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Victoria Wicks

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Victoria Wicks


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Victoria Wicks is a British actress best known for her television work playing Sally Smedley in Drop the Dead Donkey, Mrs Gideon in The Mighty Boosh, Harriet Lawes, the Head of Roundview College in Skins and for her work with Howard Barker's theatre company, the Wrestling School. Other recent television work includes Lizzie Fraser in the BBC drama "Silent Witness", Gemma, in ITV’s drama Mistresses, as Angela Reeves, wife of Richard Reeves, played by Paul McGann, in ITV’s drama, Collision, and as the High Priestess of the Sybillines, in The Fires of Pompeii, Series 4 of Doctor Who, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

Wicks was born in ChippenhamWiltshire, England in April 1959 to Brian and the late Judith Wicks. Wicks’s mother, Judith Bates, born 1933, was the second child of the writer H.E. Bates. One uncle, Jonathan Bates, who died in 2008 was an award-winning Sound Editor, and the other, Richard Bates, is a television producer. Wicks is a director of Evensford Productions Ltd, the company set up in 1955 to protect and promote H.E. Bates's work.

Wicks trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where she was awarded the Pernod and Bisquit Award for the most promising graduate.

First job was as Acting Assistant Stage Manager at Northampton Rep for a year, before going to Bristol Old Vic, Regent’s Park and then the RSC. In 1986 Wicks was in Andy Hamilton’s black comedy Tickets for the Titanic, and then went on to play Sally Smedley in all six series of Drop The Dead DonkeyThe Mighty Boosh, is an award-winning radio, television and stage show created by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Mrs Gideon was the Head of Reptiles at the Zooniverse in Series 1. Wicks also played Harriet Lawes, the Head of College in series 1, 2 and 3 of Skins.

Wicks joined the 'Wrestling School‘ in 1996. The company was formed in 1988 for the sole purpose of performing the work of the dramatist Howard Barker. Since joining the company Wicks has appeared in 9 plays by Barker, performing in London, BerlinStockholmCopenhagenAdelaide and also in RouenGrenobleLe Mans and Paris for the co-production of Les Animaux en Paradis, which was performed in French by 4 British and 5 French actors. Wicks is an Associate of the Wrestling School.