (Jenny) and Sion Daniel Young(Ryan) continues at the Bridge Theatre booking to 26 May 2018. For this world premiere Nightfall has designs by Rae Smith, lighting by Chris Davey and sound byChristopher Shutt with music composed by Gareth Williams.

Claire Skinner FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Claire Skinner been in?

Claire Skinner has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Claire Skinner been in?

Claire Skinner has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was Claire Skinner's first West End show?

Claire Skinner's first West End show was Deathtrap which opened in 2010

What awards has Claire Skinner been nominated for?

Claire Skinner has been nominated for the Best Supporting Performance at the Olivier Awards for her role in The Glass Menagerie.

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