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Claire Skinner

Claire Skinner

Tell Us In 10: Claire Skinner

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood Published 13 November 2019

In our profile series, Tell Us In 10, we ask cast members and creatives of top London shows to tell us all about themselves in just 10 questions.

This week we’ve got a special takeover from the cast of A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, currently playing at Trafalgar Studios until 30 November. We hear from Storme Toolis, Claire Skinner and Lucy Eaton.

Claire Skinner plays mum Sheila in the production. Most recognisable perhaps as the mum from Outnumbered, Claire has a long career on the stage and on TV.

1. My route into theatre was…

Drama school.

2. My West End idol is…

Robert Hands.

Robert Hands in Come From Away Robert Hands in Come From Away

3. My colleagues would describe me as…

About 5’5” and ginger.

4. My favourite show present or past (that isn’t one I star in) is…

Fiddler on the Roof.

Andy Nyman and the cast of Fiddler On The RoofAndy Nyman and the cast of Fiddler On The Roof

5. The career moment I’m most proud of is…

Getting my first job at Oldham Rep.

6. The hardest part about my role is…

Being unemployed.

7. If I didn’t work in theatre I would be…

The owner of a dog hotel.

Claire Skinner & Toby Stephens in A Day In The Death Of Joe EggClaire Skinner & Toby Stephens in A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg

8. Something people don’t know about me is…

I’m very private.

9. The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…

Put your tax money away.

10. The one thing I wish I could tell my younger self is…

Don’t take it all so seriously.


You can catch Claire Skinner in A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at Trafalgar Studios until 30 November.


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