Claire is an actor who trained at RADA and Bretton Hall.
She has acted extensively on stage and screen. On stage Claire
played Mags in Handbagged and Sheila in Relatively Speaking at
Windsor Theatre Royal and on tour (for Paul Taylor-Mills) and Liz Essendine
in Present Laughter and Maggie in Hobson's Choice at
Chesterfield Pomegranate and Sidmouth Manor Pavillion
(also for PTM). Other roles include Phyllis in Seasons Greetings at the
Manor Pavilion Theatre for Claire Evans Ltd.
She played Vivianne in the play Women of Twilight at the
Pleasance London for which she also received some great reviews
(see Theatre Reviews page).
Other work has included roles in Handbagged (Eleanor Lloyd Productions)
and Funny Peculiar (BKL) in UK No 1 Tours, and roles at the
Southwark Playhouse (Child Z), Theatre 503 (Blind Eye), Finborough
(I'm Dreaming, But Am I?), Tristan Bates (Oranges & Ink), West Yorkshire Playhouse (Carnival Messiah), the Space (The Shape of Things), and a National Tour of Romeo and Juliet for Chapterhouse Theatre Co.
On screen Claire has played lead and main supporting roles in numerous feature films including the recent Borley Rectory in which Claire plays Mrs Smith (alongside Reece Shearsmith and Julian Sands), Beattie in The Magic Hour (which was screened at BAFTA as part of the London Film Festival, and had a UK cinema release). Claire also played Ms Conrad in Telling Lies (with Jason Flemyng), and the Young Nurse in Provoked (which starred Miranda Richardson) and both feature films premiered at Cannes, and came out on world-wide cinema and DVD release. She has also worked for the BBC on voice overs for a series of Doctor Who DVD featurettes. Claire played the role of Josie in the popular German TV series on ZDF Rosamunde Pilcher which screened in 30 other countries world-wide. It is now out on DVD.
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).
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. Oranges & Ink was awarded on OnComm Award by Off West End which recognises "the best work that is now being presented online during the Covid-19 lockdown".
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.