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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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Into the Limelight

This is a bit late – but Claire Foy was featured in the first ever issue of Rankin’s new biannual magazine The Hunger that was launched last November. A video on Hunger TV accompanied the magazine feature.

GALLERY LINKS:
– Photoshoots: The Hunger (2011)
– Photoshoots: The Hunger – Behind the Scenes (2011)

VIDEO LINK:
– Miscellanous: Photoshoots

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Claire Foy & Sam Claflin on BBC Breakfast this morning

Sam Claflin just tweeted that he and Claire Foy are going to be on BBC Breakfast to promote ‘White Heat‘ in less than an hour at 8.40am. If you’re in the UK tune in and if possible could you please record it for the site? Thanks! The main part of the interview was posted on the BBC Website.

GALLERY LINK:
– Interviews/News Segments: BBC News | BBC Breakfast | White Heat

VIDEO LINK:
– Interviews: Television Segments

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‘The Night Watch’: Even More UK Scans

“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.

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‘The Night Watch’: More UK Scans

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

Big thanks to Lorna.

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‘The Night Watch’: New UK Scans

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.

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‘The Night Watch’: Extensive UK Media Coverage

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

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Lots of ‘The Promise’ Related UK Scans

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

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On BBC 5 Live earlier today

Claire Foy and her co-star Anne Reid joined Richard Bacon of BBC Radio 5 Live this afternoon at 3.40pm to talk about ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘. You can listen to the programme on the BBC Website (available until next Monday). You want to go to 1h41 min for the actual interview.

Journalist Ian Wylie posted a picture of the 2 in the studio. Thank you for letting us put it in our gallery. He had this to say about Claire Foy:

She is, typically, brilliant in Upstairs Downstairs.

GALLERY LINK:
– Interviews/News Segments: BBC 5 Live | In the Studio

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You Magazine

Claire Foy is featured in today’s You magazine with a brand-new photoshoot and interview well worth a read. She talks about her upcoming projects Upstairs Downstairs and Season of the Witch and how looks and fame are not what’s important. You can find it on the Daily Mail Website.

I find fame a very abstract thing to think about – I don’t think that will happen to me. I would hate to be hounded. I think it would be terrible to be Sienna Miller or Keira Knightley and be turned into this paparazzi person. I’d love to have their careers but not what goes with it.

Obviously, when I was a teenager I used to spend hours straightening my hair and I had terrible skin that used to really upset me. But when I was 18 I had a horrible growth on my eye that eventually had to be operated on. That taught me not to care so much about the way I looked. I got over myself. I don’t mind how I look for a part as long as it fits the character.

‘It would be terrible to be turned into a paparazzi person’, You Magazine, December 19

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2010: You Magazine (UK) – December 19
– Photoshoots: You Magazine (2010)

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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ in TV Supplements

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– Scans: Mirror We Love Telly (UK) – December 18-31, 2010
– Scans: Times Playlist (UK) – December 18-31, 2010
– Scans: The Sun Buzz (UK) – December 18, 2010
– Scans: Daily Mail Weekend (UK) – December 18, 2010
Upstairs Downstairs (TV, 2010): Promotion

Big thanks to Lorna for the scans! 🙂

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Big ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Gallery Update

Big thanks to Lorna for the scans! 🙂

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs: Production Stills
Upstairs Downstairs: Promotion
– Scans: Daily Telegraph (UK) – November 23, 2010
– Scans: TV And Satellite Week (UK) – November 27-December 3, 2010
– Scans: Total TV Guide (UK) – November 27-December 3, 2010
– Scans: Radio Times (UK) – November 27-December 3, 2010

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