Birth Year: 1982/1983
Hometown: Broome, Western Australia
Education (High School): Presbyterian Ladies College in Perth, Graduating in 1999.
Education (Tertiary): National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Graduating in 2005
• Claire started performing at 3 years of age, as a dancer on stage.
• She is of mixed heritage. Her father is from The Netherlands and her mother is from New Zealand.
• Claire has dabbled in the music business. In 2003 she recorded vocals for a track titled, “Do What You Want” produced by “Jase From Outta Space” (Jason Hearn). This track was later remixed by Infusion, Max Graham and Jacob Todd. Depending on the release, the vocals are either credited to “Claire” or “Claire Sky”.
• Claire has previously listed North Bondi Italian Food in Sydney as one of her favourite restaurants. Why? “For all the memories made there with my best girlfriends, helped by great cocktails and happy staff.”
“I couldn’t have asked to work with better people, it was just a joy.” – on filming The Square.
“I think this was very much a “family project” and in that sense it was beautiful to be a part of.” – on filming The Square.
In terms of budget it is. You’d open you’re 1930s original wallet and there would be original lace gloves, and original diaries with entries from the character. I mean the detail was just mind blowing, and just seeing how the big budget American productions work – it was amazing. And I was very lucky not to have left our shores to work on a big American production. Because I know, if I was in America, I could be pouring beers in a dirty jazz bar waiting years to get my foot in the door on a HBO series…” – on working on the big budget series, The Pacific.
“Well, we hold them a lot, and we learnt how to use them. I think it’s wonderful to do that stuff, because you realise that it’s very scary – because they are all over America. And, whooo, they’ve got some kick!” – on using guns in Rush.
“Rush is the consistent long-running job that I am learning so much from.” – on her work in Rush.
“John Edwards, the producer on Rush is what attracted me to the script. I have admired him for so long and he is incredibly passionate, insightful and so I wanted to jump on board.” – on what attracted her to Rush.
“Needless to say, had about four beers afterwards!” – on being nervous about filming sex scenes for Rush.
“It’s great to be here. It’s so friendly. And there are some great bars here. I’ve seen a few of those.” – on living in Melbourne.
“My mother would tell you if you don’t feed me breakfast that my blood sugar level drops, and if my blood sugar level drops I’ll start stomping a bit and I’ll start walking into walls. I can be a bit of a klutz, so it often spirals in that sense…” – on answering what’s the worst day she could have.
“My parents taught us to honour our imagination and to dance, sing or whistle when we felt compelled to.” – on how her family encouraged her creativity.
“Being three feet tall and dancing in a spotty dog leotard with socks on my hands” – on her first memory of performing.
Awards & Nominations
• WON: LOGIE AWARDS – Most Outstanding Actress (Silver Logie) for Sisters of War
• Nominated: LOGIE AWARDS – Most Outstanding Actress (Silver Logie) for Rush