22 Facts About Claire Richards


Claire Richards was born on 17 August 1977 and is an English singer who is best known for being in the pop group Steps.


On 3 January 2013, Claire Richards entered Celebrity Big Brother and came in fourth place.


Claire Richards went on to work as a receptionist for seven months, winning the temporary worker of the month award for May 1997.


Claire Richards was offered a place in the group on the condition that she lost weight.


Claire Richards joined the group in 1997 along with Ian "H" Watkins, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer and Lee Latchford-Evans, and the band enjoyed considerable popularity across the world over the next five years.


In February 2019, Claire Richards announced the group would begin recording their next album during the summer months.


Claire Richards co hosted alongside Brian Dowling and Tess Daly on SMTV Live in 2002.


Claire Richards took a break from singing to plan her wedding to Steps dancer Mark Webb.


Claire Richards released her first solo material, a cover of the Steps track "One for Sorrow" on 30 July 2015 via her official SoundCloud.


The track was arranged and produced by Steve Anderson with whom Claire Richards was now working on a full album.


In September 2015, after much fan demand, Claire Richards released a stripped back version of "Deeper Shade of Blue".


Claire Richards was a contestant on eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother and came fourth place as the show ended on 25 January 2013.


On 1 and 7 April 2014, Claire Richards was a guest panellist on the ITV lunchtime chat show Loose Women.


Claire Richards subsequently made a further seven appearances, with her last being on 23 June 2014.


On 8 August 2017, Claire Richards made a cameo appearance as herself on the BBC Scotland soap opera River City.


Claire Richards has a younger sister called Gemma, who appears in the 'Tragedy' video as her bridesmaid.


Claire Richards married her first husband Mark Webb, a backing dancer with Steps, in 2003.


The couple divorced in 2005 when Claire Richards rekindled her romance with Reece Hill.


Claire Richards' first child, Charlie, was born on 8 May 2007.


Claire Richards announced in the 30 June 2009 edition of Woman magazine that she was expecting her second child with her husband, and gave birth to a girl named Daisy on 29 December 2009.


Claire Richards appeared on Celebrity MasterChef on 25 June 2009 as part of the programme's "comeback" week.


Claire Richards released a fitness DVD Five Step Fat Attack on 26 December 2008.