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Little Dorrit and the next big thing

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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Face of the Moment: Claire Foy

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.

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British actresses to watch

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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Watch out for…

from Daily Mail / by Baz Bamigboye

CLAIRE FOY, who has beaten a long list of rivals for the title role in Little Dorrit, in which she’ll star for BBC TV.

The production will follow the same format as the award-winning Bleak House, with a one-hour opening drama and then several half-hour episodes, which is appropriate because Charles Dickens originally published the story in instalments.