St Peter's School

Clare Wise

Clare died on 13th September 2016 age 51, after living initially with breast cancer, which returned as bone cancer in 2015. A successful film industry executive and production consultant, she worked for the UK Film Council and was vice president of international production at Universal Pictures.  She was an extremely bright, lively, funny, independent and outgoing woman also known for her distinctive Titian hair.

Born in Newcastle in 1964 to architect parents, she was very close to her younger brother Greg (OP Queen’s 1979-1984) who was an unfailing and devoted carer to her in the final months of her illness. She wrote a witty, honest and inspiring blog throughout, which Greg finished when she became too ill to continue herself and resulted in him publishing a book of their joint writing: ‘Not That Kind of Love’ (2018)

Clare was one of the early in-take of girls to St Peter’s in VIth form between 1981 and 1983 and was appointed Head of House in Queen’s, going on to achieve a double first in history from Bristol University.

 The stage was in the genes for the Wise family as Clare can be found playing lead roles at school as Plaintiff in Trial by Jury in 1982 and Estragon in ‘Waiting for Godot’ in a production in 1983 - when both she and Greg (who had played Rosencrantz in ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead’) were awarded Richard Atkinson Memorial prizes for drama in the same year. She was an avid reader and was also awarded a scholarship to St George’s School in Newport Rhode Island USA for 2 terms.

She is survived by her brother Greg. Both parents died a few years earlier.