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Jun 29,2011

‘The Night Watch’ – Claire Foy plays Helen

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What attracted you to the role of Helen?

It was the project as a whole as opposed to just the character of Helen that attracted me. Richard Laxton – the director – was seeing people for every role and I originally really wanted to go for Viv, he kept saying: “Have a look at Helen, have a look at Helen.” When I did I felt she was such an interesting character, so difficult and also quite embarrassing to watch.

You really have to face up to some of your own insecurities to play a character like her because she is so vulnerable, fragile and naive. It was interesting to try and recall whether I had ever behaved like her.

But Helen is also lovely, you want to help her. She is like a friend who continually makes the wrong decisions, even after the advice you give them.
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Jun 16,2011

My TV hero: Claire Foy on Joanna Lumley

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Claire Foy as told to Vicky Frost from The Guardian

Joanna Lumley is just brilliant in Absolutely Fabulous – I love that she’s not afraid of looking like a wally

Perhaps because I now tend to play people who are quite miserable, or at least not at their happiest, in my normal life I try to be quite upbeat. I’ve always found Joanna Lumley in Absolutely Fabulous hilarious. My mum and my sister were obsessed with the show, so I grew up watching the show pretty much all the time – we even wore out the videos.

Jennifer Saunders is fantastic in it of course, but I really love Lumley as Patsy Stone. Rewatching it recently, I was even more taken by what an amazing character Patsy is, and how brilliantly Lumley plays her.

It’s her physicality that makes Lumley so funny: the fact that she’s this elegant, beautiful woman who, with just a stoop of her shoulders, makes herself look completely different. I love that she’s not afraid of looking like a wally, and she doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously.

She also always goes for it so completely. In television and film it’s all about being very subtle, but Lumley’s performance is so grotesque, yet also still believable. I find that sense of not really caring what you look like inspirational – I find it difficult to stand and have a picture taken, for instance, and not laugh at the absurdity of it all.

I also can’t imagine how she and Jennifer Saunders could get through the show without laughing. There’s this brilliant scene where Patsy comes in, moaning about non-smoking cabs, and lights about 20 cigarettes at once. As an actress I have no idea how she kept a straight face. I wish I could have been in AbFab – but God knows how I would have managed to stop myself laughing.

I didn’t watch when they brought Absolutely Fabulous back. I wanted to keep the show as I remembered it. I was in New York recently and saw Lumley in La Bete on Broadway with Mark Rylance. She was brilliant. But I think, in a weird way, I wouldn’t like to work with her. The funny thing about this industry is you sort of give up being in awe of something; you don’t watch things properly because you know what’s going on behind the scenes, and so the spell is broken.

Really, I’d just like to have a chat with her, and try to get her to re-enact scenes from AbFab for me. Although I’m sure that would not be entirely appropriate.

• Claire Foy will appear in The Night Watch on BBC2 next month.



May 30,2011

Scan from Elle UK (2008)

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I’m very happy to finally be able to offer you guys and girls, and add to our gallery, a scan from Elle UK, which was — to my best knowledge — one of the two big magazines to feature Miss Claire Foy, back in 2008, that we were missing (the other one is Vogue UK). The photo used in the article is part of the Daily Mail set, but it’s a previously unseen one. Enjoy! :)

GALLERY LINKS:
– Photoshoots: Daily Mail (2008)
– Scans from 2008: Elle (UK) – December 2008



May 23,2011

Scans from Observer Magazine

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Previously mentioned in this update by Mia. ;)

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans > Observer Magazine (UK) – May 22, 2011, thanks to Lorna



May 20,2011

Small-screen stars in pictures

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Ahead of the Bafta TV awards on Sunday, photographer Phil Fisk shares his extraordinary portfolio of television stars. Read more special Bafta coverage in the Observer Magazine this weekend.

Claire Foy

“For some reason,” says Claire Foy, “in every house I’ve ever lived in I couldn’t get reception, or I could only get BBC2, so I’ve ended up watching a lot of Newsnight.” Luckily the rest of the nation is better at tuning an aerial, so they got to enjoy Foy in Going Postal and Upstairs Downstairs in 2010, and in Peter Kosminksy’s The Promise this year, which is up for best drama serial. “The Promise was really important to me,” says Foy. “I took it very personally and researched the role thoroughly – I got to really act and I loved the story so much.” Next she’s in the adaptation of Sarah Waters’s The Night Watch. “Director Richard Laxton did an amazing job with an amazing script from an amazing book. We shot it in a month and it was really cold, with naked women running around everywhere, but it’s so good”

• Source: The Guardian

GALLERY LINK:
– Photoshoots: The Guardian (2011)



May 17,2011

Radio Times (UK) – May 21-27, 2011

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To celebrate this year’s Bafta Television Awards and Britain’s glittering array of acting talent, Radio Times puts nominees through their paces. No rehearsals… just lights… camera… pick your character… and action!

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans > Radio Times (UK) – May 21-27, 2011, thanks to Lorna



May 09,2011

Harry Treadaway talks ‘The Night Watch’ in You magazine

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Harry Treadaway talks about BBC2’s haunting adaptation of Sarah Waters’s bestseller The Night Watch:

“It’s split into three parts — 1947, 1944, 1941 — and you trace the story in reverse. The backdrop is wartime but it’s a look at personal wars: there are lesbian characters, and my character Duncan is gay. It’s a beautiful story about the pains of dealing with what you are”.

The Night Watch will be shown on BBC2 in the coming weeks.

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans > You (UK) – May 8, 2011, thanks to Lorna



Apr 18,2011

Independent On Sunday (UK) – April 17, 2011

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Thanks to Lorna.

GALLERY LINK:
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Independent On Sunday (UK) – April 17, 2011



Mar 24,2011

ES Magazine (UK) – March 4, 2011

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Bonnie Wright and Emilia Fox are also featured.

Thanks to Lorna.

GALLERY LINK:
– Magazine Scans from 2011: ES Magazine (UK) – March 4, 2011



Mar 12,2011

Another Gallery Update

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GALLERY LINKS:
– Photoshoots: You (2010)
– Scans: Daily Mail (UK) – February 25, 2011, thanks to Lorna
– Scans: Radio Times (UK) – September 18-24, 2010, thanks to Lorna



Mar 05,2011

Gallery Update

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GALLERY LINKS:
– Events: 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards
– Photoshoots: Daily Mail (2008)
– Scans: Daily Mail (UK) – February 25, 2011, thanks to the lovely Lorna



Feb 28,2011

Peter Kosminsky on ‘The Promise’

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London, (Pal Telegraph) – The Promise sets a turbulent and moving love story against the backdrop of the world’s most complex, tragic and intractable conflict – that between Israel and Palestine. It is set in two timeframes – Israel today, and the British Mandate period after the Second World War, just before the modern state of Israel was created. At that time British soldiers were trying to keep the peace as the trickle of Jews into the region became a flood of desperate humanity after The Holocaust.

Peter Kosminsky has won several BAFTAs for dramas that faithfully recreate factual events, often with much controversy attached. The Promise is fiction, although Peter still conducted rigorous research into the background of the piece, and historical events shape the story. The idea for The Promise began after Peter received a letter from an old soldier who had served in Palestine. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 26,2011

‘Wreckers’ Photo Update and New UK Scans

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GALLERY LINKS:
Wreckers (2010): Posters & Covers
Wreckers (2010): Production Stills
Wreckers (2010): On the Set
– Scans: TV Times (UK) – February 26-March 4, 2011
– Scans: Daily Mail Weekend (UK) – February 26, 2011

Thanks to Lorna for the scans.



Feb 17,2011

Anna Maxwell Martin mentions Claire Foy in new interview

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In The Night Watch, due soon though still unscheduled, she plays Kay, a lesbian ambulance worker who sifts through bombed houses for bodies. “After the war, she’s utterly broken – and not just by heartbreak, but also by the fact that she believes the war is going to be a pivotal moment for the lesbian movement, that things will change and gay women will be out and proud like her. But that isn’t the case.”

It’s a racy book. “Oh my goodness! I have all my saucy scenes with Claire Foy – it’s like Little Dorrit and Esther Summerson getting off with each other!” (Foy played the lead in the BBC’s 2008 Little Dorrit.) Doing sex scenes with a woman, says Maxwell Martin, is much better than with a man. “In Claire and my case, we’re heterosexual, so it’s purely acting. But with a man, you’re like, ‘Oh God, does he think I fancy him, does he think I’m minging, is he going to get an erection?’ It’s awful.” She whoops with laughter.

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Feb 11,2011

‘Upstairs Downstairs’ recommissioned for BBC One

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Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, confirmed today that Upstairs Downstairs has been recommissioned and will return with a 6 x 60-minute series in 2012.

Danny Cohen says: “The return of Upstairs Downstairs was fantastically well-received but what drove us to recommission was the wonderfully imaginative and distinctive plans the team have to take the drama forward.”

The hugely anticipated revival of the legendary Upstairs Downstairs starring Dame Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh was a smash hit with audiences old and new on BBC One this Christmas, attracting an average of 8.4 million viewers across the three episodes. Read the rest of this entry »





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