On just her second day of work at the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, Claire Sweeney experienced a “baptism of fire,” but the Cassandra Plummer actress claims she was “nervous but prepared.”
After joining the Coronation Street cast, Claire Sweeney experienced a “baptism of fire”.
The actress shot a “massive scene” with Dame Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Spencer) on her second day on the ITV soap opera set.
The 52-year-old said she was anxious but “very prepared” for the big moment in a recent interview.
For Claire, who won the part as the long-lost mother of Cassandra Plummer, Evelyn’s estranged daughter, and Tyrone Dobbs (played by Alan Halsall), back in April, it required a 14-page script.
On Wednesday, she will walk for the first time on the cobbles.
The former Brookside regular described her first week to OK! Magazine as having contrasting days.
“I didn’t say anything the first day, but on my second day, I had a huge scene — a 14-page two-hander with Dame Maureen Lipman — so that was a baptism of fire,” said Claire.
“That was my first time speaking, and I was extremely nervous, but I was very prepared.”
The actress claimed that she didn’t need to worry because Maureen, 77, was “so kind” and had already taken her out to dinner with David Neilson (Roy Cropper).
“Maureen went above and beyond to make me feel more at ease, and that really helped,” Claire continued.
She was amazing, and David was too. Working with her was like attending a masterclass because she is amazing.
The 40-year-old “super nice” Alan received a lot of praise from the stage star.
Claire continued by describing how producer Iain MacLeod was responsible for getting her the Corrie role.
The performer had been itching to return to television after being preoccupied with work in the theater.
“I still had that hunger to land that one plum, dramatic screen role,” she continued, “and it takes that one person to believe in you. That was Iain for taking a chance on me.”
Earlier this week, images of Claire dressed as Cassandra surfaced, showing her in a messy manner.
The persona is depicted sporting a baseball cap, her hair pulled back, no makeup, a brown sweater, a jacket, and brown pants.
For her work as Lindsey Corkhill in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, the star is best known.
Between 1991 and 2003, she appeared in more than 1,500 episodes of the drama, which ended 20 years ago.
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