Tracing the life of the Queen from her wedding in 1947 to the present day was always going to be a daunting challenge for the makers of TV drama The Crown, but its leading lady had another complication.
Claire Foy – who plays Her Majesty – had to fit her filming commitments around her own baby’s feeding schedule.
‘Claire was breastfeeding, her chaperones were constantly rushing off to bring bottles to supplement her, and the whole schedule was shot around her timing for the breast feeding,’ says animal trainer Luke Cornell, who worked on scenes in South Africa. ‘It was crazy.’
In the drama, which begins on Netflix this autumn, South Africa doubles as Kenya, where the young Princess Elizabeth was staying with Prince Philip when she learnt that her father had died.
Cornell adds: ‘I used two of my cheetahs with Claire, about 25 metres from her, and she was really terrified, but I constantly assured her it’s not dangerous.’
This story reveals the political rivalries and romance behind Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the 2nd half of the 20th century.
On-set photos of Claire Foy filming The Crown can be found in our gallery.
Claire Foy finally receives The Crown as she and Matt Smith transform into Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for the Netflix first-look trailer
With a series entitled The Crown, it’s only right that it should open with a coronation.
The first teaser trailer for the hotly-anticipated Netflix series shows Claire Foy’s Elizabeth II struggling to grasp her new role as Queen of England at the age of just 26.
And in spectacular style, it also features a royal wedding portraying the lead up to her coronation, which followed five years after her marriage to Prince Philip, who is played by Doctor Who actor Matt Smith.
The teaser introduces Elizabeth’s anxiety of her new-found power, asking if she can ‘borrow’ the crown to practise with it, following the sudden news that Edward VIII will abdicate.
‘It’s not as easy as it looks,’ she says, balancing the crown as she greets son and daughter Prince Charles and Princess Anne in her private dressing quarters. ‘Do you suppose I might borrow it for a few days, just to practise?’
Looking wholesome in her green cardigan and pearls, the 31-year-old actress is the spit of British monarch.
She’s not the only one who’s struggling to adjust in the storyline, because Elizabeth’s husband Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is seen to ask Elizabeth if he can be excused the custom of kneeling before her at the coronation.
At first, the trailer sees Philip trying to welcome Elizabeth as the next in line to the throne, saying that she should be granted a ‘befitting coronation’.
Addressing the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, he instructs: ‘We have a new sovereign, young and a woman, let us give her a coronation that it is befitting with the wind of change that she represents. Modern and forward-looking.’
Doctor Who actor Matt seems to have nailed the longest-serving consort’s distinctive mannerisms and plays a convincing Philip.
His character is later seen giving Elizabeth advice on how to deal with Churchill (played by John Lithgow) as the fine balance between the monarchy and the government is called into question.
But her reign doesn’t seem to sit well with the Duke and cracks begin to appear in their marriage as the trailer builds up to the coronation.
He says to her: ‘You’ve taken my career from me, you’ve taken my home, you’ve taken my name. What kind of marriage is this? What kind of family?’ adding: ‘Are you my wife or my queen? I want to be married to my wife.’
Enforcing her power, the monarch quickly retorts: ‘I am both and a strong man would be able to kneel to both.’
The drama builds to a climax with her stern expression as she watches him kneel before her at the coronation.
She appeared to be having a spot of bother with the oversized, full-skirted gown, which is almost exactly the same as the one Queen Elizabeth walked down the aisle in at Westminster Abbey with Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh over half a century ago.
With one arm encased in the protective case, she was forced to walk across the pavement with the skirt lifted in her other hand.
The brunette actress also had her hair in the same style as the Queen on her wedding day, while her head was adorned with the same sparkling crown and veil.
As well as the bulky blue sling, Claire lifted up the heavy layered skirts to reveal her very modern brown flat boots, which would otherwise be hidden away during filming.
She did, however, remove the sling on her arm as she commenced with the shoot.
It was previously reported that every detail on the monarch’s iconic Norman Hartnell-designed dress – a duchesse satin bridal gown with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms – would be included in the new version of the dress, to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.
Claire – best known for her roles in Wolf Hall and Little Dorrit – is starring as the royal in the hotly-anticipated new series, alongside Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith as her husband, Prince Phillip.
And Saturday’s filming appeared as lavish as one could expect, with a horse-drawn carriage, two white steeds and extras clad in regal and military costumes all present and correct to bring back to life one of the most famous weddings of the 20th century.
Her Majesty’s wedding in 1947 was presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury and broadcast by BBC radio to more than 200 million people globally.
So the expensive new TV effort will be hoping recreate the hype, the fervour and the glamour of the big day itself.
Filming for the ceremony has already taken place in Ely, Cambridgeshire – the local cathedral acting as Westminster Abbey – with Claire spotted with eight extras as her bridesmaids.
The series focuses on Buckingham Palace and Downing Street as it follows the story of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding day in 1947 to the modern day.
Another famous face among the cast is Hollywood star John Lithgow, who has been seen shooting scenes as Sir Winston Churchill.
All the stops have been pulled out to ensure the new Netflix Originals series, spanning 60 episodes across six seasons, is a success.
A reported $100million is being ploughed into the show, which will trace the life of the Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day.
According to The Telegraph newspaper, The Crown will be the most expensive drama ever made by the US streaming company and its first to be made in the UK.
Billed as the ‘the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street,’ the series promises a look at the intrigue, love lives and machinations behind the most notable events.
The tagline for the show has a blockbuster ring to it, which promises plenty of excitement, reading: ‘Two houses, two courts, one Crown.’
Matt Smith and Claire Foy play Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen in Netflix’s “The Crown” in Central London. Claire Foy shows new haircut before putting on wig, and drops expensive pair of shades whilst getting into car.
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
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. Continue reading Claire Foy: an actor bringing a subtle talent to majestic roles
When the Queen – then Princess Elizabeth – and Prince Philip married in November 1947, thousands of well-wishers lined Westminster Abbey in London to catch the first glimpse of the newlyweds. In the streets of Ely, Cambridgeshire earlier this week, a similar scene was re-enacted.
Hundreds of passers-by watched as filming for The Crown, a new show airing on Netflix next year, brought the city to a standstill.
Actress Claire Foy, who plays the Queen, was spotted wearing the royal’s replica white satin wedding gown, which featured a flowing train and a matching veil. She completed her bridal look with a glittering tiara and a double strand of pearls.
The actress was filmed stepping out of a gold horse-drawn carriage and entering Ely Cathedral, which was used as a stand-in for Westminster Abbey.
She was joined by her co-stars – her eight bridesmaids and two page boys – and former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, who plays her husband Prince Philip.
The Queen, who was 21 at the time, had eight bridesmaids including her sister Princess Margaret
No expense was spared in the filming for the new 10-part series, which follows the life of the Queen from her wedding to the present day. From a replica Irish State Coach to pretend 1940s newspaper photographers, every detail was arranged to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.
Netflix is said to be staking £100 million on the new show, but in real fact, the Queen married during a time of high austerity. Her nuptials took place just two years after WWII had finished when rationing was still in place.
The Queen, who married two years after the end of the war, saved up ration coupons for her wedding dress
Ahead of the wedding, Elizabeth, who was 21 at the time, saved up ration coupons to pay for the material for her Norman Hartnell gown and excited women from around the country sent the Princess extra coupons. However, she graciously returned them and, like other brides, was allowed an extra 200 by the government.
Her sister Princess Margaret and her cousins Princess Alexandra of Kent and Lady Mary Cambridge acted as bridesmaids, while royals from Spain, Norway, Greece, Denmark and the Netherlands attended the ceremony.
Hundreds of well-wishers waited outside Westminster Abbey in the hope of seeing the newlyweds, while thousands more lined the Mall and Buckingham Palace. The ceremony was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the world.
The Crown will feature 60 episodes over six series. It will focus on the inside story of Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street and the tagline reads, “Two houses, two courts, one Crown”.
Protagonists Claire and Matt will play the Queen and Prince Philip for the first two series, after which producers will decide if they want to cast older actors or use make-up and prosthetics to play the royals in their later years.
Crowds gathered to watch a re-enactment of the Queen’s Wedding as the momentous occasion was carefully reconstructed for upcoming Netflix drama The Crown.
The streets of Ely in Cambridgeshire were brought to a standstill as the royal event from November 20, 1947, was acted out in the Fenland city this lunchtime, with no expense spared.
From a replica Irish State Coach to pretend 1940’s newspaper photographers, every detail had been arranged to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.
Queen Elizabeth II, played by actress Claire Foy, was seen stepping out of a gold horse-drawn carriage and entering Ely Cathedral, which is doubling for Westminster Abbey in the 10-episode series.
Claire, 31, who recently played Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s Wolf Hall, wore a long white lacy wedding dress, veil and red lipstick for her role as the Queen.
WOLF HALL star Claire Foy has been pictured filming as Queen Elizabeth II on her Royal Highness’ wedding day at Ely Cathedral, Cambridge.
By Adam Miller
The English rose plays Liz in another new adaption of The Queen’s life for a huge high-budget Netflix series, The Crown.
Today, August 19, the starlet captured her muse’s elegance in a stunning replica of the bride’s 1947 Norman Hartnell gown as she headed inside the extravagant cathedral with thousands of patriots waiting in the wings.
The Crown, which also stars Doctor Who actor Matt Smith and Third Rock From The Sun‘s John Lithgow, has been filming at the Cambridgeshire cathedral since Monday, although fans and photographer were only able to catch a glimpse of the action today.
Foy arrives in a black and gold carriage where she was greeted by hundreds of extras.
A gaggle of imacculate bridesmaids lead her into the enormous hall with members of the British army standing by.
Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), and based on Morgan’s play The Audience, The Crown promises to be a dramatic account of the post Second World War history of the UK told from the perspective of The Queen and her Prime Ministers.
Lithhgow will play Sir Winston Churchill, while Smith stars as Prince Phillip.
Filming is scheduled to take place from July 2015 to March 2016 with a release date pencilled in for next year.
Netflix are thought to be pulling out the big guns with a extraordinarily production estimation set at around £100 million.
Of course, Foy’s now accustomed to playing key royal figures after winning phenomenal praise for her interpretation of Anne Boleyn in BBC Two sensation Wolf Hall, based on the Hilary Mantel novel of the same name.
The actress will surely be hoping for the same acclaim when The Crown arrives on Netflix next year.
1st photos of Claire Foy as her Majesty The Queen and Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on set of The Crown in London.
By Nola Ojomu
He is famous for stepping into the shoes of Doctor Who, but Matt Smith was playing another famous male whilst at work on Sunday afternoon.
The actor was seen for the first time portraying a young Prince Philip as he began filming scenes for upcoming Netflix drama, The Crown.
Matt was joined by co-star Claire Foy, who will play Queen Elizabeth II, as they worked on the ten episode series.
The pair were pictured in London and Matt was in his full costume as he transformed into the Duke of Edinburgh.
Donning a crisp white shirt, black trousers and blue suspenders, he completed his look with smart black shoes and slicked back hair.
The 32-year-old will play Prince Philip (Philip Mountbatten) in the show, which is inspired by the play, The Audience.
It follows the story of Queen Elizabeth and her relationships with various prime ministers in the post-war era.
Claire Foy, who previously starred as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall, was seen with her hair and make-up in place but dressed in modern attire as she made her way to the set. The show also stars John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.
According to Netflix, the show ‘tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century’.
Each season will focus on a different decade in the Queen’s reign, with the first run of episodes focusing on her coronation and her fledgling relationship with Churchill.
The show – the first original UK commission for Netflix – comes from The Queen writer Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry, who directed Helen Mirren in The Audience.
Since leaving Doctor Who in 2013 Matt has embarked on a number of projects to distance himself from his Gallifreyan alter-ego, including his role as Bully in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River and a mysterious part in the forthcoming Terminator: Genysis.
All ten episodes of The Crown will premiere in all Netflix territories in 2016.
When the history of 21st century pop culture is written (or Snapchatted) writer Peter Morgan will go down as Queen Elizabeth II‘s most prominent chronicler in fiction.
In 2009′s Morgan-penned “The Queen,” Helen Mirren delivered a performance that would earn her an Oscar. Then, in 2013, his play “The Audience,” also starring Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, debuted in London’s West End. This year, it premiered on Broadway, and Mirren won a Tony for the role.
Now, Morgan is taking his fascination with the queen to television, specifically Netflix, with a 10-episode series called “The Crown.” Mirren won’t play the queen this time, however. Instead, Claire Foy (“Wolf Hall”) will play a younger version of the monarch.
The series will focus on the queen’s relationship with U.K. prime ministers in the aftermath of World War II. John Lithgow will play Winston Churchill, while Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) will play Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “The Audience” also explored the queen’s relationship with prime ministers.
Stephen Daldry, who directed “The Audience,” will serve as a director on “The Crown,” as will Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold.
The series reunites writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) with director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”) and producer Andy Harries (“The Queen”). Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold will direct episodes from scripts by Peter Morgan.
Once upon a time there was a Princess who was more glamorous than her elder sister, who was Queen.
The younger royal was in line to the throne, so she couldn’t marry the man she loved, for fear it would trigger a constitutional crisis.
That princess was Margaret, and the Queen in question is Elizabeth who, later this year, is set to become the longest-reigning British monarch.
Director Stephen Daldry, writer Peter Morgan and their associates have spent six months interviewing scores of actresses to play Margaret in the first two series (20 episodes in total) of The Crown, which charts the reign of our sovereign.
Vanessa Kirby, an award-winning actress, is in the process of doing a deal to portray Margaret in the television blockbuster.
Foy is unforgettable as doomed queen Anne Boleyn in the six-part BBC adaptation, to be broadcast later this month
By Gabriel Tate
Claire Foy has been thinking about babies a lot recently. The reason is plain as soon as the 30-year-old walks into her publicist’s office. She’s unmistakably, gloriously pregnant (her first child with new husband and fellow actor Stephen Campbell Moore), and, with my own new parenthood looming imminently, I can’t help gasping in admiration. We then spend a frankly unprofessional amount of our allotted time sharing assorted hopes and fears before agreeing it might be best for our respective careers if we talked shop.
Foy’s latest role, as Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s Wolf Hall, means this segue isn’t as awkward as it might have been: Boleyn’s fate was determined by her fecundity. As to Anne’s psychology, however, she remains a conundrum. It’s no disservice to Foy, Hilary Mantel, or Peters Straughan and Peter Kosminsky, who have written and directed the six-part adaptation of Mantel’s Booker-winning diptych about the life of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), to suggest that she’s as unknowable at the end of the BBC’s six-part Wolf Hall as she was at the outset. Continue reading Claire Foy interview: The ‘Wolf Hall’ star on politics in the Tudor court and Hollywood
British actress Claire Foy has been offered the plum role of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s forthcoming $100 million series The Crown, written by Peter Morgan. If the deal closes, Foy would likely play the younger Queen in Morgan’s ambitious drama, which charts the monarch’s reign from the moment she heard of her father George VI’s death in 1952 through to present day.