Claire Sweeney puts on VERY animated display as she enjoys al-fresco drinks with a friend


Claire Sweeney puts on a VERY animated display as she sticks her tongue out while enjoying al-fresco drinks with a friend

Claire Sweeney let her hair down on Sunday when she enjoyed al-fresco drinks with a friend in London.

Looking stylish in a pair of ripped jeans teamed with a trendy khaki army jacket, the doting mother, 50, made the most of the capital’s warm weather as she sipped on wine.

Claire wore her bright blonde hair loose and pinned her tresses back with a pair of black sunglasses – before cheekily poking her tongue out rolling her eyes during her afternoon drinks.

Having fun? Claire Sweeney let her hair down on Sunday when she enjoyed al-fresco drinks with a friend in London – and pulled some animated expressions 

Keeping her possessions safe in a black crossbody bag, the former soap star layered a gorgeous navy top beneath her coat.

The actress accessorised with a pair of beautiful pearl drop earrings and a gemstone necklace and wore a silver watch on her left wrist.

 

Claire added a pop of colour to her look by painting her fingertips bright red, and even playfully poked her tongue out while chatting with a friend.

It comes after the star admitted she had a ‘wobble’ and ‘freaked out’ when she turned 50 on April 17 as she discussed having a ‘really hard time’ over the last year amid lockdown.

Day out: Claire Sweeney, 50, enjoyed al-fresco drinks with a friend in London on Sunday, looking stylish in a pair of ripped jeans teamed with a trendy khaki army jacket

Day out: Claire Sweeney, 50, enjoyed al-fresco drinks with a friend in London on Sunday, looking stylish in a pair of ripped jeans teamed with a trendy khaki army jacket

The former Brookside actress who is the mother to son Jaxon, six, said that despite the challenges of the past year, she ‘couldn’t be happier’.

Speaking to OK! magazine from her four-bedroom house in Pimlico, central London, Claire said of turning 50: ‘I have friends saying, ‘Embrace it,’ but I’m having a right old wobble. It suddenly seems old, but I know it’s not because I feel great.’

The Scarborough actress said she is more comfortable with herself now then ever before as she counted her blessings, including her son, in the interview.

Gorgeous: Claire wore her bright blonde hair loose and pinned her tresses back with a pair of black sunglasses

Wine o'clock: The former soap star sipped on wine

Gorgeous: Claire wore her bright blonde hair loose and pinned her tresses back with a pair of black sunglasses

Claire gave birth to her only child in September 2014, whom she shares with her former fiancé Daniel Reilly.

After giving birth in her early 40s, she said she is glad she waited to have a baby later in life so that she could fulfill her goals and tick off most of her career checklist.

However, Claire admitted it hasn’t been plain sailing with her son during the pandemic, especially with homeschooling.

All in the detail: The actress accessorised with a pair of gorgeous pearl drop earrings and wore a silver watch on her left wrist

All in the detail: The actress accessorised with a pair of gorgeous pearl drop earrings and wore a silver watch on her left wrist

Reflecting on lockdown, she added: ‘Part of me has enjoyed it. There were moments when I struggled, of course, like with homeschooling.’

‘I have so much respect for his teacher. I messaged her one day saying, “I’m crying and he’s crying. We’ve been fighting. What do we do?'”

She added that there were times she and her son ‘locked horns’ and that homeschooling caused ‘too much disruption’.

Aside from her parenting challenges, Claire said that the past year was ‘really hard,’ for those in the TV and entertainment industry due to a lack of work.

According to the Liverpool native, she has barely worked after her pantomime was cut short due to lockdown.

Nevertheless, she is now looking forward to the future after landing a new presenting gig on BBC Radio Merseyside.

She described the new opportunity as a ‘godsend,’ not just financially but also due to the enjoyment it gives her.

Brave face: Claire admitted she had a 'wobble' and 'freaked out' when she turned 50 on April 17 as she discussed having a 'really hard time' over the last year amid lockdown

Brave face: Claire admitted she had a ‘wobble’ and ‘freaked out’ when she turned 50 on April 17 as she discussed having a ‘really hard time’ over the last year amid lockdown

Challenges: She added that there were times she and her son (pictured) 'locked horns' and that homeschooling caused 'too much disruption'

Challenges: She added that there were times she and her son (pictured) ‘locked horns’ and that homeschooling caused ‘too much disruption’

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