Imogen Claire

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Imogen Claire as a Transylvanian

Imogen Claire (November 2, 1943 – June 24, 2005) was a British dancer, choreographer and actress who appeared as a Transylvanian in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A as a young woman, Imogen Claire trained at the Royal Ballet School, followed by the London Dance Theatre. Upon completing her training, Claire became member of the Royal Ballet Company. Later, she became a choreographer, with several credits in theater adding directing and design to her resume.

Claire was called to the Royal Court Theater to audition for the part of Magenta in the original 1973 stage version of The Rocky Horror Show, but was contractually unavailable at the time. Jim Sharman still wanted to work with her, and included Claire when the time came to make the film, giving her a role as a Transylvanian.

Other notable performances for Claire included supporting roles in several Ken Russell films. Claire kept her jacket and shirt from The Rocky Horror Picture Show filming, and later wore them in the Absolute Beginners with the blessing of the films costumer, Sue Blane.

Later in life, Claire became an advocate for dancers as an elected union official in Equity, where she remained active until contracting cancer in 2004. Claire passed away in 2005 from the disease.

Filmography

2000: The Man Who Cried - Audition Mistress
2000: Hotel Splendide - Edna Blanche (voice)
2000: Billy Elliot - Tutor 1
1999: Kavanagh QC (TV Series) - Madame Zonglo
1997: The Sin Eater (TV Short)
1994: Just William (TV Series) - Madame Beauchamp
1992: In Dreams (TV Movie) - Receptionist
1991: Prisoner of Honor (TV Movie) - Cabaret singer
1990: I Hired a Contract Killer - Secretary (as Immogen Clare)
1990: The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt - Party Guest
1988: The Lair of the White Worm - Dorothy Trent
1988: Hawks - Paradise Madame
1988: Salome's Last Dance - 2nd Nazarean
1986: The Theban Plays by Sophocles (TV Series) - Theban Citizen
1986: Absolute Beginners - Dancer (as Imogen Clare)
1986: Little Shop Of Horrors - Dancer
1986: Caravaggio - Lady with the Jewels
1986: Lovejoy (TV Series) - Stall Holder
1985: The Bill (TV Series) - Miss Marsh
1981: Shock Treatment - Wardrobe Mistress
1980: Instant Sex (Short) (voice)
1980: Phoelix
1980: Flash Gordon - Special Movement
1980: Hussy - Imogen
1978: ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series) - Spectre
1976: Dear Margery Boobs (Short) - Margery Boobs (voice)
1976: Star Maidens (TV Series) Doctor (as Imogen Clare)
1975: Lisztomania - George Sand
1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Transylvanian
1975: Tommy - Nurse at the Specialist's Practice (uncredited)
1974: Dial M for Murder (TV Series) - Girl at Party
1972: Henry VIII and His Six Wives - Maria de Salinas
1972: Savage Messiah - Mavis Coldstream
1971: The Devils : Nun (uncredited)
1970: The Music Lovers - Lady in White (uncredited)
1970: Omnibus (TV Series documentary) - Salome