Her luminous good looks made her the star of Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs. As she prepares to light up our TV screens once again, Claire Foy talks to Gerard Gilbert.
Claire Foy is running late for her interview in the first-floor private dining room of a north London pub, finally phoning to say: “I’m downstairs”. “And I’m upstairs,” I reply, which is all very droll because Foy is of course one of the stars of Upstairs Downstairs, BBC1’s reconstituted version of the Seventies ITV classic about toffs and servants. Except that today the toffs are downstairs, or rather the cast of ‘scripted reality’ show Made in Chelsea are shooting an advert for the fashion chain River Island. “How exciting,” says Foy when she puts her head round the door. “It’s Made in Chelsea downstairs… I can’t believe it.”
What chance the cast of Made in Chelsea returning the compliment: “It’s Claire Foy upstairs… we can’t believe it”? Have they even heard of her? The difference is that while the solipsistic Sloanes are chasing fame for its own sake, celebrity is a by-product of Foy’s job. She is, however, the real class act in this building, a fact momentarily disguised by her munching a Danish pastry from a paper bag. “Breakfast,” she says between bites. “I’m lucky I have a fast metabolism… my whole family does… everyone’s got a lot of nervous energy so we burn it off.” Continue reading A class act: Claire Foy on criticism, tumours and embarrassing sex scenes
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.
I added screencaptures of Claire Foy’s tabloid editor Kate Loy from New Year’s Day’s black comedy Hacks on Channel 4.
– Hacks (TV, 2012): Pilot
She lit up the screen as Little Dorrit – now Foy is taking on the role of a tabloid editor.
by Alice Jones
For a British actress, tying the ribbons on a period drama bonnet for the first time is an important rite of passage. For Claire Foy, though, the occasion was particularly memorable. In 2008, aged just 24, she landed the lead role in Andrew Davies’ 14-part adaptation of Little Dorrit, having previously appeared only in the pilot of Being Human and in a single episode of Doctors. All of a sudden, she was being directed by her teen idol. “I’ve seen Pride and Prejudice about 4,000 times. I’m not joking: I know every single line. I used to go round to my Aunty Cath’s house and we’d all sit under the duvet and spend all day watching the whole thing. I was obsessed,” she says. “So when I first saw my bonnet, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'” Continue reading From Dickens to phone hacking: Actress Claire Foy talks heroes and villains
“The ginger prince must have been up to something!”
Actually not all that much, so why not insert a nice topical joke about that fancy dress swastika scandal… from seven years ago.
Channel 4 have released a clip from their new phone hacking satire show Hacks, based on the recent controversy surrounding the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The show is set in the offices of tabloid magazine The Sunday Comet and features a cast including Claire Foy, Nigel Planer, Phil Davis, Alexander Armstrong, Gordon Kennedy, Russ Abbott and Celia Imrie.
Hacks airs on New Years Day at 10pm on Channel 4.
Watch it HERE.
– Hacks (TV, 2012): Trailer