The All time 100 Albums
Claire Sturgess presents
Full name: Claire Annette Sturgess
Birthday: 15th September
Nickname at school: “Claire Bear” or “Clairey Fairy”
Tell us something we didn’t know about you: I have a glider pilot’s licence. I got to fly solo for the first time ever on my 16th birthday.
Were you naughty when you were at school? Not really. Being naughty meant detention, extra homework and lost privileges. Any bad behaviour was saved for after school!
First job – and would you do it again? Saturday job in a gift shop. I had to dust hundreds of tiny Swarovski crystal animals. I’ve never dusted anything since!
While the music’s playing, what do you do? I multi-task like a demon: reading tabloids; tweeting; checking music websites; checking running orders; listening to what’s coming next; working out what I’m going to say next; drinking coffee; eating biscuits; gossiping; answering the phone; singing along to whatever’s playing. Or just racing to the loo.
What’s your favourite song of all time? That’s almost impossible to answer. I have so many favourites. But at a push I’d probably say Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. I was given a gold disc for the Nevermind album when I worked at Radio 1. I still get quite nostalgic and emotional when I hear it.
Which actress would you choose to play you in a movie about your life? Helena Bonham Carter. I met her at a voiceover studio and she was instantly friendly and adorable. And she only lives up the road, we’re almost neighbours