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Claire Machin

Claire Machin is a British musical theatre actress hailing from Stoke-on-Trent. She started training when she was 16 years old, and through the 90s and early 2000s, she could be seen as an ensemble of various major West End shows such as Oliver! and Les Miserables.



She went to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, training in a drama course.


Machin was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the role of Cora in the West End production of The Girls.


She has worked extensively in theatre. Her credits include Linda in Blood Brothers at Studio One (1998); Mrs Higgins Maid in My Fair Lady at the Manchester Opera House (1995); swing/understudy Eponine in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre (1995); Charlotte in Oliver! at the London Palladium (1996); ensemble/understudy Mme. Thenardier in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre; Servant/Clara Eynsford Hill in My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (2003); Miss Lark/understudy Miss Andrews, Mrs Brill & Mrs Corry in Mary Poppins at the Bristol Hippodrome and Prince Edward Theatre (2004-08); Asphynxia/Tim’s Mother in Salad Days at Riverside Studios, London (2011); Widow Corney in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (2010-12); Mrs Metcalf/understudy Mother in Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Theatre (2012); Mabel in The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre (2013); Gladys in Memphis at Shaftesbury Theatre (2014); Cora in The Girls at The Lowry, Salford and Grand Theatre, Leeds; Alice Beane in Titanic at the Charing Cross Theatre (2016); Barbara Castle in Made in Dagenham at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (2016); Cora in The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre (2017).


She was in the big-screen production of Les Miserables.


Her television credits include Vanity Fair (2018) and Loose Women (1999).