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Claire Elizabeth Cooper (born 26 October 1980) is a British actress, best known for portraying Jacqui McQueen in Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, a character she played from 2006 to 2013.

Claire Cooper
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Claire Elizabeth Cooper

(1980-10-26) 26 October 1980 (age 38)
Years active1999–present

Cooper co-owns clothing rental boutique The Closet[1] in Liverpool with Hollyoaks co-stars Jennifer Metcalfe and Leah Hackett.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Cooper was a British champion gymnast for 10 years while attending Sandal Endowed Middle School.[3]

Cooper attended the Guildford School of Acting.[citation needed]


Cooper has appeared in various British television shows, including a two-part episode on Waking the Dead in 2004. She made appearances on Coronation Street and Waterloo Road in 2006.

Cooper made her on-screen debut in Hollyoaks in September 2006. In 2009 she played a character in the second series of Hollyoaks Later. In late 2010 she was in an hour-long spin-off episode called Hollyoaks: King of Hearts.

In 2016, Cooper played the part of Claire in the second series of In the Club.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Red Dwarf 50s woman
Series 8: Episode 5
2004 Waking The Dead Audrey Clayton Series 4: Episodes 1 and 2
2006 Waterloo Road Zoe Series 1: Episode 3
Coronation Street Anya Spader Series 47: Episode 161
2006-13 Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen 532 episodes
2007 Most Haunted Herself Episode - Most Haunted Live at Halloween: Tatton Park
2008 All Star Family Fortunes Herself Episode - Hollyoaks vs Emmerdale
This Morning Herself Series 20: Episode 4900
Big Brother's Big Mouth Herself Series 10: Episode 2
The Hollyoaks Music Show Jacqui McQueen Series 13: Episode 60
Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack Celebrity HiJacker
Series 1: Episodes 22 and 23
2009 Hollyoaks Later Jacqui McQueen Series 2: Episodes 1-5
Strictly Come Dancing Herself Round 6
Ready, Steady, Cook Herself Series 20: Episode 9
2010 Derren Brown Investigates Herself Episode - The Man Who Contacts The Dead
Hollyoaks: King of Hearts Jacqui McQueen Late night special one-off episode
2011 Hollyoaks Best Bits 2011 Herself TV movie
2014 From There to Here Matilda Two episodes
2015 A.D. The Bible Continues Herodias Six episodes
2016 In the Club Claire Series 2.[4]
Six Wives with Lucy Worsley Anne Boleyn Two episodes
2017 12 Monkeys Eliza One episode
Love, Lies & Records Sarah One episode
2019 Knightfall Sister Anne Series 2

Awards and nominationsEdit

Cooper won Best Actress at British Soap Awards in 2013 and Best Family at Inside Soap Awards in 2009. She has also received several nominations:

Year Result Award Category Film or series Character
2007 Nominated* Inside Soap Awards Best Actress [5] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
2009 Nominated* Inside Soap Awards Best Actress[6] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Won Inside Soap Awards Best Family (for McQueen family)[7] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
2010 Nominated* Inside Soap Awards Best Actress[8] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
2011 Nominated* National Television Awards Outstanding Serial Drama Performance Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Nominated All About Soap Bubble Awards Best Actress[9] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Shortlisted* British Soap Awards Best Actress[10] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Nominated British Soap Awards Best Dramatical Performance Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Nominated* TV Choice Awards Best Soap Actress[11] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Shortlisted* Inside Soap Awards Best Actress[12] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Nominated* Inside Soap Awards Best Dramatical Performance[13] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Nominated* Inside Soap Awards Best Wedding Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Nominated Royal Television Society North West Awards Best Performance in a Continuing Drama[14][15] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
2012 Nominated* National Television Awards Outstanding Serial Drama Performance Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Nominated Shorty Awards Best Actress[16] n/a n/a
Nominated All About Soap Awards Best Actress[17] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
2013 Won British Soap Awards Best Actress[18] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
Nominated British Soap Awards Best Dramatic Performance[18] Hollyoaks Jacqui McQueen
  • (*) means there were two main round of nominations for that category. For that particular category, nominated means she only made the first round of nominations and shortlisted means she made the second and final round of nominations to be decided by either the public vote or by a judging panel.


  1. ^ "The Closet : Celebrity Dress Hire". Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  2. ^ Dawn Collinson (3 March 2010). "Lifestyles - Hollyoaks actresses opening a new boutique called the closet". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  3. ^ "My Last Supper: Claire Cooper". 25 July 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  4. ^ a b ‘It’s a dream come true!’ Newlywed Hollyoaks ex Claire Cooper is In The Club!.
  5. ^ "Inside Soap Awards 2007: The Nominations". 3 July 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  6. ^ "They're coming! They're coming! The Inside Soap Awards are back for 2009". 7 August 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Inside Soap Awards 2009: Best Family".
  8. ^ "In Full: Inside Soap Awards 2010 Nominees". 13 July 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  9. ^ "In Full: All About Soap Bubble winners". 27 March 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  10. ^ "British Soap Awards 2011 shortlist revealed". 11 April 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  11. ^ "In Full: TV Choice Awards 2011 - Nominees". 18 May 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Inside Soap Awards nominations shortlist revealed". 18 September 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  13. ^ "In Full: Inside Soap Awards 2011 Nominees". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  14. ^ "RTS 2011 Shortlist". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  15. ^ "'Coronation Street' biggest winner at RTS North West Awards". 30 November 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Claire Cooper was nominated for a Shorty Award". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  17. ^ "All About Soap Awards 2012: Full winners list". 25 March 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  18. ^ a b "British Soap Awards 2013 - winners in full". 18 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.

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