'Frances Barber' (qv) has worked in a string of award-winning
productions for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare
Company, taking roles as diverse as Eliza in Pygmalion and Lady
Macbeth in Macbeth. Among her film appearances are roles in
'Stephen Frears' (qv)' _Prick Up Your Ears(1987)_ (qv) and _Sammy
And Rosie Get Laid (1987)_ (qv), 'Dennis Potter' (qv)'s _Secret
Friends (1991)_ (qv) and 'John Irvine' (qv)'s _Shiner (2000)_ (qv)
with 'Michael Caine' (qv), 'Peter Greenaway' (qv)'s _Zed & Two
Noughts, A (1985)_ (qv), 'Peter Capaldi' (qv)'s _Soft Top Hard
Shoulder (1992)_ (qv), and _Still Crazy (1998)_ (qv). Most recently
she has appeared in _The Escort (1999)_ (qv) with 'Daniel Auteuil'
(qv) and _Esther Kahn (2000)_ (qv). Frances made her television
breakthrough in 'Mike Leigh' (qv)'s _Home Sweet Home (1982)_ (qv).
Subsequent TV work includes 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv)'s Twelfth Night
as Viola, a role she reprised for Branagh on stage, BBC's Annie
Besant, _Inspector Morse (1987)_ (qv), _Spitting Image (1984)_ (qv)
and the BBC's adaptation of the Nancy Mitford classic _Love In A
Cold Climate (2001)_ (qv). On stage, Frances won the 1984 Olivier
award for Most Promising Newcomer as Marguerite in the RSC
production of Camille. She has worked in some of the UK's most
prestigious theatres, including the Royal National Theatre, the
RSC, Hull Truck, Oxford Playhouse, the Royal Exchange, the Donmar
Warehouse and the Royal Court. Frances was most recently seen on
stage in 'Patrick Marber' (qv)'s production of Closer at The Lyric,
Hammersmith. She attended Bangor university.
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).