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Claire Sweeney 'freaked out' by ex-soldier brother’s 50th birthday gift

Claire Sweeney 'freaked out' by ex-soldier brother’s 50th birthday gift

5/14/2021 4:56:00 AM

Claire Sweeney ' freaked out ' by ex-soldier brother’s 50th birthday gift

CLAIRE SWEENEY has revealed that after receiving a birthday gift from her brother, she was left in a state of disbelief.

Claire SweeneyThe actress became a household name in 1991, playing the role of Lindsey Corkhill in the Channel 4 soap opera, Brookside, set in her hometown of Liverpool.Throughout her career, she has met some of showbusiness’ biggest names including Cilla Black, Jason Isaacs, Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip and Sir Ken Dodd.

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Despite Claire’s glittering career, she has remained an avid fan of American actress and singer, Barbra Streisand.In 2002, the Liverpool born star released her debut studio album featuring some of her favourite songs.READ MORE: Claire Sweeney was"freaked out" after her brother's birthday gift

(Image: PA/INSTAGRAM)The actress spoke to about her birthday and BBC Radio Merseyside series(Image: INSTAGRAM)Laura Hamilton details struggles after being body-shamed aged 16Originally released in 1976, Claire covered Barbara’s hit song, Evergreen, for the album and said that it was a"wonderful" experience.

Throughout her life, Claire has been a fan of Barbara, 79, even appearing on Stars In Their Eyes as the New York born star.However, as Claire’s birthday approached, her brother had planned the perfect present for his superstar sister.Speaking exclusively to 

 following her BBC Radio Merseyside Claire Sweeney Meets series success, the mum-of-one said:"I mean, I'm a massive Barbara Streisand fan."Claire has been a lifelong fan of Barbara Streisand(Image: GETTY)Her brother had gifted her a canvas portrait of the Hollywood icon

(Image: PA)Who is behind the most followed account on Instagram?(Image: EXPRESS)She went on to say:"It's funny, my brother, no interest in showbusiness whatsoever I mean he's an ex-soldier he's straight you know, it's my 50th birthday and he got this massive canvas made of me and it was a canvas portrait of Barbara Streisand.

"It was so beautiful and he was so excited to give me it and it freaked me out because my brother is not at all like that."Claire noted that Evergreen was her"favourite song ever" and knew she had to cover it for her album.The blonde beauty oozed glamour as she celebrated her big day in London surrounded by her nearest and dearest, as well as celebrations with family in Liverpool.

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