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
from The Telegraph / by Jasper Rees
Claire Foy made her name in a series of superior TV dramas. She talks to Jasper Rees about her new role in ‘Love, Love, Love’ at the Royal Court.
It is and isn’t easy being a photogenic young actress. A certain type of two-dimensional role grows on trees. But finding the kind with extra depth can be more of a challenge. Claire Foy was brought face to face with the way the industry at its most nakedly commercial sees young women when she auditioned for a film in Los Angeles.
“The character was supposed to be ‘the most beautiful girl that Johnny Depp has ever seen’,” she says. “And as I wouldn’t be the most beautiful girl that Johnny Depp has ever seen, I was like, ‘I don’t really know what to do because I’m obviously not right for this part.’ But you go up for it anyway and you don’t get it. I think I’m more suited to playing someone with a chip on their shoulder, probably about not being the most beautiful girl in the world.”
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.
In an explosive finale to Dazed & Confused’s 20th Anniversary season, magazine co-founder Rankin has photographed a series of 20 covers for the December issue, featuring new portraits of 20 iconic cover stars from Dazed’s past including Kate Moss, Tilda Swinton, Alicia Keys and Jarvis Cocker. Each unique cover has a gatefold pull out, which features 20 rising stars chosen by each celebrity, resulting in a groundbreaking portrait of pop culture heroes of the future. Claire Foy was PJ Harvey’s choice.
– Scans: Dazed & Confused (UK) – December 2011, thanks to Lorna
As promised, here the screencaptures of Claire Foy as Erin Matthews in the fourth and final episode of ‘The Promise‘. After Paul comes and gets Erin when she’s stuck in Hebron they continue the search for her grandad’s servant and or his family. However, they learn that he moved to Gaza. Paul being unwilling to take her into the warzone Erin asks Omar. When he realizes she plans to return a precious house key to Mohammed he finally agrees to take her. Ending up by herself with relatives of Mohammed Erin faces danger as Israeli soldiers are raiding the house because the family’s daughter was a suicide bomber.
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Episode 04
I finally added Blu-ray screencaptures of Claire Foy as Erin Matthews in the third part of the gripping drama ‘The Promise‘. This episode doesn’t feature as much footage of Erin but even so her journey gets more exciting. She goes to see Omar at his home by herself and invites him inside Eliza’s home, which leads to trouble and another epileptic fit. Through the diary Erin finds out how her granddad also suffered from those. After connecting with Paul things go further than planned and Erin takes off by herself to occupied Hebron and into the city’s closed off ‘sterile zone’ which of course again leads to trouble. Expect screencaptures from the final and even more tumultuous final episode later this week – enjoy!
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Episode 03
Spend a little time in Claire Foy’s company and you get the sense that, while she might be a bit stunned at how rapidly her acting career has progressed, she’s certainly going to seize her moment. Irrepressibly cheerful, fast-talking and candid, the 27-year-old has barely rested in the four years since she left the Oxford School of Drama. It was only a matter of months before she starred in the pilot episode of Being Human (she always knew it could be huge, she says); she went on to take the leading roles in the BBC’s 14-part adaptation of Little Dorrit and in Peter Kosminsky’s acclaimed Israel-Palestine drama The Promise, which she describes as “a real love project for everyone who did it”. Oh, and she’s also squeezed in Upstairs Downstairs and a Hollywood fantasy thriller, Season of the Witch, with Nicolas Cage.
Now we’re about to see her playing the romantically tortured Helen in Paula Milne’s adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel The Night Watch. She says that when she first read the script she thought “Oh God… On the outside you see her as what she is, which is doing lots of things wrong, like when you look into someone’s relationship and think, ‘Don’t do that, Don’t do that, Don’t do that’ – and then they keep doing it. It’s painful to watch, in a way.”
– Events: 2011 Philips British Academy Television Awards
– Events: 2011 Philips British Academy Television Awards
The TV Choice Awards 2011 has nominated The Promise and Upstairs Downstairs for Best New Drama and Claire Foy has been nominated for Best Actress in The Promise. Vote and spread the word!
To celebrate this year’s Bafta Television Awards and Britain’s glittering array of acting talent, Radio Times puts nominees through their paces. No rehearsals… just lights… camera… pick your character… and action!
– Scans > Radio Times (UK) – May 21-27, 2011, thanks to Lorna
‘The Promise‘ just got nominated for a BAFTA Television Award. Congratulations! Sadly, none of the performances were nominated.
Any Human Heart
The Sinking of the Laconia
I added Blu-ray screencaptures of Claire Foy as Erin Matthews in the second part of the gripping drama ‘The Promise‘. More to come later – enjoy!
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Episode 02
I added Blu-ray screencaptures of Claire Foy as Erin Matthews in the first part of the gripping drama ‘The Promise‘. More to come later – enjoy!
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Episode 01
I added screencaptures of all the extras that can be found on ‘The Promise‘ DVD & Blu-ray (though the Blu-ray has more featurettes they’re all presented in DVD quality only). I’ll add high quality screencaptures of Claire Foy in the actual programme later this week.
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Blu-ray > Menu
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Blu-ray Featurette > Deleted Scenes
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Blu-ray Featurette > Behind the Scenes
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Blu-ray Featurette > Meet the Cast of 2005
– The Promise (TV, 2011): Blu-ray Featurette > Casting the Actors
– The Promise (TV, 2011): DVD Featurette > Filming in Isreal for 2005
This year’s GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards will be held June 7, in collaboration with jewellery label PANDORA to celebrate the most talented women in film, music, fashion, TV, theatre, business, literature and sport. Voting in each category to decide the winners is open now. Claire Foy is up for UK TV Actress in honour of her performances in both ‘Upstairs, Downstairs‘ and ‘The Promise‘. Don’t hesitate to vote for Claire by visiting the Glamour Magazine UK website NOW!
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