Interview: Claire Sweeney – 'I'd make everyone wear name badges'

Interview: Claire Sweeney – 'I'd make everyone wear name badges'

Brookside favourite on babies, Babs and butchers as she prepares for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

To some folk, the Liverpool actress will always be Lindsey Corkhill from Channel 4's long-departed Brookside, but Claire Sweeney has long cultivated a solid stage career for herself. Having appeared in everything from Chicago to Fosse and Educating Rita to White Christmas, she's now on tour alongside Phill Jupitus and Jason Manford in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Here, she takes on our First & Last quiz.

First record you ever bought
'9 to 5' by Sheena Easton.

Last extravagant purchase you made
A pair of Louboutin summer wedges.

First film you saw that really moved you
The Way We Were.

Last lie you told
To my son that 'I would only be five minutes on my way to work'.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Can't remember.

Last time you cried
Today when my two-year-old sang to me.

First thing you do when you've got time off work
Buy nappies.

Last great meal you cooked
Roast dinner.

First crush
Robert Redford.

Last book you read
The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans.

First great piece of advice you were given
'If you don't like something get out'.

Last time you were starstruck
Lea Salonga, two weeks ago.

First thing you'd do if you ran the country
Make everyone wear name badges.

Last meal on earth
Poached eggs on toast.

First song you'll sing at karaoke
'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
VIP Disney passes last week.

First time you realised you were famous
When I was 28.

Last time someone criticised your work
Every day.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Bonkers, loyal, kind.

First concert you ever attended
Wham!'s 'The Final'.

Last time you bought someone flowers
Two weeks ago. .

First object you'd save from your burning home
My sheet music.

Last funny thing you saw online
Babies doing gymnastics.

First job

Last crime you committed
Always steal a piece of costume from shows.

First book you read for a second time
The Kid Stays in the Picture.

Last song you'd have played at your funeral
'Evergreen' by Barbra Streisand.

First person you'd thank in an award acceptance speech
My mum.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Check my baby.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
My baby.

Claire Sweeney plays Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang across the country until Sat 4 Feb.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The much-heralded stage version of the popular family film, in a production that has been nominated for a host of awards in its four-year tour. Boo at the Child Catcher and sing along with all those classic songs.