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CLARE has worked extensively in Music, Film, Television, Theatre and Radio for 30+ years. The summer she left school her band ALTERED IMAGES were signed to EPIC Records and CLARE appeared in the BAFTA winning comedy GREGORY’S GIRL directed by BILL FORSYTH.
ALTERED IMAGES quickly had worldwide success, selling millions of records, which topped the charts in several countries. They recorded 3 Top 10 Albums and had 6 UK TOP 40 hits – working with legendary producers MARTIN RUSHENT, MIKE CHAPMAN and TONY VISCONTI. They were voted BEST NEW GROUP at the NME awards the same year they were invited to play at THE ROYAL COMMAND PERFORMANCE.
CLARE and the band worked closely with Scottish painter DAVID BAND creating original pieces of artwork that were released as special edition prints along with the singles. The visual aspect to her work remains important. CLARE recently received a Special Recognition Award at the SCOTTISH MUSIC AWARDS. She made her debut at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL where she joined TEXAS onstage and continues to play to sell out crowds across the world including the LA Microsoft Arena and Edinburgh Castle.
ALTERED IMAGES songs have always had an established audience and in recent years a brand new one as well. CLARE couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to breathe new life into songs she co-wrote and loves playing in front of such enthusiastic crowds. She is in the early stages of writing some new material with her husband STEPHEN LIRONI (Hanson, Black Grape, Alan Vega, Wilson Phillips) BERNARD BUTLER (Suade, MacAlmont Butler) BOBBY BLUEBELL (The Bluebells, Texas).
She has had roles in dozens of TV and Radio Dramas, including some of the UK’s best-loved TV shows. SKINS – which she also wrote songs for! WATERLOO ROAD, EASTENDERS, DOCTORS, RED DWARF, FATHER TED, TAGGART, SEA OF SOULS, FORGIVEN and most recently had the chance to appear in one of her all-time favourite sit-coms STILL GAME. Her film credits include, GREGORY’S GIRL, COMFORT AND JOY, JILTING JO, WEDDING BELLES, SMALLEST GAME IN TOWN, LOYAL, EMO, THE PENALTY KING, the BAFTA winning drama THE WEE MAN, DELIRIUM and most recently LOST AT CHRISTMAS. CLARE has presented film, travel, cooking and music shows for TV and radio including the BBC’s THE ONE SHOW, JUKEBOX LIVE, STV’s SCOTAND’S REAL HEREOS, SCOTLAND'S GREATEST ALBUM, ITV’s DREAM TICKET, VH 1 and VINTAGE TV and most recently the BBC's CORNER SHOP COOK OFF. She has presented for 6MUSIC, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND and ABSOLUTE 80’S. Radio 4 comedy and dramas include ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE alongside Josie Long, RUMBUNCH with Med Giedroyc and the serialisation of MODESTY BLAISE.
Just before lockdown Clare returned to the world of Theatre to appear in the joint PFT /Lyceum production of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK which opened and shut in the same week! She very much hopes she'll be able to resume her role when Theatres get back to normal.
Her debut novel – TALLULAH AND THE TEENSTARS reached No 2 in the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Chart – Book 2 – TALLULAH ON TOUR is available for download on Amazon.
CLARE loves that she is still getting to do all the things she loves doing and plans to continue forever.