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How Claire Foy went from an awkward teenager to Hollywood royalty

She is now bona fide Hollywood royalty after scooping her first Golden Globe for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

But just five years ago, the showbiz set who watched Claire Foy take to the stage at the star-studded ceremony in Beverly Hills last night would be hard-pressed to name any of her acting roles.

So how did the 32-year-old go from virtual obscurity to the nation’s sweetheart almost overnight?

The mother-of-one has starring roles in Netflix blockbusters and major TV dramas under her belt, yet she has managed to avoid both the glare of the limelight – and the allure of Los Angeles – for much of her career.

But her story begins in Stockport, Greater Manchester, where she grew up the youngest of three children to a sales consultant and a pharmaceutical company worker from a ‘massive Irish family’.

Claire spent much of her early childhood in the north-west, until her parents split and she moved to Buckinghamshire with her mother and siblings.

Though less academic than her brother and sister, the self-confessed ‘attention seeker’ had dreams of being a ballerina before juvenile arthritis put her dancing ambitions on hold and she turned her attentions to acting.

‘I was never the prettiest or the most talented girl,’ she admitted in a 2008 interview.

‘It was always an uphill struggle. I’ve loved drama, but somehow I just thought everyone else was better than me.’
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Claire Foy & Peter Morgan Golden Globe Acceptance Speeches

“Oh my God, I’m having an out-of-body experience,” Foy said upon reaching the stage. “When you play a real-life person, it’s tricky, and you rely very much on the people around you, so I’m going to dedicate this all the people around me. … Big shout-out to John Lithgow and Matt Smith, I wish you were here.”

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74th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners!

A huge congratulations to both Claire and The Crown on their wins!

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Golden Globes: Claire Foy Wins Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama

The 74th annual awards show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday.

The Crown‘s Claire Foy took home the Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in TV series, drama on Sunday night.

The actress beat out Caitriona Balfe in Outlander, Keri Russell in The Americans, Winona Ryder in Stranger Things and Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld.

Foy won the award for her portrayal of a young Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s historical drama. The show went on to win the Golden Globe for best TV drama.

“I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it,” the actress remarked upon receiving her award.

Jimmy Fallon hosted the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 8.

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The Crown’s Claire Foy ‘completely terrified’ ahead of Golden Globes for Queen portrayal

The actress is facing stiff competition for best actress

By David Mercer

The Crown star Claire Foy said she is “completely terrified” as she prepares to discover if she has won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the Queen.

Stockport-born Foy is nominated for best actress in a television drama series for her performance in the acclaimed Netflix drama, which focuses on the monarch’s early reign.

Speaking at Bafta LA’s Tea Party on the eve of the ceremony, Foy told the Press Association: “I’m really looking forward to it. Obviously I’m completely terrified.

“But I think once it’s all out of the way it will just be a great party.”

On her role as the Queen, she added: “It’s so out of my zone of understanding so I feel very lucky because I’ve learnt a lot.

“I’ve learnt so much. I’ve learnt a lot about being an actor but I’ve also learnt a lot about her and her role, her duty and what she’s been through in life.

“The main thing that surprised me was how she came to the throne. I knew her father had obviously died … I just never really considered that idea of how that would affect her as a person. I found that very emotional and surprising.”

Foy, 32, is currently filming a second series of The Crown, which will reportedly be her last as the role is recast to portray an older version of the Queen.

Foy will compete for the Golden Globe Award with Winona Ryder , who is nominated for her performance in Netflix series Stranger Things.

Evan Rachel Wood is nominated for her portrayal of lifelike robot Dolores in Westworld, while Keri Russell and Caitriona Balfe have also received nods for The Americans and Outlander respectively.

John Lithgow, who plays Sir Winston Churchill in The Crown, is nominated for best supporting actor, while the show itself has earned a nomination for best television drama series.

Stephen Daldry, director and executive producer on The Crown, said Foy had delivered a “career-defining performance” as the Queen.

“We were blessed with Claire because I think she’s proving to be one of the greatest actresses of her generation,” he said.

“I think that’s just our luck. It was always a pretty clear choice it was going to be Claire. The fact she’s grown into this extraordinary performance – a career-defining performance – is just brilliant.”

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday (1am Monday GMT).

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2017 Event & Interview Additions

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– Public Events > Events in 2017 > Arriving at Jimmy Kimmel Live!
– Public Events > Events in 2017 > W Magazine Celebrates: The ‘Best Performances’ Portfolio And The Golden Globes
– Public Events > Events in 2017 > 17th Annual AFI Awards
– Interviews/News Segments > Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Stills)

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Claire Foy, John Lithgow & “The Crown” SAG Awards Nominations

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
John Lithgow, “The Crown”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“The Crown”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

Read the full article and view the full list of nominations here on Variety.

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Claire Foy on Her Golden Globe Nomination, Season Two & Why Later Seasons Will Have a Different Cast

By Dee Lockett

While most of Hollywood was asleep during the early morning Golden Globes nominations on Monday, The Crown’s breakout star Claire Foy, who plays a young Queen Elizabeth II at the start of her reign, was wide awake midday in England and shocked to learn of her nomination for best actress in a drama series. She was even more elated to find out she’s not alone: John Lithgow is up for best supporting actor for his committed turn as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The Netflix show itself is also up for best drama, among a surprising sea of newcomers against the Game of Thrones behemoth. Foy, who’s in the middle of filming season two, spoke with Vulture shortly after the announcement to share her reaction to being a first-time nominee, how she and the rest of the cast are getting on without Lithgow, and the show’s future.

Congratulations! How does it feel to be a first-time nominee?
I couldn’t believe it. My agent called and told me and I laughed out loud.

Did you text John Lithgow?
No, because I just presumed it was too early in L.A. to even try and contact him. But as soon as I’m done with all this, I’m going to email him and share the loveliness of this.

Were you surprised to see The Crown among all these other freshman shows up against Game of Thrones?
I don’t really know how it all works. The show only just came out in November, so to me it feels like a complete whirlwind. I always thought that things like this took time and you had to build up an audience. I’ve been so overwhelmed by how many people have watched it and the positive response we’ve had. To get this as well … it’s amazing.
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Claire Foy, John Lithgow & “The Crown” Golden Globe Nominations

Best Television Series – Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Claire Foy – The Crown
Keri Russell – The Americans
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Read the full article and view the full list of nominations here on THR.

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“The Crown” – Screencaptures from Episodes 5-7

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– Movies & Television > The Crown (TV Series, 2016) > Season 1 > Episode Screencaptures > Episode 5: Smoke and Mirrors
– Movies & Television > The Crown (TV Series, 2016) > Season 1 > Episode Screencaptures > Episode 6: Gelignite
– Movies & Television > The Crown (TV Series, 2016) > Season 1 > Episode Screencaptures > Episode 7: Scientia Potentia Est

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Vote in the 2016 RadioTimes.com Reader Awards

By Radio Times staff

It’s been 11 long months since we were all remedying our Christmas blues with a spot of War and Peace. And what a TV year 2016 has been – we’ve had The Night Manager, Happy Valley, Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, Planet Earth II, Victoria, National Treasure and much, MUCH more.

It’s also been the year that on-demand truly took off and cemented itself alongside scheduled TV with the release of Stranger Things, Fleabag, Thirteen, The Crown, The Gilmore Girls and – of course – The Grand Tour.

So as 2016 draws to a close, we want to know what you – yes, YOU! – think of this year’s treasure trove of telly. We’ve launched the inaugural RadioTimes.com Reader Awards to celebrate the best programmes airing on British television since 1st January 2016.

Below you’ll find a shortlist of 14 categories drawn up by RadioTimes.com – a mix of our online team’s top picks and the most popular shows airing his year. But your favourite programmes, presenters and actors need YOUR votes to win. Each RadioTimes.com reader will have only one chance to have their say in each category – so, what are you waiting for? Get clicking…

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Quick links:
Vote for The Crown for Best Drama here.
Vote for Claire Foy for Best Actress here.