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Jul 14,2017

Emmy Nominations 2017: Claire Foy on Queen Elizabeth II and ‘The Crown’

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By JEREMY EGNER

Claire Foy received her first Emmy nomination on Thursday for a role that she’s already done playing.

The British actress originated the role of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown,” the Netflix drama that earned 13 nominations, including Ms. Foy’s for best lead actress in a drama series. Shooting has finished on Season 2, which will debut later this year, and any later seasons will feature a new actress in the role as the character ages.

“It’s still very much like it’s part of my life because it hasn’t aired yet and there’s still some postproduction,” Ms. Foy said Thursday. “When I start my next job I’ll kind of go, ‘Aww.’ That will be the moment it’s over and I know I’ll never play her again.”

Ms. Foy called from London to discuss the nomination, Season 2 of the drama and what Queen Elizabeth II has in common with James Bond. The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Why do you think “The Crown” resonated beyond Britain?

I think this family is universal in the sense that people around the world have grown up with them, and been caught up in their family dramas and their lives, and how they changed through time as the world changed. A lot of Americans said to me that after the election, it was, not a relief, but kind of an enjoyable escape about the making of a society and how politics works.

President Trump and Queen Elizabeth II have different leadership styles.

I think that was probably the escapism part.

What was it like to inhabit someone so famous, who has been a presence throughout your entire life?

It was never not going to be weird. You come to it with so many expectations and you have to let go of them; you can’t let them guide you because it could go so wrong. None of us did that. I think that’s why people liked it so much and went along with us — instead of portraying them as the figures, we tried to portray them as people. Read the rest of this entry »



Jul 14,2017

First-time Emmy nominee Claire Foy is saving her ‘big ol’ drink’ to celebrate until September

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Los Angeles Times – Claire Foy was no stranger to period dramas before portraying Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s “The Crown,” having played Anne Boleyn in the miniseries “Wolf Hall” as well as performing in a recent revival of “Upstairs Downstairs.” Perhaps that familiarity is what made her performance such a standout on “The Crown,” which earned 13 Emmy nominations, including Foy’s first in the lead actress in a drama category.

Where are you? Sounds like you’re outside.

I am in Hampstead Heath in London; it’s this big park. I was here when I got the news. My publicist was the first to contact me, and then it was just loads of people — lots of Americans — were contacting me. It’s the middle of the day there, whereas here, people are having dinner and stuff. It’s been lovely.

How are you going to celebrate?

Uh… I don’t… know. I think I’ll probably just save my celebrating when we actually can all get together at the Emmys and sit down and have a good ol’ drink. I’ll bottle up my celebration until September.

That sounds like something that queen would say. That’s a lot of willpower.

Ha! I’ll wait until the big party. I’m not really mad keen with the idea of celebrating, myself, that way we can all celebrate each other and pat ourselves on the back.

You wrapped production on Season 2. How has it been inhabiting this role? Are people recognizing you, or does the period garb make it easier for you to go unnoticed in real life?

We’ve been so overwhelmed by the reaction the show has received. But I don’t really get stopped on the street, to be honest. But most of the reaction I do get is the frantic question of: “When is the next one coming out?”

I also get people who want to blame you because they lost 10 hours of their life. They’ll be like: “I watched it all in one day!” You’re not really sure if you should say, “Thank you” or “I’m sorry.” It’s quite funny that people want to let you know that you took away their time. It just shows that people really appreciate it and enjoy it.

Going into Season 2, was there a greater ease in channeling Queen Elizabeth?

I think you could say it was easier, but at the same time, it’s harder in a way because you have to guard against thinking you know everything about her. All the directors and Peter Morgan really kept on top of us because they didn’t want us to rest on our laurels. And the storylines were more in-depth and complicated. We really felt comfortable, but at the same time tried not to get too comfortable.

How are the corgis?

I love the corgis, but when they’re on set, all bets are off. The corgis have complete creative control. We let them run free. If they want to take a scene in a particular direction, we’ll follow them.

Who are you excited to see on the big night? I really want a selfie of you with the “Stranger Things” kids.

Oh, I love them. They’re amazing. And they’re always the life of the parties, as well. It’s ridiculous. They’re there dancing until like 3 o’clock in the morning. I feel like an absolute ancient old lady next to them. Like, I’m trying to dance and they’re out there being like Justin Timberlake. And I’m a mother trying to dance next to them. But it would be lovely to see them again.

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Jul 14,2017

Claire Foy Is Celebrating Her Emmy Nod with a Walk in the “Bloody Park”

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“I’m continually kind of surprised by how much people have loved the show.”

by YOHANA DESTA

Claire Foy has to preserve her phone battery, because it’s dying and she’s far from home. Oh, and she just got an Emmy nomination, which means her line is going to be ringing off the hook for the next several hours. On Thursday morning, the star was tapped for best actress in a drama series for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s sumptuous series The Crown. Foy, who is currently in London, did not watch the nomination livestream, instead preferring to go for an early evening stroll in Hampstead Heath.

“I just got a text message about it, which was lovely,” she tells Vanity Fair.

It’s Foy’s first nomination, and the first of several nominations for the series, which was highlighted in multiple other categories—including outstanding drama series, directing, costume design, and more, as well as an acting nod for her co-star John Lithgow. “Amazing!” Foy says when she’s told, unaware until now of the show’s eventful Hollywood morning. She does let out a small “aw” when she finds out that co-star Jared Harris, who turned in a heartrending performance as King George VI, wasn’t nominated for his work. “It’s so difficult,” she says diplomatically of the Emmys process.

So, how will Foy celebrate her first-ever Emmy nod? By . . . not doing anything, really. “I won’t do any big celebration or anything like that. I’ll just walk across this bloody park for the next few minutes, probably—I’m trying to get out!”

As for how she would celebrate if she was channeling the character she plays? That would also be . . . a lot of nothing, really. “She’d just play it all down,” Foy muses. “I think, that’s her style. She’d just crack on.”

What about the next season of The Crown—which will also be Foy’s last, as Season 3 will jump ahead in the queen’s life? The actress can’t say much about the plot, but she does note that she’s excited for viewers to see the way the show approaches Elizabeth “coming into her middle age.”

“I’m constantly kind of surprised by her . . . she’s like all of us as you get older and as you change through life,” the actress says. “It’s interesting to watch how she approaches that and deals with that as a person as opposed to a monarch.”

Though it was rumored by an insider that the high-profile royal has actually watched The Crown, Foy doesn’t think that’s true, saying she’d prefer to “err on the side of no.”

“The only person who knows is her,” she adds. “I don’t have any direct communication with her, so I’ll never know.”

Mere mortals might also never know if the monarch decides to keep an eye on how The Crown performs at the Emmys this September—though the visual of Queen Elizabeth II tucking into an awards show makes Foy laugh.

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Jul 14,2017

Claire Foy celebrates Emmy nod, teases ‘completely different’ season 2

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The actress plays Queen Elizabeth II on the Netflix drama

RUTH KINANE

Thursday morning, Claire Foy received an Emmy nomination for her performance in Netflix drama The Crown, where she plays Queen Elizabeth II. EW caught up with the actress to see how she reacted to the news.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This is your first Emmy nomination — you must be super excited.
I feel very, very honored and also a bit all-of-a-fluster. I’ve never been before and I can’t wait.

The Crown was nominated in a few other categories too including best drama series, best supporting actor for John Lithgow, and for best writing and directing. Will you guys be in touch to celebrate? Is there a group text?
We’ll definitely be in touch. We just finished shooting the second season so we probably won’t see each other, but it’s not long to wait — it’s only until September — and we’ll all get together and have a big old party. I’ll definitely be getting in touch with John to say congratulations. But we’ve all just worked together again for a long time so we’re sick of the sight of each other — we’ll all be like, “Yeah, yeah, see you September.”

Looking back at season 1, was there any particular scene or episode that stood out to you and made you realize how big this show was going to be?
I really loved episode 9 (“The Assassins”). I just really thought it was near perfect. That’s the episode when Churchill is having his portrait painted and where Philip and Elizabeth have a real break in their marriage and you start to see the cracks in what they’ve been through. Not that I enjoyed playing that or relished the confrontation, but I felt like I could really get into it at that point and I really enjoyed doing those scenes with Matt [Smith], and Ben Caron, who directed those episodes, was just amazing to work with.

It’s so great because, as a viewer, you’re really rooting for both of them; you want both Elizabeth and Philip to get their way. I just want them to be happy together!
I know! That’s all you want, for them to work things out, but it only gets worse in the second series. It’s like, bloody hell, it’s just awful!

They need to go on another safari and have fun.
Exactly! Go back to Africa! I think that’s why it’s so great; they’re not perfect people, and Peter [Morgan, the series creator] is really good at not trying to paint them that way. I don’t know how he writes these scenes between people who’ve got all sorts of complications and problems and all you want them to do is have a cuddle. Read the rest of this entry »



Jul 13,2017

The Crown’s Claire Foy On the Struggles of Being a New Mom and an Actress

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by Lynn Hirschberg

Claire Foy was fairly unknown until 2016, when she changed everyone’s idea of royalty with her role as a coming-of-age Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown. Foy, who won both the SAG and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress in a Drama, has now proved that she is a star. Here, the British actress talks about how she landed the life-changing role, what it’s like to wear the Queen’s girdle, and everything you can expect from the show’s second final season.

How old were you when you started thinking about becoming an actress?
Probably 20, which is quite late. It never really occurred to me that it was something that I could do really being an actress. I never really thought it was a life or a job or anything that was accessible to someone like me. So it was only when I went to university and kind of got a bit of confidence that I considered it, I suppose.

What was the first thing you auditioned for?
It was a TV show called Being Human (click here for screencaptures). I played werewolf’s ex-fiancé who had epilepsy. And I wore like a really hideous sort of shiny coat with a fur hood. I didn’t have an agent at the time, so I went in just really luckily got the job.

Did you feel immediately like this is it, this is what I want to be doing?
Actually on that first job I had a terrible time and I was really bad in it. And I really struggled. I just didn’t get it. I remember the director shouting at me. “It’s time to start acting now, darling.” I’d never been on a film set in that way before. I had no idea what I was doing. But it was sort of a baptism of fire. But everyone’s got to have it because you can only learn on the job, in a way.

And did you not get depressed? You just kept going?
Yeah, then I just kept going really. I did a play, I did a bit more telly and then I just paid attention and tried to absorb how to behave as much as possible. Read the rest of this entry »



Jul 05,2017

Claire Foy to star as Neil Armstrong’s wife in new movie First Man

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By BAZ BAMIGBOYE FOR THE DAILY MAIL

Claire Foy is getting into the space race.

The award-winning actress has been cast by Damien Chazelle, whose hit film La La Land took six Oscar statuettes (including best director for him), in his new movie First Man about the glory — and turmoil — surrounding Nasa’s efforts to put an astronaut on the moon.

Ryan Gosling, who played the jazz player and composer in La La Land, will portray Neil Armstrong, the first man (of the title) to set foot on the moon. And I can reveal that Claire will play his wife, Janet. Read the rest of this entry »



Jun 08,2017

‘The Crown’ Makeup Artist Helped Claire Foy Look Like a Real Queen

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Makeup guru Ivana Primorac spent the past year turning soft-featured actress Claire Foy into an angular Queen Elizabeth II, long-faced John Lithgow into a curmudgeonly Winston Churchill and an assortment of actors into palace royals and political figures — many of whom are alive — for Netflix’s “The Crown.”

The entire first season of the series debuted in November; a second season has been ordered, with six episodes planned.

Primorac, a prolific hair and makeup designer, has worked on such diverse films as “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “The Imitation Game” and “T2 Trainspot- ting.” For “The Crown,” which Peter Morgan created and wrote, evolving out of his 2006 Queen Elizabeth biopic “The Queen,” she aims to reflect “both the history and the now,” Primorac says. “It’s important to portray [the royal family] truthfully.”

To convey this sense of reality, the hair and makeup team was helped by a wealth of public footage of the royal family, as well as film from the queen’s private life. When Elizabeth was still a princess, her father, King George VI, gave her a Paillard Bolex movie camera, which she used to document many of her personal moments — including those from the time she got married and her honeymoon tour and also the private side of her public tours after she became queen.

Several different wigs kept Elizabeth strategically coiffed to show the early progression of her hairstyles, which soon settled into a constant look. Primorac also relied on a range of cosmetics to aid the subtle aging process as the queen navigated the decade from blushing bride to skilled monarch.
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Jun 02,2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Claire Foy (‘The Crown’)

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One of this year’s biggest breakout stars — she won Golden Globe and SAG awards for her portrayal of young Queen Elizabeth II in the most expensive TV series ever made (Netflix allocated $100 million for its first two seasons) — reflects on auditioning while pregnant, playing a woman famous for hiding her emotions and growing as an actress.

“For me, the most challenging thing about it was endurance,” says Claire Foy, the 33-year-old British actress whose portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on season one of Netflix’s The Crown earned her best actress in a drama series Golden Globe and SAG awards earlier this year and has made her the frontrunner to win the equivalent Emmy. As we sit down at Netflix’s FYSee interactive exhibition space in Beverly Hills to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, Foy continues, “I had a small child, I had the biggest job of my life, I broke my elbow — so it was more of just, like, ‘I can do this!'”

Foy was born and raised near Manchester, England, and briefly flirted with careers in dance and cinematography before committing to acting and eventually studying it at the Oxford School of Drama. Soon after graduating, she began working on TV projects of growing prestige, including several BBC offerings — the 2008 miniseries Little Dorrit; the reboot of the drama series Upstairs Downstairs, which ran from 2010 through 2012; the 2012 miniseries White Heat; and the 2015 miniseries Wolf Hall — as well as Channel 4’s 2011 miniseries The Promise. Her performances generally won widespread praise from critics, but it wasn’t until last Nov. 4 of 2016, when Netflix dropped the entire first season of The Crown, that a much larger audience began to appreciate what a remarkable talent she is.

At the recommendation of casting director Nina Gold, who previously had cast Foy in Wolf Hall (and “who I owe my life to,” the actress says), she was invited to audition for the principal part in the drama series, which Netflix had commissioned with 10 seasons in mind, each chronicling a different chapter of the Queen’s ongoing reign. Informed that it was the brainchild of Peter Morgan, the same man who was behind the 2006 film The Queen and the 2015 Broadway play The Audience (both of which also center around the Queen, and which brought Helen Mirren an Oscar and a Tony, respectively), and that several of its episodes would be directed by Stephen Daldry (who also helmed The Audience), she was intrigued — but faced a dilemma. “I was five months pregnant,” she says with a chuckle. “I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just go in and meet them. I’m not gonna get it, but it’ll give me something to do for the next couple of weeks.'” As it turned out, her physical state was not a deal-breaker and she was brought back for a screen test and then offered the part.
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Jun 01,2017

Claire Foy Doesn’t Believe the Queen Watches The Crown…

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But if Elizabeth II did watch, there’s the perfect British TV show that would let us watch her do it.

Like the no-nonsense monarch she plays on The Crown, Claire Foy has a finely tuned B.S. radar. And the actress doesn’t believe recent news reports that Queen Elizabeth has spent Saturday nights at Windsor Castle bingeing Foy’s Netflix show about her early days as Queen. Foy recently spoke with Vanity Fair about what to expect from The Crown’s anticipated second season (“sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”), whether she believes the Queen is a feminist, and what she thinks of another complex heroine she’s rumored to be circling, Lisbeth Salander.

Vanity Fair: We are talking in a space that Netflix has built that houses props and costumes from many of its shows, including some from The Crown, like the giant crown you wear in the coronation episode. What did it feel like wearing it on your head?

Claire Foy: When I wore it in the coronation there was a lot of other stuff going on as well. The dress was also ginormous, and I had loads of scepters, and an orb, and a giant cape . . . and I was wearing platform shoes, and so it was all a bit too much, to be honest. I just sort of thought, “I’m walking straight ahead, and I’m not going to stop.” Then luckily it didn’t plop off my head . . . I always feel more like [Queen Elizabeth] when I’ve got the wellies on, and the tartan skirts, and the headscarves, because that, to me, is who she really is. When she’s got the big gowns on and stuff, I think she’s probably quite uncomfortable in them, and I am, so it sort of makes a lot of sense, really.

You’re playing someone who has basically made it her job to keep her feelings to herself. How do you find an interior life for this person? It’s not like you have her diaries, it’s not like she did some big Oprah confessional.

Imagine if she did . . . There’s always people wanting something from her. She never meets anyone and it’s just a non-transactional relationship. Someone always wants something out of that meeting, or that audience, or whatever it is. I think she’s constantly trying to gauge what her input could be and how it could be useful, and how she can alter what she says in order to remain impartial . . . I’ve always felt that she’s a very thinking character, I suppose.

The Queen has apparently watched all 10 episodes, according to a royal source.

What royal source?

Well, it was in the British press, which is never wrong, as you know.

I can’t believe, I hadn’t heard anything about it, and I will believe it when I see it is all I’ll say.

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Apr 11,2017

‘The Crown’ Reigns Over BAFTA TV Nominations

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But AMC/BBC’s big-budget spy thriller ‘The Night Manager,’ a winner at the Golden Globes and Emmys, came away with just one nomination.
The nominations for the BAFTA TV awards, the U.K.’s equivalent of the Emmys, were unveiled bright and early London time Tuesday morning.

There was broad spread of love shared across numerous shows, but it was Netflix’s lavish royal drama The Crown that emerged in the lead, with five nominations, including for Claire Foy, Jared Harris, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby. Elsewhere, comedy sleeper hit Fleabag and gritty drama Happy Valley earned places on multiple shortlists.

Perhaps surprisingly, The Night Manager, the BBC/AMC’s hit spy thriller came away with just one, for Tom Hollander’s portrayal of colorful henchman Corky. The show — estimated to have cost some $30 million — was a ratings hit last year, and seemed a shoo-in for major BAFTA TV awards success after it aired, backed up by Golden Globe and Emmy wins.

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Apr 09,2017

Claire Foy Reveals ‘The Crown’ Wedding Scene That Was Cut

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The Crown: Claire Foy reveals wedding night scene was AXED and fans will NEVER see it

CLAIRE FOY has revealed that viewers will never see a crucial moment from The Crown after it removed from the final cut.

By Neela Debnath

The 32-year-old Golden Globe-winning actress, who plays a young Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix phenomenon, admitted that a scene from the royal couple’s wedding night ended up on the cutting room floor.

Speaking to media including Express.co.uk at the BFI & Radio Times Festival in London yesterday, she said: “My favourite scene with Matt Smith was never in the programme, unfortunately. That was our wedding night, that’s all I’ll say!” Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 25,2017

Magazine Scans Update

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GALLERY LINKS:
OK Magazine – February 14, 2017
Star Magazine – February 20, 2017
Look Magazine – February 23, 2017
ELLE (Canada)- March 2017
InStyle (USA) – March 2017



Jan 31,2017

Claire Foy keeps awards in the toilet

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Claire Foy and Matt Smith are the new TV royalty thanks to their Netflix series The Crown. The drama, which netted Foy a Golden Globe and the show took one home for Best Drama as well, follows a newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II. Foy plays Queen Elizabeth and Smith, who is best known for Doctor Who, plays her husband Prince Philip.

So, where’s that Globe?

“In my toilet, not actually in my toilet but in my downstairs toilet,” Foy told Giuliana Rancic at the 2017 SAG Awards. She’s referring to her bathroom.

“I think it’s quite a good spot for it actually,” Smith said.

“You can’t put it anywhere noticeable,” Foy said.

“It would be crass,” Smith concurred.

“It’s so heavy,” Foy said. “It’s a real weapon.”

The cast, which also includes John Lithgow in season one, went right to work on season two, so Smith and Foy said they didn’t realize it had been a hit until people came up to them and praised their series at the Golden Globes.

“It was like ‘Whoa,'” Foy said.

But who’s been the biggest fan they’ve heard from? Aside from “lots of really cool young directors and writers have watched it and liked it,” Foy said, it has to be Elton John. “We like Elton,” Smith said.

“We love Elton,” Foy said.

Foy, Lithgow and the ensemble cast were all up for Actors at the 2017 SAG Awards.

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Jan 18,2017

‘The Crown’ Star Claire Foy Signs With UTA

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The star of Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth II series won a Golden Globe for her work.
Claire Foy, who recently won a Golden Globe for her role in Netflix series The Crown, has signed with UTA.

The English actress is a major breakout of 2016 for playing Queen Elizabeth II. She won the Globe for best actress in a drama TV series in January and also is nominated for a SAG Award. A second season of the show has been commissioned.

Foy has previously played Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s Wolf Hall and starred on the NBC series Crossbones. She will star opposite Andrew Garfield in the upcoming film Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis.

She continues to be repped by Independent Talent Group in the U.K.

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Jan 10,2017

The Crown: Claire Foy Reveals the Secret to Being Queen Elizabeth

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Plus, John Lithgow’s recipe to make the perfect Winston Churchill. (Hint: it involves a fat suit, and “lots of liquor.”)

by Paul Chi

Claire Foy had “no idea” what to expect during awards season.

“My work is usually not nominated for anything, so it’s been a complete whirlwind,” Foy, a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominee for her work in The Crown, told Vanity Fair at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party in Beverly Hills on Saturday afternoon. “I’m still shooting the second season of the series, and that feels very regular—but all of this is out of the ordinary for me. I just hope I am not breaking any rules I do not know about. Oh God, please tell me if I do!”

The candid star, who plays a young Elizabeth II on the series, will soon be a pro at navigating the endless red carpet events that dominate the early months of the year. Her performance in The Crown received effusive praise from critics impressed at the way she captures both the human and the regal sides of the young monarch. To honestly play the Queen, Foy said it was important to understand her as a private woman.

“I do think she’s like everybody else, but she’s not able to express emotions in the same ways as we do,” explained Foy. “Her duty and her job means she’s not able to be open about her feelings in the way that we all can with our family and with our marriages. Her family was the most important thing to her, and all of a sudden she had to sacrifice them to her job. Once I understood this, she was no longer a disembodied figure and a real person that I could portray her truthfully on the screen.”

Foy’s costar John Lithgow is also nominated for a Golden Globe; he may very well take to the stage on Sunday evening to pick up the best supporting actor award for his turn as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. To transform into the famous government official, the two-time Oscar nominee used a special trick to make his 6’4” frame appear smaller. (Churchill was only 5’6”.)

“I wore a fat suit, and that did the whole job for me,” Lithgow told Vanity Fair at the BAFTA Tea Party’s red carpet. “It made me hunch over a little, and it completely changed the way I moved.”

Lithgow also worked with makeup artist Ivana Primorac to reshape his face, making it look more like Churchill’s. Lithgow wore plumpers stuck inside his teeth to get jowls that resembled the prime minister’s own.

“I had these little blobs designed by Chris Lyons, who also created Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher teeth [for The Iron Lady], and I had cotton jammed up my nose. That was my idea—to give me his nasal voice,” Lithgow said. “You do all those mechanical things, and it immediately transformed me. I felt like I wasn’t John anymore, and much closer to Winston than I was before.”

To nail the character, Lithgow read Churchill’s biography and studied as many video and audio clips as he could find.

“Churchill had so many qualities. He was tremendously temperamental, but he was also sentimental and morose. He was very funny and witty, but had a deeply depressive side,” said Lithgow. “You take all those qualities, and you stir in lots and lots of liquor and cigar smoke, and you get Churchill.”

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Jan 09,2017

How Claire Foy went from an awkward teenager to Hollywood royalty

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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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Jan 08,2017

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

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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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Jan 08,2017

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

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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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Dec 28,2016

And the 2016 RadioTimes.com Reader Awards winners are…

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Dec 13,2016

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

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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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Dec 07,2016

Vote in the 2016 RadioTimes.com Reader Awards

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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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Vote for The Crown for Best Drama here.
Vote for Claire Foy for Best Actress here.



Nov 18,2016

Claire Foy on Queen Elizabeth’s Corgis, Season 2 and More

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By Julie Miller

I you have not yet watched Netflix’s The Crown, the upcoming holiday weekend is the perfect chance to start. The sumptuous 10-episode series, from Stephen Daldry and Peter Morgan, stars British actress Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth ascending the throne decades before she expected to. Foy does a brilliant job portraying the long-reigning monarch as viewers have never seen her—fallible, unsure of herself, and struggling to balance her domestic life with her divine duty as the whole world watches.

To celebrate the series, we spoke to Foy earlier this week about the challenges of playing Queen Elizabeth, whether or not she’s heard from the palace, and what viewers can expect when the series returns for its second season. Our edited conversation follows.

V.F. Hollywood: I have so enjoyed watching you on The Crown, and was sad to finish the first 10 episodes. Was the series as fun to make as it was to watch?

Claire Foy: It really, really was. It was definitely a feat, a bit of an achievement, because it’s so vast, and there’s so much of it, and the story goes so far in such a short space of time. But we [the cast and crew] all absolutely love each other.

We’re all so acquainted with Queen Elizabeth the public figure, but what research gave you the best insight into what she’s like behind closed doors?

The palace released quite a lot of her home videos, actually. She has that video camera [that was given to her by her father]. A lot of the home videos were actually shot by her. She has done that through her entire reign.

The palace did this thing [for the Queen’s 90th birthday] where the royal family sat down and watched the home videos together [for a BBC documentary]. William and Harry sat down and watched some. The Queen and Prince Charles watched some. It was the most amazing thing, watching them watch these home videos. A lot of these home videos are of her and Margaret and Philip and, at that point, Charles and Anne—them messing about and rolling down hills. That was very very early on in her reign . . . Those were really amazing, because even then she had such a reserved quality. She wasn’t, obviously, as frivolous as Margaret.

There are documentaries of her now, in her 70s, 80s, and 90s—that’s really useful. But you have to realize she’s not the same at 90 as she was at 25. As good as that is, to see her and how she moves and how she is with people naturally, you have to imagine her as a seed of a person as opposed to full character.
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Nov 18,2016

Claire Foy On Playing the Young Queen Elizabeth, Raising a Newborn, and Having More Fun as a Blonde

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By Jason Chen

If you’ve watched even just an episode or two of Netflix’s The Crown, you’ve likely already fallen under its spell — lush sets, elaborate costumes, stunning cinematography (it’s rumored to be one of the most expensive shows ever produced), but what gives the show its pathos is lead actress Claire Foy, who portrays the first days of Queen Elizabeth with a performance that ranges from naïve to steely to circumspect — often all in the same scene.

Yahoo Style: How did the role come your way?

Claire Foy: Just in the classic way, actually. I just auditioned for it. My agent rang me up and asked, “Do you want to go on a meet?” Of course, at the time I didn’t realize I’d be meeting [director] Stephen Daldry, [writer] Peter Morgan, and Andy Harris, the producer. They’re all quite big wigs. That was a bit scary, but it was just a really lovely chat. I had no expectations of getting it or anything, so I think I was really quite relaxed. It was just really lovely. Then I had a second audition, and then found out that I’d got it, which was a real shock. Really exciting.

How familiar were you with the Queen’s early years?

I think everybody in England and around the world is familiar with her because she’s been around for my entire life — our generation has grown up with her there as a prominent figure. But I wasn’t aware of her as a young mother or anything like that. Obviously, I knew everything about Edward the 8th and the abdication of the throne, and the fact she wasn’t destined to be Queen, but that’s what happened. Her life could’ve been very, very different. I didn’t really know anything about the death of her father and how unexpected it was.

How did you find yourself inhabiting that state of mind?

I think Peter’s scripts are amazing and they do all the work for you, really. Also, I think if you’re grieving or you’re in massive amounts of shock, I think you just take every day as it comes. I don’t think as a character she could’ve thought about the magnitude of what was happening to her and the job that she was taking on and how that would change her life. I think she would’ve had a breakdown. She so obviously didn’t, in public anyway.

Would you say that was the most challenging part of the production?

I had a newborn baby, so-

Oh, my gosh. Congratulations.

Thanks very much. That was quite challenging. Amazing but challenging. It was also one of the biggest jobs I’d done, and there was a lot to get right. It wasn’t just about having an emotional connection to it. It was also about getting the physicality and the voice, and all those things that come with a character, so there was a lot of homework to do as well in order to, when you were on set, be able to be relaxed and just play the scene naturally. It took quite a lot of inhabiting to get to the point where you’re comfortable with that.

Did you work with a coach who helped you do those things?

Yes. William Conacher, who’s the best dialect coach in the world because he didn’t ever say to us, “This is how she sounds. You’ve got to do it.” We all found our collective sounds, which I think is really important, but we also found ourselves in the voices. It wasn’t like we were trying to do an impression because otherwise we’re trying to be perfect the entire time. You’re not going to be able to play a scene, so he was just amazing at giving us little ways in and funny little physical things that distract you from your voice and you end up doing it anyway.

Obviously the Queen has been portrayed on film and in theater numerous times already. Did you feel any pressure from that?

No. Those performances matter because they’re amazing, but I tried not to let them affect me. I watched The Queen very early on, mainly just because it’s a really good film, and I could pretend I was doing research, but luckily, the pressure was off in that way because I was playing her younger and there’s not that much footage or accounts of her when she’s at that age. The pressure to be an identical version of her, I didn’t really feel that so much. I didn’t go and see the play. I would’ve loved to but I just think it would’ve terrified me, if I’d have gone to go and watch those two amazing women do it. I would’ve probably not been able to do the job.

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Nov 06,2016

Claire Foy of ‘The Crown’ on playing royalty

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By Meredith Blake

Claire Foy was six months pregnant when she donned a wig and crown to audition for a role as the young Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series “The Crown.”

“I was just massive and my face had started to do that thing where all my features were stretching,” recalls the actress, tugging at her nose and cheeks to demonstrate. “I looked absolutely ridiculous.”

With a shaggy bob recently dyed blond, the 32-year-old comes across as the antithesis of stiff-upper-lip British aristocracy, peppering her speech liberally with the word “bloody” amid occasional exuberant gestures and a tendency to slide into cartoonish voices.

Writer Peter Morgan remembers her audition for “The Crown” somewhat differently: “Her talent was undeniable and unmistakable, and my conviction that we had found our queen was immediate. She was electric, even in composure and silence.” Read the rest of this entry »



Nov 05,2016

“The Crown” – Radio Times & Marie Claire UK Scans

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– Photoshoots > Marie Claire UK (2016)
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Marie Claire (UK) – December 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Radio Times (UK) – November 5-11, 2016

Click here to view almost 300 pictures from the world premiere of The Crown! Claire Foy wore an Erdem Resort 2017 floral printed off-the-shoulder dress.



Nov 01,2016

“The Crown” Related Magazine Scans

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– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Gioia (Italy) – September 24, 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > GQ (UK) – November 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > ELLE (Spain) – November 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Marie Claire (Spain) – November 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Empire (UK) – December 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Supertele (Spain) – October 29, 2016

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Oct 31,2016

How Claire Foy ‘keeps things real’ playing Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown

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Actress playing the young Elizabeth in new drama says no one, not even a royal, has a picture-perfect life and that’s how she approached the role

By Xavier Ng

Being English, Claire Foy thinks the trick in portraying Her Majesty the Queen is to forget everything she knows about the monarch and start afresh.

“You’ll have to get rid of what you think you know, especially when you’ve grown up in England – you grew up with her,” says the 32-year-old actress.

Foy, who made an impression playing another royalty, the ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s Wolf Hall (2015), has landed a big part in The Crown, Netflix’s latest drama series to be released on November 4.

Written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry, The Crown it is a biographical story about the reign of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Foy plays the Queen in the early part of her reign.

“It’s a huge honour, obviously,” she says of her latest role. “But at the end of the day, I have to play the character that Peter Morgan has written. It’s not a documentary drama, it’s a drama, a story, a fiction. It’s still our imagination. But you have to try not to generalise or stereotype, and think about what it actually feels like putting yourself in her shoes.”

With six seasons and 60 episodes planned, The Crown begins with Foy as the young princess marrying Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1947 before she is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom in 1952. This first chapter ends in 1957, by which time Elizabeth II had already gained some experience as head of the monarchy and dealt with figures such as the British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill.

“That’s not a huge amount of time, but a lot happened in those 10 years for her, especially at the beginning when she’s just embarking on her new life, getting married to her husband, and all of a sudden she’s the queen,” says Foy. “It’s a real journey and a real story there.” Read the rest of this entry »



Oct 26,2016

“The Crown” Related UK Articles & Interviews

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– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > TV Times (UK) – October 29/November 4, 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > TV & Satellite Week (UK) – October 29/November 4, 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > What’s ON TV (UK) – October 29/November 4, 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Woman’s Own (UK) – October 31, 2016
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Radio Times (UK) – October 29/November 4, 2016



Oct 17,2016

Claire Foy is featured in ELLE USA – October 2016

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Thanks to our friend Annie from Cumberbatch Fan.

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– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > ELLE (USA) – October 2016
– Photoshoots > ELLE USA (2016)



Oct 05,2016

8 Things You Need To Know About Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

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Queen Elizabeth II may become your new feminist icon.

By Emma Dibdin

When Netflix announced back in January that it would spend $6 billion on new content in 2016, minds boggled. But that figure is already making a lot more sense in the run-up to its ambitious new series The Crown, the first season of which cost upwards of $100 million.

Here are eight things to know about the elegant, richly detailed The Crown, a character-driven drama chronicling the adult life of Queen Elizabeth II from her 1947 wedding onwards.

1) This is not a soap opera.

Don’t look to The Crown to fill the Downton Abbey-shaped hole in your heart. All 10 episodes are written by Peter Morgan, known for his nuanced, deeply researched portraits of British royals and politicians in movies including The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Picking up in a post-war Britain where prime minister Winston Churchill has declared, “mankind stands on the edge of catastrophe,” the show’s focus is on flawed human beings in an incredibly unique and strange psychological position, and how the burden of royal duty impacts them all.

2) The first three episodes are essentially a sequel to The King’s Speech.

The Crown begins with King George VI, played by Mad Men’s always-lovable Jared Harris, on the throne. There are a lot of King Georges in British history, but this one has already been memorably brought to the screen before by Colin Firth in the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech. Eight years on from that film’s solemn conclusion, George’s health is faltering, and he spends a lot of the first episode coughing up blood which his manservant bullishly attributes to “the cold.”

Spoiler alert, for anyone who isn’t up on their British history: it’s not the cold. (Geoffrey Rush did try to warn him.) George’s death in 1952 forced his 25-year-old daughter Elizabeth onto the throne, but Harris gets a decent chunk of screen time here before that happens, and offers some important commentary on Elizabeth’s situation. George was a reluctant monarch himself, forced to take over when his elder brother Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. The fallout from that scandal is still being felt when Edward comes back into the picture in Episode 3. His actual abdication—without which Elizabeth would never have been in line for the throne in the first place—is shown in flashbacks later in the season.

3) Elizabeth II may become your new feminist icon.

Regardless of your feelings about the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth—now Britain’s longest-serving ruler—is objectively a woman to admire. Claire Foy’s performance emphasizes the stoicism, modesty and no-nonsense attitude that have defined her reign, and they’re highlighted in contrast to the people (chiefly the men) around her.

“I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from duty,” she’s warned early on. “You must not allow yourself to make similar mistakes.” Her new husband Philip (Matt Smith) is more concerned with the trappings of monarchy than the actual responsibilities; her uncle Edward squabbles with the rest of her family over his inheritance; she’s surrounded by people who make no secret of their belief that they’re better suited for the throne than her. Amidst it all, Elizabeth quietly endures and gets on with business.

Episode 2 also features a reminder of what might be the best badass QE2 factoid. During her royal visit to Nairobi, the then-Princess Elizabeth casually mends a broken-down car, reminding her male companions that she served as a mechanic during World War II.

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Oct 04,2016

5 Things To Know About Actress Playing Queen Elizabeth II In ‘The Crown’

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She’ll have BIG shoes as she takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s new series ‘The Crown,’ but Claire Foy is definitely ready to take on the job. Get to know the actress with five fast facts right here!

1. She went to school to pursue her acting career

Claire Foy, 32, has always had a career in show business on her mind — she studied drama at Liverpool John Moores University, and then did a one year course at the Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2007.

2. Her career started out with plays

During her time at Oxford, Claire starred in plays like Top girls and Easy Virtue, then made her professional stage debut in DNA and The Miracle. She then moved onto television, starring in one of her most well-known roles as Amy Dorrit in the BBC mini-series Little Dorrit.

3. Her most critically-acclaimed role was as Anne Boleyn

Claire portrayed Anne in the mini-series Wolf Hall, for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the British Academy Television Awards, Best Supporting Actress at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards and Female Actor at Royal Television Society. Amazing!

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Aug 17,2016

The Crown Related Updates (Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow)

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– Photoshoots > Vogue UK (2016)
– Photoshoots > Vanity Fair USA (2016)
– Movies & Television > The Crown (TV Series, 2016) > Production Stills
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Empire – September 2016



Aug 11,2016

Secret of the Unseen Queen

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An exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the new blockbuster drama about the life of Elizabeth II

Scottish Daily Mail
5 Aug 2016
Bamigboye Baz

THERE’S high drama everywhere I look. Over there, the Queen is boarding a BOAC flight. Here’s Winston Churchill presiding over a cabinet meeting. And look: the Duke of Edinburgh is wandering around in his pyjamas. In a muddy field, I see perfect replicas of the frontages of Buckingham Palace and No. 10 Downing Street — although on closer inspection, they do look a little frayed.

Then the Queen swings her handbag at a courtier, and lets out a belly laugh.

It’s as if I’ve been sent back in a time machine to view — first hand — the early years of Her Majesty’s reign. But, in reality, the scenes unfolding before my eyes are part of the filming of the first series of The Crown — the most ambitious television programme ever made about Elizabeth II, and this autumn’s must-see drama.

‘It’s the story of this extraordinary family under extraordinary pressure trying to survive,’ said Stephen Daldry, one of The Crown’s executive producers and directors.

All ten hour-long episodes will be streamed, in all Netflix territories, from November 4 this year.

Viewers will be able to observe actress Claire Foy’s portrait of Elizabeth from her wedding to dashing naval officer Philip Mountbatten (played by Matt Smith) in 1947, to the debacle that was Suez in 1956.

People forget that in the early years of her reign, the Queen looked like a movie star.

‘She was glamorous and she was beautiful — but she had this extraordinary sense of duty as well,’ Daldry added.

His ambition, and that of his collaborators — writer Peter Morgan (who worked on the play The Audience with Daldry and also wrote the film The Queen, both starring Helen Mirren), Philip Martin (who directs four episodes) and producers Andy Harries, Matthew Byam-Shaw, Andrew Eaton, Faye Ward and Robert Fox — is to shoot ten episodes for each decade of Her Majesty’s 63-year reign.

The second series, covering the Sixties, starts filming next month.

Each show deals with a crisis: whether it’s political (Suez) or domestic, such as Princess Margaret’s desire to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend, her father’s equerry.

ONE concerns the placement of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the funeral of King George VI. Another explores the different experiences Philip and Charles had at Gordonstoun school. ‘Why was it so powerful for Philip? And so horrid for Charles?’ Daldry wondered.

Another episode examines the explosive debate around the cabinet table — and in the Commons — over whether the Queen’s Coronation should be televised.

Philip Martin directed the Coronation episode. He said the argument about the perils of ‘letting daylight in on the magic’ (as 19thcentury essayist Walter Bagehot put it), and of ‘whether it was wrong for people to be able to sit at home and have a cup of tea and watch the Queen being crowned’ — in his words — was fierce.

A highlight is the sequence concerning the Act of Consecration.

In 1953, the anointing of the Queen was blacked out, so viewers never saw it. But Daldry was adamant The Crown should show Elizabeth being daubed on the palms of her hands, her breast and forehead with special consecrated oils — and the scene with Foy (who played Anne Boleyn, in Wolf Hall) is solemn but spectacular.

‘It explains so much about her, and how she sees her duties,’ Daldry said, as we walked to one of several sound-stages being used at Elstree, in Hertfordshire, for the show.

He stressed that The Crown is not a historical documentary (although he said an incredible amount of research had been done).

‘We’re not making up a lot. But obviously it’s not a docu-drama.

‘The Queen has maintained a mystique: the most visible, invisible woman in the world.

‘The dramas of her family affect our lives, as when Margaret wanted to marry “the staff” — and a divorced member of the staff, at that. A lot of what’s in The Crown is in the public domain, but it has never been put together like this before.

‘We’re checking ourselves to make sure we’re not stepping over the line.’

And what, exactly, would be ‘stepping over the line’?

‘Getting into areas that aren’t warranted, or in bad taste,’ Daldry said ‘I wouldn’t be interested in seeing them in intimate circumstances.’

I mentioned that when I was being shown around, a senior member of the crew explained one set was Prince Philip’s private rooms.

There was a corridor leading to another bedroom.

‘That’s the tunnel of love,’ the person said, adding that it lead to the Queen’s private chambers.

Daldry confirmed ‘the tunnel of love’, but insisted: ‘We’re not portraying anything that hasn’t been said in biographies.

‘You do see Philip in pyjamas, and there is a bare royal bottom. They were a very passionate couple. One doesn’t want to be lurid or indiscreet in any way, but you also want to get a sense of how much in love with each other they were.’

Matt smith was even more circumspect, and said he wasn’t sure if the royal bottom would survive editing.

‘I think what will come through is that they are real soul mates,’ said smith, who will also portray the Duke of edinburgh in season two.

But, smith told me, his Philip is not the prince of gaffes, as we sometimes see him today.

‘There’s more to him than that,’ he said. ‘I think he’s quite a complex man really. His mother was estranged, his sister died in a plane crash and his father was busy in Monaco. Then his career in the Navy was taken away when elizabeth’s father died and she became Queen.

‘It’s very odd when you start walking two steps behind your wife.’

Smith said he would not describe himself as a royalist (‘I like how bizarre and interesting they are’) but admitted that since working on The Crown he has found himself feeling ‘more affectionate towards them’.

Several members of the cast and creative team had similar stories of discovering new levels of admiration for the Queen and Philip since embarking on the dramas, which were shot here and in south Africa.

Executive producer Andrew eaton said he found himself crying when watching Foy in the Coronation scenes. ‘I thought: “What do I find that’s so emotional?” And I think it’s mostly about this country, and what’s great about it.’

He remembered watching the Queen the week after the July 7 bombings in London. ‘she stood under the archway in Horse guards with her handbag, and I got this sense from her of: “This is our country. Don’t f*** with me.”

‘That’s our Queen. she’s always had our back.’

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Aug 08,2016

The Crown – Scans from the September 2016 issue of Vanity Fair USA

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– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Vanity Fair (USA) – September 2016



Jul 27,2016

The Crown – Scans from the April 29, 2016 issue of ELLE France

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