Who is Liz Carr? Clarissa Mullery in Silent Witness


LIZ Carr is best known for her leading role on Silent Witness.

She’s also known for her efforts to improve the lives of those with a disability.

 Actress Liz Carr works to improve the lives of the disabled

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Actress Liz Carr works to improve the lives of the disabledCredit: Handout

Who is Liz Carr? What is her background?

Liz Carr was born in 1972 and is a British actress, stand-up comedian, broadcaster and international disability rights activist.

She has used a wheelchair since the age of seven.

This is due to a rare condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita.

Liz has been part of a number of comedy groups, including Abnormally Funny People with Tanyalee Davis, Steve Day, Steve Best, Simon Minty, and Chris McCausland.

She hit the headlines in 2017 after being attacked near Euston Station.

Who did Liz Carr play in Silent Witness?

Liz has played Clarissa Mullery in the show from 2013 to 2020.

She had been a major character after first appearing in Series 16.

She is the long-time friend and lab partner of Jack Hodgson, played by David Caves, who joins the Lyell Centre by default when Jack is hired.

 Liz stars in Silent Witness alongside Emilia Fox

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Liz stars in Silent Witness alongside Emilia FoxCredit: BBC

What is Liz Carr’s musical Assisted Suicide: The Musical?

In 2011, Carr was part of a Newsnight debate on assisted suicide, following the screening on the BBC of Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which included Jeremy Paxman and David Aaronovitch.

She opposed Lord Faulkner’s Assisted Dying Bill, stating: “I fear we’ve so devalued certain groups of people – ill people, disabled people, older people – that I don’t think it’s in their best interests to enshrine in law the right of doctors to kill certain people.”

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To honour her views she created Assisted Suicide: The Musical.

What TV shows has Liz Carr appeared in?

Liz Carr landed her first acting role in the play Mother Courage during her 30s.

She then performed in another play at the Young Vic.

In 2013 she got her big break in Silent Witness.

She’s also starred in The OA and Devs.

 She plays Clarissa Mullery on Silent Witness

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She plays Clarissa Mullery on Silent WitnessCredit: BBC

Who is Liz Carr’s partner Jo Church?

Jo Church is Liz’s long-term partner.

They entered a civil partnership on November 1, 2010.

Liz wrote for the BBC at the time: “The decorations and food were inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead festival where it is believed that the spirits of those who’ve died return to party with the living.

“Since we’ve both lost so many family and disabled friends along the way, we chose this date so that we could celebrate with those from our past and our present.”

Jo can be found on Twitter @thevjoiners.

When was Liz Carr attacked at Euston Station?

On August 15, 2017, The Sun reported how Liz was stabbed in the head by an attacker armed with a pair of scissors in each hand.

The man lunged at her in a London street near Euston Station as her carer tried to keep him at bay.

Liz suffered a slash wound. A man in his 20s was arrested.

A friend said: “It was a terrifying experience for Liz.

“She was being pushed in her wheelchair when this young man armed with two pairs of scissors suddenly headed towards her.

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“He followed them and began lashing out and stabbed Liz in the head.

“There was blood everywhere but she was very lucky that the wound grazed her head and she was not more seriously injured.

“Typically, Liz is putting a brave face on it — joking that it was like being attacked by Edward Scissorhands. She has no idea who he was and has never seen him before.”

Her mum Patricia has praised the bravery of her carer who fended off the attacker.

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