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
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
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2011 > Isleham Informer (UK) – October 2011
Last November we posted a scan from the 20th Anniversary December issue of Dazed & Confused. But there was also a video with an interview and a look behind the scenes of the photoshoot. Also Claire Foy was interviewed during the London Film Festival at the premiere of her movie ‘Wreckers‘ back in October. I also added some old ‘Little Dorrit‘ interviews.
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
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!
– Magazine Scans: Scans from 2012 Many thanks to Lorna
Claire Foy’s recent work is coming to DVD! The Channel 4 comedy drama ‘Hacks‘ has already been available on DVD since January 30. The independent movie drama ‘Wreckers‘ also starring Benedict Cumberbatch will be released on March 12, but you can already pre-order.
She lit up the screen as Little Dorrit – now Foy is taking on the role of a tabloid editor.
by Alice Jones
For a British actress, tying the ribbons on a period drama bonnet for the first time is an important rite of passage. For Claire Foy, though, the occasion was particularly memorable. In 2008, aged just 24, she landed the lead role in Andrew Davies’ 14-part adaptation of Little Dorrit, having previously appeared only in the pilot of Being Human and in a single episode of Doctors. All of a sudden, she was being directed by her teen idol. “I’ve seen Pride and Prejudice about 4,000 times. I’m not joking: I know every single line. I used to go round to my Aunty Cath’s house and we’d all sit under the duvet and spend all day watching the whole thing. I was obsessed,” she says. “So when I first saw my bonnet, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'” Continue reading From Dickens to phone hacking: Actress Claire Foy talks heroes and villains
Wreckers is on release in the UK from December 16th, and the Curzon Soho are having a Q&A screening on the 17th.
– Events: UK Premiere of “Wreckers”
Claire Foy’s new movie ‘Wreckers‘ finally had its world premiere during the 55th BFI London Film Festival yesterday. Visit CumberBatchWeb for some shots of Claire Foy at the screening as well as their website BenedictCumberbatch.co.uk to read their review of the film. They had nothing but good things to say about Claire as Dawn:
Claire Foy, luminous throughout. … As Dawn Claire Foy is highly personable giving a very natural performance which grounds the film. We share in her confusion at the events that surround her and she keeps the audience on side even when making some truly terrible decisions. … Wreckers is a haunting, compelling tale of secrets and lies, anchored by superb performances from it’s central trio of rising British stars.
The movie is also short-listed for an award at the festival: Director D.R. Hood for ‘Best British Newcomer’ (source). The movie is scheduled for a theatrical release in the UK mid December and it will be made available on Curzon on Demand service shortly afterwards.
Finally ‘Wreckers‘ will have its world premiere! It’s part of the lineup of the 55th BFI London Film Festival in the section “New British Cinema”. It will be screened on the following dates:
Tuesday, October 18, 15.30
Friday, October 21, 21.00
Visit the film’s page on the official Festival website to see more details.
– Wreckers (2011): Production Stills
Artificial Eye has snapped up U.K. rights to D.R. Hood’s “Wreckers” while Content Film has boarded the pic for international sales.
Artificial Eye will release the pic in Blighty alongside a day-on-date release with its online platform Curzon On Demand.
The pic, toplining Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy and Shaun Evans, will screen at the London U.K. Film Focus event in the capital next week.
Hood directed and penned the pic, a drama that sees a married couple move back to the husband’s childhood village to start a family. A surprise visit from the husband’s brother ignites a sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple’s relationship.
Simon Onwurah produces.
We haven’t heard much about Claire’s upcoming independent British movie ‘Wreckers‘ which was shot during the summer of 2009. But for a while now there has been an official Facebook page where director Dictynna Hood is posting updates about post production as well as pictures from behind the scenes, including some gorgeous shots of Claire. I’m now officially intrigued. Hopefully, co-star Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent success in ‘Sherlock‘ will help the movie get a release date soon! Here’s the extended ‘Wreckers‘ synopsis:
WRECKERS is a psychological drama which examines the fragile relationship between truth, intimacy and betrayal.
Recently married couple, David and Dawn, return to Davids childhood village to start a family. Their relationship seems idyllic, but getting pregnant is proving difficult and is adding to the strain of building their perfect home. A surprise visit from David’s brother Nick, a soldier, on leave from Afghanistan, slowly exposes the lies embedded in Dawn and David’s relationship. Through Nick, Dawn discovers more about the siblings’ painful childhood and begins to wonder how well she knows her husband.
Disorientated by her husband’s sudden volatility, she is inextricably drawn to Nick. Dawn becomes a hostage to an increasingly precarious sibling friction, putting the couple’s relationship to the ultimate test.
Source: Official ‘Wreckers’ Facebook page
Added two photos from the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2009, the Russian poster for Season of the Witch and two brand new Wreckers stills.
Wreckers is a drama with a dark, erotic heart, and a unique twist on the theme of the returning soldier.
A dark tale of love, desire and secrets, between brothers and a new bride. Starring Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shaun Evans.
Wreckers was shot on 16mm last Summer on location in the Fens and outside London.
Dawn and David are visited by Nick, David’s brother, a soldier on ‘R&R’ from Afghanistan. Dawn is a comfort to Nick, who has episodes of sleepwalking and nightmares. David is angered by their easy manner with each other – more angry than seems necessary to the situation. Dawn tries to discover what is the secret that binds David and Nick together… but she is a flawed detective…
Which of them all is the guilty party?
It seems like Claire’s character’s name is Dawn.
Finally something new to update Claire Foy Source with! 😀
Now that the August issue of the Isleham Informer is out, we have a scan from director Dictynna Hood’s interview that also features two photos from the production. The film is currently in post-production and its storyline is broadly described as a ‘moody psychological love story.’ Co-stars include Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement), Shaun Evans (Telstar) and Sinead Matthews.
– Scans: Isleham Informer (UK) – August 2009
from Isleham Informer / by Mark Stevens
Isleham proved to be the perfect location for the film ‘Wreckers’ earlier this summer
Unless they were hermetically welded to their TV sets for Wimbledon, village residents will have witnessed the troop of lorries, actors and technicians in the centre of the village that fortnight. ‘Idyllic’ Isleham has been singled out by award-winning director Dictynna Hood as the backdrop to her new film which is due for release in the New Year.
Dictynna said that finding an appropriate setting had proven extremely frustrating, and she had visited numerous villages throughout southern England, but could not find the right atmosphere. ‘Isleham is a working village; it is virtually self-sufficient and owns all the hallmarks of a genuine community. It is perfect’.
The film, which was three years in the writing, was shot against the backdrop of village features such as the Griffin pub, Priory Garage, the Priory itself, the Post Office and the surrounding countryside. About 35 technicians and five central actors, as well as a number of local ‘extras’ completed the Isleham filming in ten days, with another 11 days filming in London and other locations. Shot in Super 16, the storyline is broadly described as a ‘moody psychological love story’. Actors include Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) and Shaun Evans (Telstar). Sightings of Johnny Depp proved, alas, to be unfounded (or at least unrelated).
Speaking to local residents I sensed not only the genuine excitement (and attendant gossip), but also a quiet sense of community pride, and that is how I wanted to record those two weeks.
Speaking to Dictynna last week, it seems that the film is attracting commercial interest. She also promises to make available DVD copies of the production that I know would be treasured by many. Watch this space…
Thanks to Guy for the info! 🙂
Claire is presently filming a low-budget drama called Wreckers, with locations in London and a village in rural Cambridgeshire. The film is hoped to have a cinema release and the BBC have also expressed an interest. An interview with the film’s director will appear in the next issue of the Isleham Informer – the parish magazine of the village location.