Vicky McClure — things you didn't know about the TV star

Line of Duty star Vicky McClure.
Line of Duty star Vicky McClure. (Image credit: Getty)

Vicky McClure has become a household name thanks to her role as Kate Fleming in BBC crime drama Line of Duty, which sees her star alongside Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar. 

But before she started to crack down on corrupt police officers with the team at AC-12, she had a huge number of great roles in shows like Broadchurch and The Replacement to name but a few. Vicky also made her film debut in Shane Meadows film A Room for Romeo Brass in 1999 when she was just 16. 

But what else is there to learn about the much-loved actress? Here are a few things you might not know...

1. She won a BAFTA for her role in 'This is England'

Vicky played Frances Lorraine 'Lol' Jenkins in the  film This is England, but it was when the spin off miniseries launched on Channel 4 that Vicky won herself a BAFTA for best actress in 2011. 

2. Madonna once handpicked her to be in her movie

Back in 2008 Madonna made her directorial debut on a film called Filth and Wisdom... and cherry-picked Vicky for one of the lead roles. Vicky spoke about her shock on The Graham Norton Show: "I got this call from Stephen Graham, because he'd worked with Guy Ritchie. He said 'Madonna wants to work with you.' I said 'Yeah, right Steve'. But I got the script and it was all go, go, go." But Vicky admitted that taking her mum to meet Madonna could have gone better. "I took my mum to the premier in New York and when Madonna asked her if she'd like the film she said, 'Vicky didn't think I would like it, but it was alright!' I couldn't believe she had said that to Madonna, I was mortified!"

3. She is a BIG fan of Greggs 

Like lots of people in the UK, Vicky is a big fan of the pastries from high street bakery, Greggs, and has even joked that she could never move to Hollywood for work because of the lack of sausage rolls on offer. 

4. She hates it when it's too quiet

While many of us enjoy five minutes peace, Vicky has admitted that she doesn't like silence. She told Stylist: "At home there's a radio on in every room - I've even got a waterproof radio in the show and I sing along. I'm not good with silence. When I'm staying in a hotel I need background telly or music on."

5. She works closely with the Alzheimer's Society

While Vicky's always worked with the charity, it was when her grandmother, Iris, lived with dementia before she died in 2015, that she decided to get more involved with the cause so close to her heart. Her 2019 documentary Our Dementia Choir saw a choir formed of singers aged between 31 and 87, who all live with dementia. She told Stylist: "I had an opportunity where I could help give something a platform. There were times when I was biting my lip to keep my emotion in, and time when I just couldn't. It is real life and it's really tough."

6. She loves being at home

While filming can often take Vicky away from her home in Nottingham, she is happiest when she is home with her loved ones..."I get so much out of my job," she admitted to Stylist, "but I'm never as happy as I am when I'm at home, and I'm with [my fiancé] Johnny, I can nip to my parents for a Sunday roast, and I can nip to see my sister and my nephew and brother-in-law. Everybody's close by."

7. She had an unusual job before acting

Before her acting career really kicked off, Vicky worked in Dorothy Perkins and at jewellers H Samuel where she was a trained ear piercer. She says that she would happy still have a go at piercing someone's ears even after all this time. Right, form a queue! 

Vicky McClure's fact file 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the actress....

How old is she?

Vicky McClure is 37 years old. She was born on 8th May 1983. 

Is she married? 

Vicky McClure got engaged to filmmaker Johnny Owen on Christmas Day in 2017.

Where was she born?

Vicky McClure was born in Nottingham, England. 

How tall is she?

Vicky McClure is 1.63 metres tall.

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Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.