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Who is Claire on Channel 4's First Dates season 17?

Channel 4’s much-loved dating show First Dates, returned to our screens on Monday 6th September with a brand new series.

Amongst the singles hoping to find love were Matty and Claire who found a bond over their professions in the policing world.

The couple, who shared a heart-warming date, now has fans asking questions about who exactly Claire is and if their date led to any romance.

Reality Titbit has all the answers, from what happened next for her and Matty, to her experience on the dating show!

First Dates: Who is Claire?

36-years-old, Claire is a police detective, currently living in Bury, Greater Manchester.

Described by Matty on his Twitter as ‘an inspirational & beautiful woman’, Claire opened up, explaining that she was unable to have children when the topic arose in conversation.

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The conversation became very emotional for the pair when Matty also opened up about his son, 4, who he shares with his former partner.

First Dates: Claire’s health struggles

The strong police detective opened up on the episode about her past struggles being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

One of the side effects of treatment for the cancer was early menopause, which since treatment, has sadly left Claire unable to have children of her own.

Despite the difficulties Claire has faced, she is now cancer-free and remains positive saying, “I have been given another chance in life, it is such a privilege”.

Did Matty and Claire find love?

Although the pair seemed to enjoy their date and get on well, Matty revealed after the show that the spark just wasn’t there between the two of them.

Despite not finding a romantic connection with one another, Claire and Matty have remained in contact as friends.

Matty revealed on his Twitter, “It didn’t work out, but we’re doing Kilimanjaro”.

The pair have decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in honour of Claire celebrating five years cancer-free.



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