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Jan 14,2015

What’s On TV (Scans) – Damian Lewis stars as King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall

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“Anne Boleyn had an extraordinary power over the King,” says Damian Lewis. “Henry was so infatuated with her, he pursued her for five years. He’s also driven by his obsession over a male heir.”



Jan 14,2015

TV & Satellite Week – 17 January 2015 (Scans) – Damian Lewis and Claire Foy reveal what makes Wolf Hall’s Tudor England different and darker

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Power, corruption and lies — Damian Lewis and Claire Foy reveal what makes Wolf Hall‘s Tudor England different and darker.

“I’m not playing Henry as the womanising, syphilitic, genocidal, bloated Elvis character that people probably expect.” — Damian Lewis

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“For example, I’d read stuff about Anne Boleyn having warts and six fingers,” laughs Foy. “Fortunately I wasn’t asked to play her that way”.

As well as that, she was also said to be promiscuous. “Her critics, and there were lots of them, called her ‘The Great Whore’, and claimed she had special tricks in the bedroom that she’d learned in the French court, which was why Henry fell in love with her. But, actually, it’s far more likely that she was a virgin, who kept Henry waiting for five long years.

“She was smart and knew exactly how to play him, although in the end, of course, it didn’t stop him from having her executed,” continues Foy.



Jan 12,2015

Telegraph Magazine Scans: Games of Throne

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Authenticity is everything in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel’s take of Tudor intrigue, right down to the very last pin on an extra’s costume.

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Wolf Hall” starts on BBC Two on Wednesday 21 January at 9pm.



Jan 11,2015

Claire Foy interview: The ‘Wolf Hall’ star on politics in the Tudor court and Hollywood

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Foy is unforgettable as doomed queen Anne Boleyn in the six-part BBC adaptation, to be broadcast later this month

By Gabriel Tate

Claire Foy has been thinking about babies a lot recently. The reason is plain as soon as the 30-year-old walks into her publicist’s office. She’s unmistakably, gloriously pregnant (her first child with new husband and fellow actor Stephen Campbell Moore), and, with my own new parenthood looming imminently, I can’t help gasping in admiration. We then spend a frankly unprofessional amount of our allotted time sharing assorted hopes and fears before agreeing it might be best for our respective careers if we talked shop.

Foy’s latest role, as Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s Wolf Hall, means this segue isn’t as awkward as it might have been: Boleyn’s fate was determined by her fecundity. As to Anne’s psychology, however, she remains a conundrum. It’s no disservice to Foy, Hilary Mantel, or Peters Straughan and Peter Kosminsky, who have written and directed the six-part adaptation of Mantel’s Booker-winning diptych about the life of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), to suggest that she’s as unknowable at the end of the BBC’s six-part Wolf Hall as she was at the outset. Read the rest of this entry »



Jan 11,2015

Actress Charity Wakefield on playing the other Boleyn girl

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I really like the fact that Charity Wakefield and Claire Foy, who play the Boleyn sisters, took their time to research the characters they played:

“Anne was called the Great Whore by people who didn’t like her. But Claire and I talked about it and researched it and we’re pretty sure that, actually, she was a virgin until Henry and that was all part of her determination to become the queen.”

Read more in a new interview with Charity Wakefield, who plays Mary Boleyn: Daily Mail

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Jan 08,2015

The Times Magazine Interview – Damian Lewis: from Eton to Wolf Hall (Scans)

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Wolf Hall” starts on BBC Two on Wednesday 21 January at 9pm.



Jan 05,2015

Accuracy is king in the most eagerly anticipated TV event of the year… but how does Wolf Hall stand up to the scrutiny of one historian?

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By Lucy Worsely

His Tudor costume weighs a ton, held together by a complex arrangement of pins; there are no sewing-machine seams, zips or modern fastenings to simplify the laborious chore of dressing.

Yet Homeland star Damian Lewis is not only comfortable in King Henry VIII’s velvet robes, but is alarmed – and delighted – to discover character traits he shares with England’s most famous king.

Like Henry, he suffered concussion after an accident – though he tumbled from a motorbike, rather than from a steed during a vigorous bout of jousting.

I was intrigued to find Lewis shared the latest historical theory that the accident may have triggered great change in the monarch and led to his descent into tyranny and darkness.

‘I’ve suffered from concussion myself from a motorbike crash,’ he explains.

‘I spent three months afterwards getting into needless fights and suffering from bouts of depression, unable to watch TV or read because of migraines.

‘I would often not get dressed and just do puzzles in my flat.

‘So I think it’s absolutely plausible that it had an effect on Henry’s character.’

He adds: ‘I think we all have an understanding that Henry was a womanising, syphilitic, bloated, genocidal Elvis character.

‘But in the period I play him he had a 32in waist and was much taller than anyone else. His beautiful pale complexion was often remarked on.

‘I found that the grandiose, more paranoid, self-indulgent, self-pitying, cruel Henry emerged in the period after this.’

Lewis is playing King Henry in Wolf Hall, the ambitious six-part BBC television series based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. The programme will be screened on BBC2 this month.

After the success of the books, and the smash-hit stage play with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the stellar cast (with the likes of Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Jonathan Pryce alongside Lewis) has made the TV production the most talked-about BBC drama in decades.

On the day I have exclusive access to the set and actors, at Bristol Cathedral (one of 40 locations selected for filming), they are shooting the coronation of a heavily pregnant Anne Boleyn (played by Claire Foy).

Of Boleyn, Foy says: ‘I think she was born at the wrong time. She was really a modern woman who believed that she could rise above where she was born.

‘She didn’t see any restrictions on what her opinions should be, or what she could read. She was incredibly intelligent, especially about herself, what her charms were and weren’t.

‘She was obviously an incredible character with such spirit, but she was just that bit too much of a powerful opponent for Cromwell, so she had to go.’

There are 16 make-up artists among the production team of 80, and disarray is caused by the constant doffing of caps (there are eight minutes of cap-doffing in the entire series).

About 70 per cent of the cast are wearing either wigs or hairpieces, and the constant Tudor on-and-off takes its toll on them.

Also present are 74 courtiers, six bishops, six knights and four royal guards. (And still they don’t fill the cathedral.)

Foy reveals that the ‘baby bump’ is uncomfortable under her costume, and isn’t sure how to ‘prostrate’ herself to the ground before the altar.

With his customary attention to detail, director Peter Kosminsky asks me, as a historian, how she should do it.

We agree that two of Anne’s ladies in waiting should help their pregnant mistress down to the floor. Read the rest of this entry »



Jan 02,2015

Wolf Hall: A major adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels

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Date: 02.01.2015
Category: BBC Two; Drama

Two-time Olivier and three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance is Thomas Cromwell in a major adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies for BBC Two and Masterpiece on PBS.

“Once you have exhausted the process of negotiation and compromise, once you have fixed on the destruction of an enemy, that destruction must be swift and it must be perfect. Before you even glance in his direction, you should have his name on a warrant, the ports blocked, his wife and friends bought, his heir under your protection, his money in your strong room and his dog running to your whistle. Before he wakes in the morning, you should have the axe in your hand.”

Bafta-winning director Peter Kosminsky (The Government Inspector, The Promise) directs the flagship drama that presents an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII, as he manoeuvres the corridors of power at the Tudor court. The story follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker – from humble beginnings and an enigmatic past – who must serve king and country while navigating deadly political intrigue, the King’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.

Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare At Goats, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) has adapted both novels for the screen.

Emmy-winner Damian Lewis is Henry VIII and Claire Foy (The Promise) plays the calculating and ambitious Anne Boleyn in the drama which is a Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures production.

Hilary Mantel says: “My expectations were high and have been exceeded: in the concision and coherence of the storytelling, in the originality of the interpretations, in the break from the romantic clichés of the genre, in the wit and style and heart.

“The spirit of the books has been extraordinarily well preserved. The storytelling is fast and fluid, the characters compelling, the tone fits that of the novels,

“Mark Rylance gives a mesmeric performance as Cromwell, its effect building through the series.” Read the rest of this entry »



Jan 02,2015

Media packs / Wolf Hall / Claire Foy is Anne Boleyn

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Claire Foy is Anne Boleyn

Date: 10.12.2014
Category: BBC Two

How did you approach the role of Anne Boleyn?

I did a lot of research but it is difficult with Anne because there is no hard evidence or first-hand account of what she was like. Obviously at her trial and her execution there are lots of people talking about her, but much of the time the information you get is that she wasn’t particularly attractive, no one understood why the king wanted anything to do with her – all those kinds of clichés, people saying she had six fingers and warts. It is quite difficult when you are approaching it to find that true material.

Hilary (Mantel)– in the books and Peter (Straughan) in the scripts – write Anne seen from Cromwell’s perspective, so he only sees things in her that he relates to, or the things that he finds interesting. So it was my job to figure out the other side of Anne that you don’t see; like when she is in a scene having a hissy fit, understanding why that might be as opposed to thinking she is this mad woman. I had to figure that out for myself, with the help of the research that I did and imagining how mad her life must have been.

I fell in love with the way Hilary writes and how you genuinely feel you are in the room with these people. So when my agent told me I had the audition I was so worried I would let them all down, let Anne Boleyn down as I had such a clear idea of what she was like in my head…to then have the words come out of my mouth, I struggled to get my head around that at first. Read the rest of this entry »



Dec 14,2014

New camera technology meant Wolf Hall adaptation could be shot by candlelight

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Ian Burrell

Hilary Mantel has praised the “visual flair” of the BBC’s adaptation of her Booker Prize winning novel Wolf Hall, which uses latest camera technology to film by candlelight in Tudor halls and country homes.

The director of the six-part series, Peter Kosminsky, who is known for his minute attention to authentic detail, used an Arri Alexa camera to film all the night-time scenes by candlelight.

“With the advent of the Alexa camera it is actually possible to shoot by candlelight,” he said. “One of the extraordinary things was to be in some of these rooms where the characters had stood and to light the rooms as they had been built to be lit – not by floodlights and space lanterns in the ceiling but by candlelight.”

He recalled one scene with Mark Rylance, who stars as lawyer and statesman Thomas Cromwell, began with six candles burning and continued when only one was still alight. “The technology has allowed us to get a level of authenticity,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »



Sep 24,2014

Harry Lloyd is Henry Percy, Anne Boleyn’s First Love

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Guess who’s playing Henry Percy, Anne Boleyn’s suitor? Harry Lloyd (BBC1’s Robin Hood, Game of Thrones)!

Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview for the London Evening Standard Magazine:

At 30 he is tall, dark and devilishly handsome, with floppy hair and a pointed courtier’s beard that he has grown to play Harry Percy, the hapless young suitor to Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of Wolf Hall.

Fresh from filming, he is still high on the experience. “I have these two big scenes with Mark Rylance [playing Thomas Cromwell], which is an actor’s dream. But they cut me a Tudor fringe which I’m trying to grow out.”

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Sep 02,2014

New old “Wreckers” related scans

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Gallery link:
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2011 > Isleham Informer (UK) – October 2011



Aug 26,2014

ITV marks First World War centenary by telling the people’s story in partnership with Imperial War Museums

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ITV marks First World War centenary by telling the people’s story in partnership with Imperial War Museums

The extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War will be told in their own words in a landmark new series for ITV, made in partnership with Imperial War Museums

Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in 4×60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, produced by Shiver [ITV Studios].

As part of ITV’s partnership with IWM, a book accompanying the series will also be published as well as three e-books. In addition to its partnership with IWM, ITV is also announcing two other programmes to mark the First World War centenary.

With narration from Olivia Colman, The Great War: The People’s Story tells the real-life stories of soldiers, from privates to officers, their wives and girlfriends left behind, and people from Britain’s villages and cities. They are portrayed by a cast of actors including Alison Steadman, Daniel Mays, Claire Foy, Brian Cox, Romola Garai, MyAnna Buring and Matthew McNulty, who speak their words as they were written in their diaries and letters.

These moving accounts, revealing their intimate thoughts and feelings offer a raw insight into the profound impact of being caught up in a conflict that would change their lives – and Britain – forever. Sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with Imperial War Museums, which provided much of the material, and brought to life by actors – each story conveys the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people… made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real.

Diane Lees, Director General of IWM, said: “IWM is pleased to have worked in partnership with ITV on the development of The People’s Story – The Great War. The Imperial War Museum was established while the First World War was still being fought, to ensure future generations would remember those who contributed during the conflict. This series, featuring a number of people whose diaries and letters are held in the museum’s archives, gives an insight into some of the experiences and innermost thoughts of individuals from the time. Now that the war is out of living memory, it is up to our generation to ensure that their stories are and continue to be told – the stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.”

Richard Klein, ITV Director of Factual, said: “This programme gives the stage to the authentic voice of the British people as they endured over four years of the greatest violence in human history. The diaries, letters and memoirs of privates and officers, wives and mothers, working class and the well-to-do all brilliantly and emotionally document the journey from the patriotism and positivity at the start of war to the gradual understanding of the deadly and mind-shattering realities of modern warfare to the final days of simple endurance and exhaustion. This is a beautifully composed portrait of a country during a war that changed everything for everyone.”

Ollie Tait, Executive Producer of The Great War: The People’s Story for Shiver added: “Alongside the heartbreak and horror of war, Britain was changing at an amazing pace for everyone and there is something hugely powerful about reliving this through the people who never thought their voices would be heard. We really wanted ‘The People’s Story’ to be a world apart from the usual approach to the First World War and to make it about us, to bring to life the treasured letters that are tucked away in attics across the nation.”



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. 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

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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Mar 07,2012

Co-Stars about Claire Foy

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Nico Mirallegro who plays footman Johnny Proude in ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ was interviewed by The Lady:

LT: Setting aside your own natural bias, who’s your favourite character?

Nico: I think Claire Foy has a very intriguing character in Lady Persie. She’s so evil and vindictive. There’s just so much behind her, and she plays her very well, with so much ease.

David Gyasi who plays Victor in ‘White Heat‘ was interviewed by IndieLondon:

Q. And how was working with your fellow cast members such as Sam Claflin and Claire Foy?
David Gyasi:
… Claire Foy is amazing. She quietly goes about her business and she’s lovely. But I really enjoyed working with everyone on this. …



Mar 06,2012

Interview: Claire Foy, actress

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from Scotsman / by Chitra Ramaswamy

WE’RE not going to be able to avoid Claire Foy this month, which is a very good thing. The 27-year-old English actor, recently chosen by PJ Harvey as her rising star of 2012, is on our screens in two flagship BBC series. In one she is very nasty, and in the other she is very nice. Well, very normal anyway.

The first is Upstairs Downstairs, in which Foy has already appeared as Lady Persie, the bonkers, fascist, Nazi-sympathising bad egg of the “upstairs” lot. The second is Paula Milne’s new drama White Heat, an ambitious saga spanning four decades in Britain that promises to do for its young, hip cast what Our Friends In The North did for Daniel Craig, Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong and Gina McKee. This time Foy plays Charlotte, a red-haired, hot-blooded, middle-class feminist who pitches up at a north London student house in the 1960s.

“She is relatively normal, which is unusual for me,” says Foy. “A lot of the characters I’ve played are a certain way, at a certain moment. Charlotte is just a middle class girl going through life. She has a similar background to me and is even from the same area of Buckinghamshire. It’s terrifying playing someone who is very close to you. You can’t really do anything to prepare. I didn’t know what I was doing. But I’m really proud of it. I think it’s amazing. And I loved playing her. She is this normal, contradictory girl with the most massive balls.”

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Mar 04,2012

More ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Series 2 Media

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Thanks to the wonderful Lorna I added scans from UK publications to promote ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ as well as the scans of recently posted interviews with Claire Foy. Stay tuned for a massive ‘White Heat‘ Scan update soon!

Claire Foy (Lady Percy) says: “The eating scenes can be the most difficult because they’re filmed again and again as the food gets colder. And you can’t get drunk – the wine is usually elderflower or grape juice.”

• Source: The Sun Hot TV Buzz

GALLERY LINKS:
– Scans from 2012: Independent Magazine (UK) – February 18, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Daily Express Saturday (UK) – February 18-24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Sun Hot TV Buzz (UK) – February 18-24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Sunday Mirror (UK) – February 19, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Lady (UK) – February 24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Stage (UK) – March 1, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Daily Mail Weekend (UK) – March 3, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna



Mar 04,2012

White Heat: ‘Back in the 60s and 70s, politics was everything’

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from The Observer / by Euan Ferguson

The stars of the new six-part BBC drama reflect on friendships forged in the volatile 1960s

It’s always such a fillip to meet actors who have had fun making a TV series. Perhaps fun isn’t the word. White Heat, a six-parter written by Paula Milne and coming soon to BBC2, is a sprawling bittersweet epic marking the lives of seven friends from 1965 to today, and there is angst, and darkness, against some of the fastest-changing times in British history.

But Claire Foy and Sam Claflin, two of the impossibly bubbly young stars, seem to have enjoyed not just fun but the fun of learning. “It’s been an eye-opener,” says Foy, most recently seen in Upstairs Downstairs, “to realise that so many of the things women take for granted were so hard-fought for in the 60s, 70s, 80s. Sam and I start in 1965, and it runs with all the changes, choices, right up till now, though our faces aren’t seen after 1990 – some experienced people take over.”

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Mar 03,2012

‘White Heat’ Claire Foy, Sam Claflin Q&A: ‘It’s an emotional journey’

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from Digital Spy / by Catriona Wightman

Here at Digital Spy, we’re a little bit excited about BBC Two’s brand new drama White Heat! The show focuses on seven students living in a house together in the 1960s… then follows them as they grow up!

We’ll be bringing you chats with the cast every day until the show airs, and first up are the lovely Claire Foy and Sam Claflin, who spoke to reporters when we visited them on set. Read on to find out what they had to say!

Sam, is that your hair? It looks a bit Kevin Keegan!
Sam:
“I wish it was mine! You’re definitely not the first person to say that. It’s of the time, I’m told. It’s a weft. I had no idea what a weft was before we started – it’s become the bane of my life now! They’re basically like clip-on things but they glue them to my hair or my head… I feel like such a diva sitting there having all my make up and hair done! But I’m not the only one, so no complaints.”

What about your hair, Claire – is that a weft?
Claire:
“Yeah. I don’t know where it ends and I begin any more!”
Sam: “We all go through so many looks of different eras. I think they’re just trying to change it up a bit.”

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Mar 03,2012

White hot! Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs star, Claire Foy, stars in new BBC drama. Is there no stopping her?

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from Daily Mail / by Nicole Lampert

Claire Foy leaps onto the bench opposite me, momentarily forgetting she’s wearing a teeny miniskirt. ‘Uggh,’ she exclaims passionately as she tugs at her skirt, doing her best to maintain some dignity. ‘There have been quite a few tricky moments with this outfit and I hate my legs. I can’t wait for the Seventies to start so I can get some trousers on.’

We are on set for Claire’s latest television show, White Heat. She plays a strident feminist called Charlotte in the drama, which follows seven flatmates from their rebellious Sixties student days up to the present. She’s also sporting red hair, which she likes more than the miniskirts. ‘I’ve always wanted to go red so it was great to have to do it for a job,’ she says. ‘But it’s only now that I’ve discovered my hair grows very quickly, so I have to get it dyed ginger every other week.’ Then she laughs so raucously she needs to tug at her skirt again.

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Mar 01,2012

Mad about the Foy

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from The Stage / by Matthew Hemley

With both Upstairs Downstairs and White Heat being screened on the BBC this month, Claire Foy talks to Matthew Hemley about feeling surprisingly comfortable in front of the camera

Claire Foy has been busy filming that much for television in recent months, she needs a reminder about which show it is I’m referring to when I mention I’ve seen the first two episodes of her latest drama.

“Is that White Heat?,” she asks.

Yes, I respond. Although, to be fair, it could easily have been Upstairs Downstairs, which also stars Foy and which is also being broadcast by the BBC this month. Indeed, since taking the title role in the BBC’s adaptation of Little Dorrit back in 2008, Foy has rarely been off our screens.

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