Actress Claire Goose first became a household name when she starred as nurse Tina Seabrook in TV’s Casualty. Since then,she has gone on to do lots of different television and theatre work.
Claire, who was once voted the 29th Sexiest Woman in the World in a lads’ mag poll, has now landed two key roles, including her current part starring opposite Les Dennis in The Perfect Murder at Bath’s Theatre Royal, which build on her growing reputation as an actress.
In the stage adaptation of the novella by best-selling crime writer Peter James, she is playing a woman whose husband wants to kill her.
The play premiered just a week before coming to Bath, and will tour in venues around the country until April, when an important newly-commissioned two-part drama Undeniable in which Claire stars alongside Peter Firth will be show by ITV.
Says Claire: “I had only just finished filming Undeniable when we went straight into rehearsals for The Perfect Murder. It was incredible to get two very good parts back-to-back like that.”
The parts could hardly be more different, even though the two revolve around crime.
In the TV drama, Claire stars as Jane Fielding, a woman who recognises her mother’s murderer, 23 years after the crime. Despite being just seven years old when she witnessed the killing, she’s determined to bring the man she believes is responsible to justice.
In The Perfect Murder , Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for a long time. But Victor secretly loathes Joan, played by Claire and is getting attention elsewhere.
And Joan is bored stiff by Victor, whose irritating ways are driving her mad. The marriage has reached a crisis point and Victor decides there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever.
Says Claire: “It really is a three- dimensional part and I badly wanted to get it. But then I was terrified when I got it, suddenly wondering whether I really could do it. But director Ian Talbot has been great and we are all having a lot of help from Peter James, too.”
There are some differences between the play and the best-selling book.
The play is a bit different from the book, which hit the best-seller lists a while back, which doesn’t feature Peter’s famous policeman creation Roy Grace. But he gets a part in the play and Claire says there are one or two other differences too.
Claire says: “I hadn’t read the book, before I got the part. But then I started to read it, only to stop when I thought I would be better just to work with the script. I may go back to it later on.”
Claire’s co-star Les Dennis is one of Britain’s most-loved actors and entertainers who recently starred as King Arthur in the West End in Spamalot and finished joint runner-up in BBC 1’s Celebrity Masterchef.
Claire and Les are joined by Gray O’Brien, who recently enjoyed an award-winning three years in Coronation Street and has also starred in the television series Titanic, Peak Practice and Casualty as well as in the West End stage production of Sleuth.
Most recently, Claire has been seen in the television series Mount Pleasant. Her many other television credits include, Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Holby City, Kay Mellor’s Gifted, Perfect Day, Secret Smile with David Tennant, Love Lies Bleeding with Martin Kemp, Hustle and the award-winning Exile alongside Jim Broadbent and Olivia Coleman.
The Perfect Murder is at the Theatre Royal, Bath, until Saturday. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or at www.theatreroyal.org.uk.