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Vanessa’s great expectations of Queen’s life story

By Baz Bamigboye for the Daily Mail

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.

The drama, which will star Wolf Hall actress Claire Foy as Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip, if negotiations can be agreed, will begin filming in July. Continue reading Vanessa’s great expectations of Queen’s life story

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Claire Foy interview: The ‘Wolf Hall’ star on politics in the Tudor court and Hollywood

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

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Claire Foy Crowned queen on screen?

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.

Stephen Daldry (Trash, Billy Elliott) is directing the high-profile 20-part drama, which represents Netflix’s first original UK-based production. Continue reading Claire Foy Crowned queen on screen?