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Claire Antonia Forlani (born 1 July 1972) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in films such as Mallrats, Basquiat, and Meet Joe Black.

Early life[]

Claire Forlani was born in 1972 in Twickenham, London, the daughter of Barbara (née Dickinson), who was English, and Pier Luigi Forlani, a music manager from Ferrara, Italy.[1][2][3] At age 11, Forlani entered the Arts Educational School in London, where she began to study acting. During her six years at the school, she also studied dance, which led to performances on stage in The Nutcracker and Orpheus in the Underworld.


Forlani's parents moved to San Francisco in 1993, in order to allow for wider casting opportunities in Hollywood films. Subsequently, Forlani was cast in the television mini-series J.F.K.: Reckless Youth and the film Police Academy: Mission to Moscow. In 1995, she played the supporting role of Brandi Svenning in Mallrats. In 1996, Forlani appeared in a supporting role as Sean Connery's daughter in the film The Rock. She continued to appear in both widely released and smaller-budget films. In 1998, she starred with Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black. She then appeared in Antitrust, a thriller released in January 2001. Forlani was the new face of L'Oréal in 2001. She has been ranked no. 51 (2000) and no. 89 (2001) in Stuff magazine's "100 Sexiest Women", no. 85 (2001) in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women" and was slotted in Loaded's "Hot 100 Babes". In 2003, she co-starred with Jackie Chan in The Medallion.

In autumn 2006, Forlani joined the cast of CSI: NY in a recurring role as a medical examiner, Dr. Peyton Driscoll.[4] In February 2007, Forlani portrayed Tori Bodeen in the film version of Nora Roberts's best-selling book Carolina Moon. In 2008, she starred opposite Daniel Craig in Flashbacks of a Fool. In 2011, Forlani played Queen Igraine in Camelot and Kate Templeton in Love's Kitchen alongside her husband Dougray Scott.[5]

In 2011, Forlani made an appearance in NCIS: Los Angeles as Agent Lauren Hunter, replacing Henrietta Lange (Linda Hunt) temporarily as the operations director at NCIS for the end of season 2. She later appeared in season 3's finale, where her character is killed in a car bombing.

Forlani has appeared in a series of television commercials for Dewar's Scotch whisky, in which she affects a Scottish accent.[6]

In 2015, Forlani was one of the narrators of the documentary, Unity.

Personal life[]

In June 2007, Forlani married Scottish actor Dougray Scott[7] and she is stepmother to his two children.[7] On December 27, 2014, they welcomed their son Milo Thomas Scott.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Gypsy Eyes Katarina
1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Katrina
1995 Mallrats Brandi Svenning
1996 Template:Sortname Jade Angelou
1996 Basquiat Gina Cardinale
1996 Garage Sale Julia Short film
1997 Template:Sortname Joan
1998 Basil Julia Sherwin
1998 Meet Joe Black Susan Parrish
1998 Into My Heart Nina
1999 Mystery Men Monica
2000 Magicians Lydia
2000 Boys and Girls Jennifer Burrows
2001 Antitrust Alice Poulson
2002 Triggermen Emma Cutler
2003 Northfork Mrs. Hadfield
2003 Template:Sortname Nicole James
2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Mary Malone Jones
2004 Gone Dark Monica Prince Video; AKA The Limit
2005 Green Street Shannon Dunham
2005 Ripley Under Ground Cynthia
2007 Hallam Foe Verity Foe
2007 In the Name of the King Solana
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Adult Ruth
2008 Beer for My Horses Annie Streets
2009 Not Forgotten Katie
2009 Shannon's Rainbow Christine
2011 Love's Kitchen Kate Templeton
2013 Another Me Ann Delusey
2016 Precious Cargo Karen


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Press Gang Judy Wellman Episode: "Chance Is a Fine Thing"
1992 Press Gang Judy Wellman Episode: "In the Picture"
1993 J.F.K.: Reckless Youth Ann Cannon Television film
2003 Template:Sortname Patricia Marx Television film
2004 Memron Vangela Clay Television film
2005 Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project Allison Television film
2005 Shadows in the Sun Isabella Parish Television film
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Doris Frehman Episode: "Crouch End"
2006–2010 CSI: NY Dr. Peyton Driscoll Recurring role
2007 Carolina Moon Victoria "Tory" Bodeen Television film
2009 False Witness Pippa Porter Television miniseries
2011 Ice Jacqueline Television miniseries
2011 Camelot Queen Igraine Main role
2011–2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Lauren Hunter Recurring role
2012 Scruples Billy Winthrop Ikehorn Television film


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