Claire Jane Sweeney (born 17 April 1971) 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. Sweeney took a regular place on the panel of ITV's relaunched Loose Women from 2003 to 2005, and then left to pursue her stage career.
In 2005 and 2006, Sweeney appeared in pantomime productions of Snow White and Aladdin. On 10 July 2006, Sweeney took the role of 'Miss Adelaide' in the British production of Guys and Dolls for an eight-week run. Sweeney also played opposite Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze before touring the UK extensively in the same production.
She 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 appeared in television programmes such as Merseybeat and Clocking Off. In 2004, Sweeney appeared as a contestant on the first series of 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.
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