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Name: Claire Cooper
DOB: 24 February 1979
Birth Place: Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Claim to fame: Plays Jacqui McQueen in Hollyoaks
- Dated Hollyoaks co-star Emmett J. Scanlan, who plays Brendan Brady
- Co-owned The Closet, a clothes rental shop with Hollyoaks co-stars Jennifer Metcalfe and Leah Hackett
- Promoted the ‘Get Watered Not Slaughtered’ Drinkaware campaign
- When her Hollyoaks character was involved in a rape storyline, she worked with Rape Crisis to undo myths surrounding sexual violence.
Claire Cooper didn’t always have her sights set on fame. As a child, she was a British Champion Gymnast for ten years. As she got older, though, she developed a passion for drama and attended the Guildford School of Acting.
After guest spots on Red Dwarf, Waterloo Road and Coronation Street, she secured a role on Hollyoaks spin-off show Hollyoaks Later in 2009. Her perfomance won over the producers and so, they took Jacqui McQueen into the main show.
She was shortlisted for the Best Actress award at the British Soap Awards in 2011, and also received a panel nomination for Best Dramatic Performance.
Her and on-screen sisters Jennifer Metcalfe and Leah Hackett own The Closet, a clothing rental boutique in Liverpool.
Claire is reportedly dating co - star Emmett J Scanlan.