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Sweeney says 'yes' to lover 14 years younger

FORMER Brookside star Claire Sweeney has gotten engaged to her toyboy fiance, who is 14 years her junior, and says the pair plan to tie the knot in the House of Lords.

The 41-year-old actress got engaged to 27-year-old Daniel Riley on Christmas Eve.

She told Hello! Magazine: "I take it very seriously and I hadn't met the right person. I'm a workaholic. I've had a great life and a fabulous career. It would take a very special man to make me stop and want to be with them. Daniel is that person."

Sweeney said the 14-year age gap did not make any difference to her, saying: "I felt it was about finding things in common, where you have the same values and morals. That happened over time and now I never notice the age difference."

jlast@herald.ie