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May 12,2014

Homeland star Damian Lewis to film BBC’s Wolf Hall in Sherborne

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By David Bol

Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII in a BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall – due to be filmed in Sherborne this summer.

The Homeland and Band of Brothers star will play the lead role in the series, based on the first of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, with part of the feature being shot at Sherborne School.

The six-part mini-series, to be broadcast next year on BBC 2, also includes Mark Gatiss and Jonathan Pryce in the cast.

Pryce will play Cromwell’s early mentor and protector, Cardinal Wolsey, while Gatiss will play Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King. Read the rest of this entry »



May 12,2014

BBC Adaption Of ‘Wolf Hall’: What We Know So Far

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by Sophie Miskiw

The BBC adaption of Hilary Mantel’s historical novel ‘Wolf Hall’ seems like it’s finally making some headway.

It may be nearly two years since BBC Two first announced that it would be adapting Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize historical novel Wolf Hall, but details about the series are only just beginning to emerge. The series was announced in August 2012 and at the time director Peter Kosminsky, who was chosen to bring the book to life, said, “It is an intensely political piece. It is about the politics of despotism, and how you function around an absolute ruler…When I saw Peter Straughan’s script, only a first draft, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was the best draft I had ever seen.” Read the rest of this entry »



May 01,2014

Wolf whistles for the racy Tudors

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By Baz Bamigboye

Charity Wakefield is brushing up on her court etiquette as she prepares to portray the other Boleyn sister in the television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels, about how Henry VIII’s urges caused bloodshed and upheaval in Tudor England.

The actress will play Mary Boleyn, described as a ‘vivacious blonde’, who was wooed and bedded by the king before he took up with her younger, ruthlessly ambitious sibling Anne, who will be played by Claire Foy in the six-part drama based on Mantel’s Man Booker-prize winning historical books Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, to be broadcast next year.

Charity joins a growing ensemble led by Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as the much-married monarch.

The Boleyn women were the key part of their father’s plan to secure political influence.

The great Cardinal Wolsey, in a waspish aside to Cromwell, snorted that Mary’s ‘been passed around most of the French court’. Jonathan Pryce will be wearing the Cardinal’s red brocade and I can hear him now, having much sport with such a line.

Sherlock star Mark Gatiss will play Stephen Gardiner, Henry’s top civil servant. Anton Lesser will play Thomas More, and Joanne Whalley will play Catherine of Aragon, Henry’s first wife, set aside in favour of Anne Boleyn.

Even though Mary went from king’s concubine to coaching her sister in the art of keeping Henry happy in bed, she at least kept her head.

Charity, who is an accomplished photographer and budding film-maker, joins the Wolf Hall company from the set of the film Day Of The Flowers. She also starred as Marianne Dashwood in the BBC production of Sense And Sensibility and worked with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper on the film Serena. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 10,2014

Vampire Academy Movie Review

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The adult characters are almost all total lost causes. Joely Richardson’s minimal screen time is completely insignificant. She could and should have been written out of the film to give more time to Olga Kurylenko’s Headmistress Kirova. This is easily the most one-dimensional role in the film. Kirova’s actions have no motivation whatsoever beyond being the all-business principal of sorts and, even worse, her scenes are so poorly written it’s a wonder Kurylenko was able to perform them with such sincerity. Claire Foy had something going with Ms. Karp, especially with the eeriness that comes with not blinking throughout the entire film, but Daniel Waters really misses the mark in terms of using Ms. Karp’s storyline to build Lissa’s predicament.

Vampire Academy” isn’t a particularly well-made book-to-film adaptation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun and there’s nothing wrong with going to the movies, letting loose and getting a little silly. Ultimately, the bad will likely outweigh the good and turn this potential franchise into a fleeting film fad, but for now, there’s no harm in giving it a go for the sake of a quick, upbeat laugh and thrill.

Technical: B

Acting: B+

Story: C+

Overall: B

By Perri Nemiroff

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Feb 05,2014

Brody’s all set for a Tudor turn

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Thanks to Chuckie for the scan.

By Baz Bamigboye

Damian Lewis has stepped out of hit U.S. TV series Homeland and into complex negotiations to portray Henry VIII

Claire Foy has been asked to play the ruthlessly ambitious Anne Boleyn, while David Bradley has been in discussions about portraying Norfolk

Damian Lewis has stepped out of hit U.S. TV series Homeland and into complex negotiations to portray Henry VIII in the six-part BBC television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s mammoth bestselling novels about the Machiavellian machinations at his court.

If a deal can be reached, Lewis, who played Nicholas Brody in Homeland, will join Mark Rylance, already cast as Thomas Cromwell, the monarch’s scheming but family-loving counsellor.

‘To have Damian playing opposite Mark will be electric,’ an executive on the project told me.

Other leading actors have also been offered major parts in the drama.

Claire Foy has been asked to play the ruthlessly ambitious Anne Boleyn, while David Bradley has been in discussions about portraying Norfolk.

Mark Gatiss, who stars in and writes for Sherlock, has been approached about a major part. (Gatiss is currently in Josie Rourke’s excellent Coriolanus at the Donmar.)

Damian has met with Peter Kosminsky, who will direct the epic screen version of Mantel’s two Man Booker Prize-winning fictional novels: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

The actor is hoping he will be able to juggle dates on the film he’s shooting in Morocco — Queen Of The Desert, with Nicole Kidman — so he can portray the much-married king.

In Mantel’s telling, Henry goes from being an athletic, heroic figure to a middle-aged, balding hypochondriac who vacillates between romantic passion and murderous rages as he charges Cromwell to rid him of first wife Catherine of Aragon so he can marry Anne. Read the rest of this entry »



Jun 16,2013

CLAIRE FOY: ANATOMY OF MY OUTFIT

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CLAIRE FOY: ANATOMY OF MY OUTFIT

We caught up with the star of Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs at a tea party held at the Kate Spade New York boutique in Chelsea to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show.

The 29-year-old actress is currently filming Vampire Academy with Olga Kurylenko and Gabriel Byrne.

‘It takes me about five hours to get ready,’ she told us. ‘I’m not very good at it – I spend a lot of time standing and staring at my wardrobe and not achieving much.

‘Then I suddenly think of something I want to wear only to discover it’s in the wash’

Jewellery I wear this Monica Vinader necklace every day. It was a gift from the producers when I did Macbeth with James McAvoy at London’s Trafalgar Studios. I love all of Monica’s designs and they make perfect presents. My bracelet is from Cos. I’m loving fluoro accessories for summer.

T-shirt This is from Asos – I’m a big fan of online shopping. I’m not sure why I chose this, but I do love Paris so I guess it makes sense.

Clutch bag I love the colour of this Kate Spade New York bag – everything this label does adds an instant injection of fun and style to your outfit. I want it all!

Trousers These cost me £10 in the Whistles sale about nine million years ago when I had an office job and needed to look smart every day. They are such a great fit and I’ve bought Whistles trousers ever since.

Shoes I call these leopard-print numbers my emergency shoes. I panic-bought them before I went to an awards do. They are by Mulberry and they weren’t cheap. But I now wear them whenever I have to dress up for something, so it makes it OK.

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CLAIRE FOY: ANATOMY OF MY OUTFIT



Mar 29,2013

Meet the Macbeths (James McAvoy & Claire Foy)

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from ATG’s Magazine / by Imogen Sarre & Jasper Rees

Roughly how old are the Macbeths?

We know they have had at least one child, presumed dead, but beyond that Shakespeare offers no further clue. Such is the trajectory of their moral degradation that audiences, and indeed casting directors, tend not to think of the Thane of Glamis and his wife as still having the bloom of youth on their cheeks. Thus the lead role can happily be taken on by someone in his 60s, as happened with Patrick Stewart when the play was most recently revived in the West End.

But now the Hollywood star James McAvoy brings the zip and springiness of someone known mainly for playing callow young men in the likes of The Last King of Scotland, Atonement and The Last Station. He turns 34 during his run in the role at the Trafalgar Studios, and the latest King of Scotland is joined in matrimony to Claire Foy, who turns 29 in April but looks young enough to have twice played teenagers in 2012: at the Royal Court in Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love and in the BBC drama White Heat.
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Feb 22,2013

Playing Macbeth is my toughest role yet, says action hero James McAvoy

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by Louise Jury

He starred in the action movie Wanted opposite Angelina Jolie, played a telepathic superhero in X-Men: First Class and won the heart of Keira Knightley in Atonement.

But as he prepares to face theatre critics tonight, James McAvoy said playing Macbeth was tearing him apart.

“It’s like being mentally ill and being beaten up a lot. This is undoubtedly the hardest part I’ve ever played,” said McAvoy, 33, of the production in which he is constantly running, fighting and proving himself the bloodied virile soldier.

“I always wanted it to be a physical production because it’s a play that talks about killing people and killing people with your hands. It just so happened that the director Jamie Lloyd seemed to want to go for that with gusto. But be careful what you wish for. Now I’m falling to pieces.”

Lloyd’s version is set in a post-apocalyptic world of environmental disaster half a century in the future, with a dark atmosphere of godless superstition. McAvoy and Claire Foy, 28, who plays Lady Macbeth, are much younger than many of the actors who have tackled the roles — including Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and Patrick Stewart — and McAvoy said their youth “just increases the tragedy of the situation”.

Shakespeare suggests that Lady Macbeth has recently lost a baby and McAvoy sees the notion of “a big hole in their lives” as the fire that drives the drama. “The tragedy of their childlessness is really relevant. They’re at an age where they should have been making babies,” he said. Foy, who starred in Upstairs Downstairs, said: “I think it does add to the vibrancy of the production that we’re younger. He’s a brave warrior. I’m supposed to be a fertile young woman. But we end up throwing our entire lives away.”

The play is the first by Trafalgar Transformed, a partnership between director Lloyd and theatre owner Howard Panter. It runs at the Trafalgar Studios until April 27. Day seats cost £10. www.macbethwestend.com

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Feb 12,2013

Monarchs of the glen

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James McAvoy and Claire Foy make a murderously attractive pair.
What can they bring to the Scottish play?

Jasper Rees – 10 February 2013

In the British Museum’s Shakespeare: Staging the World show last year, the most gruesome exhibit was a set of iron gags and jagged bridles used for the restraining of witches. Jacobean anxiety about the dire influence of “weird sisters” lives on in the rituals that ­surround Macbeth. The Scottish play, as actors fearfully call it, is back in the West End; and doubtless, at the Trafalgar ­Studios, there will be much spinning, spitting and cursing to counter the usual hexes. But they can be assured of warding off ill fortune at the box office, thanks to the presence of the most attractive young couple to murder their way to the Scottish throne in living memory.

Combine the years of James McAvoy, 33, and Claire Foy, 28, and they’re still five short of Patrick Stewart’s age when he embarked on his award-winning run in the role in 2007. McAvoy’s gingery beard has stripped away some of the ­callowness associated with his performances in The Last King of Scotland, Atonement and The Last Station. “When you meet Macbeth, he’s been away for quite a while,” he suggests, “and I don’t think he’s had access to a shaving kit.” For Foy, though, there’s no getting away from the fact that twice last year — in Love Love Love at the Royal Court and in the BBC’s White Heat — she was thoroughly convincing as a teenager. She should by rights be having a crack at Juliet. Indeed, she once went up for the role at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, but the job required her to double up as Gigi. “And I can’t sing to save my bloody life. It was a disaster.” Instead, for her professional Shakespeare debut, she will be given the daggers. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 11,2013

“Macbeth” Update: Scans, Rehearsals and Promotion Photos

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GALLERY LINKS:
- Sunday Times Culture (UK) – February 10, 2013, thanks to Chuckie
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Rehearsals
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Promotion



Apr 18,2012

It’s about time I played someone nice again

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from The Telegraph / by Jasper Rees

Claire Foy made her name in a series of superior TV dramas. She talks to Jasper Rees about her new role in ‘Love, Love, Love’ at the Royal Court.

It is and isn’t easy being a photogenic young actress. A certain type of two-dimensional role grows on trees. But finding the kind with extra depth can be more of a challenge. Claire Foy was brought face to face with the way the industry at its most nakedly commercial sees young women when she auditioned for a film in Los Angeles.

“The character was supposed to be ‘the most beautiful girl that Johnny Depp has ever seen’,” she says. “And as I wouldn’t be the most beautiful girl that Johnny Depp has ever seen, I was like, ‘I don’t really know what to do because I’m obviously not right for this part.’ But you go up for it anyway and you don’t get it. I think I’m more suited to playing someone with a chip on their shoulder, probably about not being the most beautiful girl in the world.”

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Apr 01,2012

Sharing the Remote… Claire Foy

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from Red Magazine

• TV heaven is…
I hate myself for it, but I love Made in Chelsea. I’d be so starstruck if I met any of them. Though I did chat to some of the cast of The Only Way Is Essex at last year’s BAFTAs. You forget that it’s actually their lives you’re watching, not fiction. I found myself going up to Lydia and telling her that Arg is a wanker.

• TV hell is…
Any sitcom with canned laughter – especially Last Of The Summer Wine.

• My earliest TV memory is…
What felt like hours and hours of my parents watching Have I Got News For You, not understanding why they thought it was so funny.

• My ideal coach potato partner is…
My boyfriend. Though there are certain things I watch secretly because I’m so ashamed, such as Snog Marry Avoid?.

• My TV Crush is…
Dermot O’Leary. Though he reminds me of my brother, so maybe that’s a bit weird.

• My perfect TV dinner is…
Pizza or pasta; wine or Ribena.

• If my life was a TV show it would be…
I’d like it to be Ab Fab. I’d be Edina, rolling around wearing ridiculous clothes and being totally oblivious to making a fool of myself.

Claire Foy stars in epic drama White Heat, on BBC Two this month



Mar 15,2012

White Heat: behind the scenes on the BBC2 drama

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from The Guardian / by Emine Saner

Emine Saner meets the flatmates at the centre of White Heat, Paula Milne’s 1960s drama for BBC2

Everything on set is quiet except for a plink-plink-plink sound. “This is a carpet warehouse,” explains Elinor Day, the producer. “The rain comes in, but whenever they fix it, it finds somewhere else to come in.” It is one of those days when it doesn’t feel as if the rain will ever stop.

The actors are hurried from the vast warehouse, where the sets have been built, to their trailers in the car park under huge umbrellas. A great puddle has formed in front of the catering truck and members of the film crew and extras line up to take their turn leaping over it to get to the double decker bus where they eat their lunch behind the steamed-up windows.

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Mar 08,2012

White Heat’s Claire Foy and Lee Ingleby on getting old before their time

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from RadioTimes / by Claire Webb

Two stars of the BBC2 drama set between the 60s and the present day discuss coming of age

Paula Milne’s drama White Heat follows seven flatmates across six decades – so did its stars Claire Foy and Lee Ingleby find themselves thinking about their own mortality?

Claire Foy (27) on playing Charlotte – “It’s made me think I’ll have to get some work done!”

Has White Heat made you think about getting older?

It’s made me think that maybe I’ll have to have some work done! To age us, they painted our foreheads and around our eyes with what looked like PVA glue — amazingly realistic but terrifying. I’m sure by the end I had more wrinkles because my skin had been stretched so much. Hopefully, I’ll take a little more care of myself than my character Charlotte does.

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Mar 08,2012

White Heat: Playing Charlotte over 24 years

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from BBC TV Blog / by Claire Foy

When I first saw the scripts for White Heat I was auditioning for the part of Lilly, but as soon I started reading it was the character of Charlotte that I identified with.

I had worked with the writer Paula Milne before on The Night Watch, in which I played Helen, a blonde, quite vulnerable character – the opposite of redhead, ambitious Charlotte. So I knew I had my work cut out to convince Paula I was the right person for the job!!

Both Charlotte and I grew up in Buckinghamshire and I could really identify with her ambitions and excitement at 18 of going off to university to start her life.

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