Clare Grogan

Claire Patricia Grogan (born March 17, 1962, in Glasgow) is a Scottish actress and singer. Despite the spelling of her first name, she is known as "Clare", without the I. She is credited as C.P. Grogan.
Grogan was discovered by film director Bill Forsyth when she was waitressing in a Glasgow restaurant. She subsequently shot to fame at 19 as the female lead in Forsyth's Gregory's Girl.
Grogan developed her singing career as the lead singer of Altered Images, a five-piece including Johnny McElhone (later of Texas), and later a four-piece after two members left, with the addition of Stephen Lironi, who played both guitar and drums. The band had a string of hits in the 1980s, including "Happy Birthday", "Don't Talk To Me About Love", "I Could Be Happy" and "Bring Me Closer". The group split up after the mixed reception of their third album, Bite.

Grogan did attempt a solo career, but after her single "Love Bomb" flopped in 1987, her album, Trash Mad was never released. In 2000 she contributed vocals to the song "Night Falls Like A Grand Piano" on The 6ths' album, Hyacinths and Thistles. She recorded a version of "Angels With Dirty Faces" for the Frankie Miller tribute album. The track "Her Hooped Dream" appears on The Ultimate Celtic Album.

Altered Images reunited in name only, as just Grogan performed, in a Here and Now tour in 2005.
Obliged to appear as C.P. Grogan because there was already a Claire Grogan in the British actors' union (Equity), her breakthrough role was in Gregory's Girl, in 1981. In 1984 she played Charlotte in Comfort and Joy. In 1985 she was the receptionist in the BBC Television version of Blott on the Landscape. She had a recurring role playing Dave Lister's would-be love-interest, Kristine Kochanski, in series 1, 2 and 6 of the TV show Red Dwarf. (She turned down the offer of the permanent role and was replaced in later series by Chloë Annett). Grogan has also appeared in Father Ted (episode "Rock-a-Hula Ted") and in EastEnders as Ian Beale's love interest, Ros Thorne (1997-1998).

In recent years, she has been a talk show host in the UK. She played control-freak office manager Sandra Reeves in the 2006 film The Penalty King. She appears in the video for Peter Kay and Matt Lucas' charity single "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2007. She also plays Danny's mother in Legit.

Clare Grogan

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