Claire Sweeney stars in a plunging jumpsuit as she celebrates her 50th birthday with an alfresco meal

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Claire Sweeney stars in a deep white jumpsuit as she celebrates her 50th birthday with an al fresco meal complete with huge cake

On April 17th she celebrated her 50th birthday.

And Claire Sweeney proved that the festivities are still going on a week later, as she slips into a deep jumpsuit for an al fresco dinner with friends in London on Saturday.

The former soap star was cheerful when she stepped into the show stop number and could barely contain her excitement when she was served a delicious-looking birthday cake.

Wow: Claire Sweeney, 50, proved her birthday celebrations are still going strong and slipped into a plunging jumpsuit for an alfresco dinner with friends in London on Saturday

Pairing her outfit with a pair of open-toe heels and pairing accessories with a delicate silver chain, doting mom Claire made her the center of attention.

The actress wore her bright blonde hair loose and added a pop of color to her look with red nail polish.

She made sure to toast herself with a glass of bubbly.

It comes after Claire admitted she had a “ wobble ” and “ panicked ” when she turned 50 this month, discussing that she had been having “ really tough ” last year amid lockdown.

The former Brookside actress who is the mother of son Jaxon, six, said on Monday that despite the challenges of the past year, she “ couldn’t be happier. ”

I speak with OK! magazine from her four-bedroom house in Pimlico, central London, Claire said she was turning 50: “I have friends who say, ‘Embrace it,’ but I have a good old wiggle. It suddenly seems old, but I know it’s not because I feel great. ‘

Happy: Claire was cheerful when she got into the show stop number and could barely contain her excitement when she was served a delicious looking birthday cake

Happy: Claire was cheerful when she got into the show stop number and could barely contain her excitement when she was served a delicious looking birthday cake

The Scarborough actress said she is now more comfortable with herself than ever before, counting her blessings, including her son, in the interview.

Claire gave birth to her only child in September 2014, which she shares with former fiancé Daniel Reilly.

After giving birth in her early 40s, she said she’s glad she waited to have a baby later in life so she could achieve her goals and tick off most of her career checklist.

All eyes on her: Pairing her outfit with a pair of open-toe heels and pairing accessories with a delicate silver necklace, doting mom Claire made her the center of attention

All eyes on her: pairing her outfit with a pair of open-toe heels and pairing accessories with a delicate silver necklace, doting mom Claire made her the center of attention

Claire admitted, however, that things had not been easy with her son during the pandemic, especially with homeschooling.

Thinking about lockdown, she added: ‘Part of me enjoyed it. There were, of course, times when I had a hard time, such as with homeschooling. ‘

‘I have so much respect for his teacher. One day I messaged her, “I’m crying and he’s crying. We fought. What should we do?” ‘

Glass Bubbles: The actress wore her bright blonde hair loose and added a pop of color to her look with red nail polish

Glass Bubbles: The actress wore her bright blonde hair loose and added a pop of color to her look with red nail polish

She added that she and her son sometimes ‘locked horns’ and that homeschooling caused ‘too much disturbance’.

Aside from her parenting challenges, Claire said the past year has been “ really tough ” for people in the TV and entertainment industry due to a lack of work.

According to the Liverpool resident, she barely worked after her pantomime was cut off due to lockdown.

Nevertheless, she is now looking forward to the future after another presenting appearance on BBC Radio Merseyside.

She described the new opportunity as a ‘godsend’, not only financially but also because of the pleasure it gives her.

Brave Face: Claire admitted she had a 'wobble' and 'panicked' when she turned 50 on April 17, while talking about having 'really hard' for the past year amid lockdown

Brave Face: Claire admitted she had a ‘wobble’ and ‘panicked’ when she turned 50 on April 17, while talking about having ‘really hard’ for the past year amid lockdown

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