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Jul 11,2011

‘The Night Watch’: Even More UK Scans

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“It’s all about how the war frees you, but binds you at the same time”

Helen is far less at ease with her sexuality than Kay, and struggles to come to terms with her affections — leaving her wracked with insecurity.

“Helen makes a lot of bad decisions,” Claire tells Inside Soap. “She wants to do the right thing all the time. She’s concerned about what people think and what the right thing to do is — but she doesn’t know what that is. She wants love, but doesn’t know what to do when she gets it — that’s why her relationship with Kay goes so wrong.” (Source)

The Night Watch will air tomorrow, July 12, on BBC2, at 9pm.

GALLERY LINKS:
– Scans: Inside Soap (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: Sunday Telegraph Seven (UK) – July 10, 2011 –> Sarah Waters on being adapted and letting go
– Scans: The Observer – The New Review (UK) – July 10, 2011
– Scans: Clippings from 2011

Big thanks to Lorna.



Jul 10,2011

Foy: My search for Nicolas Cage

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Claire Foy has revealed she went on a Nicolas Cage hunt while filming her new period drama The Night Watch.

The Upstairs, Downstairs star worked with Cage on the film Season Of The Witch, and while filming on location in Bath, where she knew he had a home, decided to try and track him down.

Claire said: “I did walk around the crescent where he lives going, ‘Nic, Niiiiiic!’ in the hope he would open his door.”

She added: “He’s a lovely man. When I first met, him he strode across the car park and went, ‘I’m so glad you’re doing this movie’. I thought, ‘Oh my God, are you mad?’ It was such a bizarre experience. I couldn’t think of what to say, because Nicolas Cage saying he’s glad that I’m doing the film that he’s doing was just a bit odd.”

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Jul 09,2011

Claire Foy: ‘Next I want to do some singing and dancing’ – interview

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Spend a little time in Claire Foy’s company and you get the sense that, while she might be a bit stunned at how rapidly her acting career has progressed, she’s certainly going to seize her moment. Irrepressibly cheerful, fast-talking and candid, the 27-year-old has barely rested in the four years since she left the Oxford School of Drama. It was only a matter of months before she starred in the pilot episode of Being Human (she always knew it could be huge, she says); she went on to take the leading roles in the BBC’s 14-part adaptation of Little Dorrit and in Peter Kosminsky’s acclaimed Israel-Palestine drama The Promise, which she describes as “a real love project for everyone who did it”. Oh, and she’s also squeezed in Upstairs Downstairs and a Hollywood fantasy thriller, Season of the Witch, with Nicolas Cage.

Now we’re about to see her playing the romantically tortured Helen in Paula Milne’s adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel The Night Watch. She says that when she first read the script she thought “Oh God… On the outside you see her as what she is, which is doing lots of things wrong, like when you look into someone’s relationship and think, ‘Don’t do that, Don’t do that, Don’t do that’ – and then they keep doing it. It’s painful to watch, in a way.”

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Jul 09,2011

‘The Night Watch’: More UK Scans

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Helen, played by Claire Foy, is Kay’s girlfriend but she’s less certain of her sexuality than Kay and struggles with social taboo.

“Helen is a lost soul who doesn’t really see herself as a lesbian,” explains Claire, 27. “She doesn’t like living a lie and she can’t justify being with a woman in her mind if other people think it’s a bad thing to do.

“So when she falls passionately in love with a woman, that’s a shock for her.” (Source)

The Night Watch will air next Tuesday, July 12, on BBC2, at 9pm.

GALLERY LINKS:
– Scans: Daily Express Saturday (UK) – July 9, 2011
– Scans: Daily Mail Weekend (UK) – July 9, 2011
– Scans: Woman (UK) – July 11, 2011
– Scans: Clippings from 2011

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Jul 08,2011

‘The Night Watch’: Claire Foy interview

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BBC Two’s been having a stellar run of drama recently, and the latest show aiming to capture the attention of the British public is The Night Watch. Based on the novel by Sarah Waters – she of Tipping The Velvet fame – the film focuses on the lives of several women living in wartime, and just post-wartime, London. Among the list of amazing stars taking part is Claire Foy, who recently chatted to reporters about her role in the drama. Read on to find out what she had to say about researching smoking, why love scenes are easier with two women, and whether she’s nervous about how the film will go down… Read the rest of this entry »



Jul 08,2011

Love among the ruins

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“You don’t see the broad sweep of London at war,” explains Claire Foy, who appears in the one-off drama as an insecure and brittle marriage bureau owner called Helen Giniver. “It is more personal, about people trying to live their lives while a war is going on and how it affects their decisions and erodes their lives.”

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“Working backwards is a really clever device,” says Foy. “You really get the sense that life was almost easier in the war because every decision was made for you and you lived day to day because you knew you might die at any moment. After the war, none of the characters knows what to do with their life and the country is in a state of flux.”

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“The four main characters are outsiders, because they are not really part of the status quo,” says Maxwell Martin. “Most of them are hiding secrets, and the drama shows how the war frees them and yet binds them at the same time.”

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For both Foy and Maxwell Martin, the toughest part of the shoot was filming on the bomb sites where Kay (Anna Maxwell Martin’s character) has to work. The scenes were shot in Bath, which was doubling as wartime London.

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Jul 06,2011

‘The Night Watch’: New UK Scans

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Claire Foy is ditching her Little Dorrit bonnet for a new period drama — with World War Two as the setting and the subject being sex not rags to riches.

“Helen’s on a knife edge,” insists Claire. “Nobody knows she’s desperately in love with a woman and every day she’s pretending to be someone she’s not. It’s awful for her.”

The Night Watch is based on the book by Sarah Waters, who also wrote the steamy Tipping the Velvet. “It won’t be quite as controversial,” says Claire. Besides, it seems filming the bedroom scenes with a woman was fun.

“It’s much easier than with a man,” Claire says. “You can chat and everyone’s got the same bits and pieces!” (Source)

The Night Watch will air next Tuesday, July 12, on BBC2, at 9pm.

GALLERY LINKS:
– Scans: Closer (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: Heat (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: Your TV Week (UK) – July 9-15, 2011

Big thanks to Lorna.



Jul 05,2011

Independent Magazine Scans

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Jodie Whittaker talks The Night Watch and more.

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans: Independent Magazine (UK) – June 18, 2011, thanks to Lorna



Jul 05,2011

‘The Night Watch’: Extensive UK Media Coverage

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Big thanks to Lorna.

GALLERY LINKS:
– Scans: Radio Times (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: Total TV Guide (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: TV And Satellite Week (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: TV Choice (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: TV Easy (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: TV Times (UK) – July 9-15, 2011
– Scans: What’s On TV (UK) – July 9-15, 2011



Jul 02,2011

Daily Telegraph Magazine Scans

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Burning Desires

The Night Watch, Sarah Waters’ tale of turbulent passions set against the background of Blitz-hit London, is coming to television. Chloe Fox reports from the set.

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans: Daily Telegraph Magazine (UK) – July 2, 2011, thanks to Lorna



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 »



Feb 09,2011

Hello Magazine Scans and New ‘Promise’ Stills

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Big thanks to Lorna. 😀

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Hello (UK) – February 14, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Radio Times (UK) – February 12-18, 2011
The Promise: Production Stills



Feb 07,2011

Sunday Scans

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Huge thanks to Lorna. 😀

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Sunday Post (UK) – February 6, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Sunday Times Culture (UK) – February 6, 2011



Feb 06,2011

Interview: Claire Foy

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If you’re not yet familiar with Claire Foy, you soon will be. Having starred in dramas Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs and been earmarked for stardom by trend bible Vogue, she’s currently starring in a Hollywood blockbuster with Nicolas Cage, Season of the Witch. But it’s her latest role, in Peter Kosminsky’s new drama The Promise, that has made the biggest impact on Foy.

She plays Erin, an 18-year-old visiting Israel for the first time. She’s following in the footsteps of her grandfather Len, a soldier in the British army in Palestine during the Mandate period who kept a diary of his turbulent time there.

It’s a powerful tale of love, war and betrayal, telling the stories of both Erin and Len – two young people caught up in the same struggle more than 60 years apart.

Here, Foy reveals her passion for the project, and explains why she’d like to burn every costume she’s ever worn.

What was it that drew you to The Promise?
I remember the very first audition very clearly. I got sent 25 scenes, and was asked to prepare all of them, which is what Peter does, God love him. It was so much work.
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Feb 05,2011

Times Playlist and Glamour UK Scans

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Huge thanks to Lorna. 😀

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Times Playlist (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Glamour (UK) – March 2011



Feb 04,2011

More ‘The Promise’ Related UK Scans

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Huge thanks to Lorna. 😀

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans from 2011: TV Easy (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Closer (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Your TV Week (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Metro (UK) – February 3, 2011



Feb 01,2011

Claire Foy & Christian Cooke, The Promise

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Feb 01, 2011 – A major new Channel 4 drama looks at the bloody and brutal history of Israel. TV Choice talks to its two stars, Claire Foy and Christian Cooke…

Tell us about your characters
Claire Foy: I play Erin who’s on a gap year before university and goes off to Israel with her schoolfriend Eliza, who is doing her National Service. Erin is very moody. She feels her life is not as good as anyone else’s and has got a massive chip on her shoulder. But when she reads her grandfather Len’s diary she starts to change. It’s about his experiences in post-war Israel and all of a sudden she feels she has something to believe in and someone to love.
Christian Cooke: And I play her grandad in the scenes set after the war. Len was part of the British peacekeeping force sent to Israel in accordance with the 1917 mandate. He’s young and naive but he’s got a strong sense of justice. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 01,2011

TV Choice w/c 5 February Claire Foy’s promising role

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Claire Foy reveals how she identified with her latest role as a stroppy teenager in this week’s TV Choice.

Feb 01, 2011 – Claire plays spoilt Erin, 18, who travels to Israel with her friend Elizar in Channel 4’s The Promise. But Erin starts to change when she reads her grandfather’s diary about his experiences in the British peacekeeping force in Palestine at the end of WWII.

‘Erin thinks the world’s against her,’ explains Claire Foy, who spent 10 weeks filming in Tel Aviv.

‘I could appreciate what she was like because I was like her when I was 18. Looking back I was awful, just so moody. I’m worried that my mum’s going to see this and think, “Oh my God, the bitch is back.”’

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Exclusive scan over here



Feb 01,2011

Lots of ‘The Promise’ Related UK Scans

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Huge thanks to Lorna. 😀

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Total TV Guide (UK) – January 29-February 4, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Radio Times (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: TV Choice (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: TV Times (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Total TV Guide (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: TV And Satellite Week (UK) – February 5-11, 2011



Jan 31,2011

Independent On Sunday Scan and ‘The Promise’ Stills

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Big thanks to Lorna. 😀

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Independent On Sunday (UK) – January 30, 2011
The Promise: Production Stills



Jan 30,2011

Claire Foy: ‘I’ve surprised myself by not behaving like a massive knob’

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I want to be an actress not a celebrity I don’t want to get involved with that whole circuit, it’s not me. I’ve been to a couple of red-carpet events; everyone’s taking your photo, and you know one person there. It feels strange, like arriving at a party with no friends in sight. Why would you do that?

I embarrass myself on a daily basis Particularly after I’ve had a glass of wine. All of a sudden I think that what I have to say is really important, so I end up telling people how to run their lives. I’m lucky that my friends know me well enough to say, “Claire, shut up.”

I feel very lucky I’ve worked in supermarkets, put tags in baseball caps and provided security during Wimbledon, but I never thought acting would be something I’d be any good at, or make a living from. Read the rest of this entry »





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