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– Scans: You (UK) – September 14, 2008
If you have anything concerning Claire, be it old or new, please contact us.
– Scans: You (UK) – September 14, 2008
from Variety / by Brian Lowry
Writer Andrew Davies applied his quill pen to adapting a number of Jane Austen novels before tackling Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House,” and he’s back with another sprawling, impeccably cast PBS miniseries, “Little Dorrit.” This Dickens tale includes mystery, romance and dramatically shifting financial fortunes–and at eight hours spread across five nights, there are ample portions of everything. Slow going at first and rushed near the end, it’s nevertheless an absorbing piece of work, reminding us that there are certain things the Brits simply do better.
Although PBS is scheduling “Little Dorrit” across five successive Sundays, as with “Bleak House,” the story is actually told in half-hour chapters. This results in a roller-coaster approach that builds toward those episodic breaks, which requires a bit of getting used to.
Characteristic of Dickens, the story exposes harsh class distinctions in the early 19th century, as well as shadowy financial doings, blackmail and even a big, heartless bureaucracy, the Circumlocution Office, which all makes the author seem a little bit like Nostradamus.
Driving the action is Arthur Clennam (“Frost/Nixon’s” Matthew Macfadyen), who returns from several years abroad with a vague deathbed admonition from his father to “Put it right.” Arthur’s imperious mother (the wonderful Judy Parfitt, in a character much like the one she played in “Dolores Claiborne”), begins to employ a poor seamstress, Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), who has grown up in debtor’s prison, where her addled father, William (Tom Courtenay), has been held for more than 20 years.
Clearly, Mrs. Clennam is hiding secrets of her family’s past, and Arthur is determined to uncover them–fearing that his family is somehow responsible for the Dorrits’ misfortune.
Unfortunately, the saintly, doe-eyed Amy is a true pearl among swine, a different breed than her dad or her money-grubbing sister (Emma Pierson). Along the way, after winning Amy’s heart with his kindness toward the Dorrits, Arthur falls in love with another–one of several impediments that keep the two apart. The teeming cast also includes Andy Serkis under a Cyrano nose as Rigaud, a murderous French blackmailer with a Pepe Le Pew accent; and Alun Armstrong as Mrs. Clennam’s beady-eyed attendant.
Perhaps the biggest wrinkle from Davies–who has a reputation for tatting up Victorian material–involves the mysterious Miss Wade (Maxine Peake), whose plotting with Rigaud also includes several scenes that strongly imply she’s a lesbian.
Davies could have easily shed (or at least pared down) a few of these subplots without seriously diminishing the story’s grandeur, and after the lengthy windup, the last hour races through tying up the assorted loose ends. Even so, there’s so much gaudy talent on display here that those with an appetite for it won’t be able to get enough, and “Little Dorrit” gives them everything they could want in a big, gloriously messy package.
from Daily Mail / by Richard Kay
AS THE star of the BBC’s sumptuous adaptation of Little Dorrit, fragile actress Claire Foy should be well-warned about the dangers of owing money. But it seems the 24-year-old newcomer (right) believes that out of sight is out of mind when it comes to the [pounds sterling]10,000 student debt she ran up before landing the plum role in the primetime show.
‘The loan I received at the Oxford School Of Drama remains unpaid,’ says Claire, whose father in the Dickensian drama played by Sir Tom Courtenay is locked up in a debtors’ prison. ‘It’s hideously large and I should do something about it now I’ve earned some decent money. But if I get sent a letter which says: “The interest on your student loan has gone up by [pounds sterling]500”, I just stick it in the back of the drawer. Perhaps not the ideal thing to be doing during a credit crunch.’
from Evening Standard Magazine / by Emily Bearn
The star of BBC’s Little Dorrit looks appropriately meek and Dickensian. But the girl who’s going on to Hollywood to star with Nicolas Cage is an actress with great expectations…
All hail the 24-year-old Miss Claire Foy of Southwark, who is set very fair to be the next big thing. She is currently topping the bill in the BBC’s autumn blockbuster, a lavish 15-part production of Dickens’ Little Dorrit, and Vogue has declared that she will be the brightest star of the season, placing her at the top of its list of the 40 hottest phenomena to watch out for. Foy, it claimed, is more desirable than a bijou bag.
I have caught up with her at a hotel bar in Soho, peopled by ornamental Buddhas, to which Foy has been chaperoned by a BBC publicist. They have arrived early, and Foy has discreetly hidden herself away at a table in the corner. Dressed in layers of vests and baggy T-shirts, and with a twinge of estuary in her accent (she grew up in Aylesbury), she’s a far cry from the girl in Little Dorrit‘s chocolate-boxy publicity stills. She looks like a student – which, until she graduated from the Oxford School of Drama last year, is what she was. Even so, she appears remarkably undazzled by the sudden fuss being made of her. ‘It’s all complete bollocks,’ she says emphatically, wresting the lid off a bottle of water. ‘I mean, someone said I was hotter than patterned tights! All that stuff is unreal. It’s like a credit card; it doesn’t mean anything.’
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from Daily Mail
Claire Foy, who – despite being so good in the BBC TV serial Little Dorrit – has moved quickly to ensure she doesn’t get typecast in angelic roles. Claire is playing a sorceress in Season Of The Witch opposite Nicolas Cage and Stephen Campbell Moore. Shooting begins next week in Hungary. The film is set in the 14th century and features tales of witchcraft, religious intolerance and the Black Death. Meanwhile, Eddie Marsan, who plays Mr Pancks the intrepid sleuth in Little Dorrit, is a Scotland Yard detective in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movie. ‘I’m Starse of the Yard,’ he said at the nominations launch for the British Independent Film Awards, in which he was nominated for his performance as a driving instructor in Mike Leigh’s movie Happy-Go-Lucky.
from Daily Mail / by David Wigg
Sir Tom Courtenay calls her ‘a wonderful discovery’. Matthew Macfadyen says she’s ‘no less than brilliant.’ The trade magazine Screen International lists her as one to watch and Vogue tips her as this autumn’s brightest star.
No wonder 24-year-old Claire Foy is smiling. She has landed the title role in BBC1’s new primetime Dickensian costume drama Little Dorrit – yet a year ago she was a struggling drama student, a complete unknown.
‘How jammy can one girl be?’ she asks, her huge blue eyes widening in astonishment at her own good luck. One of the jobs she undertook to help support herself was working for a film catering company. She would serve up bacon sandwiches to hungry actors and ravenous technicians, and she says it was the most demanding week of her life.
But it was the closest she’d been to fulfilling her dream. ‘I’ve always been an attention seeker,’ she says. ‘I used to put on shows at home, dressing up and roping my cousins in to help, but I always gave myself the best parts.’
Little Dorrit – which attracted an audience of more than six million, following close on the success of Bleak House and Cranford, when it launched last weekend – is packed with two dozen established acting names, but it is young Claire Foy – the ‘angel’ of this gritty love story – who has had to be on call each day for every scene.
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from The Sunday Telegraph / by Daphne Lockyer
She’s on the verge of period drama stardom. But Claire Foy isn’t acting famous, says Daphne Lockyer
When the producers of Little Dorrit first clapped eyes on 24- year-old Claire Foy, they were delighted. At just 7st 12lbs, the hitherto unknown actress who leads the starry cast of BBC1’s new costume drama is so petite, she looks as though she might weigh less than a copy of the Dickens novel. But who better to play a girl whose very name refers to her smallness?
“There were three possible actresses for the part,” says Andrew Davies, who adapted the novel about escaping the misery of debt into 30-minute chunks (tonight’s first episode is an hour-long treat). “But, physically, Claire was perfect. She was the youngest-looking and the smallest. And then we discovered other marvellous things about her” – not least her lack of starriness.
Born in Stockport, Foy grafted hard at acting school, taking factory work to supplement her grant. Today, with her career on the verge of lift-off – Vogue put her top of its annual list of 40 new talents – she still shares a house with five other young actors.
For the latest milestone adaptation of a classic Victorian novel, Little Dorrit’s producers were looking for an actress of the calibre of Anna Maxwell Martin or Ruth Wilson – who, like Foy, had both been ingenues before their award-winning period drama roles.
“When I thought about those actresses, I never put myself in the same bracket,” says Foy. “Mostly, I was thinking: ‘They just don’t give a part like that to someone like me.’ ”
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from The Sunday Times
Who is she? Fresh out of The Oxford School of Drama, the 24-year-old half-Irish actress will be a repeat visitor in bonnet-loving living rooms this autumn, when the BBC’s Little Dorrit rolls out. The cast includes Matthew Macfadyen, Andy Serkis, Mackenzie Crook and Ruth Jones.
Who does she play? The heroine, Amy Dorrit, dutiful daughter of a feckless bankrupt (Tom Courtenay). Foy is presumably better heeled, having appeared at the National Theatre in the gritty “yoof” play DNA, as well as in the BBC3 sci-fi drama Being Human and the medical soap Doctors.
from You Magazine / by Amy Williams
This autumn our TV screens will be set alight by a new generation of talented actresses. Here we present the brightest faces that have bagged the best roles
Claire Foy, 26, from Buckinghamshire, graduated last year from the Oxford School of Drama and will soon hit our screens as Little Dorrit in the 14-part BBC1 dramatisation of the Dickens novel, which starts next month, and also stars Tom Courtenay and James Fleet.
I WAS BORN TO ACT BECAUSE… I was always an attention seeker: I used to put on shows at home and rope in cousins. Eternal were the band of the day, so when we didn’t have a play to perform we’d dress up in our best Tammy Girl clothes and prance around to one of their hits. I like to think it showed a creative streak.
THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS… the people. We filmed Little Dorrit over five months, and the cast and crew became like a big family. You realise that actors you’ve admired for ages, like Matthew Macfadyen, are just normal, lovely people. The worst bit was having to let my eyebrows grow out – I was told that Little Dorrit would never have plucked hers!
MY IDEAL LEADING MAN WOULD BE… Matthew Macfadyen – how much luckier could a girl get? I’d also love to act with Ben Whishaw – the Brit actor of the moment. Also, the ‘old school’ screen actor Montgomery Clift – my quirky choice – oh, and George Clooney.
THE REAL CHALLENGE FOR ME HAS BEEN… acting for TV. Theatre was always my aim, and I was lucky enough to perform at the National Theatre in London this year, but I’ve loved filming for TV. The only problem is that you don’t really get taught about it at drama school, so I feel I’ve been learning as I go along. But I hope with Little Dorrit I’ve got it right.
from Daily Mail / by Baz Bamigboye
CLAIRE FOY, who has beaten a long list of rivals for the title role in Little Dorrit, in which she’ll star for BBC TV.
The production will follow the same format as the award-winning Bleak House, with a one-hour opening drama and then several half-hour episodes, which is appropriate because Charles Dickens originally published the story in instalments.