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Jul 10,2016

The Crown – Scans from the August 2016 of Vogue UK

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Styled by Vogue fashion editor Verity Parker for the issue, the cast of The Crown gather in exquisite creations evoking the era. Elie Saab Haute Couture, Zuhair Murad Couture, Ralph & Russo, and Chanel Haute Couture all feature in the beautiful 10-page shoot.

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– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Vogue (UK) – August 2016



Jul 06,2016

Netlfix series The Crown gives Claire Foy new respect for The Queen

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By Rebecca English for MailOnline

Having starred in Wolf Hall, actress Claire Foy is more than used to time travelling for her roles.

The actress’ latest incarnation is likely to be her most challenging role yet – taking on the part of a youthful Queen Elizabeth during the early decades of her marriage to Prince Philip.

Dr Who actor Matt Smith plays the Duke of Edinburgh in Peter Morgan’s much anticipated new series The Crown, which documents the couple’s relationship from November 1947 to the Suez Crisis of 1956.

Writer Morgan, of course, earned plaudits for The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, and this time teams up with The Audience’s Stephen Daldry for what has been described as a ‘meticulously researched’ and sumptuous series.

Vogue magazine has printed a series of exclusive pictures with the cast, snapped by photographer du jour Jason Bell, who also photographed Prince George’s christening.

The ten-part drama doesn’t shy away from the grim realities of life, however: including showing a scene in which the Queen’s late father, King George VI, coughs up blood into his toilet bowl.

He died from lung cancer in 1952, propelling his eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, onto the throne in her twenties.

The series also shows one of his daughter’s (it is not yet clear which) seeing his body embalmed, which might cause some upset among viewers.

Scenes were filmed both at Elstree Studios and at some of the magnificent stately homes in the country: Hatfield House, Lancaster House, Loseley Park, Wrotham Park and Englefield.

The beautiful period costumes are the handiwork of Michele Clapton, who also designs the costumes for Game of Thrones.

The Queen is sensitively portrayed by Wolf Hall star Claire Foy, who is said to have captured the transition from carefree young princess, to mother and, then Queen, beautifully. Read the rest of this entry »



May 10,2016

More Photos from the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016

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– Public Events > Events in 2016 > House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016



May 09,2016

Claire Foy fitted filming for drama about Her Majesty around her baby’s feeding schedule

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By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail

Tracing the life of the Queen from her wedding in 1947 to the present day was always going to be a daunting challenge for the makers of TV drama The Crown, but its leading lady had another complication.

Claire Foy – who plays Her Majesty – had to fit her filming commitments around her own baby’s feeding schedule.

‘Claire was breastfeeding, her chaperones were constantly rushing off to bring bottles to supplement her, and the whole schedule was shot around her timing for the breast feeding,’ says animal trainer Luke Cornell, who worked on scenes in South Africa. ‘It was crazy.’

In the drama, which begins on Netflix this autumn, South Africa doubles as Kenya, where the young Princess Elizabeth was staying with Prince Philip when she learnt that her father had died.

Cornell adds: ‘I used two of my cheetahs with Claire, about 25 metres from her, and she was really terrified, but I constantly assured her it’s not dangerous.’

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May 09,2016

House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016

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– Public Events > Events in 2016 > House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016



May 08,2016

The BAFTA TV Award for Leading Actor goes to the incredible Mark Rylance

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“We’re a nation of storytellers. Long may that live” Wonderful words frm Mark Rylance on his 2nd BAFTA win this year.

Oscar winner Mark Rylance won another award at the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards on Sunday, where he was named the best actor in a dramatic television series for “Wolf Hall.”

“Wolf Hall” was also named the best drama series, “Peter Kay’s Car Share” won for scripted comedy series and “This Is England ’90” won for best miniseries.

Acting awards went to Rylance, Suranne Jones for “Doctor Foster,” Tom Courtenay for “Unforgotten,” Chanel Cresswell for “This is England ’90,” Peter Kay for “Peter Kay’s Car Share,” Michaela Coel for “Chewing Gum”and Leigh Francis for “Celebrity Juice.”

“Wolf Hall” went into the show as the most-nominated show; it, “This Is England ’90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” were the only programs to win more than one award.

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May 08,2016

Wolf Hall wins best drama BAFTA

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Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky uses his acceptance speech to defend the independence of the BBC BAFTA TV Awards. Kosminsky triggers ovation protest at Government threats to BBC and Channel4: don’t cut it BBC!

By Sarah Doran
Sunday 8 May 2016 at 7:50PM

Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminksy launched a passionate defence of the BBC when he took to the Bafta TV Awards stage to accept the award for Best British Drama this evening.

“In a week John Whittigdale described the disappearance of the BBC as ‘a tempting prospect’, I’d like to say a few words in defence of that organisation,” Kosminsky said on stage in London.

The director of the Bafta-winning BBC2 drama said that it was time for viewers to “stand up and fight” for the public broadcaster against what he saw as the government’s “dangerous nonsense.”

The government’s White Paper on the future of the BBC is due to be published this month, examining the next BBC charter and the scope of the BBC’s remit.

“I think most people would agree that the BBC’s main job is to speak truth to power, to report to the British public without fear or favour,” Kosminsky said. “It’s a public broadcaster independent of government, not a state broadcaster. All of this is under threat right now.”

“The Secretary of State has talked about putting six government nominees on to the editorial board of the BBC,” he continued. “And as a sign of things to come, the Secretary of State has been telling the BBC when to schedule its main news bulletin, what programmes it should make, and what programmes it shouldn’t make. It’s not something I thought I’d see in my lifetime in this country.”

Kosminsky went on to compare the situation to that of North Korea or Russia, and argued that Channel 4 was also under threat, telling the audience that government suggestions of privatisation would “eviscerate” the broadcaster.

“This is really scary stuff folks, and do you know what? It’s not their BBC, it’s your BBC. In many ways our broadcasting – the BBC and Channel 4 – is the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it, not let it go by default, and if we don’t, blink and it’ll be gone. No more Wolf Halls, no more Dispatches,” he said.

“It’s time for us to stand up and say no to this dangerous nonsense,” he ended.

The audience responded with a standing ovation for the Wolf Hall director.

After leaving the stage, the director said in the Bafta press conference that “without the BBC Wold Hall would not have been made.” Wolf Hall’s leading actor Mark Rylance backed up his director’s speech, saying, “I agree with them completely. I’ve made wonderful work with the BBC.”

Last week the Department for Culture, Media and Sport agreed to take into consideration the views of 9,000 Radio Times readers which it had previously ignored during the consultation stage.

Radio Times editor Ben Preston said at the time, “Soon we’ll discover whether the Culture Secretary has actually listened to your overwhelming support for an independent public service broadcaster supported by the licence fee. Watch this space.”

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May 05,2016

Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy Join Andy Serkis’ ‘Breathe’

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LONDON — “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, who plays “Queen Elizabeth II” in Netflix series “The Crown,” have joined director Andy Serkis’ true love story “Breathe.” The screenplay is written by William Nicholson, who was Oscar nominated for “Gladiator” and “Shadowlands.”

The film is produced by Jonathan Cavendish (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”) and The Imaginarium Studios. Embankment is handling worldwide sales. CAA and Embankment represent the producer for the U.S. sale. The film will be co-financed by BBC Films.

Garfield plays Robin, who is “handsome, brilliant and adventurous.” He is a man with his whole life ahead of him before he is “cruelly paralysed by polio.” Foy will star as Robin’s wife Diana, whose devotion and determination “transcend his disability.” “Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering, travelling the world and transforming the lives of others with their humor, courage and lust for life. A heart-warming and hilarious celebration of bravery and human possibility; a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last.”

Cavendish commented: “Andy is the perfect choice to direct ‘Breathe.’ He is a visionary director with a superb take on this unusual and uplifting material. And above all, he is a superb director of actors.”

Serkis added: “I’m very excited by the prospect of working with Andrew. He is a remarkably gifted actor, capable of finding and expressing the deep emotions experienced by Robin, in spite of his disability. Claire is blessed with a diverse and exceptional range of work and is one of the U.K.’s most respected young actresses — she’s the perfect emotional foil to Andrew’s Robin and brings great strength of character to the pivotal role of Diana.”

The Crown,” which is written by Peter Morgan and is directed by Stephen Daldry, premieres on Netflix in November.

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Mar 27,2016

Royal Television Society Awards

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This is the first time that Claire attended a public event in over a year!

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– Public Events > Events in 2016 > Royal Television Society Awards



Mar 25,2016

“Wolf Hall” > DVD Featurettes Pt. II

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– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2015) > DVD Featurette > The People, The Politics



Mar 23,2016

“Wolf Hall” > DVD Featurettes Pt. I

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– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2015) > DVD Featurette > Deleted Scene
– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2015) > DVD Featurette > Bringing It To The Screen



Mar 23,2016

Last laugh for Wolf Hall as it wins best lighting Bafta nomination

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Wolf Hall is up for best photography and lighting at the Bafta television craft awards, despite a row over gloomy scenes

By Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent

The makers of Wolf Hall have had the last laugh in the debate over their use of authentic candles in filming, as they are nominated for best lighting at the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

Gavin Finney was nominated for best photography and lighting for the BBC period drama, going up against The Frankenstein Chronicles, Fortitude and London Spy.

The nomination will be a moment of jubilation for the team, after the drama, broadcast last year, was initially blighted by audience complaints about its lighting. Read the rest of this entry »



Mar 05,2016

“The Crown”: Trailer – Sizzle (Screencaptures)

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Mar 04,2016

Claire Foy nominated for Best Actress at the Royal Television Society Awards

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The nominations for the Royal Television Society Awards 2016 have been announced and there’s no room for Mark Rylance’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Thomas Cromwell in the BBC’s Wolf Hall.

Claire Foy, who played the part of Anne Boleyn in the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novels, has however been nominated for Best Actress alongside Suranne Jones, for Doctor Foster, and Claire Rushbrook, for Home Fires. Somewhat surprisingly Nicola Walker, whose performances in both ITV’s Unforgotten and the BBC’s River gathered her rave reviews last autumn, has not been nominated.

As for Rylance, he will have to make do with the Oscar he recently scooped for Bridge of Spies, as Adam Long, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Courtenay fill the nominations for Best Actor. This is England ’90 and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, both of which have also got nominations for Best Drama Writer, will vie with Wolf Hall for Best Drama Serial. Humans, No Offence and The Last Kingdom are all up for Best Drama Series.

Catastrophe, Peter Kay’s Car Share and Chewing Gum dominate the comedy nominations, with each sitcom picking up three nominations. It’s a particularly good year for Michaela Coel who has Best Comedy Performance and Best Comedy Writing nominations to along with her recognition in the Breakthrough category.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 22 March.

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Jan 26,2016

John Lithgow in Winchester for shooting of £100m series The Crown

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By Michael Carr

FILMING of a £100m TV series continues in Winchester today – and a Hollywood star has been spotted enjoying a roast dinner in a local pub.

Winchester has been awash with activity as cameras rolled into the city and streets were transformed to look like wartime Britain.

And Hollywood star John Lithgow has been seen on set and having a meal in the Wykeham Arms.

The American veteran plays Winston Churchill in The Crown, a Netflix series costing more than any other in British history. Read the rest of this entry »



Jan 23,2016

“Rosewater” Posters & Still, “The Crown” Stills & French language article on “Wolf Hall”

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– Movies & Television > Rosewater (2014) > Posters & Covers
– Movies & Television > Rosewater (2014) > Production Stills
– Movies & Television > The Crown (TV Series, 2016) > Production Stills
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Studio Ciné Live (France) – January/February 2016



Jan 10,2016

“Wolf Hall” wins best limited series at the Golden Globes!!!

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Congrats to everyone involved in the making of this marvellous series!!!

Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.

Follow the meteoric rise of a man who becomes King Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star in the miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. Mark Rylance is Thomas Cromwell, a brutal blacksmith’s son who rises from the ashes of personal disaster, and deftly picks his way through a court where ‘man is wolf to man.’ Damian Lewis is King Henry VIII, obsessed with protecting the Tudor dynasty by securing his succession with a male heir to the throne. Told from Cromwell’s perspective, Wolf Hall follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy, Little Dorrit), and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.

Order Wolf Hall from Amazon.com (DVD & Blu-ray) or Amazon.co.uk now (DVD & Blu-ray)! 😉



Jan 07,2016

On The Set of “The Crown”

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On Set (London, UK) – August 2, 2015
On Set (Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK) – August 19, 2015
On Set (London, UK) – September 14, 2015
On Set (London’s Lyceum Theatre, UK) – September 26, 2015
On Set (London’s Lyceum Theatre, UK) – September 27, 2015
On Set (London, UK) – September 30, 2015
On Set (Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich) – October 25, 2015
On Set (London, UK) – November 15, 2015



Jan 07,2016

The Crown – Sizzle – Netflix [HD] (Video)

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This story reveals the political rivalries and romance behind Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the 2nd half of the 20th century.

On-set photos of Claire Foy filming The Crown can be found in our gallery.

Claire Foy finally receives The Crown as she and Matt Smith transform into Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for the Netflix first-look trailer

With a series entitled The Crown, it’s only right that it should open with a coronation.

The first teaser trailer for the hotly-anticipated Netflix series shows Claire Foy’s Elizabeth II struggling to grasp her new role as Queen of England at the age of just 26.

And in spectacular style, it also features a royal wedding portraying the lead up to her coronation, which followed five years after her marriage to Prince Philip, who is played by Doctor Who actor Matt Smith.

The teaser introduces Elizabeth’s anxiety of her new-found power, asking if she can ‘borrow’ the crown to practise with it, following the sudden news that Edward VIII will abdicate.

‘It’s not as easy as it looks,’ she says, balancing the crown as she greets son and daughter Prince Charles and Princess Anne in her private dressing quarters. ‘Do you suppose I might borrow it for a few days, just to practise?’

Looking wholesome in her green cardigan and pearls, the 31-year-old actress is the spit of British monarch.

She’s not the only one who’s struggling to adjust in the storyline, because Elizabeth’s husband Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is seen to ask Elizabeth if he can be excused the custom of kneeling before her at the coronation.

At first, the trailer sees Philip trying to welcome Elizabeth as the next in line to the throne, saying that she should be granted a ‘befitting coronation’.

Addressing the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, he instructs: ‘We have a new sovereign, young and a woman, let us give her a coronation that it is befitting with the wind of change that she represents. Modern and forward-looking.’

Doctor Who actor Matt seems to have nailed the longest-serving consort’s distinctive mannerisms and plays a convincing Philip.

His character is later seen giving Elizabeth advice on how to deal with Churchill (played by John Lithgow) as the fine balance between the monarchy and the government is called into question.

But her reign doesn’t seem to sit well with the Duke and cracks begin to appear in their marriage as the trailer builds up to the coronation.

He says to her: ‘You’ve taken my career from me, you’ve taken my home, you’ve taken my name. What kind of marriage is this? What kind of family?’ adding: ‘Are you my wife or my queen? I want to be married to my wife.’

Enforcing her power, the monarch quickly retorts: ‘I am both and a strong man would be able to kneel to both.’

The drama builds to a climax with her stern expression as she watches him kneel before her at the coronation.

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Dec 30,2015

ARTE diffuse la série “Wolf Hall – Dans l’ombre des Tudors”

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ARTE diffuse la série “Wolf Hall – Dans l’ombre des Tudors” les 21 et 28 janvier.

Publié par Pascal 25/12

Dans la série en six épisodes Wolf Hall, Peter Kosminsky retrace l’ascension fulgurante de Thomas Cromwell, éminence grise du roi d’Angleterre Henri VIII.

Adaptée des best sellers de Hilary Mantel, une fresque historique aussi sobre que passionnante dopée par l’interprétation de Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy ou encore Jonathan Pryce.

Episodes 1 à 3 le jeudi 21 janvier dès 20h55 sur ARTE ; suite et fin la semaine suivante.

Si le règne rouge sang d’Henri VIII n’en finit plus d’inspirer les réalisateurs – d’Anne des mille jours à Deux soeurs pour un roi en passant par la saga Les Tudors diffusée par ARTE –, Peter Kosminsky se démarque avec cette fresque relatant l’ascension de Thomas Cromwell, avocat de basse extraction propulsé au sommet de l’État par la seule force de son intelligence et de son ambition. Traversée par un souci constant du détail, jusque dans les éclairages à la bougie qui attisent la puissance picturale des clairs-obscurs, Wolf Hall s’appuie sur une mise en scène épurée et sur une narration sans à-coups qui servent la complexité des personnages et de leurs relations.

3 nominations aux Golden Globes et 5 nominations aux Emmy Awards.

Le début : 1529. Le roi Henri VIII tente d’obtenir l’annulation de son mariage avec Catherine d’Aragon, coupable de n’avoir pu lui donner un héritier mâle. Rendu responsable de l’enlisement des négociations avec Rome, le cardinal Wolsey est démis de ses fonctions de lord-chancelier et remplacé par Thomas More. Thomas Cromwell, avocat et homme de confiance du prélat, refuse de l’abandonner. Il rend visite à Anne Boleyn, la favorite d’Henri, qui brûle d’impatience de monter sur le trône, et décroche une entrevue avec le roi.

Réalisation : Peter Kosminsky
Scénario : Peter Straughan
d’après les romans de Hilary Mantel : Le conseiller – Dans l’ombre
des Tudors
et Le conseiller – Le pouvoir (Sonatine éditions)
Image : Gavin Finney
Montage : David Blackmore, Josh Cunliffe
Musique : Debbie Wiseman
Décors : Pat Campbell
Costumes : Joanna Eatwell

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Dec 24,2015

Claire Foy (La petite Dorrit) : « J’étais persuadée que la production allait me remplacer pendant le tournage »

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Arte rediffuse l’intégrale de la série britannique La petite Dorrit ce jeudi 24 décembre à partir de 20h55 jusqu’à 4 heures du matin. La fiction en huit épisodes est principalement portée par Claire Foy (Crossbones). Lors de sa diffusion en 2008 outre-Manche, l’’acrice s’est souvienu où elle était quand elle a appris qu’elle avait obtenu le rôle-titre dans La petite Dorrit lors d’un entretien accordé à BBC.

L’actrice a rappelé, « Je marchais dans le hall d’entrée du Théâtre National quand je l’ai découvert, je ne pouvais pas vraiment sauter de joie car les gens m’auraient regardé un peu bizarrement ! Je suis absolument ravie. Mais je ne pouvais vraiment y croire. Quand nous avons commencé le tournage, j’étais persuadée que la production allait me remplacer ».

Concernant son personnage, elle a admis, « Extérieurement, Amy est une personne très timide, comme une souris, elle est très calme par rapport à tous ces autres personnages exubérants dans la série. Mais à l’intérieur, elle est cette une personne merveilleusement forte. Elle est également totalement désintéressée et sait exactement ce qui doit être fait pour les bonnes raisons ».

Au cœur de La Petite Dorrit, l’histoire d’amour entre Amy et Arthur est poignante. Pour Claire Foy, Amy « apprécie vraiment les gens de bonne nature, c’est pourquoi elle tombe amoureuse d’Arthur. Elle ne croyait pas que quelqu’un puisse être si gentil avec elle, mais finalement elle l’accepte ».

La petite Dorrit est à retrouver ce jeudi 24 décembre à partir de 20h55 sur Arte.

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La série a été récompensée par sept Emmy Awards, dont celui de la meilleure mini-série.



Dec 18,2015

Peter Kosminsky: ‘I thought I was a very odd choice for Wolf Hall’

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Wolf Hall is No 2 in our end-of-year roundup. Here, the director talks about his nerves on showing Hilary Mantel the rough cuts, filming the most powerful moment of his career, and spending £30,000 on beeswax candles

Chitra Ramaswamy

Congratulations … Wolf Hall is up for three Golden Globes and is many people’s TV series of the year. Are you surprised that a slow, spare, complex, candlelit story about the Tudors, with an ending we already knew, has proved such a hit?

The scale of the audience surprised me. When we started, Wolf Hall was a fairly esoteric project. It was always going to be demanding: slow, political, with a lot of talking and not much action. I thought it would attract a small audience and was completely unprepared when we broke BBC2 box-office records and peaked at an audience of six million.

What do people continue to say to you about it?

The execution of Anne Boleyn – the last 10 minutes of the series – seems to have had a huge impact. I’ve been making television for 35 years and I can’t think of anything I’ve shot that was so powerful to make and that translated to the audience in this way. Read the rest of this entry »



Dec 14,2015

Candlelit Wolf Hall bathes in Golden Globe glory

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West-based drama Wolf Hall is in the running for three Golden Globes in January.

Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and the series itself have picked up nominations in the best limited series or TV movie category of the prestigious awards.

And the Bristol-made Shaun the Sheep The Movie is in the running for the best animated film at the awards ceremony to be hosted by Ricky Gervais.

Eddie Redmayne will go head to head with ten-time nominee Leonardo DiCaprio for the best actor in a drama. He has been nominated for his performance as transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, while DiCaprio received his 11th nod for his gruelling turn as Hugh Glass in revenge saga The Revenant. Read the rest of this entry »



Nov 23,2015

Claire Foy looks remarkably similar to Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day – 15 Nov 2015

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She appeared to be having a spot of bother with the oversized, full-skirted gown, which is almost exactly the same as the one Queen Elizabeth walked down the aisle in at Westminster Abbey with Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh over half a century ago.

With one arm encased in the protective case, she was forced to walk across the pavement with the skirt lifted in her other hand.

The brunette actress also had her hair in the same style as the Queen on her wedding day, while her head was adorned with the same sparkling crown and veil.

As well as the bulky blue sling, Claire lifted up the heavy layered skirts to reveal her very modern brown flat boots, which would otherwise be hidden away during filming.

She did, however, remove the sling on her arm as she commenced with the shoot.

It was previously reported that every detail on the monarch’s iconic Norman Hartnell-designed dress – a duchesse satin bridal gown with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms – would be included in the new version of the dress, to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.

Claire – best known for her roles in Wolf Hall and Little Dorrit – is starring as the royal in the hotly-anticipated new series, alongside Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith as her husband, Prince Phillip.

And Saturday’s filming appeared as lavish as one could expect, with a horse-drawn carriage, two white steeds and extras clad in regal and military costumes all present and correct to bring back to life one of the most famous weddings of the 20th century.

Her Majesty’s wedding in 1947 was presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury and broadcast by BBC radio to more than 200 million people globally.

So the expensive new TV effort will be hoping recreate the hype, the fervour and the glamour of the big day itself.

Filming for the ceremony has already taken place in Ely, Cambridgeshire – the local cathedral acting as Westminster Abbey – with Claire spotted with eight extras as her bridesmaids.

The series focuses on Buckingham Palace and Downing Street as it follows the story of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding day in 1947 to the modern day.

Another famous face among the cast is Hollywood star John Lithgow, who has been seen shooting scenes as Sir Winston Churchill.

All the stops have been pulled out to ensure the new Netflix Originals series, spanning 60 episodes across six seasons, is a success.

A reported $100million is being ploughed into the show, which will trace the life of the Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day.

According to The Telegraph newspaper, The Crown will be the most expensive drama ever made by the US streaming company and its first to be made in the UK.

Billed as the ‘the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street,’ the series promises a look at the intrigue, love lives and machinations behind the most notable events.

The tagline for the show has a blockbuster ring to it, which promises plenty of excitement, reading: ‘Two houses, two courts, one Crown.’

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Oct 18,2015

On the Set of “The Crown” with Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow & Matt Smith

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On Set (Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK) – August 19, 2015
On Set (London, UK) – September 14, 2015
On Set (London’s Lyceum Theatre, UK) – September 26, 2015
On Set (London’s Lyceum Theatre, UK) – September 27, 2015
On Set (London, UK) – September 30, 2015



Oct 03,2015

Royal: Claire Foy, who previously starred as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall, oozed elegance

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They are two of the country’s best young acting talents.

And Matt Smith and Claire Foy certainly looked the part as they filmed scenes for forthcoming 10-part Netflix series The Crown at London’s Lyceum Theatre on September 26, 2015.

The former Doctor Who star is portraying Prince Philip in the biographical drama while period drama favourite Claire is assuming the role of Queen Elizabeth II.



Sep 14,2015

Claire Foy morphs into Queen Elizabeth II for “The Crown”- 14 Sep 2015

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Matt Smith and Claire Foy play Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen in Netflix’s “The Crown” in Central London. Claire Foy shows new haircut before putting on wig, and drops expensive pair of shades whilst getting into car.



Sep 08,2015

Stroud’s Lizzy McInnerny to play Queen’s nanny in a £100 million Netflix epic with Claire Foy

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By CitizenNews

Actress Lizzy McInnerny will be playing one of the Queen’s closest confidantes in a £100 million Netflix epic to be screened next year.

The Stroud actress will be playing the monarch’s devoted nanny and dresser, Miss Margaret McDonald, who served Her Majesty for 69 years.

Lizzy, 54, will be joining an all star cast that includes Doctor Who Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill and Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.

Insiders are already tipping The Crown to be a massive worldwide hit which could turn some of the cast into global household names.

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Aug 21,2015

Claire Foy: an actor bringing a subtle talent to majestic roles

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Her steely, understated approach won praise when playing Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall and now Foy is taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in a new drama

Emine Saner

Some castings seem so obvious in retrospect. Pictures released this week show Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day in 1947, and just as you cannot picture the older Elizabeth as anyone other than Helen Mirren, when The Crown, an ambitious 60-part Netflix drama, comes out next year, the younger version will probably be forever linked with Foy.

It is not just in the facial similarities; they both have the same tiny physical stature, but with a steely, slightly terrifying core, a thousand words summed up in a single glance.

She is not, of course, Foy’s first queen. As Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s recent stunning adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Foy had some of the best reviews of her career. Until Wolf Hall, she had been working steadily, but without the hype that many young actors at a similar point in their careers would attract. There was something quieter about her approach. She always seemed happier to be getting interesting roles, rather than boosting her own profile or becoming a ‘star ’. Her private life – she is married to the actor Stephen Campbell Moore and they recently had their first child – was similarly low key, and hardly tabloid fodder.

In interviews, she has said she is not interested in trying to break Hollywood and has never been comfortable being photographed: “I’m too conscious of looking like a dick. That’s the difference between a star and a normal person. I’ve never been someone who walks into a room and people gasp.” She is “not fussed” about exposure: “I’m never going to be a film star and I’m not chasing it. I’m very happy playing interesting parts.” It is an attitude that will work in her favour in the long run, though The Crown will almost certainly catapult her into another level of fame. Read the rest of this entry »



Aug 20,2015

The Queen’s 1947 wedding recreated for Netflix show

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20 AUGUST 2015

When the Queen – then Princess Elizabeth – and Prince Philip married in November 1947, thousands of well-wishers lined Westminster Abbey in London to catch the first glimpse of the newlyweds. In the streets of Ely, Cambridgeshire earlier this week, a similar scene was re-enacted.

Hundreds of passers-by watched as filming for The Crown, a new show airing on Netflix next year, brought the city to a standstill.

Actress Claire Foy, who plays the Queen, was spotted wearing the royal’s replica white satin wedding gown, which featured a flowing train and a matching veil. She completed her bridal look with a glittering tiara and a double strand of pearls.

The actress was filmed stepping out of a gold horse-drawn carriage and entering Ely Cathedral, which was used as a stand-in for Westminster Abbey.

She was joined by her co-stars – her eight bridesmaids and two page boys – and former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, who plays her husband Prince Philip.

The Queen, who was 21 at the time, had eight bridesmaids including her sister Princess Margaret

No expense was spared in the filming for the new 10-part series, which follows the life of the Queen from her wedding to the present day. From a replica Irish State Coach to pretend 1940s newspaper photographers, every detail was arranged to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.

Netflix is said to be staking £100 million on the new show, but in real fact, the Queen married during a time of high austerity. Her nuptials took place just two years after WWII had finished when rationing was still in place.

The Queen, who married two years after the end of the war, saved up ration coupons for her wedding dress

Ahead of the wedding, Elizabeth, who was 21 at the time, saved up ration coupons to pay for the material for her Norman Hartnell gown and excited women from around the country sent the Princess extra coupons. However, she graciously returned them and, like other brides, was allowed an extra 200 by the government.

Her sister Princess Margaret and her cousins Princess Alexandra of Kent and Lady Mary Cambridge acted as bridesmaids, while royals from Spain, Norway, Greece, Denmark and the Netherlands attended the ceremony.

Hundreds of well-wishers waited outside Westminster Abbey in the hope of seeing the newlyweds, while thousands more lined the Mall and Buckingham Palace. The ceremony was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the world.

The Crown will feature 60 episodes over six series. It will focus on the inside story of Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street and the tagline reads, “Two houses, two courts, one Crown”.

Protagonists Claire and Matt will play the Queen and Prince Philip for the first two series, after which producers will decide if they want to cast older actors or use make-up and prosthetics to play the royals in their later years.

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Aug 20,2015

Netflix “The Crown” on set filming, Cambridgeshire, Britain – 19 Aug 2015

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Crowds gathered to watch a re-enactment of the Queen’s Wedding as the momentous occasion was carefully reconstructed for upcoming Netflix drama The Crown.
The streets of Ely in Cambridgeshire were brought to a standstill as the royal event from November 20, 1947, was acted out in the Fenland city this lunchtime, with no expense spared.
From a replica Irish State Coach to pretend 1940’s newspaper photographers, every detail had been arranged to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.
Queen Elizabeth II, played by actress Claire Foy, was seen stepping out of a gold horse-drawn carriage and entering Ely Cathedral, which is doubling for Westminster Abbey in the 10-episode series.
Claire, 31, who recently played Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s Wolf Hall, wore a long white lacy wedding dress, veil and red lipstick for her role as the Queen.



Aug 19,2015

Wolf Hall’s Claire Foy stuns as bride Queen Elizabeth II for new Netflix series The Crown

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WOLF HALL star Claire Foy has been pictured filming as Queen Elizabeth II on her Royal Highness’ wedding day at Ely Cathedral, Cambridge.

By Adam Miller

The English rose plays Liz in another new adaption of The Queen’s life for a huge high-budget Netflix series, The Crown.

Today, August 19, the starlet captured her muse’s elegance in a stunning replica of the bride’s 1947 Norman Hartnell gown as she headed inside the extravagant cathedral with thousands of patriots waiting in the wings.

The Crown, which also stars Doctor Who actor Matt Smith and Third Rock From The Sun‘s John Lithgow, has been filming at the Cambridgeshire cathedral since Monday, although fans and photographer were only able to catch a glimpse of the action today.

Foy arrives in a black and gold carriage where she was greeted by hundreds of extras.

A gaggle of imacculate bridesmaids lead her into the enormous hall with members of the British army standing by.

Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), and based on Morgan’s play The Audience, The Crown promises to be a dramatic account of the post Second World War history of the UK told from the perspective of The Queen and her Prime Ministers.

Lithhgow will play Sir Winston Churchill, while Smith stars as Prince Phillip.

Filming is scheduled to take place from July 2015 to March 2016 with a release date pencilled in for next year.

Netflix are thought to be pulling out the big guns with a extraordinarily production estimation set at around £100 million.

Of course, Foy’s now accustomed to playing key royal figures after winning phenomenal praise for her interpretation of Anne Boleyn in BBC Two sensation Wolf Hall, based on the Hilary Mantel novel of the same name.

The actress will surely be hoping for the same acclaim when The Crown arrives on Netflix next year.

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Aug 04,2015

Matt Smith & Claire Foy on set in London for new TV drama “The Crown”

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1st photos of Claire Foy as her Majesty The Queen and Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on set of The Crown in London.

By Nola Ojomu

He is famous for stepping into the shoes of Doctor Who, but Matt Smith was playing another famous male whilst at work on Sunday afternoon.

The actor was seen for the first time portraying a young Prince Philip as he began filming scenes for upcoming Netflix drama, The Crown.

Matt was joined by co-star Claire Foy, who will play Queen Elizabeth II, as they worked on the ten episode series.

The pair were pictured in London and Matt was in his full costume as he transformed into the Duke of Edinburgh.

Donning a crisp white shirt, black trousers and blue suspenders, he completed his look with smart black shoes and slicked back hair.

The 32-year-old will play Prince Philip (Philip Mountbatten) in the show, which is inspired by the play, The Audience.

It follows the story of Queen Elizabeth and her relationships with various prime ministers in the post-war era.

Claire Foy, who previously starred as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall, was seen with her hair and make-up in place but dressed in modern attire as she made her way to the set. The show also stars John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.

According to Netflix, the show ‘tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century’.

Each season will focus on a different decade in the Queen’s reign, with the first run of episodes focusing on her coronation and her fledgling relationship with Churchill.

The show – the first original UK commission for Netflix – comes from The Queen writer Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry, who directed Helen Mirren in The Audience.

Since leaving Doctor Who in 2013 Matt has embarked on a number of projects to distance himself from his Gallifreyan alter-ego, including his role as Bully in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River and a mysterious part in the forthcoming Terminator: Genysis.

All ten episodes of The Crown will premiere in all Netflix territories in 2016.

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Jul 11,2015

Royal Flush: The Women of Wolf Hall

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Hilary Mantel’s triumphant Tudor novels enjoy a new life on stage and screen

By Sophie Elmhirst

In some ways, it was an accident. A few years ago, Hilary Mantel signed a contract with her publisher for two books: a modern novel set in Africa, and a Tudor novel set in the court of Henry VIII. ‘Theoretically, I was working on the African novel,’ she recalls, ‘and I thought I’d take a day off and play.’ Mantel wrote a line of dialogue and wanted to laugh with delight. She’d got it. She’d got him. Not Henry, but Thomas Cromwell, the King’s adviser and her leading man. There was his voice, clear on the page: his cool, all-seeing gaze. She was off. ‘I had to say to my publisher, “You won’t get that novel, but you will get this one, if you don’t mind.”’ They didn’t mind.

The beginning was an experiment, but the book had been long in the works. Mantel’s Cromwell novels are born of deep, marathon reading. She is as meticulous in her research as she is free and daring in her writing. The facts are rock-hard; the fiction elaborate. I first met her two years ago, on the day the second volume, Bring Up the Bodies, was published. It was already clear that something extraordinary was happening. Wolf Hall had been a hit, won the Booker, sold handsomely, and here she was with Bring Up the Bodies – the most intelligent political thriller you will ever lose a week to – nominated once more. Grateful as she was for the attention and praise, Mantel was impatient to get on with the next volume. Next year, she said, meaning 2013, was to be ‘uninterrupted’, devoted to writing.

It didn’t quite work out that way. A few weeks after we met, Mantel won the Booker for the second time: the first woman, and the first British writer, to do so. There was to be a play, a television adaptation. She was in constant demand. Two years later, the pace has barely slowed. The play, a sell-out hit for the RSC in Stratford and the West End, transfers to Broadway in the spring. The six-part, richly financed BBC production – with Damian Lewis as Henry, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, Mark Rylance as Cromwell – is soon to air. Her publisher, 4th Estate, gave me the latest figures: almost 1.5 million copies of Wolf Hall and just about a million copies of Bring Up the Bodies sold in the UK and the Commonwealth. The books have been published in 36 countries. Mantel has become an industry. Read the rest of this entry »



Jun 18,2015

Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow Lead the Cast for Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

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By Michael Calia

When the history of 21st century pop culture is written (or Snapchatted) writer Peter Morgan will go down as Queen Elizabeth II‘s most prominent chronicler in fiction.

In 2009′s Morgan-penned “The Queen,” Helen Mirren delivered a performance that would earn her an Oscar. Then, in 2013, his play “The Audience,” also starring Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, debuted in London’s West End. This year, it premiered on Broadway, and Mirren won a Tony for the role.

Now, Morgan is taking his fascination with the queen to television, specifically Netflix, with a 10-episode series called “The Crown.” Mirren won’t play the queen this time, however. Instead, Claire Foy (“Wolf Hall”) will play a younger version of the monarch.

The series will focus on the queen’s relationship with U.K. prime ministers in the aftermath of World War II. John Lithgow will play Winston Churchill, while Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) will play Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “The Audience” also explored the queen’s relationship with prime ministers.

Stephen Daldry, who directed “The Audience,” will serve as a director on “The Crown,” as will Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold.

The series is scheduled to debut next year.

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The series reunites writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) with director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”) and producer Andy Harries (“The Queen”). Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold will direct episodes from scripts by Peter Morgan.





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