Claire Lewis initially worked as a primary school teacher before changing career working at Radio Sheffield and then as a journalist on the Rotherham Advertiser.

In 1979 she joined Granada as a journalist on Granada Reports.

The following year she moved to Reports Politics then returned to Granada Reports as an on-screen reporter. After a period as a news editor and working on educational programmes, Claire became the researcher on 28 Up and, since then, has worked on every subsequent programme of the award-winning series, now as the producer.

She left Granada in 1986 to join the BBC where she became a producer /director on BBC2 Brass Tacks before Executive producing a range of programmes including It’s My City for BBC1. After a freelance spell she joined ITV Meridian as Programme Executive working entirely with the independent sector across a wide range of documentary programmes including a large arts output.

After another period at the BBC as an executive producer, Claire now works as a documentary-maker. Her first feature film, the drama-documentary ‘The Truck of Dreams ‘shot on location in rural India, won the world cinema award at The Independent Washington Film festival 2006. She also produced the award winning ‘The End of The Line’ feature documentary, which premiered at Sundance in 2009.

She was the producer of  64 Up that was broadcast in 2019.