Claire, who played the recurring role of sweet but dim Waverly Wilson on Shortland Street from 1994-5, never imagined that she would be asked to return as a core cast member on the show from 1997-2005. But she said that she was quite pleased to reprise her part since her character was given some great storylines to play.
In 2006, Claire appeared at the Christmas In the Park event held yearly in Auckalnd. She performed several songs, including "Living On A Prayer" along with her Outrageous Fortune co-stars Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall.
Some of Claire's favorite bands/singers are A Tribe Called Quest, Kings of Leon and The Killers. Honorable mentions go to Joss Stone, The Strokes, The Black Eyed Peas, Kasabian, LemonJelly and Justin Timberlake.
Claire has said that some of her scenes on Outrageous Fortune were so raunchy that some of her family couldn't bear to watch them.
Claire's training in the performing arts includes R.A.P. Workshop (Sydney Actors Company); Theatre Workshop (Friends of Auckland Opera); Singing Tuition (Sally Sloman); Intermediate Singing Scholarship (Auckland Competitions); Private Singing Tuition; Weekly Acting Classes (Dolphin Theatre).
Claire has become a strong believer in eating healthy foods because she suffers from a gastro-intestinal disorder called Crohn's Disease.
Claire began acting at a very young age doing live theatre, and performed her first television role at the age of twelve on the show The New Adventures of Black Beauty. And at age sixteen she started playing the long running character she is perhaps best known for, Waverly Wilson on Shortland Street.
Claire is a trained singer, and sings in the Mezzo Soprano range.
Claire enjoys dancing, rollerskating/blading, sailing, swimming and yoga.
Claire's theatre credits include:
(2011) The Only Child "Asta", Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
(2008) The Reindeer Monologues "Donnor", The Basement, dir. Cameron Rhodes
(2008) Rabbit "Bella", Silo Theatre, dir. Oliver Driver
(2007) The Real Thing "Annie", Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
(2006) Skycity Starlight Symphony "Performer", Sky City Theatre, dir. Penny Dodd
(2005) Jacques Brel Is Alive & Living In Paris "Singer", Silo Theatre, dir. Jennifer Ward-Lealand
(2005) Up For Grabs "Mindy", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Roy Ward
(2005) Urbis 24 Hour Theatre "Actor", The Herald, dir. Caroline Bell-Booth
(2003) Play 2, Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Oliver Driver
(1997) The Elephant Man "Pinhead", Maidment Theatre
(1997) The Sisters Rosenberg "Tess", dir. C. Cahill-Smith
(1996) Penny Blue, "Penny", dir. Jan Saussey
(1992) Anne Of Green Gables "Diana Barry"
(1991) The Boyfriend "Maisie"
(1990) The Emperor & The Nightingale "Kitchen Maid"
Claire is 5'7", with brown hair and green eyes.
Claire is represented professionally by the firm Kathryn Rawlings and Associates.
In 2006, Claire won "Best Supporting Actress" at the Air New Zealand Screen Awards for her guest role on the TV police drama Interrogation.
After leaving Shortland Street Claire got more heavily into physical fitness, and even worked as a Pilates instructor for seven months.
Claire married bFM radio personality Mikey Havoc in early 2006. The couple went to India for their honeymoon. The couple split up in mid 2009, however.
Claire: (on playing Waverly on "Shortland Street") She was easy to fall in love with, and to play. And the best thing was, she was this really great comic character. I was grateful that Waverley was a Character with a capital C, and I would love to have a career filled with characters like that.
Claire: (on her being a fan of "Shortland Street" even while on the show) I often try to catch the show at home if I can cuz I don't get time to watch stuff at work. I like watching what all the other characters are up to as I often don't get to read their stories. And I really enjoy watching Wave and Nick's stories, too, because most of the time I can watch it in its context and not as me. I get just as frustrated, annoyed, captivated, amused, etc as any other Shorty St watcher and I've been a fan for quite a long time!
Claire: I think that one of the things I love about this whole acting gig is that it's all about exploring and dissecting people, and what we're about and why we do things and who that makes us, and that's what I apply to my life too. Every day you have to pay attention to what you do and why you do it.
Claire: (on playing Aurora on "Outrageous Fortune") Was truly a pleasure to get to explore such a strong, interesting character. I'm not sure I'll get the chance to play anyone like her again which is such a bummer.. Leather, bad boys and biker gangs was so much fun!
Claire: ...it is a much braver and stronger thing to be able to look at all the things you have in life as blessings enough, instead of constantly wanting more of them. It's an easy thing to know but quite a hard one to implement. I'm trying...
Claire: (on doing nude sex scenes on "Outrageous Fortune") If you asked me a year or so ago, would I do nudity on TV? I don't have a set answer for that. It depends. If, in order for the scene to work, to be what it needs to be, you need to look like you're naked, you do it. You get into your modesty garments, and you laugh your socks off the whole way through. And of course having the scene to shoot was great motivation... I was like, I don't give a crap about the wedding, but getting my kit off on telly? Off to the gym!