Claire is an actor who trained at RADA and Bretton Hall.
She recently received an Off West End ‘OnComm’ Award for her play
Oranges & Ink which she both wrote and starred in, about the Restoration
female libertines Aphra Behn and Nell Gwyn. It is currently streaming in a
double-bill with its sister play The Masks of Aphra Behn via Scenesaver.
On stage Claire played Mags in Handbagged and Sheila in Relatively Speaking,
both at Windsor Theatre Royal and on tour, Liz Essendine in
Present Laughter and Maggie in Hobson's Choice at Chesterfield Pomegranate
and Sidmouth Manor Pavilion – all for producer Paul Taylor-Mills. She also
played Vivianne in the critically acclaimed Women of Twilight at the Pleasance
and White Bear theatres. Other work includes: Child Z (Southwark Playhouse),
Blind Eye (Theatre 503), I’m Dreaming But Am I? (Finborough Theatre) and No 1 Tours of Handbagged (Eleanor Lloyd Productions) and Funny Peculiar (Bill Kenwright Ltd). She also performed the title role in her one-woman show, The Masks of Aphra Behn, on tour and at New Wimbledon Theatre.
Screen work includes main supporting roles in numerous feature films. Most recently she played Pauline in The Last Twitch and Mabel Smith in Borley Rectory: The Most Haunted House in England with Reece Shearsmith. Also, she plays one of the leads, Anne, in another horror feature film, Goodbye Mary.
Other feature films include Provoked with Miranda Richardson, Telling Lies with Jason Flemyng (both of which had worldwide cinema and DVD releases), and The Magic Hour (UK cinema release). Her TV credits include guest lead in Rosamunde Pilcher (ZDF) and Tomorrow’s Times (BBC). Award-winning short films include The Trip and Man vs Sand, both by Screen Star of Tomorrow director, Prano Bailey-Bond.
Voiceever work includes audiobooks for WF Howes and Harper Collins, numeous narrations on DVD featurettes for Canal + and Indicator.
Claire also acts, writes and directs for her theatre company A Monkey With Cymbals.
She is currently writing a play Woman Behind Glass which is being developed during
the National Theatre Develop Your Playwriting course led by John Donnelly
(Royal Court, Bush Theatre, Headlong). The company is also currently in
preproduction for a radio adaptation of Pinero's The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith, to be
recorded in early 2021.
She wrote and performed in Oranges & Ink at the Tristan Bates Theatre and on tour in 2019, and The Masks of Aphra Behn at festivals and on UK tour in 2017, both of which received numerous 4 star reveiws.
They recently streamed in a double bill in the OFF Online Fringe Festival.
The company received Arts Council funding for their project, Memory of the Other, which Claire co-devised and performed in at the RADA Festival. Please click on the monkey for information.