Claude was born in Malta. He worked as a fitness model in the United States for a number of years before finding himself posing for romance book covers in New York. During his time there he acquired an interest in acting. He began attending technique and improvisation classes, and the following year relocated to London.
His first experience working on a film, long before settling his heart on becoming an actor, was as a background gladiator in a scene of Ridley Scott's Gladiator, which was being filmed in Malta.
In preparation for his role in Adormidera, Claude trained in authentic medieval sword fighting for six months using real unsharpened swords, the same kind of which were used during filming.