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The Crown star Claire Foy wows in a blue silk nightgown as fans wait for the second series of the hit Netflix show to air
Makeup guru Ivana Primorac spent the past year turning soft-featured actress Claire Foy into an angular Queen Elizabeth II, long-faced John Lithgow into a curmudgeonly Winston Churchill and an assortment of actors into palace royals and political figures — many of whom are alive — for Netflix’s “The Crown.”
The entire first season of the series debuted in November; a second season has been ordered, with six episodes planned.
Primorac, a prolific hair and makeup designer, has worked on such diverse films as “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “The Imitation Game” and “T2 Trainspot- ting.” For “The Crown,” which Peter Morgan created and wrote, evolving out of his 2006 Queen Elizabeth biopic “The Queen,” she aims to reflect “both the history and the now,” Primorac says. “It’s important to portray [the royal family] truthfully.”
To convey this sense of reality, the hair and makeup team was helped by a wealth of public footage of the royal family, as well as film from the queen’s private life. When Elizabeth was still a princess, her father, King George VI, gave her a Paillard Bolex movie camera, which she used to document many of her personal moments — including those from the time she got married and her honeymoon tour and also the private side of her public tours after she became queen.
Several different wigs kept Elizabeth strategically coiffed to show the early progression of her hairstyles, which soon settled into a constant look. Primorac also relied on a range of cosmetics to aid the subtle aging process as the queen navigated the decade from blushing bride to skilled monarch.
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One of this year’s biggest breakout stars — she won Golden Globe and SAG awards for her portrayal of young Queen Elizabeth II in the most expensive TV series ever made (Netflix allocated $100 million for its first two seasons) — reflects on auditioning while pregnant, playing a woman famous for hiding her emotions and growing as an actress.
“For me, the most challenging thing about it was endurance,” says Claire Foy, the 33-year-old British actress whose portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on season one of Netflix’s The Crown earned her best actress in a drama series Golden Globe and SAG awards earlier this year and has made her the frontrunner to win the equivalent Emmy. As we sit down at Netflix’s FYSee interactive exhibition space in Beverly Hills to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, Foy continues, “I had a small child, I had the biggest job of my life, I broke my elbow — so it was more of just, like, ‘I can do this!'”
Foy was born and raised near Manchester, England, and briefly flirted with careers in dance and cinematography before committing to acting and eventually studying it at the Oxford School of Drama. Soon after graduating, she began working on TV projects of growing prestige, including several BBC offerings — the 2008 miniseries Little Dorrit; the reboot of the drama series Upstairs Downstairs, which ran from 2010 through 2012; the 2012 miniseries White Heat; and the 2015 miniseries Wolf Hall — as well as Channel 4’s 2011 miniseries The Promise. Her performances generally won widespread praise from critics, but it wasn’t until last Nov. 4 of 2016, when Netflix dropped the entire first season of The Crown, that a much larger audience began to appreciate what a remarkable talent she is.
At the recommendation of casting director Nina Gold, who previously had cast Foy in Wolf Hall (and “who I owe my life to,” the actress says), she was invited to audition for the principal part in the drama series, which Netflix had commissioned with 10 seasons in mind, each chronicling a different chapter of the Queen’s ongoing reign. Informed that it was the brainchild of Peter Morgan, the same man who was behind the 2006 film The Queen and the 2015 Broadway play The Audience (both of which also center around the Queen, and which brought Helen Mirren an Oscar and a Tony, respectively), and that several of its episodes would be directed by Stephen Daldry (who also helmed The Audience), she was intrigued — but faced a dilemma. “I was five months pregnant,” she says with a chuckle. “I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just go in and meet them. I’m not gonna get it, but it’ll give me something to do for the next couple of weeks.'” As it turned out, her physical state was not a deal-breaker and she was brought back for a screen test and then offered the part.
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But if Elizabeth II did watch, there’s the perfect British TV show that would let us watch her do it.
Like the no-nonsense monarch she plays on The Crown, Claire Foy has a finely tuned B.S. radar. And the actress doesn’t believe recent news reports that Queen Elizabeth has spent Saturday nights at Windsor Castle bingeing Foy’s Netflix show about her early days as Queen. Foy recently spoke with Vanity Fair about what to expect from The Crown’s anticipated second season (“sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”), whether she believes the Queen is a feminist, and what she thinks of another complex heroine she’s rumored to be circling, Lisbeth Salander.
Vanity Fair: We are talking in a space that Netflix has built that houses props and costumes from many of its shows, including some from The Crown, like the giant crown you wear in the coronation episode. What did it feel like wearing it on your head?
Claire Foy: When I wore it in the coronation there was a lot of other stuff going on as well. The dress was also ginormous, and I had loads of scepters, and an orb, and a giant cape . . . and I was wearing platform shoes, and so it was all a bit too much, to be honest. I just sort of thought, “I’m walking straight ahead, and I’m not going to stop.” Then luckily it didn’t plop off my head . . . I always feel more like [Queen Elizabeth] when I’ve got the wellies on, and the tartan skirts, and the headscarves, because that, to me, is who she really is. When she’s got the big gowns on and stuff, I think she’s probably quite uncomfortable in them, and I am, so it sort of makes a lot of sense, really.
You’re playing someone who has basically made it her job to keep her feelings to herself. How do you find an interior life for this person? It’s not like you have her diaries, it’s not like she did some big Oprah confessional.
Imagine if she did . . . There’s always people wanting something from her. She never meets anyone and it’s just a non-transactional relationship. Someone always wants something out of that meeting, or that audience, or whatever it is. I think she’s constantly trying to gauge what her input could be and how it could be useful, and how she can alter what she says in order to remain impartial . . . I’ve always felt that she’s a very thinking character, I suppose.
The Queen has apparently watched all 10 episodes, according to a royal source.
What royal source?
Well, it was in the British press, which is never wrong, as you know.
I can’t believe, I hadn’t heard anything about it, and I will believe it when I see it is all I’ll say.
The Crown: Claire Foy reveals wedding night scene was AXED and fans will NEVER see it
CLAIRE FOY has revealed that viewers will never see a crucial moment from The Crown after it removed from the final cut.
By Neela Debnath
The 32-year-old Golden Globe-winning actress, who plays a young Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix phenomenon, admitted that a scene from the royal couple’s wedding night ended up on the cutting room floor.
Speaking to media including Express.co.uk at the BFI & Radio Times Festival in London yesterday, she said: “My favourite scene with Matt Smith was never in the programme, unfortunately. That was our wedding night, that’s all I’ll say!” Continue reading Claire Foy Reveals ‘The Crown’ Wedding Scene That Was Cut
She is the actress who’s found her niche playing English queens on the small screen, acting as both Anne Boleyn and a young Queen Elizabeth II.
But Claire Foy went for a simple English rose look as she stepped out at the star-studded BFI & Radio Times TV Festival in London on Saturday.
The Crown actress sported a Spring-like colourful floral blouse which she tucked into a pair of black slacks.
She paired her simple outfit with comfortable Converse trainers.
The 32-year-old tucked her tresses into a neat short style and kept her make up minimal but slicked her lips with an eye-catching scarlet lip gloss.
Claire wore two pretty gold necklaces and a gem ring on her finger.
The actress was at the festival to take part in a panel discussion The Crown: The Making Of A TV Epic.
The lavish Netflix drama chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to the present day.
The first season of the ten part series focused on events leading up to 1955 with Claire Foy performing as the young Elizabeth alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip.
Netflix has invested a staggering £100 million in the show which is currently intended to have six series.
The second season is expected to be released this November and it was recently revealed that the third season will introduce a well-known character: Camilla Parker Bowles.
The show’s creator Peter Morgan said that the royals have had a mixed reaction to The Crown.
They are both ‘very nervous and very excited’ he revealed at a press conference last year.
‘I think they don’t like not having control, but they also understand that [a drama] dealing with this subject with respect is a rare thing.
‘These are people who are not used to being taken seriously.’
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Claire Foy and Matt Smith are the new TV royalty thanks to their Netflix series The Crown. The drama, which netted Foy a Golden Globe and the show took one home for Best Drama as well, follows a newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II. Foy plays Queen Elizabeth and Smith, who is best known for Doctor Who, plays her husband Prince Philip.
So, where’s that Globe?
“In my toilet, not actually in my toilet but in my downstairs toilet,” Foy told Giuliana Rancic at the 2017 SAG Awards. She’s referring to her bathroom.
“I think it’s quite a good spot for it actually,” Smith said.
“You can’t put it anywhere noticeable,” Foy said.
“It would be crass,” Smith concurred.
“It’s so heavy,” Foy said. “It’s a real weapon.”
The cast, which also includes John Lithgow in season one, went right to work on season two, so Smith and Foy said they didn’t realize it had been a hit until people came up to them and praised their series at the Golden Globes.
“It was like ‘Whoa,'” Foy said.
But who’s been the biggest fan they’ve heard from? Aside from “lots of really cool young directors and writers have watched it and liked it,” Foy said, it has to be Elton John. “We like Elton,” Smith said.
“We love Elton,” Foy said.
Foy, Lithgow and the ensemble cast were all up for Actors at the 2017 SAG Awards.
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The Crown‘s Claire Foy won the SAG award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series on Sunday night.
Foy beat out Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder, Westworld‘s Thandie Newton and House of Cards‘ Robin Wright.
During her speech, Foy said, “Thank you everyone who has made the show ever.”
She then turned her focus to The Crown‘s large cast of more than 250 actors, noting “this is a night for actors.”
In particular, she singled out the actor who plays Prince Philip to her Queen Elizabeth, Matt Smith. Foy said he was not only a “really spontaneous, exciting and incredibly talented actor” but also her “friend.”
“Thank you for making this job a joy and for making me laugh,” she added. “I love you.”
Earlier in the evening, Foy’s co-star John Lithgow won best actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Winston Churchill. Her award comes just a few weeks after she won a similar prize at the Golden Globes.
All hail The Crown, again.
Claire Foy just took home the SAG award for best female actor in a TV drama for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown, and she was still so overcome from one of her costars winning that she could barely get through her own speech.
“I haven’t recovered from John winning so I’m really emotional and a bit shaky,” she said as she began her acceptance speech, referring to John Lithgow’s best male actor in a TV drama win for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.
“Thank you everyone, whoever has made the show ever, but this is a night for actors, so I want to talk about actors, because I love them, and I’m very very honored to be one. There’s over 250 actors in the show, all of whom are cast by Nina Gold and Robert Stern, who can I just say, really support and encourage and champion the actors that they cast, and we all need a champion, so thank you very much.”
She gave shout outs to Lithgow and castmates Victoria Hamilton and Vanessa Kirby, along with Jared Harris, but there was one costar she needed to single out.
“But one actor in particular I’m going to really embarrass: Matt Smith,” she said to much applause. You’re not only a really spontaneous, exciting, incredibly talented actor, but you’re also my friend, Matt. And thank you for making this job a joy, and for making me laugh. I love you very much.”
Foy is also nominated, along with the rest of The Crown‘s cast, for best acting ensemble in a TV drama. She also took home the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama earlier this year.
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Plus, John Lithgow’s recipe to make the perfect Winston Churchill. (Hint: it involves a fat suit, and “lots of liquor.”)
by Paul Chi
Claire Foy had “no idea” what to expect during awards season.
“My work is usually not nominated for anything, so it’s been a complete whirlwind,” Foy, a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominee for her work in The Crown, told Vanity Fair at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party in Beverly Hills on Saturday afternoon. “I’m still shooting the second season of the series, and that feels very regular—but all of this is out of the ordinary for me. I just hope I am not breaking any rules I do not know about. Oh God, please tell me if I do!”
The candid star, who plays a young Elizabeth II on the series, will soon be a pro at navigating the endless red carpet events that dominate the early months of the year. Her performance in The Crown received effusive praise from critics impressed at the way she captures both the human and the regal sides of the young monarch. To honestly play the Queen, Foy said it was important to understand her as a private woman.
“I do think she’s like everybody else, but she’s not able to express emotions in the same ways as we do,” explained Foy. “Her duty and her job means she’s not able to be open about her feelings in the way that we all can with our family and with our marriages. Her family was the most important thing to her, and all of a sudden she had to sacrifice them to her job. Once I understood this, she was no longer a disembodied figure and a real person that I could portray her truthfully on the screen.”
Foy’s costar John Lithgow is also nominated for a Golden Globe; he may very well take to the stage on Sunday evening to pick up the best supporting actor award for his turn as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. To transform into the famous government official, the two-time Oscar nominee used a special trick to make his 6’4” frame appear smaller. (Churchill was only 5’6”.)
“I wore a fat suit, and that did the whole job for me,” Lithgow told Vanity Fair at the BAFTA Tea Party’s red carpet. “It made me hunch over a little, and it completely changed the way I moved.”
Lithgow also worked with makeup artist Ivana Primorac to reshape his face, making it look more like Churchill’s. Lithgow wore plumpers stuck inside his teeth to get jowls that resembled the prime minister’s own.
“I had these little blobs designed by Chris Lyons, who also created Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher teeth [for The Iron Lady], and I had cotton jammed up my nose. That was my idea—to give me his nasal voice,” Lithgow said. “You do all those mechanical things, and it immediately transformed me. I felt like I wasn’t John anymore, and much closer to Winston than I was before.”
To nail the character, Lithgow read Churchill’s biography and studied as many video and audio clips as he could find.
“Churchill had so many qualities. He was tremendously temperamental, but he was also sentimental and morose. He was very funny and witty, but had a deeply depressive side,” said Lithgow. “You take all those qualities, and you stir in lots and lots of liquor and cigar smoke, and you get Churchill.”
“Oh my God, I’m having an out-of-body experience,” Foy said upon reaching the stage. “When you play a real-life person, it’s tricky, and you rely very much on the people around you, so I’m going to dedicate this all the people around me. … Big shout-out to John Lithgow and Matt Smith, I wish you were here.”
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A huge congratulations to both Claire and The Crown on their wins!
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The 74th annual awards show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday.
The Crown‘s Claire Foy took home the Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in TV series, drama on Sunday night.
The actress beat out Caitriona Balfe in Outlander, Keri Russell in The Americans, Winona Ryder in Stranger Things and Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld.
Foy won the award for her portrayal of a young Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s historical drama. The show went on to win the Golden Globe for best TV drama.
“I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it,” the actress remarked upon receiving her award.
Jimmy Fallon hosted the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 8.