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It’s about time I played someone nice again

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.”

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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Episode 2.06 Screencaptures

A couple of weeks ago the second series of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ came to a dramatic end as all the different storylines came together. The whole cast gave their best, but in my opinion, it was especially Claire Foy as Lady Persie who had some really strong moments and proved what a great actress she is.

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Episode 06: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ Tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One

Tune in tomorrow at 9pm when the sixth & final episode of the second series of ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ airs on BBC One in the UK.

On the eve of war, Beryl and Harry face a race against time to get married. Meanwhile, Mr Pritchard makes a decision which throws the running of the house into chaos, until an old face lends a helping hand. And as Lady Agnes returns to London, a dark discovery has explosive consequences for all inside Eaton Place and changes the landscape forever.

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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Episode 2.05 Screencaptures

Earlier this week I added screencaptures of last Sunday’s episode of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘. I have to say, at this point I can’t take anything Sir Hallam says seriously anymore. If he really believes what he’s saying he’s deceiving himself. And kudos to the twist in Lady Persie’s storyline – definitely keeps things interesting though it doesn’t make her more redeeming.

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Episode 04: All the Things You Are
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Trailers

VIDEO LINK:
– Trailers & Clips: Upstairs Downstairs

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‘The Last Waltz’ Tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One

As 165 Eaton Place prepares for the Annual Servants’ Ball, Mr Pritchard enjoys a romance with fellow servant Miss Whisset, and starts to wonder if there is more to life than service. With war looming, Harry has a proposition for Beryl; however, a shock revelation threatens to thwart their plans. Meanwhile, as Lady Persie and Sir Hallam continue their dangerous affair, Sir Hallam is about to discover just how destructive his actions have been.

GALLERY LINK:
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Production Stills

VIDEO LINK:
– Trailers & Clips: Upstairs Downstairs

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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Episode 2.04 Screencaptures

In last Sunday’s episode of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ I was ready to throw things at Sir Hallam and Lady Persie. In my opinion, he was behaving like a spoilt teenager and she was playing games and testing her attraction out of jealousy and general low self-esteem.

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Episode 04: All the Things You Are
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Trailers

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Co-Stars about Claire Foy

Nico Mirallegro who plays footman Johnny Proude in ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ was interviewed by The Lady:

LT: Setting aside your own natural bias, who’s your favourite character?

Nico: I think Claire Foy has a very intriguing character in Lady Persie. She’s so evil and vindictive. There’s just so much behind her, and she plays her very well, with so much ease.

David Gyasi who plays Victor in ‘White Heat‘ was interviewed by IndieLondon:

Q. And how was working with your fellow cast members such as Sam Claflin and Claire Foy?
David Gyasi:
… Claire Foy is amazing. She quietly goes about her business and she’s lovely. But I really enjoyed working with everyone on this. …

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Interview: Claire Foy, actress

from Scotsman / by Chitra Ramaswamy

WE’RE not going to be able to avoid Claire Foy this month, which is a very good thing. The 27-year-old English actor, recently chosen by PJ Harvey as her rising star of 2012, is on our screens in two flagship BBC series. In one she is very nasty, and in the other she is very nice. Well, very normal anyway.

The first is Upstairs Downstairs, in which Foy has already appeared as Lady Persie, the bonkers, fascist, Nazi-sympathising bad egg of the “upstairs” lot. The second is Paula Milne’s new drama White Heat, an ambitious saga spanning four decades in Britain that promises to do for its young, hip cast what Our Friends In The North did for Daniel Craig, Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong and Gina McKee. This time Foy plays Charlotte, a red-haired, hot-blooded, middle-class feminist who pitches up at a north London student house in the 1960s.

“She is relatively normal, which is unusual for me,” says Foy. “A lot of the characters I’ve played are a certain way, at a certain moment. Charlotte is just a middle class girl going through life. She has a similar background to me and is even from the same area of Buckinghamshire. It’s terrifying playing someone who is very close to you. You can’t really do anything to prepare. I didn’t know what I was doing. But I’m really proud of it. I think it’s amazing. And I loved playing her. She is this normal, contradictory girl with the most massive balls.”

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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Episode 2.03 Screencaptures

In tonight’s episode of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ Claire Foy’s Lady Persie is back at 165 Eton Place but her time in Germany still affects her. She has a secret which she won’t tell Lady Agnes after their sisterly bonding. Sir Hallam however wins another prize as most helpful boy as he helps his sister-in-law after she’d taken things in her own hands. What did you think of this episode?

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Episode 03: A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Trailers

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More ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Series 2 Media

Thanks to the wonderful Lorna I added scans from UK publications to promote ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ as well as the scans of recently posted interviews with Claire Foy. Stay tuned for a massive ‘White Heat‘ Scan update soon!

Claire Foy (Lady Percy) says: “The eating scenes can be the most difficult because they’re filmed again and again as the food gets colder. And you can’t get drunk – the wine is usually elderflower or grape juice.”

• Source: The Sun Hot TV Buzz

GALLERY LINKS:
– Scans from 2012: Independent Magazine (UK) – February 18, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Daily Express Saturday (UK) – February 18-24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Sun Hot TV Buzz (UK) – February 18-24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Sunday Mirror (UK) – February 19, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Lady (UK) – February 24, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: The Stage (UK) – March 1, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
– Scans from 2012: Daily Mail Weekend (UK) – March 3, 2012 Many thanks to Lorna

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White hot! Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs star, Claire Foy, stars in new BBC drama. Is there no stopping her?

from Daily Mail / by Nicole Lampert

Claire Foy leaps onto the bench opposite me, momentarily forgetting she’s wearing a teeny miniskirt. ‘Uggh,’ she exclaims passionately as she tugs at her skirt, doing her best to maintain some dignity. ‘There have been quite a few tricky moments with this outfit and I hate my legs. I can’t wait for the Seventies to start so I can get some trousers on.’

We are on set for Claire’s latest television show, White Heat. She plays a strident feminist called Charlotte in the drama, which follows seven flatmates from their rebellious Sixties student days up to the present. She’s also sporting red hair, which she likes more than the miniskirts. ‘I’ve always wanted to go red so it was great to have to do it for a job,’ she says. ‘But it’s only now that I’ve discovered my hair grows very quickly, so I have to get it dyed ginger every other week.’ Then she laughs so raucously she needs to tug at her skirt again.

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Mad about the Foy

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.

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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Episode 2.02 Screencaptures

There was definitely more Lady Persie in the latest ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ episode. Not enjoying Germany as much as before she spends most of her scenes on the phone before she returns to England. I added screencaptures of the episode as well as of the preview for next week.

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Episode 02: The Love that Pays the Price
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Trailers

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‘The Love that Pays the Price’ Tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One

Lady Agnes catches the eye of charismatic American millionaire Caspar Landry but, as she and Sir Hallam look to their future, a tragic turn of events leaves their promised dreams – and a close family member – in jeopardy. Downstairs, Mrs Thackeray makes a momentous decision, which throws the running of the house into chaos. Blanche and Mr Amanjit continue to clash, until a heart-breaking cause compels them to reconsider their differences.

Tune in tomorrow, Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 9pm when the second episode of the new ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ airs on BBC One in the UK! I added some other clips from both series to the video archive.

VIDEO LINK:
– Trailers & Clips: Upstairs Downstairs

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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Episode 2.01 Screencaptures

What did you think of last night’s premiere of the second series of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘? Claire Foy’s Lady Persie only made a quick but impressive appearance in the last few minutes of the episode.

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Episode 01: A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Trailers

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A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing
As 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors, two new arrivals make their mark. But whilst Sir Hallam’s forthright aunt Blanche disrupts life upstairs, feisty new maid Beryl struggles to adjust to life in service. Meanwhile, Lady Agnes’ concern for her children reveals a dark secret about Mr Pritchard. Sir Hallam’s preoccupation with burgeoning Nazi Germany leads him into dangerous waters, and a chance meeting with an unexpected face unlocks a hidden desire within.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow night at 9.30 pm on BBC One to see this episode!

GALLERY LINKS:
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Production Stills
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Promotion

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A class act: Claire Foy on criticism, tumours and embarrassing sex scenes

Her luminous good looks made her the star of Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs. As she prepares to light up our TV screens once again, Claire Foy talks to Gerard Gilbert.

Claire Foy is running late for her interview in the first-floor private dining room of a north London pub, finally phoning to say: “I’m downstairs”. “And I’m upstairs,” I reply, which is all very droll because Foy is of course one of the stars of Upstairs Downstairs, BBC1’s reconstituted version of the Seventies ITV classic about toffs and servants. Except that today the toffs are downstairs, or rather the cast of ‘scripted reality’ show Made in Chelsea are shooting an advert for the fashion chain River Island. “How exciting,” says Foy when she puts her head round the door. “It’s Made in Chelsea downstairs… I can’t believe it.”

What chance the cast of Made in Chelsea returning the compliment: “It’s Claire Foy upstairs… we can’t believe it”? Have they even heard of her? The difference is that while the solipsistic Sloanes are chasing fame for its own sake, celebrity is a by-product of Foy’s job. She is, however, the real class act in this building, a fact momentarily disguised by her munching a Danish pastry from a paper bag. “Breakfast,” she says between bites. “I’m lucky I have a fast metabolism… my whole family does… everyone’s got a lot of nervous energy so we burn it off.” Continue reading A class act: Claire Foy on criticism, tumours and embarrassing sex scenes

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‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Series 2 Media Coverage

Promotion for the Sunday evening premiere of series 2 of ‘Upstairs Downstairs‘ on BBC1 is in full swing. Many thanks to our friend Lorna for sending in all the related scans from UK TV magazines. Mostly they use pictures of Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard but there are also a few new pictures of Claire Foy as Lady Persie along with background information. More high quality pictures of Lady Persie will be posted in our next update. And there’s also a scan for ‘White Heat‘ which starts airing in the first week of March on BBC2.

You can watch new interviews with Claire Foy on the BBC Website: About Upstairs Downstairs & White Heat. Sadly, we can’t watch them. Could anybody please send in the clips so we can add them to our video archive? Our email is team [@] claire-foy.org. Many thanks in advance!

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans: Scans from 2012 Many thanks to Lorna

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Quotes from ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Press Launch

From Life of Wylie:

I attended the London press launch for the new series last month.

Where we were shown the first episode, which begins in September 1938 with Sir Hallam worried about events in Hitler’s Germany.

Writer and executive producer Heidi Thomas then took part in two Q&A sessions with fellow executive producer Faith Penhale, who is also Head of Drama at BBC Wales.

The first included the Upstairs cast and the second the Downstairs.

Q: We understand that Lady Persie is rather naughty in this series. How naughty does she become?

Claire Foy (Ladie Persie): “As naughty as it’s possible to get, I think.”
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