Archive for the ‘“Little Dorrit”’ Category


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.



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 »



Feb 03,2015

“The Great War: The People’s Story”, “Little Dorrit” and “Going Postal Gallery Updates

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Mia has been updating our gallery with new old goodies. Check them out!



GALLERY LINKS:

– Movies & Television > The Great War: The People’s Story (TV, 2014) > Episode 4
– Movies & Television > Little Dorrit (TV, 2008) > Production Stills
– Movies & Television > Little Dorrit (TV, 2008) > Promotion
– Movies & Television > Going Postal (TV, 2010) > Promotion



Mar 06,2012

Interview: Claire Foy, actress

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from Scotsman / by Chitra Ramaswamy

WE’RE not going to be able to avoid Claire Foy this month, which is a very good thing. The 27-year-old English actor, recently chosen by PJ Harvey as her rising star of 2012, is on our screens in two flagship BBC series. In one she is very nasty, and in the other she is very nice. Well, very normal anyway.

The first is Upstairs Downstairs, in which Foy has already appeared as Lady Persie, the bonkers, fascist, Nazi-sympathising bad egg of the “upstairs” lot. The second is Paula Milne’s new drama White Heat, an ambitious saga spanning four decades in Britain that promises to do for its young, hip cast what Our Friends In The North did for Daniel Craig, Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong and Gina McKee. This time Foy plays Charlotte, a red-haired, hot-blooded, middle-class feminist who pitches up at a north London student house in the 1960s.

“She is relatively normal, which is unusual for me,” says Foy. “A lot of the characters I’ve played are a certain way, at a certain moment. Charlotte is just a middle class girl going through life. She has a similar background to me and is even from the same area of Buckinghamshire. It’s terrifying playing someone who is very close to you. You can’t really do anything to prepare. I didn’t know what I was doing. But I’m really proud of it. I think it’s amazing. And I loved playing her. She is this normal, contradictory girl with the most massive balls.”

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Mar 01,2012

Mad about the Foy

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from The Stage / by Matthew Hemley

With both Upstairs Downstairs and White Heat being screened on the BBC this month, Claire Foy talks to Matthew Hemley about feeling surprisingly comfortable in front of the camera

Claire Foy has been busy filming that much for television in recent months, she needs a reminder about which show it is I’m referring to when I mention I’ve seen the first two episodes of her latest drama.

“Is that White Heat?,” she asks.

Yes, I respond. Although, to be fair, it could easily have been Upstairs Downstairs, which also stars Foy and which is also being broadcast by the BBC this month. Indeed, since taking the title role in the BBC’s adaptation of Little Dorrit back in 2008, Foy has rarely been off our screens.

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Feb 24,2012

More Videos & Screencaptures

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Last November we posted a scan from the 20th Anniversary December issue of Dazed & Confused. But there was also a video with an interview and a look behind the scenes of the photoshoot. Also Claire Foy was interviewed during the London Film Festival at the premiere of her movie ‘Wreckers‘ back in October. I also added some old ‘Little Dorrit‘ interviews.

GALLERY LINKS:
– Interviews/News Segments: London Film Festival | Wreckers | Premiere
– Photoshoots: Dazed & Confused – Behind the Scenes (2011)

VIDEO LINKS:
– Events: Premieres
– Interviews: Online Segments
– Miscellanous: Photoshoots



Feb 17,2012

A class act: Claire Foy on criticism, tumours and embarrassing sex scenes

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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.” Read the rest of this entry »



Sep 12,2011

‘Little Dorrit’ DVD Extras

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It’s been more than overdue – but I finally added screencaptures of Claire Foy in the ‘Little Dorrit‘ DVD Extras.

GALLERY LINKS:
Little Dorrit (TV, 2008): DVD Featurette > An Insight
Little Dorrit (TV, 2008): DVD Featurette > Picture Gallery



Jul 12,2011

Claire Foy – ‘The Night Watch’ interview

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We speak to Claire Foy who plays Helen in the BBC drama The Night Watch. Based on the novel by Sarah Waters the drama centres on the interwoven stories of four women before, during and after the Second World War. Here Claire talks about period dramas, sex scenes and working with so many of her peers

You’ve had roles in things from Little Dorrit to Upstairs Downstairs and now The Night Watch – so do you like period dramas?
Claire Foy:
I like any drama that pays me to be in it! Period or otherwise! Why are people so obsessed with this I find it very funny? But yes I have done quite a few period pieces. Really I like anything that’s got a good character and a story. They do so many adaptations and remakes and are always finding literature and turning it into dramas so as long as they’re doing that hopefully I’ll do lots and lots and lots, but mix it up with some modern things as well.

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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



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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Jan 03,2011

Claire Foy on ‘Season of the Witch’, Dream Roles and Why Nicolas Cage Isn’t Crazy

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Will 2011 be the year of Claire Foy? She’s getting an early-enough start: The 26-year-old British actress makes her big-screen debut this week in Season of the Witch, starring as a nameless, possibly accursed young woman whom a pair of 14th-century knights (Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman) must transport to an abbey in the hopes of curbing the Black Plague. If only it were that easy: One misfortune and suspicion after another befalls the knights’ quest, threatening them, their cargo, and maybe the entirety of human civilization. All in a day’s work, right?

Foy’s breakthrough follows a flurry of high-profile TV roles, including her turn as the title character in the BBC’s acclaimed miniseries adaptation of the Dickens novel Little Dorrit. Movieline caught up with Foy recently to discuss Season of the Witch, why Cage might be a little misunderstood, and a couple other, older Hollywood legends she wouldn’t mind having a crack at in front of the camera. Read the rest of this entry »



Dec 30,2010

Claire Foy casts spells in ‘Season of the Witch’

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Claire Foy is a major talent. She is a fantastic actress, she is strikingly beautiful and she has an amazing personality. And best of all, she is starring opposite Nicolas Cage as “the Witch” in Season of the Witch. While she may be appearing opposite Nic Cage and Ron Perlman, she steals the show with her wild and terrifying performance.

iamROGUE.com recently had the chance to talk with Claire and we briefly spoke about her work in Little Dorrit and Going Postal, but we talked a lot about playing a witch in her latest. She is funny and extremely charming. She opened up about working with Nic and Ron, researching the role, and about how it wasn’t the “boys club” that you might think.

So be sure to check out Season of the Witch when it opens on January 7 at a theatre near you. Read the rest of this entry »



Dec 19,2010

‘It would be terrible to be turned into a paparazzi person’

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from You Magazine (UK), by Jane Gordon

She is keen to keep her private life out of the spotlight. But with a starring role in the hotly anticipated revival of Upstairs, Downstairs and a US premiere on the way, can Claire Foy avoid getting the Keira and Sienna treatment?

Claire Foy is hungry. It’s midday in the ground-floor café at the National Theatre and she is eating a slice of lemon drizzle cake so big that it’s a wonder the fragile beauty – brilliantly cast in the leading role of the BBC’s award-winning adaptation of Little Dorrit – has the strength to lift it.

Between mouthfuls, the 26-year-old actress explains that she has just finished an audition that had made her so nervous she had skipped breakfast. ‘I really want the part so I can’t possibly tell you what it is because then I know I won’t get it. It’s a bit too good to be true,’ she says a little plaintively.
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Aug 31,2010

News about Various Projects

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• Little Dorrit Available on Blu-ray since last week.

• Going Postal Available on DVD, Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray since last week.

• Pulse Writer Paul Cornell tweeted that it isn’t going into series. BBC3 instead chose a pilot they haven’t shown to the public. But he thanked the “brilliant cast, Simon and Helen at World, ace director James, for making Pulse such a great experience.”

• The Promise Formerly known as ‘Homeland‘ it is part of Channel 4’s Autumn Schedule and has its own official page. Seeing the year 2011 after the title here I’d say it’ll maybe air next January.

• Upstairs Downstairs Alun Vega spotted Claire Foy on the set this past Sunday on Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay. The director is Euros Lyn.

• Wreckers A new behind the scenes picture was added to the official Facebook page

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs (TV, 2011) > On Set, credit: Alun Vega
Wreckers (2010) > On the Set, credit: Wreckers Facebook page

Edit: Added 3 more pictures from Upstairs Downstairs filming, thank you Nicole for the heads up!



May 26,2010

Claire Foy On…

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from the ‘Going Postal‘ Press Pack

Going Postal…
It’s the story of Moist von Lipwig and about him pulling his finger out, really. It’s a very human story, it’s about relationships and you can relate to it; there are a lot of modern references. It’s fantasy, but not a fantasy.

Adora Belle Dearheart…
She’s a badass. She’s hard as nails on the outside and she doesn’t give people much of a chance, but actually, underneath, she’s very vulnerable. She’s had a hard life and she’s a sensitive soul deep down, so there are plenty of moments to play when the mask slips.

Adora works for the Golem Trust and Lipwig’s parole officer is a golem. She’s sort of like a recruitment consultant for them and stands up for their rights. Lipwig wants to learn how to manipulate the golems so that’s when she meets him. After that he’s constantly trying to get a date with her. Both her brother and father have died as the result of a family fortune they lost, and the man she blames for that is Reacher Gilt. She hates him with a passion. It turns out that Lipwig has a plan to bring Gilt down, so that is where it all begins between the two of them…
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Mar 05,2010

InStyle and Marie Claire UK Scans

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From corsets to couture: 2010 looks set to be Claire Foy’s year!

GALLERY LINKS:
– Scans: Marie Claire (UK) – April 2010
– Scans: InStyle (UK) – April 2010



Jan 06,2010

HQ Little Dorrit and TRIC Awards 2009

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22 new Claire Foy photos to cheer you all up! 😀

GALLERY LINKS:
Little Dorrit (2008): On the Set –> Added 20 new HQs of Claire filming Little Dorrit with Matthew MacFadyen
– Events in 2009: The TRIC Awards 2009 –> We didn’t have any photos from this event before!



Sep 22,2009

‘Little Dorrit’: This year’s best Emmys discovery?

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Perhaps, when the words Little Dorrit kept coming up during last night’s Emmy Awards broadcast, you were all, “Little who?” Or maybe you filtered out the unfamiliar phrase altogether and have no idea what I’m talking about. But wait! There’s a reason why the BBC-WGBH Charles Dickens adaptation picked up so many trophies, including Outstanding Miniseries plus the writing and directing awards in that field.

I’m not even a Dickens fan like that, but my 19th-century-British-literature-obsessive girlfriend sure is, so I watched the miniseries when it aired this spring. The cast was one of those sprawling BBC ensembles, featuring memorable performances from actors I’d never seen before (Claire Foy, as debtor’s daughter Amy Dorrit) as well as some familiar faces (Matthew “Mr. Darcy” Macfadyen as earnest hero Arthur Clennam, Andy “Gollum” Serkis as creepy villain Rigaud). And the plot — all about wealth and class and massive finance-industry malfeasance — was shockingly relevant in 2009. If you’d like to see a melodramatic TV movie about the Bernie Madoff scandal, you’d probably be better off seeking out Little Dorrit on DVD. It’ll be just as much fun, you’ll get a long-suffering love story at the same time, and you know the production values will be higher with the BBC in charge.

Did any of you catch Little Dorrit when it first aired? How psyched are you to see it having a well-deserved Emmy moment? Or are you looking forward to discovering Little Dorrit now that the Emmys have brought it to your attention?

by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Source: EW.com



Sep 20,2009

Emmys

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Claire won’t be attending the Emmy Awards ceremony tonight, but we’ll be rooting for Little Dorrit! 🙂

UPDATE:

Little Dorrit comes up big:
Dark horse miniseries takes home the most Emmys

It was the little engine that could.

After staying off the radar with little marketing push, the BBC/PBS production of Little Dorrit surprisingly became the most honored program of the night with seven Emmys, including best miniseries.

It was a come-from-behind win. At the nomination stage, Dorrit was tied with its competitor in the best miniseries category, HBO’s Generation Kill, for sixth place, behind such heavy hitters as series 30 Rock, Mad Men and movies Grey Gardens and Into the Storm.

But in the end, the Charles Dickens adaptation squeaked past the dominant player in the longform space, HBO. The cabler’s Gardens was second in the program tally with six Emmys.

“This is a fantastic win that Dickens would be proud of,” said BBC Worldwide exec vp programming and production Jane Tranter, who commissioned the mini at the BBC. “If he was around today, he would undoubtedly be writing for television.”

Click here for the full list of Emmy Awards winners.

Dearbhla Walsh with her Emmy

Dearbhla Walsh with her Emmy for directing Little Dorrit

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Little Dorrit on a very well deserved win!!!



Sep 12,2009

Some new HQ pictures

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In a team effort we bring you today HQ photos of Claire at 3 different events and on location on August 25, 2008 on the set of ‘Little Dorrit‘. Most of these simply replace pictures we previously had in the gallery but there are also a few new ones. Enjoy!

GALLERY LINK:
Little Dorrit (2008): On the Set edit Sep 13: replaced 4 more with HQ versions
– Events in 2009: Royal Television Society Programme Awards
– Events in 2009: British Academy Television Craft Awards 2009
– Events in 2009: Cystic Fibrosis Trust Breathing Life Awards



Sep 11,2009

Filming Little Dorrit with Matthew MacFadyen and Eve Myles

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I’ve added 9 new old photos of Matthew MacFadyen, Claire Foy and Eve Myles on the Greenwich London set of Little Dorrit on Saturday May 3rd 2008.

GALLERY LINK:
Little Dorrit (2008): On the Set



Sep 07,2009

Vote for Little Dorrit

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Little Dorrit is up for Best Drama in the National TV Awards! Vote now and spread the word!



Aug 16,2009

LA-Story.com Interview

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During the “2009 Winter TCA Tour”, which took place early January 2009, LA-Story.com had the chance to interview Claire Foy about all things ‘Little Dorrit‘ as well as a little about ‘Season of the Witch‘. The video interview was published on their website in late March – which was when ‘Little Dorrit‘ started airing in the US. Be sure to watch the interesting 12-min interview and enjoy our screencaptures in the gallery. Thanks Joe for the link.

The interview which was done a few months ago shows off Claire Foy after a long day of interviews and still she’s got the light, joy and wonder of all that is occuring in her life as her acting is becoming more in demand. She is fabulous!

Gallery link:
– Interviews/News Segments: LA-Story.com | Little Dorrit | Claire Foy interview



Jul 18,2009

Little Dorrit leads UK Emmy awards charge

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Drama nominated in 11 categories

The BBC’s Little Dorrit will head the British charge for glory at this year’s Emmy Awards, with the drama nominated in 11 categories.

Charles Dickens’ timeless rags-to-riches story concerns the vacillating fortunes of the Dorrit family. Read the rest of this entry »



Jul 15,2009

MASTERPIECE Classic Interview

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Newcomer lead actress Claire Foy discussed the character of Amy Dorrit in an exclusive interview with MASTERPIECE. You can watch the interview on YouTube.

Thanks to everyone who has been visiting Claire Foy Source and those who left comments. Mia and I really appreciate your positive feedback. 🙂

GALLERY LINK:
– Interviews/News Segments: MASTERPIECE Classic | Little Dorrit | Claire Foy interview



Jul 08,2009

You Scans

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I’ve added scans from last year’s You featuring the ‘Young British Actresses to Watch’. The photoshoot is available over here and the article was transcribed by Mia and added to our Press section.

If you have anything concerning Claire, be it old or new, please contact us.

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans: You (UK) – September 14, 2008



Jun 26,2009

WOTV Interview

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Last October, the cast of Little Dorrit talked to whatsontv.co.uk about their characters in the BBC adaption of the Charles Dickens novel. You can watch the interview on YouTube.

GALLERY LINK:
– Interviews/News Segments: WOTV: Meet the cast of Little Dorrit…



Mar 27,2009

Little Dorrit

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from Variety / by Brian Lowry

Writer Andrew Davies applied his quill pen to adapting a number of Jane Austen novels before tackling Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House,” and he’s back with another sprawling, impeccably cast PBS miniseries, “Little Dorrit.” This Dickens tale includes mystery, romance and dramatically shifting financial fortunes–and at eight hours spread across five nights, there are ample portions of everything. Slow going at first and rushed near the end, it’s nevertheless an absorbing piece of work, reminding us that there are certain things the Brits simply do better.

Although PBS is scheduling “Little Dorrit” across five successive Sundays, as with “Bleak House,” the story is actually told in half-hour chapters. This results in a roller-coaster approach that builds toward those episodic breaks, which requires a bit of getting used to.

Characteristic of Dickens, the story exposes harsh class distinctions in the early 19th century, as well as shadowy financial doings, blackmail and even a big, heartless bureaucracy, the Circumlocution Office, which all makes the author seem a little bit like Nostradamus.

Driving the action is Arthur Clennam (“Frost/Nixon’s” Matthew Macfadyen), who returns from several years abroad with a vague deathbed admonition from his father to “Put it right.” Arthur’s imperious mother (the wonderful Judy Parfitt, in a character much like the one she played in “Dolores Claiborne”), begins to employ a poor seamstress, Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), who has grown up in debtor’s prison, where her addled father, William (Tom Courtenay), has been held for more than 20 years.

Clearly, Mrs. Clennam is hiding secrets of her family’s past, and Arthur is determined to uncover them–fearing that his family is somehow responsible for the Dorrits’ misfortune.

Unfortunately, the saintly, doe-eyed Amy is a true pearl among swine, a different breed than her dad or her money-grubbing sister (Emma Pierson). Along the way, after winning Amy’s heart with his kindness toward the Dorrits, Arthur falls in love with another–one of several impediments that keep the two apart. The teeming cast also includes Andy Serkis under a Cyrano nose as Rigaud, a murderous French blackmailer with a Pepe Le Pew accent; and Alun Armstrong as Mrs. Clennam’s beady-eyed attendant.

Perhaps the biggest wrinkle from Davies–who has a reputation for tatting up Victorian material–involves the mysterious Miss Wade (Maxine Peake), whose plotting with Rigaud also includes several scenes that strongly imply she’s a lesbian.

Davies could have easily shed (or at least pared down) a few of these subplots without seriously diminishing the story’s grandeur, and after the lengthy windup, the last hour races through tying up the assorted loose ends. Even so, there’s so much gaudy talent on display here that those with an appetite for it won’t be able to get enough, and “Little Dorrit” gives them everything they could want in a big, gloriously messy package.



Nov 11,2008

Little Dorrit has a big debt

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from Daily Mail / by Richard Kay

AS THE star of the BBC’s sumptuous adaptation of Little Dorrit, fragile actress Claire Foy should be well-warned about the dangers of owing money. But it seems the 24-year-old newcomer (right) believes that out of sight is out of mind when it comes to the [pounds sterling]10,000 student debt she ran up before landing the plum role in the primetime show.

‘The loan I received at the Oxford School Of Drama remains unpaid,’ says Claire, whose father in the Dickensian drama played by Sir Tom Courtenay is locked up in a debtors’ prison. ‘It’s hideously large and I should do something about it now I’ve earned some decent money. But if I get sent a letter which says: “The interest on your student loan has gone up by [pounds sterling]500”, I just stick it in the back of the drawer. Perhaps not the ideal thing to be doing during a credit crunch.’



Nov 07,2008

Little Claire Foy

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from Evening Standard Magazine / by Emily Bearn

The star of BBC’s Little Dorrit looks appropriately meek and Dickensian. But the girl who’s going on to Hollywood to star with Nicolas Cage is an actress with great expectations…

All hail the 24-year-old Miss Claire Foy of Southwark, who is set very fair to be the next big thing. She is currently topping the bill in the BBC’s autumn blockbuster, a lavish 15-part production of Dickens’ Little Dorrit, and Vogue has declared that she will be the brightest star of the season, placing her at the top of its list of the 40 hottest phenomena to watch out for. Foy, it claimed, is more desirable than a bijou bag.

I have caught up with her at a hotel bar in Soho, peopled by ornamental Buddhas, to which Foy has been chaperoned by a BBC publicist. They have arrived early, and Foy has discreetly hidden herself away at a table in the corner. Dressed in layers of vests and baggy T-shirts, and with a twinge of estuary in her accent (she grew up in Aylesbury), she’s a far cry from the girl in Little Dorrit‘s chocolate-boxy publicity stills. She looks like a student – which, until she graduated from the Oxford School of Drama last year, is what she was. Even so, she appears remarkably undazzled by the sudden fuss being made of her. ‘It’s all complete bollocks,’ she says emphatically, wresting the lid off a bottle of water. ‘I mean, someone said I was hotter than patterned tights! All that stuff is unreal. It’s like a credit card; it doesn’t mean anything.’
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Oct 31,2008

Don’t let me end up like Sienna Miller

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from Daily Mail / by David Wigg

Sir Tom Courtenay calls her ‘a wonderful discovery’. Matthew Macfadyen says she’s ‘no less than brilliant.’ The trade magazine Screen International lists her as one to watch and Vogue tips her as this autumn’s brightest star.

No wonder 24-year-old Claire Foy is smiling. She has landed the title role in BBC1’s new primetime Dickensian costume drama Little Dorrit – yet a year ago she was a struggling drama student, a complete unknown.

‘How jammy can one girl be?’ she asks, her huge blue eyes widening in astonishment at her own good luck. One of the jobs she undertook to help support herself was working for a film catering company. She would serve up bacon sandwiches to hungry actors and ravenous technicians, and she says it was the most demanding week of her life.

But it was the closest she’d been to fulfilling her dream. ‘I’ve always been an attention seeker,’ she says. ‘I used to put on shows at home, dressing up and roping my cousins in to help, but I always gave myself the best parts.’

Little Dorrit – which attracted an audience of more than six million, following close on the success of Bleak House and Cranford, when it launched last weekend – is packed with two dozen established acting names, but it is young Claire Foy – the ‘angel’ of this gritty love story – who has had to be on call each day for every scene.
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Oct 26,2008

Little Dorrit and the next big thing

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from The Sunday Telegraph / by Daphne Lockyer

She’s on the verge of period drama stardom. But Claire Foy isn’t acting famous, says Daphne Lockyer

When the producers of Little Dorrit first clapped eyes on 24- year-old Claire Foy, they were delighted. At just 7st 12lbs, the hitherto unknown actress who leads the starry cast of BBC1’s new costume drama is so petite, she looks as though she might weigh less than a copy of the Dickens novel. But who better to play a girl whose very name refers to her smallness?

“There were three possible actresses for the part,” says Andrew Davies, who adapted the novel about escaping the misery of debt into 30-minute chunks (tonight’s first episode is an hour-long treat). “But, physically, Claire was perfect. She was the youngest-looking and the smallest. And then we discovered other marvellous things about her” – not least her lack of starriness.

Born in Stockport, Foy grafted hard at acting school, taking factory work to supplement her grant. Today, with her career on the verge of lift-off – Vogue put her top of its annual list of 40 new talents – she still shares a house with five other young actors.

For the latest milestone adaptation of a classic Victorian novel, Little Dorrit’s producers were looking for an actress of the calibre of Anna Maxwell Martin or Ruth Wilson – who, like Foy, had both been ingenues before their award-winning period drama roles.

“When I thought about those actresses, I never put myself in the same bracket,” says Foy. “Mostly, I was thinking: ‘They just don’t give a part like that to someone like me.’ ”
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Oct 05,2008

Face of the Moment: Claire Foy

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from The Sunday Times

Who is she? Fresh out of The Oxford School of Drama, the 24-year-old half-Irish actress will be a repeat visitor in bonnet-loving living rooms this autumn, when the BBC’s Little Dorrit rolls out. The cast includes Matthew Macfadyen, Andy Serkis, Mackenzie Crook and Ruth Jones.

Who does she play? The heroine, Amy Dorrit, dutiful daughter of a feckless bankrupt (Tom Courtenay). Foy is presumably better heeled, having appeared at the National Theatre in the gritty “yoof” play DNA, as well as in the BBC3 sci-fi drama Being Human and the medical soap Doctors.



Sep 19,2008

British actresses to watch

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from You Magazine / by Amy Williams

This autumn our TV screens will be set alight by a new generation of talented actresses. Here we present the brightest faces that have bagged the best roles

Claire Foy, 26, from Buckinghamshire, graduated last year from the Oxford School of Drama and will soon hit our screens as Little Dorrit in the 14-part BBC1 dramatisation of the Dickens novel, which starts next month, and also stars Tom Courtenay and James Fleet.

I WAS BORN TO ACT BECAUSE… I was always an attention seeker: I used to put on shows at home and rope in cousins. Eternal were the band of the day, so when we didn’t have a play to perform we’d dress up in our best Tammy Girl clothes and prance around to one of their hits. I like to think it showed a creative streak.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS… the people. We filmed Little Dorrit over five months, and the cast and crew became like a big family. You realise that actors you’ve admired for ages, like Matthew Macfadyen, are just normal, lovely people. The worst bit was having to let my eyebrows grow out – I was told that Little Dorrit would never have plucked hers!

MY IDEAL LEADING MAN WOULD BE… Matthew Macfadyen – how much luckier could a girl get? I’d also love to act with Ben Whishaw – the Brit actor of the moment. Also, the ‘old school’ screen actor Montgomery Clift – my quirky choice – oh, and George Clooney.

THE REAL CHALLENGE FOR ME HAS BEEN… acting for TV. Theatre was always my aim, and I was lucky enough to perform at the National Theatre in London this year, but I’ve loved filming for TV. The only problem is that you don’t really get taught about it at drama school, so I feel I’ve been learning as I go along. But I hope with Little Dorrit I’ve got it right.





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