|Born||1965 (age 54–55)|
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Partner(s)||Hugh Dennis (2017–present)|
Claire Skinner was born and brought up in Hemel Hempstead, the youngest daughter of a shopkeeper and an Irish-born secretary, and was shy as a child. Her dream was to be an actress and she immersed herself in her ambition. She acted, neglecting school work at Cavendish School, and "barely scraped through [her] A-levels". She went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Her first role was in Hanky Park, by Walter Greenwood at the Oldham Repertory Theatre, which she describes as a "really traditional start". She is best known as "Clare" on the British television comedy Life Begins, and as "Lucinda", the sous chef in the first series of Chef! alongside Lenny Henry. From 2007 to 2014 she portrayed Sue Brockman in the BBC's award-winning sitcom Outnumbered. For many years, she has preferred theatre to screen roles because she has been disappointed with her TV projects ("apart from Mike Leigh's stuff"), "not just when you see the final thing, but also because it hasn't taken off."
Skinner has worked with directors including Mike Leigh – in Life is Sweet, and Naked – Trevor Nunn, Tim Burton and Sam Mendes, but she remembers one particular director, Alan Ayckbourn, when she started out: "He was a great influence for me as he pushed me so hard, but every director you work with has a big influence in some way, they really push you."
She has made appearances in TV shows such as Lark Rise to Candleford where for two episodes she played Mrs Macey. She appeared in the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".
In 2019 she played Sheila in A Day In The Death of Joe Egg which ran in Trafalgar Studios in the West End from September to November.
|1989||The Rachel Papers||Gloria|
|1990||Life Is Sweet||Natalie|
|1994||The Return of the Native||Thomasin||TV film|
|1999||The Escort||Patricia||Original Title: Mauvaise Passe|
|1999||Sleepy Hollow||Beth Killian|
|2001||Bridget Jones's Diary||Magda|
|2003||The Booze Cruise||Leone Sewell||TV film|
|2003||Eroica||Josephine Deym||TV film|
|2004||Strings||Jhinna||English version, voice actress|
|2005||Class of '76||Dr. Kate Tremaine||Tv film|
|2006||The Family Man (British TV series)||Natalie Simpson||TV film|
|2007||The Trial of Tony Blair||Nicky||TV film|
|2007||You Can Choose Your Friends||Jane Arden||TV film|
|2007||And When Did You Last See Your Father?||Gillian|
|2008||The Commander: Abduction||Fiona||TV film|
|2011||Eliminate: Archie Cookson||Camilla|
|1988||South of the Border||Laura||Episode: Season 1, Episode 7|
|1989||Inspector Morse||Girl Pupil||Episode: Ghost in the Machine|
|1993||Chef!||Lucinda||Season 1 regular|
|1994||Screen One||Linda||Episode: Two Golden Balls|
|1995||Capital Lives||Alice||Episode: In Cahoots|
|1995||Coogan's Run||Frances||Episode: The Curator|
|1997||The Wingless Bird||Agnes Conway||Catherine Cookson TV mini-series|
|1997||Brass Eye||Board Member/Martha O'Dennell/Helly Melvick/Mrs. Wastrey||3 episodes|
|1997||A Dance to the Music of Time||Jean||TV mini-series|
|1997–2000||The Peter Principle||Susan Harvey||Series regular|
|1999||Second Sight||DI Catherine Tully||Series regular|
|2001||Perfect Strangers||Rebecca||TV mini-series|
|2001||Bedtime||Sarah Newcombe||Season 1 regular|
|2001||Swallow||Gail Collins||TV mini-series|
|2003||Trevor's World of Sport||Meryl||Series regular|
|2004||The Genius of Mozart||Nannerl Mozart||TV mini-series documentary|
|2004||Murphy's Law||Alice||Episode: Go Ask Alice|
|2004–2006||Life Begins||Clare||Series regular|
|2005||Agatha Christie's Marple||Amy Murgatroyd||Episode: A Murder Is Announced|
|2006–2007||Rupert Bear||Voice actress|
|2007||Kingdom||Brenda Collins||Episode: Season 1, Episode 5|
|2007–2016||Outnumbered||Sue Brockman||Series regular|
|2008||Sense and Sensibility||Fanny Dashwood||TV mini-series|
|2008||Lark Rise to Candleford||Mrs. Macey||2 episodes|
|2008||Burn Up||Clare||TV mini-series|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Miss Rich||Episode: Cat Among the Pigeons|
|2009||Trinity||Dr. Angela Donne||Series regular|
|2010||Moving On||Mary Ann||Episode: Skies of Glass|
|2011||Doctor Who||Madge Arwell||Episode: "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"|
|2012||Tilly and Friends||Tumpty||2 episodes|
|2012||Homefront||Claire Marshbrook||TV mini-series|
|2013||Playhouse Presents||Linda||Episode: Mr Understood|
|2013||The One About a Social Worker||Liz||TV mini-series|
|2014||Silk||Sarah Stephens||Episode: Season 3, Episode 3|
|2015||Critical||Lorraine Rappaport||Series regular|
|2015||Inside No. 9||Angela||Episode: Nana's Party|
|2015–2017||Scream Street||Sue Watson, Luella & Others||Series regular|
|2016||Power Monkeys||Sara||TV mini-series|
|2017||Midsomer Murders||Kitty Oswood||Episode: Death by Persuasion|
|2018||Next of Kin||DCI Vivien Barnes||TV mini-series|
|2018||Vanity Fair||Mrs. Louisa Sedley||TV mini-series|
|2020||The Pale Horse||Yvonne Tuckerton||TV mini-series|
- The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge
- The Revengers' Comedies by Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen Joseph Theatre, (1989)
- Taking Steps-Revival by Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen Joseph Theatre, (1990)
- Invisible Friends by Alan Ayckbourn, Cottlesloe Theatre, National Theatre, (1991)
- Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, Young Vic Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, (1992)
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, (1993)
- Moonlight, by Harold Pinter, London's West End, (1993)
- Look Back in Anger, by John Osborne, Royal Exchange, Manchester, (1995)
- Charley's Aunt, by Brandon Thomas, Royal Exchange, Manchester, (1995)
- The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, Donmar Warehouse and Comedy Theatre, (1995)
- Othello by William Shakespeare, Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, (1997)
- The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare, Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre, (2001)
- Mrs. Affleck, National Theatre, (2009)
- Deathtrap by Ira Levin, Noël Coward Theatre (2010)
- Blurred Lines, National Theatre, (2014) 
- The Father by Florian Zeller, Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Tricycle Theatre (2015)
- Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, Hampstead Theatre (2016)
- Prism by Terry Johnson, Hampstead Theatre (2017)
- Nightfall by Barney Norris, Bridge Theatre Productions, Bridge Theatre (2018)
- A Day in The Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols, Trafalgar Studios (2019)
- Five Beats to the Bar by Neil d'Souza, BBC Radio 4, (2002)
- Old Harry's Game—Christmas Special by Andy Hamilton on BBC Radio 4, (2002)
- Trevor's World of Sport by Andy Hamilton on BBC Radio 4, (2005, 2006, 2007)
- Oblomov (2005)
- The Light of Knowledge by Mya Hnuang Nyo, BBC Radio 4, (2005)
- Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, BBC Radio 4, (2005)
- Bed and Breakfast by Helen Simpson, BBC Radio 4, (2005)
- Not a Games Person, narrating Julie Myerson's play, BBC Radio 4, (2006)
- Sculptor's Daughter-Christmas, Snow, Pets and Females, and The Bays by Tove Jansson, BBC Radio 4, (2006)
- Standing Sideways, by Matt Charman, BBC Radio 4, (2006)
- Elizabeth and Her German Garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim, BBC Radio 4, (2006)
- School Runs, by Alexis Zegerman, BBC Radio 4, (2006)
- Jigsaw, by Sybille Bedford, BBC Radio 4, (2006, 2007)
- Poetry Please, reading poems by Percy Bysshe, Mary Shelley, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin, BBC Radio 4, (2007)
- Mrs. Warren's Profession, by George Bernard Shaw, BBC Radio 3, (2007)
- Bird Song BBC Radio 3, (2008)
- Don't Turn Around (radio short) by Marian Garvey, BBC Radio 4, (2008)
- Five Easy Ways with Chilli by Scarlett Thomas, BBC Radio 4, (2008)
- Lunch: A Platonic Romantic Comedy by Marcy Kahan, BBC Radio 4, (2013, 2014, 2015)
- The Father by Florian Zeller, BBC Radio 3, (2017)
- 1995 – Won – Critics' Circle Theatre Award Best Actress The Glass Menagerie.
- 1995 – Won – Time Out Award for Best Performance Off West End The Glass Menagerie.
- 1996 – Nominated – Laurence Olivier Award Best Supporting Performance The Glass Menagerie.
- 2009 – Nominated – BAFTA Best Comedy Performance Outnumbered.
- "Claire Skinner". Woman's Hour. 1 September 2010. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Claire Skinner – National Portrait Gallery". www.npg.org.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
- "Claire Skinner: '50 does not look like a woman in a cardigan'". The Observer. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
- Bassett, Kate (25 January 2009). "Mommy dearest: Claire Skinner transforms into a monster of a mother" (Press release). London: The Independent. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
- Brennan, Patricia (4 December 1994). "A Beauty, a Rogue and a Good Man". The Washington Post (Press release).
- "The Family Way: Claire Skinner warms to her role in Poliakoff's new drama" (Press release). Time Out–London: Plugged In section, by Emma Perry. May 2001.
- "BBC The Boss Series Press Release" (PDF) (Press release). BBC. 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 May 2006.
- "Doctor Who, Christmas special, BBC One, review". The Daily Telegraph. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
- "Preview A Day In The Death of Joe EggPress Release" (Press release). 2019. Archived from the original on 4 October 2019.
- Todd, Lucy (2 July 2018). "Six on-screen turned real-life couples". BBC News. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "Mrs.Affleck: National Theatre (2009)". Archived from the original on 16 December 2008.
- "Blurred Lines". National Theatre. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.
- "The Father | Tricycle". www.tricycle.co.uk. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "MIKE LEIGH, FILM AND TELEVISION CREDITS".[dead link]
- "Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for 1995". Albemarle of London. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008.
- "Donmar Warehouse List of Awards for The Glass Menagerie-Time Out Award for 1995". Archived from the original on 20 October 2008.
- "Olivier Winners 1996". Archived from the original on 24 January 2009.
- "BAFTA 2009". 24 March 2009.