Claire Antonia Forlani (born 1 July 1972) is an English actress. She became known in the mid-1990s for her leading role in the film Mallrats, and in the Jean-Michel Basquiat 1996 biopic Basquiat. In 1998, she achieved wide recognition for starring in the fantasy romance film Meet Joe Black (1998). Other notable films include Boys and Girls (2000), Antitrust (2001), The Medallion (2003) and In the Name of the King (2007). Forlani also has appeared in numerous TV films and series, including her starring role on the historical-fantasy-drama series Camelot, and her recurring roles on the CBS action series CSI: NY, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Hawaii Five-0. She has recently played the role of Meredith Newman in the 2019 film Five Feet Apart.
Forlani in 2015
Claire Antonia Forlani
1 July 1972
|Other names||Clair Forlani|
|Education||Arts Educational Schools, London|
Dougray Scott (m. 2007)
Claire Forlani was born on the 1st of July, 1972 in Twickenham, London, the daughter of Barbara (née Dickinson), who is English, and Pier Luigi Forlani, a music manager from Ferrara, Italy. 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 JFK: 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, such as Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel. In 1998, she starred with Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black. The following year she starred with Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush in Mystery Men. 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 in Loaded's "Hot 100 Babes".
In 2003, she co-starred with Jackie Chan in The Medallion, in 2005 Green Street Hooligans with Charlie Hunnam and Elijah Wood. In 2007's Hallam Foe she starred with Jamie Bell and Ciarán Hinds. In Autumn 2006, Forlani joined the cast of CSI: NY in a recurring role as a medical examiner, Dr. Peyton Driscoll. 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.
In 2010, 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.
Forlani has appeared in a series of television commercials for Dewar's Scotch whisky. Her performance has been hailed as one of the most frightening performances in alcohol ads. According to Cracked: "Nobody likes an angry drunk, and in this commercial for Dewar's (The Drinking Man's Scotch!), actress Claire Forlani proves to be exactly that, in terrifying fashion."
In 2015, Forlani was one of the narrators of the documentary Unity.
In 2016, the second episode of season seven of Hawaii Five-0 introduced Alicia Brown, a retired criminal profiler portrayed by Forlani. In a recurring role, Brown helped the Five-0 team to find a serial killer.
In the #MeToo era, Forlani has revealed that she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein five times, including twice in a hotel, and that she had a "disgusting" experience with a producer.
|1994||Police Academy: Mission to Moscow||Katrina|
|1996||The Rock||Jade Angelou|
|Garage Sale||Julia||Short film|
|1997||The Last Time I Committed Suicide||Joan|
|Meet Joe Black||Susan Parrish|
|Into My Heart||Nina|
|Boys and Girls||Jennifer Burrows|
|The Medallion||Nicole James|
|2004||Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius||Mary Malone Jones|
|Gone Dark||Monica Prince||Video; AKA The Limit|
|2005||Green Street||Shannon Dunham|
|Ripley Under Ground||Cynthia|
|Shadows in the Sun||Isabella Parish||Television film|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Herself|
|2007||In the Name of the King||Solana|
|Hallam Foe||Verity Foe|
|2008||Flashbacks of a Fool||Adult Ruth|
|Beer for My Horses||Annie Streets|
|2011||Love's Kitchen||Kate Templeton||Direct-to-VOD|
|2013||Another Me||Ann Delusey|
|2017||Crystal Inferno||Brianna Bronson||Also known as Inferno: Skyscraper Escape|
|2018||Head Full of Honey||Head Mistress|
|2019||An Affair to Die For||Holly|
|Five Feet Apart||Meredith Newman|
|1991||Press Gang||Judy Wellman||Episode: "Chance Is a Fine Thing"|
|1992||Press Gang||Judy Wellman||Episode: "In the Picture"|
|1993||JFK: Reckless Youth||Ann Cannon||Television film|
|2003||The Pentagon Papers||Patricia Marx|
|2005||Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project||Allison|
|Shadows in the Sun||Isabella Parish|
|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|
|Camelot||Queen Igraine||Main role|
|2011–2012||NCIS: Los Angeles||Lauren Hunter||Recurring role|
|2012||Scruples||Billy Winthrop Ikehorn||Television film|
|2016–2017||Hawaii Five-0||Alicia Brown||Recurring role|
|2016||Running for Her Life (AKA Run to Me)||Allison||Television film|
- "The Cast of Meet Joe Black – Claire Forlani". Meetjoeblack.com. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "Claire Forlani Biography (1972–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- Michelle Tan. "Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott Get Married".
- "Forlani Doctors Up 'CSI: NY'". Zap2it.com. 10 August 2006. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- DEWAR'S Highlander Honey – The Drinking Man's Honey and DewarsUS; YouTube videos
- "5 Alcohol Ads That Confirm Your Worst Fears About Drinking". Cracked.com. 31 December 2012.
- "Hawaii Five-0 books Claire Forlani for recurring role". Entertainment Weekly. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- Tan, Michelle (8 June 2007). "Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott Get Married – Marriage, Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott". People. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "Claire Forlani on Harvey Weinstein Encounters: "I Escaped Five Times"". The Hollywood Reporter.