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Name: Claire Richards
DOB: 17 August 1977
Birth Place: Hillingdon, London, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Singer and ex-member of Steps
- Claire’s band Steps are one of the few bands in British music history to chart 14 consecutive top 5 singles
- Claire appeared on Celebrity Masterchef in 2009
- She lost out to Cheryl Baker for a place in the final of Popstar to Operastar 2011
- Claire has two children, Daisy and Charlie
Star of cheesy 90’s pop sensations Steps, Claire was born in Hillingdon in August 1977. Her musical career began with her first group TSD. They were unsuccessful and Claire worked as a receptionist until her big break came along.
After a successful audition in 1997, Claire joined the Steps line up alongside H, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee and Lee Latchford-Evans. Their gimmick - choreographed dance steps to match their tunes – worked, and the band went on to have 14 consecutive top 5 UK singles, two of them making the top spot.
After the demise of Steps in 2001, H & Claire performed as a duo and had three top 3 singles. In the subsequent years Claire has married twice, given birth to a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Daisy, and has just taken part in ITV’s Popstar to Operastar 2011. Claire has publicly battled with her weight jumping from a size 20 to a 10 and then to a 16 and has released her own fitness DVD Five Step Attack.