Name:
Claire Forlani
Birth Date:
July 1, 1972
Birth Place:
Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK
Height:
5' 7''
Nationality:
British-Italian
Famous for:
Her role in 'Meet Joe Black' (1988)
Profession:
actress, dancer
Education:
London's Arts Educational School
BIOGRAPHY
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Meet Joe Black

Background:

“Style and fashion have never been in the forefront of my attention. I was one of the few who was so grateful to be able to wear a school uniform.  I'm not a big mirror person.  When I'm not filming, I pretty much avoid looking in the mirror.  I spare myself.  When you're filming, it's all very focused on how you look, especially if you're a girl. So I give myself a break.” Claire Forlani

British-Italian actress Claire Forlani was widely noticed when she played Susan Parrish, Anthony Hopkins' daughter and Brad Pitt's love interest, in “Meet Joe Black” (1998). Debuting in the film “Gypsy Eyes” (1992), Forlani appeared in such films as “Mallrats” (1995), “The Rock” (1996), “The Last Time I Committed Suicide” (1997), “Mystery Men” (1999), “Boys and Girls” (2000), “Antitrust” (2001), “The Medallion” (2003), “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius” (2004), “Hooligans” (2005), “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” (2007), “Flashbacks of a Fool” (2008), “Beer for My Horses” (2008), “Not Forgotten” (2009) and “Love's Kitchen” (2011).

The 5' 7” tall, green-eyed beauty was one of Stuff's “100 Sexiest Women” (2000 and 2001), FHM's “100 Sexiest Women” (2001) and Loaded's “Hot 100 Babes.” Also in 2001, Forlani was selected as the new face of L'Oreal cosmetics. As for her private life, Claire was linked to actors Benicio Del Toro (reportedly dated during filming of “Basquiat”(1996), John Cusack (dated 1997-1998) and Ben Stiller (dated 1998-1999). She married her husband, actor Dougray Scott, in 2007.

“I'm an illegal alien and have been for many years.  If you rub my skin, I go green.” Claire Forlani

Twickenham Root

Childhood and Family:
    
In Twickenham, Middlesex, England, U.K., Claire Forlani was born on July 1, 1972.  She is the daughter of Italian father Pier Forlani (entertainment manager) and English mother Barbara Forlani (died of cancer in October 1998).  11-year-old Claire went to The Arts Educational School, in London, England, where she studied dance and drama for the next six years.  During her studies there, Claire performed in The Nutcracker Ballet and Orpheus in the Underworld.

On June 8, 2007, Forlani was married to Scottish actor Dougray Scott. She is stepmother to his two children.

Boys and Girls

Career:

 “After I saw the first thing I ever did, I got a migraine.” Claire Forlani

Claire Forlani first appeared on television in the British children's series “Press Gang” (starring Julia Sawalha), playing the role of Judy Wellman for two episodes, and appeared on the program Shrinks.  She soon arrived on the big screen after spending 11 weeks in war-torn Zagreb, in Croatia, filming her first feature film, director Vinci Vogue Anzlovar's romantic action picture “Gypsy Eyes” (1992; released on video in USA as C.I.A. Trackdown).  In the film, Forlani co-starred as a young gypsy woman named Katarina, opposite Jim Metzler.  Months after relocating with her family to San Francisco in 1993, Forlani made her debut appearance on America TV in the ABC biographical miniseries based on Nigel Hamilton's book, “JFK: Reckless Youth” (starring Patrick Dempsey), playing the small part of Ann Cannon, an alluring young girl who shares a sensuous dance with a young JFK.

One year after her arrival to America, Forlani landed a role as an interpreter in Alan Metter's 1994 sequel “Police Academy: Mission to Moscow,” alongside George Gaynes, Michael Winslow, David Graf and Leslie Easterbrook. The film, which centers on inept Police Academy graduates sent on a top-secret mission, was filmed on location in the former Soviet Union.  Writer-director Kevin Smith then cast the rising star to play the girlfriend of Jeremy London's character in the comedy “Mallrats” (1995, also with Shannen Doherty, Jason Lee and Ben Affleck) before Jeff Fisher gave her the starring role of Julia, the girlfriend of Salvator Xuereb's character, in his 30-minute romantic comedy “Garage Sale” (1996).

More roles rolled in. Forlani portrayed Sean Connery's angry daughter in Michael Bay's blockbuster action thriller “The Rock” (also starring Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris) and costarred as the sweet-natured waitress in Julian Schnabel's biopic “Basquiat” (both in 1996, also with Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro and David Bowie).  That same year, Forlani’s career took a dive when she was fired from the film “Deep Rising” after refusing to make adjustments in her character development to suit director Stephen Sommers' vision. However she bounced back with roles in Stephen T. Kay's “The Last Time I Committed Suicide” (1997, as the deeply disturbed girlfriend of beat poet Neal Cassady, played by Thomas Jane), Sean Smith and Anthony Stark's “Into My Heart” (a.k.a. Elements; costarred as Jake Weber's wife who has affair with Rob Morrow's character; the film was screened at festivals in 1998 and 1999; released theatrically in 2000), and Radha Bharadwaj's take on Wilkie Collins' novel, the romantic drama “Basil” (1998, starring Christian Slater and Jared Leto; Forlani played a Victorian era aristocrat who falls for a commoner; the film was screened at a few festivals before airing on the Romance Classics cable channel and released on video shortly thereafter).

The portrayal of Susan Parrish, Anthony Hopkins' daughter and Brad Pitt's love interest, helped catapult Forlani's name toward the spotlight.  She played the role in director Martin Brest's sci-fi romantic drama “Meet Joe Black” (1998). Forlani followed it up with roles in Kinka Usher's film version of Bob Burden's comic book series by Dark Horse, the summer action flick “Mystery Men” (1999, costarred with Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Reubens, Ben Stiller and William H. Macy; Forlani played Monica the Waitress) and teamed with Til Schweiger, Alan Arkin and Fabrizio Bentivoglio in writer-director James Merendino's indie comedy “Magicians” (2000, with Alan Arkin).  Moviegoers also enjoyed her for acting opposite Freddie Prinze Jr., playing his wild, free-spirited platonic best friend, in Robert Iscove's romantic comedy “Boys and Girls” (2000, also with Jason Biggs) before she joined Ryan Phillippe (Forlani played his girlfriend), Tim Robbins and Rachael Leigh Cook in Peter Howitt's thriller “Antitrust” (2001).  Also in 2001, Forlani signed a major contract as the new face of L'Oreal cosmetics, following in the steps of Jennifer Aniston.

Forlani added to her acting resume such films as “Triggermen” (2002), “Northfork” (2003), “The Pentagon Papers” (2003, TV) and “The Limit” (2003, a.k.a. Gone Dark). Director Gordon Chan asked Forlani to become Jackie Chan's fellow agent in his action comedy “The Medallion” (2003, also with Samo Hung) before Nancy Hower cast her in the comedy “Memron” (2004) and Rowdy Herrington offered her the role of  golf legend Bobby Jones’ wife in his biopic “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius”(2004, also starring Jim Caviezel). 2005 caught Forlani in Roger Spottiswoode's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, the romantic thriller “Ripley Under Ground” (starring Barry Pepper), Lexi Alexander's “Hooligans”(as Elijah Wood’s sister; also starring Charlie Hunnam), and writer-director Brad Mirman's romantic comedy “The Shadow Dancer” (with Joshua Jackson and Harvey Keitel).  

Forlani continued to appear in films like “Hallam Foe” (2007), “Carolina Moon” (TV), Uwe Boll's feature adaptation of the popular fantasy PC game, “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” (2007, with Jason Statham, Burt Reynolds and Ray Liotta), “Flashbacks of a Fool” (2008), “Beer for My Horses” (2008, with Toby Keith and Rodney Carrington), “The Diplomat” (TV, 2009), “Not Forgotten” (2009, starring  Simon Baker, Paz Vega and Michael DeLorenzo), “Shannon's Rainbow” (2009, with Julianne Michelle and Jason Gedrick) and “Love's Kitchen” (2011).

Forlani had a recurring role as Dr. Peyton Driscoll on the television series “CSI: NY,” which she played between 2006 and 2010, portrayed Queen Igraine in the 2011 TV miniseries “Camelot,” which also starred Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton, and was cast as  Jacqueline in the TV miniseries “Ice” (2011). From 2011 to 2012, she played Lauren Hunter on several episodes of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

In 2013, Forlani played Ann, the mother of Fay, played by Sophie Turner, on the Spanish-British movie “Another Me,” helmed by Isabel Coixet.

Forlani is a narrator on “Unity,”an upcoming educational documentary film written, directed and produced by Shaun Monson. It is scheduled to be released on April 21, 2015.

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As the wife of a proud Scotsman, her attempt at a Caledonian burr should be pitch perfect.But Claire Forlani, who is married to actor Dougray Scott, makes a mealy-mouthed attempt in her latest advert...
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