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Case history April 2001
Interview by Clare Thomson
Claire Sweeney

Describe the suitcase you use most often.

I've got two big racing green suitcases in different sizes. I've had them about two years and I've no idea what make they are. I alternate between them depending on how long I'm going to be away.

What always goes with you?

My hairdryer. I wish I was a wash 'n' go kind of girl but if I don't use a hairdryer, it looks as if I've been wearing a bathing cap.

How long does it take you to pack?

About 15 to 20 minutes. I seem to be packing all the time at the moment so I'm getting used to doing it quickly. I have a list of what I want to take in my head so I chuck it all in, sit on the case and fasten it.

What is the biggest packing mistake you've ever made?

A bottle of moisturiser once leaked all over my toiletries bag.

If you could pack only three things, what would they be?

A book - I always read a lot when I'm on holiday; suntan lotion because I like to protect my skin in the sun; and my hairdryer.

If you could take only one book, what would it be?

Either my diary or Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, which I'm currently reading and really enjoying.

Have you ever lost your luggage?

I lost it on my first job abroad. I flew to Portugal to sing in a casino and my bag didn't turn up. All my music and dresses were in it. I had to miss my first night so I could buy new outfits.

Which luggage stamp brings back the best memories?

The first time I went to Las Vegas. I had always wanted to go and it lived up to all my expectations. It was amazing, a Disneyland for adults. I didn't win any money.

What extra things come home in your suitcase?

I usually bring back clothes from shopping trips when I'm abroad. I went to New York just before Christmas and brought back lots of clothes and underwear.

Which destination would you next like to put on your luggage label?

Mauritius. I've always wanted to go and I never got to visit when I was working on cruise ships. It sounds so beautiful.

Claire Sweeney plays Lindsey Corkhill in `Brookside' (Wednesdays and Fridays, C4, 8pm).