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Frances Barber is an award winning actress whose work has combined leading roles in theatre, film and TV in the UK. Seasons at The RSC, The National and London’s West End have seen her play a variety of parts in Shaw, Chekov, (Sonya in Uncle Vanya, for which she received her second Olivier Nomination and a TMA award for Best Actress), Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare and many contemporary playwrights. She created the leading role, Billie Trix, in the Pet Shop Boys’ musical, Closer to Heaven for which she won a Best Actress in a Musical Award. She toured the US in 2007 in King Lear and The Seagull, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and also starring Sir Ian Mckellen. On film she has worked in Stephen Frears’ Prick Up Your Ears and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, and with Mike Leigh Peter Greenaway, John Irving, Tom Hooper and Kenneth Branagh amongst many others. On TV she has played innumerable roles in drama series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. Most recently she has played Kovarian in Doctor Who and has just finished filming season 3 of Silk in which she plays the role of a hard hitting QC Caroline Warwick for which she was nominated for a prestigious Silver Dagger Award. Silk has been named Best TV Drama Series by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain at its 2013 awards. She has just completed a triumphant run in NYC at St Ann’s warehouse of Julius Caesar in which she played the title role.