Clare Lawrence Moody
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Clare Lawrence Moody is an English actress and theatre producer.
In 2004 she was named by the Observer Newspaper as one of the 80 "prodigiously talented young people predicted to shape the culture of their generation".
Since then she has not only created a rosta of hit West End dramas as a producer, bringing stars including Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Damon and Aaron Eckhart to the London stage for the first time, but has also gone on to be highly acclaimed as a stage and screen actress herself, performing at The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Hampstead Theatre amongst others.
She has recently been nominated for Best Actress (Off West Awards 2014) for her lead performance in Deborah Bruce's The Distance, and for a Stage Award and a Scottish Critics Award for her performances in The Girls of Slender Means (2009) and Age of Arousal(2011). She can currently be seen in her feature film debut in the BAFTA award winning movie Pride (2014), directed by Matthew Warchus, and heard on BBC radio 4 starring as Sarah in The Norman Conquests (2015) opposite Julian Rhind Tutt and Helen Baxendale.
As Rhoda Nunn in Age Of Arousal, 2011
Clare Lawrence Moody was born Clare Moody in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. Eldest daughter of British television director Laurence Moody and Canadian artist Vedah Hamon Moody, she made her first appearance in front of the cameras in Granada Television's Crown Court aged 3 months.
After moving with her family to London she attended The Lady Eleanor Holles School, before reading English at Cambridge University. She graduated with first class honours in 1997.
After being spotted acting at a local youth theatre at 14, Clare was taken on by a London agency and started working in television and film roles during breaks from school and university. On leaving Cambridge, Clare was cast with Joan Plowright and Dorothy Tutin in the BBC film This Could Be The Last Time, and with Jeremy Irons in Charles Sturridge's millenial drama Longitude (for Granada/ A&E) before putting acting aside to concentrate on theatre production.
Whilst at Cambridge she formed theatre company Out Of The Blue Productions with fellow student Anna Waterhouse. Joining forces with Chris Pollard, and in association with Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres, Out of The Blue Productions went on to produce numerous highly successful West End plays from 2000-2008, including work by Kenneth Lonergan, David Mamet, Sam Shepard and Neil LaBute and featuring international stars including Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Paquin, Casey Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Juliette Lewis, Julia Stiles, Patrick Stewart and David Schwimmer.
In 2008 Clare returned to acting to play the campaigner Ruth Fry in the Royal National Theatre's production of Fram by Tony Harrison, followed by productions of Mine by Polly Teale for Shared Experience, and The Girls of Slender Means for Stellar Quines. In 2011 she took the lead role of suffragette Rhoda Nunn in the award winning Age of Arousal at the Lyceum Theatre and developed the roles of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Godwin in Helen Edmundson's Shelley for Shared Experience. She has recently been seen in Chichester playing opposite Nick Moran in Love Stories, and was nominated for a Best Actress Off West End Award for her performance in the lead role of Kate in Deborah Bruce's The Distance at the Orange Tree Theatre with Helen Baxendale. She has also been heard on BBC radio acting opposite Henry Goodman in The Ambassadors, Toby Stephens in Lets Murder Vivaldi, and Julian Rhind Tutt in The Norman Conquests.