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Former Brookside actress Claire Sweeney planning to marry her toy boy in the House of Lords  July 13, 2013 – 12:54 pm

FORMER Brookside star Claire Sweeney was today “thrilled” after getting engaged to her fiance on Christmas Eve – and is planning to tie the knot in the House of Lords.

The 41-year-old Liverpool actress revealed her 27-year-old partner, Daniel Riley, popped the question on Christmas Eve.

Claire said: “The reason I’ve never married or had children is because I take it very seriously and I hadn’t met the right person.

“I’m a workaholic. I’ve had a great life and a fabulous career.

“It would take a very special man to make me stop and want to be with them.

“Daniel is that person. I was thrilled when he asked me to be his wife.”

Walton -born Claire told Hello! Magazine the 14-year age gap with Daniel did not make any difference to her.

She said: “When we first met, the age gap did hold me back. But the age difference is about the same between my parents.

“I felt it was about finding things in common, where you have the same values and morals.

“That happened over time and now I never notice the age difference.

“I’m actually surprised when people mention it.”

Claire initially found fame in 1991 in Channel Four’s Mersey soap Brookside, playing drug-smuggling garage attendant Lindsey Corkhill until 2003.

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The soap launched in 1982, but Channel Four ended it in November, 2003.

But its popularity has endured and she was among the former stars reunited at the Museum of Liverpool last November for a day of nostalgia to mark the soap’s 30th anniversary, nine years after the last episode was broadcast.

At the time, Claire said: “I wouldn’t have achieved all my dreams, had I not been a Corkhill.”

And, since her Brookside days, Claire has gone on to star in other television shows and the West End, including musicals such as Chicago and opposite the late Patrick Swayze in Guys And Dolls.

Yet, despite winning plaudits for her role in the musical Tell Me On Sunday, telling the tale of an English girl searching for romance in America – and which was rewritten for her by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black – she revealed to the ECHO in late 2011 that her personal ambition was to settle down and have a family.

As she contemplated turning 40, Claire told about looking for love and her dreams of motherhood as the West End star prepared to return to Liverpool to appear in pantomime.

At the time, she said: “I would love to be a mum and, of course, it would be lovely to be with someone, but I want to meet the right person.”


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