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Welcome to my world - Clare Grogan

AS LEAD singer of Altered Images, Clare Grogan was an 1980s pop icon. The actor and musician has just published her debut children's novel, Tallulah and the Teenstars (Black & White, £4.99).

Describe your perfect weekend

I'd spend it with family and friends, with good food, nice wine and a bit of a carry-on – ideally in New York.

What would you do if you ruled the world?

I'd insist Barack Obama was the American president and I'd ban all Bratz dolls.

What one thing would improve your life?

More sleep. Mothers go through a phase where they just have to accept that sleep isn't a priority. But I look forward to the day I can get up late.

Who was your last text from?

My sister, asking how all the PR's going. I haven't replied yet – I'm too busy talking to the press.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Drinking one too many cosmopolitans on a big night out. It's got to be done, though.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I live my life from one embarrassing moment to the next. But one stands out – at a casting session, I was wearing an all-in-one, and I peed myself.

When did you last feel sorry for yourself?

Five minutes ago, because I've got a cold. I've just had a Lemsip, though, so I'm feeling quite speedy.

Who would you like to say sorry to?

Loads of people. Going through IVF definitely makes you a bit bonkers. So anyone I met at that stage in my life might have got Weird Clare. It's the drugs – they make you nuts.

Who does the cleaning in your house?

A lovely girl called Elfa, from Brazil, and my daughter and I help.

What is the most you've spent on a purchase, apart from a car or property?

My collection of Prada coats probably adds up to a small mortgage.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

A young Shirley MacLaine. It's that great combination of sassy, funny, vulnerable and great legs – which I don't have.

What is your earliest memory?

Lying between my mum and dad in bed. I loved the feeling of security.

What's the theme tune to your life?

'Coming Around Again' by Carly Simon. I love the notion that although life feels a bit crap sometimes, you have to believe that it changes. And it does.

Should you vote?

Absolutely – women sacrificed their lives so we could do so. I have always voted Labour. I keep believing they'll get it right one day.

Who is your fantasy date?

I've had it already – dinner with Ken Loach. It was a really wonderful evening. He's charming and funny. We had a laugh.

What worries you in the wee small hours?

Everything – I'm a terrible worrier. Don't tell me any of your troubles or I'll be up all night on your behalf.

When were you last naked in front of another person?

Most days in front of my husband – he's used to seeing all the scary bits of me.

Who was your favourite teacher?

Mrs Quigley, at Notre Dame in Glasgow. I loved her because she had no favourites. She treated us all the same and thought we were all special – a great quality in a teacher.

What is your most treasured possession?

A first-edition Peter Pan, from my Aunt Winnie.

Which do you remember better: your first kiss or your first car?

I remember both vividly. My first kiss was with Paul McFadden, the naughtiest boy on the planet, and my first car was a Fiat Panda, which I loved.

What would you do if you weren't in your current career?

I've had to diversify a bit over the years. I love the fact that I've had the opportunity to write this book, for example. So after music, films and books, maybe I'll have to get myself a proper job.

 
 
 

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