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Category: Music - Popular
Reference No: 10635
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
  Clare Grogan

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Scottish actress and singer.

Grogan is best known as the lead singer of the 1980s new wave music group Altered Images and for supporting roles in the 1981 film Gregory's Girl and the science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf.

Aged 17 while dancing at the Glasgow College of Technology, she was a bystander when a fight broke out between several patrons. A broken bottle was hurled in her direction as she was fleeing, and she was left injured with a prominent scar on the left side of her face.

Altered Images was formed in 1980 and the group went on to enjoy a huge hit in October 1981 with “Happy Birthday”, a song that reached No.2 in the singles chart and stayed there for three weeks. This was followed by "I Could Be Happy", "See Those Eyes", “Pinky Blue” and “Don’t Talk to me About Love”. The group broke up late in 1983.

Grogan’s acting career began before her pop fame. While working as a waitress in a Glasgow restaurant, she was spotted by film director Bill Forsyth. This led to her breakthrough acting role in 1981's Gregory's Girl as Susan. Because of her recent facial wound, there were objections from the producers, but Forsyth refused to recast the role and Grogan was filmed mostly in profile. When filmed in close up, makeup artists covered Grogan's scar with mortician's wax.

Later film roles include Forsyth's Comfort and Joy (1984), Jilting Joe (1998), The Penalty King (2006) and the Scottish gangster movie The Wee Man (2013).

Grogan’s television work includes Dave Lister's would-be love-interest, Kristine Kochanski, in series 1, 2 and 6 of Red Dwarf and in EastEnders as Ian Beale's love interest, Ros Thorne (1997–1998).

This is an album page (6" x 4.5") signed in ink ("Love you, Clare") in the early 1980s. In good condition and perfect for display mounting.