Congratulations to our dear Claire Foy who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series (Wolf Hall) at the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards!
Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, Wreckers, Season of the Witch, The Promise, White Heat, Macbeth) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star in the six-hour television miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. The television event presents an intimate and provocative portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant and enigmatic consigliere to King Henry VIII, as he maneuvers the corridors of power at the Tudor court. MASTERPIECE brings both of these works to life in Wolf Hall, airing on Sundays, April 5-May 10, 2015 at 10pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
Enjoy the masterful series with Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis!
Wolf Hall is now available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK. According to Amazon.co.uk, it will be released on March 2nd. Also note, the soundtrack is set for release on March 9th. For a sample of composer Debbie Wiseman’s score, check out this clip from the Woman’s Hour program on BBC Radio 4.
Thanks to our Elite affiliate Damian-Lewis.com for the news.
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
Source: Wolf Hall TV on Facebook
“Wolf Hall” starts on BBC Two on Wednesday 21 January at 9pm.
You can now purchase “Wolf Hall” & “Bring up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel, with brand new covers!
I think this might be the scene after Anne Boleyn’s coronation, when Cromwell visits pregnant Anne in her bedchamber. The fragment from “Wolf Hall“:
“The bedcurtains are drawn close. He pulls them back. Anne is lying in her shift. She looks flat as a ghost, except for the shocking mound of her six-month child. In her ceremonial robes, her condition had hardly showed, and only that sacred instant, as she lay belly-down to stone, had connected him to her body, which now lies stretched out like a sacrifice: her breasts puffy beneath the linen, her swollen feet bare.”
One of my favourite scenes in the book. The dynamics between Anne & Cromwell is amazing.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 3:45pm PST – by TJ Dietsch
NBC will unleash a whole nation of ruthless scalawags this summer, when Crossbones debuts at 10:00 PM on May 30. The pirate series not only stars John Malkovich, but also boasts a first episode directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hannibal).
Crossbones was first announced back in 2012 when NBC revealed they had signed off on an adaptation Colin Woodar’s book The Republic of Pirates. Luther creator Neil Cross developed the series and has signed on as an executive producer. In addition to Malkovich, the cast also includes Richard Coyle, Tracy Ifeachor, David Hoflin, Yasmine Al Massri, Chris Perfetti and Claire Foy.
Here’s the official logline:
It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the diabolical pirate Blackbeard (John Malkovich) reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown and part marauder’s paradise, New Providence is a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, assassin Tom Lowe is sent to the buccaneers’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds, and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard’s rule. He is a man with many rivals and one great weakness – a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.
Vampire Academy hits theaters on THIS Friday, February 7 (Canada & USA). So go watch it! 😀
The UK will have to wait until April 23. So, have fun on our behalf too! 🙂
And let us know what you think of our own Claire Foy as Sonya Karp in the comments. 😉
If I’m not mistaken, Sonya has four scenes in flashbacks and lots of mentions throughout the first book. No more spoilers. Ssshhh. 😛
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. Continue reading Brody’s all set for a Tudor turn
Entertainment Weekly released the first promotional picture from NBC’s upcoming series ‘Crossbones‘ – also starring Claire Foy. It features John Malkovich as Blackbeard. Click the link to read the interview with the Oscar-nominated executive producer Walter F. Parkes. I can’t wait to see Claire Foy as Kate. Apparently, we don’t have to wait that much longer as the show will premiere this spring.
On a sidenote, ‘Crossbones‘ – filming since mid October 2013 on location in Puerto Rico – was among the runner ups on TV.com‘s 10 Most Anticipated New Shows for Midseason 2014.
Great news! Claire Foy has been cast alongside her ‘Going Postal‘ co-star Richard Coyle in NBC’s upcoming TV series ‘Crossbones‘:
British actor Richard Coyle (W.E.) has been cast as the co-lead opposite John Malkovich in the NBC pirate drama Crossbones. Also cast in the series, from Luther creator Neil Cross and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, are Claire Foy and Tracy Ifeachor.
Crossbones is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe (Coyle), a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. Foy will play Kate, the beautiful Governor’s daughter, now a pirate who works for Blackbeard and is a love interest for Lowe.
Ifeachor, repped by NB Management and UK’s United Agents, will play Nenna, a smart, powerful fighter who exhibits complete loyalty and a slight fear for Captain Blackbeard. Coyle, repped by IFA and Troika, had a major seasonlong arc on USA’s Covert Affairs as Annie’s love interest Simon Fischer. Cross wrote the script and is executive producing with Parkes, MacDonald and Ted Gold for Universal TV. David Slade is directing the opening episode.
Claire Foy, who will feature in Rosewater, written and directed by Daily Show host Jon Stewart. The film will shoot later this month on locations in Jordan and the UK.
Stewart’s movie is an adaptation of the 2011 book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, and is about the imprisonment in Iran’s notorious Evin prison of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-born documentary film-maker and journalist who travelled from Canada to cover the 2009 presidential election in Tehran.
Bahari, accused of being a spy for MI6, the CIA, Mossad and bizarrely, Newsweek magazine, was held for 118 days, during which time his wife, Paola Gourley (Foy), a London-based lawyer, was experiencing a complicated pregnancy. Gael Garcia Bernal will portray Bahari, with Shohreh Aghdashloo as his mother.
Rosewater refers to the scent favoured by Bahari’s interrogator. Bahari had appeared on Stewart’s show before his Iranian ordeal.
The Official Vampire Academy Movie Facebook page announced yesterday that Claire Foy has been cast to portray Sonya Karp, a Moroi who teaches at St. Vladimir’s Academy.
Filming will begin in London the week of May 27. The cast currently includes Lucy Fry, Zoey Deutch, and Danila Kozlovski as the leads. Cameron Monaghan and Olga Kurylenko have also been added. Mark Waters is directing from a script by Daniel Waters.
‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters‘ is based off of a The New York Times best-selling novel series by Richelle Mead which tells the tale of Rose Hathaway, a 17-year-old girl who has a mental and spiritual bond with her vampire best friend Lissa. The two girls attend a special school for vampires who struggle to retain some humanity while other Vampires become more feral.
Other cast members announced yesterday also include Sami Gayle as Mia and Ashley Charles as Jesse.
Deadline states that Claire Foy is repped by WME and Management 360.
Claire Foy, who is best known for starring in TV series White Heat and The Promise, will star as Lady Macbeth as part of a season of work directed by Jamie Lloyd at London’s Trafalgar Studios this spring.
She joins previously announced James McAvoy, who will play the title role in the production of Macbeth.
Lisa Gardner, Allison McKenzie and Olivia Morgan will appear as the three witches.
Other cast members will include Jamie Ballard, Graeme Dalling, Kevin Guthrie and Richard Hansell. Forbes Masson, Catherine Murray, Callum O’Neill, Mark Quartley and Hugh Ross will join them.
The show will run from February 9 to April 27, with press night now on February 22. It was previously scheduled for February 19.
Macbeth is produced by Jamie Lloyd Productions, which is a partnership between Jamie Lloyd and Ambassador Theatre Group.
The 2nd series of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ will finally air in the US on 6 consecutive Sundays, starting in October, on PBS Masterpiece:
October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4 & 11, 2012 at 9PM ET/CT
Claire Foy is returning to the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs next month. She’ll co-star in the 30 minute play ‘Ding Dong the Wicked‘ by Caryl Churchill, directed by Dominic Cooke.
Ding Dong The Wicked, a new short play by Caryl Churchill will run in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court between 1 and 13 October as an addition to the Royal Court’s autumn season.
The thirty minute play will be directed by Royal Court Artistic Director, Dominic Cooke and take place around the evening’s performance of Caryl Churchill’s main stage play Love and Information, with matinee and late night showings on certain days.
“There’s nothing I inherited except my father’s hair and his lefthandedness. Everything I got I earned.”
A child is shut in her room, a dog is dead in the road, someone is kissing her brother in law. A family locked in hatred is sending a son to war.
And meanwhile in another country…
The cast includes Claire Foy, Daniel Kendrick, Stuart McQuarrie and Sophie Stanton.
• Source: The Royal Court Theatre Press Release
Visit the official site to book your tickets.
Claire Foy is revisiting the Sixties in BBC2 drama White Heat. Next stop? 1990, for a new play about the legacy of the baby boomers.
‘I used to think of period drama as Jane Austen, but it’s recent history as well,’ said Claire, when we discussed the London premiere of Mike Bartlett’s play Love, Love, Love, which will run at the Royal Court from April 27 as a co-production with Paines Plough.
The play is about a couple, played by Victoria Hamilton and Ben Miles, who had a fun time in the Sixties. But when they reach their 60s, their children accuse them of screwing up their lives.
Claire will play their daughter Rosie, who ends up having a mid-life crisis. George Rainsford will play their son Jamie, who lives rent-free at home. Sam Troughton will play their uncle.
Director James Grieve, who is also co-director of Paines Plough, told me that the play explores the view that the baby boomers had it easy compared to today’s generation.
Visit the official site to book your tickets.
Claire Foy’s recent work is coming to DVD! The Channel 4 comedy drama ‘Hacks‘ has already been available on DVD since January 30. The independent movie drama ‘Wreckers‘ also starring Benedict Cumberbatch will be released on March 12, but you can already pre-order.
A preview of Claire’s upcoming drama series for BBC2 ‘White Heat‘ will be screened tomorrow, February 15 at 8 pm at the BFI Southbank in London. Apart from seeing the 2 60-minute episodes there will also be a Q+A panel with writer Paula Milne, cast members Sam Claflin and Claire Foy and director John Alexander. Tickets are still available, buy them here.
Scripted by award-winning writer Paula Milne (Small Island, The Fragile Heart), White Heat concerns seven characters who share a student flat in London in 1965. The serial explores their interwoven lives, loves and betrayals, set against the social and political backcloth of Wilson through Thatcher, via feminism, hedonism, union strife, the Falklands and HIV to the present day. It explores how our lives are shaped by the choices we make, which are governed by the opportunities society affords us.
– White Heat (TV, 2012): Promotion