Claire Leane Fitzjohn
Nickname(s): Clairebear, Claireda, Clara
Date of Birth: 3 May 1983
Place of Birth: Chatham, Kent
Brother(s)/Sister(s): baby sister, Jessica and younger brother, Ben
Hobbies: going to the theatre, shopping, drinking and having a good boogie!
Likes: Sex & the City, chocolate & going on holiday.
Dislikes: new potatoes, having injections and people with no sense of humour!
Where did you go to school?
Rainham School for Girls
What was your favourite subject?
Can’t say I had one, it was German until I did my GCSEs! Maybe one of the more practical subjects like Textiles or even Child Development.
Who or what inspired you to do what you are doing now?
Working in a Solicitors? No-one really, my Mum works at the same place, the job came up and I was bored of working in London…want to go back though!
What age did you start dancing?
How did you know I ever did?…I did actually go dancing from the ages of 7 or 8 till about 11 or 12 (I don’t know which!). I gave up because I hated my teacher. Wish I’d never given up though :o(
Have you had any embarrassing moments on stage?
Not really, when I was at college (did Perf Arts) I studied the technical side rather than the performance side.
If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be and why?
Hmmm maybe someone who’s answered our Qs and knows us, I’m intrigued to know what they really think of us.
What is your favourite sport?
To watch – football. To play – something like Tennis or badminton. I loved playing rounders at school too.
What is your favourite film?
There’s three – Grease, Bridget Jones Diary and Romeo & Juliet. oh and “Charlie’s Angels” ;o)
If you weren’t "starring" in shows, what would you be doing?
Well I’m not! if the tables were turned the question asked would I like to be in shows then, I think I would – I’m more of a night owl!!!
If you could be in any show, what one would it be and who as?
Where do I start – Roxie in Chicago (can I choose my boys though?!), Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Elphaba in Wicked.
What was the last show you went to see? Did you enjoy it?
Saturday Night Fever (what a surprise!). Yeah it was good, seemed a bit of an end of an era though as it was the cast change.
You have been in "Saturday Night Fever" in Germany, toured Scandinavia and are now touring the UK, how do you stop the show becoming boring and repetitive? Which version of SNF do you prefer?
Well I was never in them, but I’ve seen a few productions in 6 years – have the say the best one I saw was original London as it was all so new, but then the 1st Tour was good…and the second tour but for completely different reasons! Same goes for liking it in London this time round too! OH I DON’T KNOW!
Do you get on well with the rest of the "Saturday Night Fever" cast?
All the people I have met, I would say I do! Some better than others tho ;o)
What is your favourite song from the show?
Boogie Shoes and You Should Be Dancing
What are your plans once the Tour finishes in June? Any cast lists we will be seeing your name on?!
So it did. Not unless theres a miracle and I find I am talented enough to be in anything, no!
What was the first record you ever bought?
I Should Be So Lucky by Kylie on record – I cant be that old, surely!
What was the last CD that you bought?
Hairspray (I think)
What is your worst fear?
Snakes, Spiders and anything creepy crawly! Also have this bizarre fear of being shot!!!
You have five minutes to live, how do you spend that time?
I’m agreeing with Tom on this one – pissed off!
What are your ambitions in life?
To fall in love, get married and live happily ever after *sigh* I do live in a dreamworld! Would love to see pandas in the wild in China.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I make gorgeous mashed potato apparently! Also I’ve been told I’m quite good with my hands!!! Haha!
If a film was made about your life, what person, alive or dead, would play you and why?
Well people say I look like Sandra Bullock, which I don’t think I do, so maybe her? But some beautiful, stunning actress of course…like a film would ever be made about my life anyway!!!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
With a high-flying job and happily married…I hope.
You have three wishes, what are they?
(1) that money was no object
(2) like my ambition, to fall in love
(3) the ability to turn back time whenever I wanted
What is your best childhood memory?
Not my best, but one I remember – learning to ride my bike at my Nan & Grandads.
Describe your proudest moment . . .
I have been thinking about this question for a while and the only thing I can think of was when I passed my driving test.
Tell us a secret . . .
Everyone seems to know all mine!!! Yeah thanks, Lisa! It’s not a secret but something I don’t think anyone knows - I have a scar on my nose where I got bitten by a little boy when I was about 3 or 4!
A big thank you to CLAIRE for answering our questions :-)
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This interview was undertaken July 2005.