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

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

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

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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‘The Crown’ Reigns Over BAFTA TV Nominations

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

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!” Continue reading Claire Foy Reveals ‘The Crown’ Wedding Scene That Was Cut

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Claire Foy keeps awards in the toilet

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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‘The Crown’ Star Claire Foy Signs With UTA

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

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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How Claire Foy went from an awkward teenager to Hollywood royalty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘It was always an uphill struggle. I’ve loved drama, but somehow I just thought everyone else was better than me.’
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Golden Globes: Claire Foy Wins Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The actress is facing stiff competition for best actress

By David Mercer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Dee Lockett

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

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

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

Were you surprised to see The Crown among all these other freshman shows up against Game of Thrones?
I don’t really know how it all works. The show only just came out in November, so to me it feels like a complete whirlwind. I always thought that things like this took time and you had to build up an audience. I’ve been so overwhelmed by how many people have watched it and the positive response we’ve had. To get this as well … it’s amazing.
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Vote in the 2016 RadioTimes.com Reader Awards

By Radio Times staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Claire Foy of ‘The Crown’ on playing royalty

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.” Continue reading Claire Foy of ‘The Crown’ on playing royalty

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

GALLERY LINKS:
– 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.

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“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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