Drawing: Jane Horrocks as Regan in King Lear


British actress Jane Horrocks played Regan, one of the declining monarch’s daughters, in the latest production of KING LEAR at the Old Vic. Small in statue, but huge on talent, the LITTLE VOICE star said “I relish my smallness. I really like my smallness,” in a Guardian interview earlier this year. She stands 5′ 4″ in ‘killer heels’ stalking about the stage ‘dangerously oversexed’ and ‘deliciously conniving’, complete with her signature shock blonde hair, seen recently in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, reprising her role as Bubble, the goofy sidekick of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.

As always the amicable Jane signed my sketch at the stage door on her way into a Saturday matinee a few weeks ago.


Drawing: Jane Horrocks in If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Jane Horrocks

LITTLE VOICE and ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS star Jane Horrocks has returned to the Young Vic stage in London with her new show IF YOU KISS ME, KISS ME. Described as ‘part gig, part dance piece’ the one hour hybrid show was conceived by Jane and choreographer Aletta Collins as a tribute to the post punk new wave music that Jane grew up with in Lancashire during the 70’s and early 80’s. Jane performs her own ‘gritty and soulful’ versions with a ‘bit more contemporary edge to them’ of songs from The Smiths, Joy Division, The Human League, The Buzzcocks, Soft Cell and others, accompanied by a live band and a company of dancers.

In his four-star review, The Telegraph’s music critic Mark Monahan said it was “one of the crispest and kookiest hours of entertainment you’re likely to encounter all year.”

Jane signed this drawing for me after her matinee performance on Saturday.

Drawing: Jane Horrocks

Jane Horracks

Jane Horrocks is probably best known as ‘Bubble’ in the TV series Absolutely Fabulous and her distinctive voice with its strong Lancashire accents. She is also an acclaimed stage actress. While appearing in Road, directed by Jim Cartwright, she would warm up by doing singing impressions of Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Ethel Merman.

Impressed by her mimicry, he wrote The Rise and Fall of Little Voice for her. She was nominated for an Olivier Award in 1992 for her performance, directed by then boyfriend Sam Mendes. She reprised the role for the 1998 screen adaption Little Voice, which also earned her nominations for a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award.

Jane kindly signed by sketch at the Young Vic stage door, where she was starring in the title role in Annie Get Your Gun in December 2009.