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Crissy Rock (born Christine Murray, 23 September 1958) is an English award-winning actress, stand-up comedian, and best-selling author, most notable for her role as Maggie Conlan in the 1994 film Ladybird, Ladybird, and as Janey York in Benidorm
Benidorm
whom she played from 2007, until 2011 when she was axed from the show, although she returned in Episode 6 of Series 5 for a cameo role, and then again for two episodes of Series 7 in 2015.[1] She appeared in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
2011. In December 2012, she appeared on Celebrity Come Dine With Me.[2] For her performance in Ladybird, Ladybird, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress
Actress
award at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

Contents

1 Personal life 2 Career

2.1 Stage 2.2 Film and television 2.3 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 2.4 Publications

3 Selected filmography 4 Bibliography 5 References 6 External links

Personal life[edit] Rock was born as Christine Murray in Liverpool
Liverpool
in 1958 to Edward and Margaret (née Bryan) Murray. As of September 2012 she lives in Peterlee, County Durham. Her parents had married at St Nathaniel's Anglican chapel several months before her birth.[citation needed] Her best-selling autobiography This Heart Within Me Burns was published in 2011, and chronicles the ups and downs of her troubled life, including childhood abuse, violent relationships, bankruptcy and homelessness. The book made the top ten of the Sunday Times best-seller list for seven months and was released as a paperback in 2012 having hit 35,000 sales.[4] The autobiography revived her career and Rock went on to make regular appearances on ITV's This Morning programme to discuss the book and her life.[citation needed] Career[edit] Stage[edit] Rock started her career as a comedian in the late 1980s. She appeared nationwide on Bob Monkhouse's BBC
BBC
Television show Bob Says Opportunity Knocks,[5] where she was given the highest marks for any comedy act on the series. Monkhouse said: "She has the art of timing and had me in stitches."[citation needed] In 1991, following a period of ill health, Crissy returned to the stage, taking bookings on the club and cabaret circuit. Within months, she was voted runner up in the "Club Comedian
Comedian
of the Year" competition for the Merseyside region.[citation needed] By 1993, her career had started to take off. She performed her act in clubs in Blackpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, South Wales, and London. By 1994, Rock was bill-topping at the Central Pier and the famous Blackpool Tower.[6] In 1998, Rock toured the United Kingdom in a drama called Shellfish, in which she played the role of the pivotal female role of Pat. The Guardian newspaper wrote: Pat is an utterly believable portrayal of a woman making a last grab at happiness.[7] In the mid-2000s, Rock left the UK and relocated to Benidorm, where she established herself as a female stand-up comedian, playing ten shows a week.[citation needed] Following the success of the TV show Benidorm
Benidorm
she returned to the UK in 2008 and continued to perform her stand-up act in clubs around the country. Rock's comedy has been described as "outrageous" and "emotional".[8] In 2011, Rock released her debut DVD: Crissy Rock – Live!, recorded at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre. From December 2011 to January 2012, Rock played the role of the Fairy Godmother in Billingham Forum's Christmas pantomime production of Cinderella.[9] In December 2013, Rock appeared as the Wicked Queen in a production of Snow White at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre.[10] On 15 March 2014, Rock led the cast of new comedy Dirty Dusting at the Bedworth Civic Hall.[11] In April 2014, Rock starred alongside Duggie Brown in Escorts the musical at the Theatre Royal St Helens.[11] Film and television[edit] Rock's debut acting performance was as Maggie Conlan in Ken Loach's award-winning 1994 film Ladybird Ladybird. Loach later recalled: "I cannot think of anyone I have worked with who shines more brightly than Crissy Rock". Her performance won her numerous awards, including 'Best Actress' at the Berlin Film Festival ( Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
won best actor),[12] 'Best Actress' at London Film Critics Awards (Hugh Grant won Best Actor), and she received a 'Best Newcomer' nomination in the Evening Standard Awards. Film critic Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
said on the CBS This Morning programme: "No Oscar ceremony will be complete without a nomination for this brilliant performance."[citation needed] In 1995, Rock appeared on primetime ITV in Peak Practice, Celebrity Squares and Funny Girls. She also performed on Sky One's Stand and Deliver. In 1996, she played Annie Greave in episode three of the BBC detective drama Dalziel and Pascoe, had a regular television role as nosy neighbour Anita Cartledge in Springhill ,[13] and starred alongside Julie Walters
Julie Walters
and Robert Lindsay in the BBC
BBC
comedy play Brazen Hussies. In 1997, she played alongside Billie Whitelaw
Billie Whitelaw
in the six-part BBC1 series Born to Run. She also made regular appearances on Channel 4's game show Pull The Other One. In 1999, Rock played alongside Pete Postlethwaite in the BBC
BBC
crime drama Butterfly Collectors, Nancy Banks-Smith who, writing in The Guardian
The Guardian
said: “Crissy Rock..just switch her on and watch her go”.[4] This was the first of two plays in which she featured in that year, the other was as Jean Walton in Jimmy McGovern's BAFTA
BAFTA
nominated Channel 4
Channel 4
play Dockers, with Ken Scott and Ricky Tomlinson. In the same year, she was acclaimed for her presenting debut on BBC
BBC
TV's Millennium Night Show (with Michael Parkinson and Gaby Roslin).[14] In 2000, she played the regular role of the unnamed newsagent in the BAFTA
BAFTA
nominated BBC
BBC
One drama series Clocking Off. In 2001, Rock starred as Amber Costello during a four-week stint in Channel 4's popular soap opera Brookside. In 2002, she worked with Ricky Tomlinson again, when she played Madame Flo in his six-part BBC
BBC
series Nice Guy Eddie. She also starred in a short film called Hero, which won the Hamburg
Hamburg
and Dresden
Dresden
International Festivals in three categories, also the London International Film Festival
London International Film Festival
for short subjects.[4] Following a five-year hiatus in acting, Rock was cast, without audition, in the two part Closure episode of Lynda La Plante's Trial & Retribution series for ITV in 2007. The following year, Plante cast her in another of her TV productions: The Commander. She said: "Crissy has a power of emotions that is so rare".[citation needed] In 2008, Rock took on the role of loudmouthed hotel manageress Janey York in ITV's highly successful comedy series Benidorm. In 2012, Rock filmed "The Air That I Breath", based on the 1970s TV series Hazell. Over the years, she has appeared in various feature films, including Under the Skin, with Samantha Morton, Act of Grace, in which she played Leo Gregory's mother, and A Boy Called Dad. She is currently filming three new films: In Search Of The Miraculous, Death Of An Angel [15] and Still Waters.[16] I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![edit] Rock took part in the 11th series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. She came 6th and left on Day 19. On 8 December 2011, days after returning from Australia, she appeared on Gabby Logan's Channel 5 show Live with Gabby in which she reflected on her 19 days in the jungle, her weight loss and her DVD. She appeared alongside Sarah Hadland.[citation needed] Publications[edit] Rock published her autobiography This Heart Within Me Burns in 2011. Ghost written by author Ken Scott, the book was a best-seller in Britain, and Rock went on a book signing tour to promote it. The sales for the hardback edition hit 35,000, and it was subsequently released in paperback. This Heart Within Me Burns was described as 'an inspirational piece of literature'.[17] Encouraged by this success, Rock teamed up with Ken Scott
Ken Scott
again to pen the first of a series of novels centring on fictional journalist Samantha Kerr. The first book, Revenge Is Sweeter Than Flowing Honey was published in February 2014.[18] Ken Scott
Ken Scott
has recently written: "Look out for more Sam Kerr in the not too distant future", suggesting that there are more books in the pipeline.[19] Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role

1994 Ladybird, Ladybird Maggie Conlan

1995, 2000 Peak Practice Marion Daley/ Marion Richards

1996 Springhill Anita Cartlege

1996 Dalziel and Pascoe Annie Greave

1996 Brazen Hussies Sandra Delaney

1997 Born to Run Edna

1999 Butterfly Collectors Maureen

1999 Dockers Jean Walton

2001 Brookside Amber Costello

2002 Nice Guy Eddie Madame Flo

2007 Trial & Retribution Sylvia Ryan

2007–2011, 2012, 2015 Benidorm Janey York

2008 The Commander Adele Davis

2009 A Boy Called Dad Chip Shop Woman

2011 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Herself

2012 Celebrity "Come Dine With Me" Herself

2013 The Chase Herself

2017 Cotton Wool Gerry

Bibliography[edit]

Rock, Crissy; Scott, Ken (ghostwriter) (2011). This Heart Within Me Burns From Bedlam to Benidorm. Which was No.1 best seller on Amazon. London, UK: John Blake Publishing Ltd. 

References[edit]

^ Greenwood, Carl (21 March 2014). "Benidorm: Johnny Vegas and Crissy Rock to make sitcom return five years after leaving the show". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2014.  ^ "Benidorm: Crissy Rock (Janey) axed from the show! – Throng". Tvthrong.co.uk. 18 May 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ "Berlinale: 1994 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 15 June 2011.  ^ a b c " Crissy Rock profile". Bold-management.com. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ " Crissy Rock Comedian
Comedian
– Booking Information". Shout123.co.uk. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ "Artist Profile: Crissy Rock". Riversideentertainments.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2013.  ^ "Shellfish – Judith Johnson – 1998 – Productions". Ett.org.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ "CRISSY ROCK LIVE! Star of ITV hit series Benidorm
Benidorm
& I'm a Celebrity". PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ " Crissy Rock – From Benidorm
Benidorm
to the Jungle and Back at Royal Court Theatre". Whatson.london24.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ Amanda Harrington and Crissy Rock to appear in panto as part of a new season unveiled at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre, liverpoolecho.co.uk; accessed 11 November 2015. ^ a b "Side splitting musical at Theatre Royal (From St Helens Star)". Sthelensstar.co.uk. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.  ^ "Berlinale Archive Annual Archives 1994 Prize Winners". www.berlinale.de. Retrieved 21 January 2017.  ^ "'Crissy's a rich film star and I'm a skint care worker . . . but we still go to bingo together' MUM-OF-TWO CRISSY ROCK, 39, WAS A PART-TIME BARMAID AND CLUB COMIC BEFORE SHE STARRED IN THE CONTROVERSIAL FILM LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD. NOW SHE'S IN CHANNEL 4'S SPRINGHILL AND BBC1'S BORN TO RUN. BUT HER BEST MATE IS STILL CARE WORKER MARGARET JONES, 41. THEY SPOKE TO HILARY KINGSLEY. PICTURES BY HOWARD WALKER". Thefreelibrary.com. 29 June 1997. Retrieved 31 July 2014.  ^ "Acts & Bands – Comedy & After Dinner Speakers – Crissy Rock". LNP Sound. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ " Crissy Rock @ Kenneth Earle Personal Management Talent Agency – Kenneth Earle Personal Management". Kennethearlepersonalmanagement.com. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ Still Waters (2013), imdb.com; accessed 11 November 2015. ^ "Crissy Rock". Bold Management. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2014.  ^ "Revenge is Sweeter than Flowing Honey: Amazon.co.uk: Crissy Rock, Ken Scott: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2014.  ^ "The Next Nancy Drew?". Huffingtonpost.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Crissy Rock on IMDb Unreality TV – News of Crissy Rock on I'm a Celebrity British Comedy Guide Benidorm
Benidorm
at British TV Comedy

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Silver Bear for Best Actress

Elsa Martinelli
Elsa Martinelli
(1956) Yvonne Mitchell
Yvonne Mitchell
(1957) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
(1958) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1959) Juliette Mayniel (1960) Anna Karina
Anna Karina
(1961) Rita Gam
Rita Gam
/ Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1962) Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
(1963) Sachiko Hidari
Sachiko Hidari
(1964) Madhur Jaffrey
Madhur Jaffrey
(1965) Lola Albright
Lola Albright
(1966) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1967) Stéphane Audran (1968) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
/ Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1971) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1972) Kinuyo Tanaka (1975) Jadwiga Barańska
Jadwiga Barańska
(1976) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1977) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(1978) Hanna Schygulla
Hanna Schygulla
(1979) Renate Krößner (1980) Barbara Grabowska (1981) Katrin Sass
Katrin Sass
(1982) Yevgeniya Glushenko (1983) Inna Churikova
Inna Churikova
(1984) Jo Kennedy (1985) Charlotte Valandrey
Charlotte Valandrey
/ Marcélia Cartaxo (1986) Ana Beatriz Nogueira (1987) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1988) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1989) Victoria Abril
Victoria Abril
(1991) Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
(1992) Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1993) Crissy Rock (1994) Josephine Siao (1995) Anouk Grinberg
Anouk Grinberg
(1996) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1997) Fernanda Montenegro
Fernanda Montenegro
(1998) Juliane Köhler
Juliane Köhler
(1999) Bibiana Beglau
Bibiana Beglau
(2000) Kerry Fox
Kerry Fox
(2001) Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(2002) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
/ Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
/ Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
/ Catalina Sandino Moreno
Catalina Sandino Moreno
(2004) Julia Jentsch
Julia Jentsch
(2005) Sandra Hüller
Sandra Hüller
(2006) Nina Hoss
Nina Hoss
(2007) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2008) Birgit Minichmayr
Birgit Minichmayr
(2009) Shinobu Terajima
Shinobu Terajima
(2010) Sareh Bayat
Sareh Bayat
/ Sarina Farhadi / Leila Hatami
Leila Hatami
/ Kimia Hosseini (2011) Rachel Mwanza
Rachel Mwanza
(2012) Paulina García
Paulina García
(2013) Haru Kuroki
Haru Kuroki
(2014) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2015) Trine Dyrholm
Trine Dyrholm
(2016) Kim Min-hee (2017)

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London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress
Actress
of the Year

Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1993) Crissy Rock (1994) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1997) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(1998) Emily Watson
Emily Watson
(1999) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2000) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Lesley Manville
Lesley Manville
(2002) Anne Reid (2003) Eva Birthistle
Eva Birthistle
/ Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2004) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(2007) Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas
(2008) Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan
(2009) Lesley Manville
Lesley Manville
(2010) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
(2011) Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough
(2012) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2013) Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike
(2014) Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
(2015) Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale
(2016) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2017)

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