I added screencaptures from the second ‘White Heat‘ episode. Charlotte was doing quite a lot of observing apart from putting stickers on ads that said ‘This ad degrades women’ or ‘This man degrades women’. I think the episode showed quite well at what personal cost modern ideas come or how political views don’t transcend into personal lives. I feel like the events in 1967 shaped Charlotte and I can’t wait to see where she goes from there.
In last Sunday’s episode of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ I was ready to throw things at Sir Hallam and Lady Persie. In my opinion, he was behaving like a spoilt teenager and she was playing games and testing her attraction out of jealousy and general low self-esteem.
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.
from The Guardian / by Emine Saner
Emine Saner meets the flatmates at the centre of White Heat, Paula Milne’s 1960s drama for BBC2
Everything on set is quiet except for a plink-plink-plink sound. “This is a carpet warehouse,” explains Elinor Day, the producer. “The rain comes in, but whenever they fix it, it finds somewhere else to come in.” It is one of those days when it doesn’t feel as if the rain will ever stop.
The actors are hurried from the vast warehouse, where the sets have been built, to their trailers in the car park under huge umbrellas. A great puddle has formed in front of the catering truck and members of the film crew and extras line up to take their turn leaping over it to get to the double decker bus where they eat their lunch behind the steamed-up windows.
Tune in tonight at 9pm when the second episode set in 1967 of ‘White Heat’ airs on BBC Two in the UK.
In 2012, Charlotte is joined by two former flatmates to clear the flat. Back in the late 60s, Lilly faces a terrible personal crisis. And at a violent anti-Vietnam war demonstration Jack and Victor face a challenge that will define their perceptions of each other forever.
Claire Foy talked about ‘White Heat‘ on the radio earlier this week. On Thursday she talked to Richard Bacon on BBC Radio 5 Live and yesterday to Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends. I added the Claire bits to the site. I also found & added the full BBC Breakfast interview from Monday.
Excitingly, she mentioned on both occasions that she’s doing a play next. Can’t wait to hear more about that.
from RadioTimes / by Claire Webb
Two stars of the BBC2 drama set between the 60s and the present day discuss coming of age
Paula Milne’s drama White Heat follows seven flatmates across six decades – so did its stars Claire Foy and Lee Ingleby find themselves thinking about their own mortality?
Claire Foy (27) on playing Charlotte – “It’s made me think I’ll have to get some work done!”
Has White Heat made you think about getting older?
It’s made me think that maybe I’ll have to have some work done! To age us, they painted our foreheads and around our eyes with what looked like PVA glue — amazingly realistic but terrifying. I’m sure by the end I had more wrinkles because my skin had been stretched so much. Hopefully, I’ll take a little more care of myself than my character Charlotte does.
from BBC TV Blog / by Claire Foy
When I first saw the scripts for White Heat I was auditioning for the part of Lilly, but as soon I started reading it was the character of Charlotte that I identified with.
I had worked with the writer Paula Milne before on The Night Watch, in which I played Helen, a blonde, quite vulnerable character – the opposite of redhead, ambitious Charlotte. So I knew I had my work cut out to convince Paula I was the right person for the job!!
Both Charlotte and I grew up in Buckinghamshire and I could really identify with her ambitions and excitement at 18 of going off to university to start her life.
Nico Mirallegro who plays footman Johnny Proude in ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ was interviewed by The Lady:
LT: Setting aside your own natural bias, who’s your favourite character?
Nico: I think Claire Foy has a very intriguing character in Lady Persie. She’s so evil and vindictive. There’s just so much behind her, and she plays her very well, with so much ease.
David Gyasi who plays Victor in ‘White Heat‘ was interviewed by IndieLondon:
Q. And how was working with your fellow cast members such as Sam Claflin and Claire Foy?
David Gyasi: … Claire Foy is amazing. She quietly goes about her business and she’s lovely. But I really enjoyed working with everyone on this. …
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.”
I added loads of HQ pictures of Claire Foy in the first few episodes of ‘White Heat‘.
To get ready for Thursday’s premiere of ‘White Heat‘ the BBC are re-airing ‘The Night Watch‘ tomorrow, Wednesday at 10.30 pm on BBC One – it was first aired last July but hasn’t yet been released on DVD.
– White Heat: Production Stills
In tonight’s episode of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ Claire Foy’s Lady Persie is back at 165 Eton Place but her time in Germany still affects her. She has a secret which she won’t tell Lady Agnes after their sisterly bonding. Sir Hallam however wins another prize as most helpful boy as he helps his sister-in-law after she’d taken things in her own hands. What did you think of this episode?
Thanks to the wonderful Lorna I added scans from UK publications to promote ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ as well as the scans of recently posted interviews with Claire Foy. Stay tuned for a massive ‘White Heat‘ Scan update soon!
Claire Foy (Lady Percy) says: “The eating scenes can be the most difficult because they’re filmed again and again as the food gets colder. And you can’t get drunk – the wine is usually elderflower or grape juice.”
• Source: The Sun Hot TV Buzz
– Scans from 2012: Independent Magazine (UK) – February 18, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Daily Express Saturday (UK) – February 18-24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Sun Hot TV Buzz (UK) – February 18-24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Sunday Mirror (UK) – February 19, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Lady (UK) – February 24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Stage (UK) – March 1, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Daily Mail Weekend (UK) – March 3, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
from The Observer / by Euan Ferguson
It’s always such a fillip to meet actors who have had fun making a TV series. Perhaps fun isn’t the word. White Heat, a six-parter written by Paula Milne and coming soon to BBC2, is a sprawling bittersweet epic marking the lives of seven friends from 1965 to today, and there is angst, and darkness, against some of the fastest-changing times in British history.
But Claire Foy and Sam Claflin, two of the impossibly bubbly young stars, seem to have enjoyed not just fun but the fun of learning. “It’s been an eye-opener,” says Foy, most recently seen in Upstairs Downstairs, “to realise that so many of the things women take for granted were so hard-fought for in the 60s, 70s, 80s. Sam and I start in 1965, and it runs with all the changes, choices, right up till now, though our faces aren’t seen after 1990 – some experienced people take over.”
from Digital Spy / by Catriona Wightman
Here at Digital Spy, we’re a little bit excited about BBC Two’s brand new drama White Heat! The show focuses on seven students living in a house together in the 1960s… then follows them as they grow up!
We’ll be bringing you chats with the cast every day until the show airs, and first up are the lovely Claire Foy and Sam Claflin, who spoke to reporters when we visited them on set. Read on to find out what they had to say!
Sam, is that your hair? It looks a bit Kevin Keegan!
Sam: “I wish it was mine! You’re definitely not the first person to say that. It’s of the time, I’m told. It’s a weft. I had no idea what a weft was before we started – it’s become the bane of my life now! They’re basically like clip-on things but they glue them to my hair or my head… I feel like such a diva sitting there having all my make up and hair done! But I’m not the only one, so no complaints.”
What about your hair, Claire – is that a weft?
Claire: “Yeah. I don’t know where it ends and I begin any more!”
Sam: “We all go through so many looks of different eras. I think they’re just trying to change it up a bit.”
from Daily Mail / by Nicole Lampert
Claire Foy leaps onto the bench opposite me, momentarily forgetting she’s wearing a teeny miniskirt. ‘Uggh,’ she exclaims passionately as she tugs at her skirt, doing her best to maintain some dignity. ‘There have been quite a few tricky moments with this outfit and I hate my legs. I can’t wait for the Seventies to start so I can get some trousers on.’
We are on set for Claire’s latest television show, White Heat. She plays a strident feminist called Charlotte in the drama, which follows seven flatmates from their rebellious Sixties student days up to the present. She’s also sporting red hair, which she likes more than the miniskirts. ‘I’ve always wanted to go red so it was great to have to do it for a job,’ she says. ‘But it’s only now that I’ve discovered my hair grows very quickly, so I have to get it dyed ginger every other week.’ Then she laughs so raucously she needs to tug at her skirt again.
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.
‘White Heat‘ will air a week from tomorrow on Thursday, March 8 at 9pm on BBC2.
“As students they are all really excited about the world and what they can achieve. They are excited about what they can do with their lives, and they really do do something, unlike today’s students, who think being famous or playing Call of Duty on their computer all day is more exciting than actually being out in the world.”
Foy ages over 40 years during the course of the six-part series with the aid of prosthetics, but the highlight for her was seeing Juliet Stevenson playing her older self. ‘I went to see her on stage while I was at drama school, when she was in The Seagull. I remember thinking ‘Oh my God, I want to be able to do what you can do’. And now I am.”
• Source: Radio Times
Claire Foy has joked that her White Heat co-star Tamsin Greig was irked by being cast as her mum.
The two play mother and daughter in the new BBC Two drama, written by Paula Milne, and 27-year-old Claire said Tamsin, 45, pretended to be annoyed by the casting.
She joked: “I think Tamsin was slightly annoyed she’s playing my mum seeing as she’s only about 10 years older than me. I’m playing down in age and she’s playing up in age so it’s alright.”
Claire said the Green Wing actress was “the best mum ever”, and added she had always wanted to work with her.
“I remember seeing her in the Seagull just before going to drama school and I was slightly obsessed with her,” she said.
• Source: Press Association
From The Evening Standard, February 24 / by Stephen Armstrong
When the cast of White Heat come together for our shoot, it feels, for a moment, like seeing the 1980s Brat Pack – Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and co – posing for a poster for their latest cult comedy. In other words, this is a cast that’s going places. Sam Claflin has been on a roll since Pirates of the Caribbean and United; Claire Foy’s screen-burning intensity in Channel 4’s The Promise was one of the performances of 2011, building on her breakthrough role as Little Dorrit; Reece Ritchie shone in Prince of Persia; while Swedish-born MyAnna Buring has a legion of obsessive fans after joining The Twilight Saga.
White Heat feels like the show that will bounce them all into full-intensity red-carpet stardom, much as the outrageously successful Our Friends in the North did for Christopher Eccleston, Daniel Craig, Gina McKee and Mark Strong in the 1990s, and State of Play and Skins did for so many in the 2000s. The drama is an intimate yet epic BBC Two thriller from writer Paula Milne, of The Politician’s Wife and Small Island fame. Milne dripped her own life into the ambitious script, which follows the lives of seven friends from 1965 to the present, starting out as flat-share students in London and ending sprawled in the wreckage of love, loss, drugs and politics 40 years later. Imagine following the cast of Fresh Meat over the next four decades. The actors all say they’re lucky to play complex characters over decades of adventure; Milne says, ‘Me, I think we are lucky to have them.’
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