September is World Alzheimer’s Month and with that in mind we have chosen Vicky McClure as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Vicky is an English actress, model and presenter. She is known for her roles as Detective Inspector Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line of Duty and Lol Jenkins in Shane Meadows’ film This Is England and its Channel 4 sequel mini-series This Is England ’86, This Is England ’88 and This Is England ’90. Before This is England, she appeared in another of Meadows’ films, A Room for Romeo Brass, where she played Ladine. She won the RTS Award and British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lol in This is England ’86 in 2011.
McClure is also well known for her role as Karen White in Broadchurch, and other roles such as in Filth and Wisdom, Hummingbird, Svengali and The Replacement.
Vicky has supported the Alzheimer’s Society for many years and became an Ambassador in honour of her grandmother, Iris, who had dementia.
She is synonymous with the Memory Walk, having attended every walk in her native Nottingham since 2011, using her voice to encourage as many people as possible to sign-up to their local walk and raise funds to support the Society.
She is passionate about the power of music to support people affected by dementia, presenting the BAFTA-nominated BBC documentary, Our Dementia Choir, and recently attended a virtual Singing for the Brain service to highlight the support available from Alzheimer’s Society during the coronavirus lockdown.
In 2022, McClure made a further BBC documentary featuring other Dementia gatherings and musical support groups from elsewhere in the UK, and brought her own Dementia Choir to perform with Tom Grennan before 20,000 spectators at the Splendour Festival held in Nottingham’s Wollaton Hall grounds.
Vicky was appointed an MBE in the 2023 Birthday Honours for services to drama and to charity.
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