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Claire Jane Sweeney (born 17 April 1971 in Walton, Liverpool) is an English Actress, Singer and Television Personality best known for playing the role of Lindsey Corkhill in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside and her appearance on the first series of the Reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother.
 Early life and career
Sweeney trained at the Elliott-Clarke Theatre School in Liverpool, and went on to the Italia Conti Academy in London. Her first singing gig, at the age of 14, was in the Montrose Club in Liverpool. In 1987, she was a member of the Southport Summer Youth Theatre Workshop's production of the musical Hair. Following this production, she auditioned for a part in the Southport Arts Centre's Centre Stage Company production of Chicago but was turned down because she was considered too young - she later went on to star in a West End version of the same show.
After leaving the stage school, Sweeney had many singing engagements before landing the minor role of Lindsey in Brookside for a brief spell in 1991. She entertained cruise ships for P&O as a singer for four years before returning to England. On her return, Sweeney reprised her role of Lindsey and remained on the show as a leading character until its demise in 2003.
Sweeney appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2001 in aid of Comic Relief, where she met Anthea Turner who has become a close friend. Her appearance on the show prompted her to greater fame amongst the British public. This directly led to appearing as "Roxie Hart" in the musical Chicago in London. In 2002, Sweeney released an album, Claire on Telstar Records, consisting of a mix of original material and cover versions of well-known songs, which enjoyed only modest success reaching the UK Top 20. In 2003, Sweeney returned to the stage in the lead in the World tour of Fosse.
In 2005 & 2006, Sweeney appeared in Pantomime productions of Snow White and Aladdin at Theatre Royal, Nottingham.
On 10 July 2006, Sweeney took over from Sally Ann Triplett in the role of "Miss Adelaide" in the UK production of Guys & Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End for an 8 week run. Sweeney also played opposite Dirty Dancing legend Patrick Swayze before touring the UK extensively in the same production.
She has also presented a number of shows, such as Challenge of a Lifetime, I'm famous...and frightened!, A Song for Europe and 60 Minute Makeover and acted in Television programmes such as Merseybeat and Clocking Off. In 2004, Sweeney appeared as a contestant on the first series of the BBC One pro-celebrity ballroom dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing. She has most recently been seen as the host of the television series Chef vs Britain and as a regular panellist on Loose Women, both for ITV.
In 2005, the fitness DVD Claire Sweeney: The Perfect Fit with Weight Watchers was released. For a period, Sweeney was the holder of The Forces Sweetheart title. In 2001, she won Rear of the Year'.
Claire has been signed up to star alongside Jonathan Wilkes, in the Pantomime Snow White at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent in December 2008.
She is currently starring in the musical Shout! alongside Su Pollard and guest starred at the BCSC 2008 Conference in Liverpool.
In March 2009, Claire appeared in adverts for Dulux paint.
In December 2009 she stars as Carrion the Wicked Fairy in Sleeping Beauty alongside comedian Kev Orkian at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley.
 Personal life
Sweeney's ex-boyfriends are said to include Adam Kenwright. However, she had a steady relationship with businessman Tony Hibbard for six years, until they split in late 2007. Claire is also a keen investor, with an extensive property portfolio. As well as shares in Morris and Wimpey Homes, she owns a number of properties on London's Mayfair Road and Pall Mall. In late 2003 she acquired a 20% stake in the Manhattan. She also was on tv coz she likes it. Flatiron Building.