Claire comes from a small family brought up in Walton, Liverpool by her mother, Kathleen, and father, Ken along with her brother, Shaun.
School wasn't exactly Claire's idea of fun and found school work a little difficult particularly Math but did well in singing and acting. Her first job had nothing to do with singing, dancing or acting though, as she worked as a butchers assistant in her fathers shop.
Claire trained at the Elliott-Clarke Drama School, Liverpool's premier stage school at the age of 11. But it wasn't like TV's Fame, in which students wore leotards and leg-warmers. Pupils had be in full school uniform, including hats and gloves. Claire went there because her mum Kathleen was determined that she wasn't going to the same school where she had fallen out with the headmistress 20 years earlier. "I owe my career to my mum," Claire says. "She didn't want me to go to the local comprehensive. "When she found out it still had the headmistress who had taught her, she said: 'I can't send you there. She made my life hell. She flattened my beehive in the Sixties!'"
After leaving Elliott-Clarke Drama School, Claire won a place at London's famous Italia Conti stage school in London when she was 18. She began her career singing in cabaret on P&O cruise liners, including the maiden voyage of the Oriana. She was determined to be a singer after she left school and was booked up for a succession of summer seasons and pantos, before landing a brief appearance in Brookside as Lindsey in 1991. After her stint at sea, Claire felt it was time to come home and decided to write the producer of Brookside to see if there was a place for her on the show. It just happened that the day the producer got her letter was the day the production staff were meeting to discuss long term storylines so they decided it was time to bring back Lindsey Corkhill. Claire returned to work at Brookside in 1995.
Lindsey Corkhill, unlike Claire has had a very eventful life! Lindsey first made her appearance at the Close in 1991 when she came to see her parents Jimmy and Jackie Corkhill. As we all know, Lindsey only stuck around for a couple of episodes. Over the years we have seen Lindsey transform from a shy young girl who worked at the local chippie to a no nonsense business woman with gangster tendencies, to a would be gun toting gangster, to a beaten women who refused to admit defeat, to a woman who is now trying to get her life back in order and being a mother to her always absent daughter Kylie.
After six years on Brookside Claire made a decision that would change her life. Claire along with five other celebrities took part in a celebrity version of big brother for charity in March of 2001. After being in the house for a week Claire emerged as the runner- up but came in first place in the hearts and minds of the nation.
The actress who played bad girl Lindsey Corkhill in the Channel Four soap "Brookside" was a relative unknown. How different the story is a few days on. Claire is undoubtedly the toast of the town after managing to leave the "Big Brother" house relatively unscathed.
Of all the six housemates, she was the one who managed to give the least away - perhaps because there is little to reveal.
Since leaving the Big Brother house Claire has been on a whirlwind ride of a lifetime. Not to mention becoming presenter of the ITV program Challenge Of A Lifetime! When she's not crawling across cables attached to buildings, riding a bike on a bridge suspended 500 feet above a canyon or preparing to do any number of stunts should the guests back out, Claire can also be seen at the current model for Marks and Spencers bras.
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