Claire Lutter - Biography
By Gary P. Rose
Claire Lutter was born in 1952 in Perth, Western Australia. She wanted to be a dancer from the age of four and began studying ballet at home. She later went to France where she finished off her training in Cannes. She then joined a company and did cabaret for a while before moving to London where she undertook more ballet studies. Following this, she joined the Second Generation dancers and appeared with them on "The Rolf Harris" television series.
She then worked in cabaret for a season at the Stork Room in London. Also in the show was dancer Libby Roberts and, after the show finished, Claire and Libby decided to form a new dance troupe which they called the Love Machine. They recruited two other girls, including Lynn Collins, and performed in nightclubs all over the country. After some time, Lynn and the other girl left and were replaced by Teresa Lucas and Jane Eve (later known as Jane Colthorpe from Hot Gossip). This new line-up was seen on "The Benny Hill Show" from 1976 to 1977.
After "The Benny Hill Show", Claire appeared in West End shows. She performed in "The King and I" at the London Palladium, starring Yul Brynner in the titular role, and played Tintinabula in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" with Frankie Howerd and Patrick Cargill. The play opened at the Piccadilly Theatre on the 14th November 1986 and ran for 49 performances.
She worked on television in "Space: 1999" and "Russ Abbot's Christmas Madhouse" and appeared in two feature films "Never Say Never Again" and ""Shanghai Express". She worked on trade shows and commercials, danced with other groups, including Dee Dee Wilde's Pan's People, and also did some choreography.
She has a long-time boyfriend, actor Rayner Bourton, who played the original Rocky in "The Rocky Horror Show" stage production in 1973..
(c) G. P. Rose 2012