Frances Barber was born in Wolverhampton , England and is a familiar face in theatre, television and film. She 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 .
Barber has appeared in films such as Prick Up Your Ears, Sammy And Rosie Get Laid, Dennis Potter's Secret Friend and John Irvine's Shiner. Most recently she has appeared in The Escort and Goal!
Frances made her television breakthrough in Mike Leigh's Home Sweet Home. Other TV work includes Keneth Branagh's Twelfth Night as Viola, BBC's Annie Besant, Inspector Morse, Spitting Image and the BBC's adaptation of the Nancy Mitford classic Love In A Cold Climate.
On stage, Frances won the 1984 Olivier award for Most Promising Newcomer as Marguerite in the RSC production of Camille.
As a graduate and honorary fellow Frances Barber has conducted acting workshops at Bangor University .