“Oh my God, I’m having an out-of-body experience,” Foy said upon reaching the stage. “When you play a real-life person, it’s tricky, and you rely very much on the people around you, so I’m going to dedicate this all the people around me. … Big shout-out to John Lithgow and Matt Smith, I wish you were here.”
American actor John Lithgow was “intimidated and excited” to take on the role of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the new Netflix drama, “The Crown,” chronicling the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding day to the present.
“Our writer, Peter Morgan, he coined the term ‘Churchill fatigue.’ Over there in England, all the major actors have played Churchill. They needed some kind of new spin, so they hired a clown from America,” the five-time Emmy winner joked Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.”
Lithgow stars opposite of British actress Claire Foy, playing the queen who has unexpectedly lost her father, King George VI, at the age of 25.
“I think it is sort of a preconception that, I suppose, [Queen Elizabeth II] knows exactly what she’s doing. And I think she certainly does now, but I think at that point, she had no apprenticeship into the role, she had no real idea of the day-to-day job, or the running of … the crown. And so she was massively unprepared, I think, and understandably grieving, nervous and really needed someone to sort of help her,” Foy said.
In Churchill, the queen found that help.
“I think Churchill was an incredible statesman, and he showed her the way, but at the same time, she learned about politics and politicians through Churchill,” Foy said.
But it wasn’t just the queen who got support from Churchill. There was also a mutual dependency between them, Lithgow said.
“Churchill at that very time became prime minister for the second time, and he was prime minister at age 75 – too old for the job,” Lithgow said. “He lasted until age 80, but only by sheer canniness, he hung onto that prime ministership. And one way he did it was the queen’s reliance on him. So it was kind of a mutual interdependence they had for a while until she didn’t need him anymore.”
So will the royal family comment on the series?
“Probably not,” Lithgow said. “The entire idea of the series is how private they are. They tend not to comment on such things as a matter of policy and disposition.”
Watch the first season of “The Crown” on Netflix starting Nov. 4.
At a time when Britain was recovering from war and her empire was in decline, a young woman took the throne as a matter of duty not desire. Prepare for a world full of intrigue and revelations in The Crown.
The Crown trailer proves Matt Smith and Claire Foy’s royal romance will be our next Netflix obsession.
There’s drama, romance, grief and passion, pretty period dresses, patriotism, crown jewels and wonderfully plummy British accents. Plus there’s former Doctor Who star Matt Smith in his first big TV role since he gave back the keys to the Tardis.
What more could you want from a three-minute clip? It’s almost enough to get us singing the national anthem on our way to work.
The first ten episodes of The Crown will follow a young Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) as she ascends to the throne, and we can see from this glimpse that her first years as Monarch will be far from plain sailing. She faces difficulties with her family and resistance from powerful politicians, as well as trouble at home as her husband Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) struggles to find his place in their changed marriage.
All gripping stuff. We wonder if the royal family themselves will be tuning in? (Source)
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.
“Even in the end when she is waiting to be executed, she’s very true to herself. She doesn’t pander to anyone or anything like that. I think she’s already a solid, strong person from beginning to end,” reveals actress Claire Foy about her real-life role as Queen Anne Boleyn in the limited series “Wolf Hall.” This six-part saga aired in the U.S. on PBS under the umbrella of “Masterpiece” programming.
In her recent interview with Gold Derby (watch below), Foy discusses in-depth her character, the second wife of King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis). While she was outspoken, her failure to produce a male offspring was eventually her downfall and led to a public beheading. She adds, “History would have been very, very different if she had a son… That’s all he wanted, and he was such a maniac for having (that). He wanted to continue the line as the throne would be safe.”
For this lavish British production, the behind-the-scenes team working on production design, costumes, hair and makeup helped the actors assume their roles. Foy says, “The locations we were in were extraordinary, and a lot of them were locations that had been visited by Henry VIII… The art department did some incredible things dressing it, but so much of it came from the buildings we were in. And the costumes were just extraordinary… and amazing to wear, painful but amazing.”
The series is based on two award-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, with the focus on the rise of royal advisor Thomas Cromwell (three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance) and his championing of a marriage between Henry and Anne in the early 16th century. Director Peter Kosminsky filmed the lavish production in some of the finest British medieval and Tudor houses.
Sunday Express TV Editor David Stephenson has uploaded the audio of the Q&A interview panel that was done after a screening of Wolf Hall episode 1 back on December 10th. Damian Lewis, Mark Rylance, Claire Foy, director Peter Kosminsky, writer Peter Straughan, and executive producer Colin Callender were there for the interview. Damian comes in at the 19.08 mark.
Here is a photo tweeted by Rajiv Nathwani, social media manager of BBC1 and BBC2, from the Q&A. Thank you for sharing!
Here are a couple write-ups from that Q&A: The Telegraph – Wolf Hall TV show uses ‘too small’ Tudor codpieces Deadline – ‘Wolf Hall’ Creatives & Cast On Codpieces, Tudor Politics And Killing Anne Boleyn theartsdesk.com – Wolf Hall comes to BBC Two Radio Times – Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky urges the nation not to “p**s away” the BBC
The trailer for Claire Foy’s new project ‘Rosewater‘ was released. The movie premiered last Friday at the Telluride Film Festival and will also be screened during the Toronto International Film Festival next Monday. Claire Foy has a supporting role as the lead character Maziar Bahari’s wife Paola who is newly pregnant and staying in London while he goes on a trip to Iran. Here’s the plot:
The feature film Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host and executive producer Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal, leading an international cast. Rosewater is produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart, and Gigi Pritzker, with Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShaneserving as executive producers.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.
In October 2009, with Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign from London to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” continuing to keep the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.
Rosewater has a direct connection to Stewart, who since taking over as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 1999, has turned the nightly half-hour satirical look at newsmakers and news-coverers into not only a perennial Emmy-winning juggernaut, but also an important touchstone on the zeitgeist. Stewart and “The Daily Show” covered Bahari’s saga nightly and had the journalist appear on the show to talk about his ordeal once he was released from prison.
Check out our project page for Claire Foy’s new ITV documentary. She plays Helen Bentwich, a clever young woman who chafed against the restrictions placed on her sex – and seized the chance to work in the arms factories at Woolwich Arsenal, before becoming appalled by the conditions there and joining a trade union.
The four part documentary started airing on ITV earlier this month. Claire Foy was first featured in episode 3 which aired last Sunday. She will also be featured in episode 4.
The Telegraph had praise for Claire Foy:
Claire Foy gives a convincing, spirited performance as Helen Bentwich, who seized the chance to work in munitions factories.
– The Great War: The People’s Story (TV, 2014): Promotion
– The Great War: The People’s Story (TV, 2014): Episode 3
– The Great War: The People’s Story (TV, 2014): Trailer
We also updated the sidebar and added a new page in the projects section as well as some pictures of Claire Foy at the party on February 8 when filming finished in Puerto Rico, courtesy of SeePalmas.com.
On Friday, April 19, 2013, the cast of the plays ‘Macbeth‘ – now finished its run – and ‘The Hothouse‘ – opening May 4 – attended a press conference held at the ‘Macbeth‘ set at Trafalgar Studios to mark the changeover in Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season of plays. Actors present included James McAvoy, Claire Foy, Simon Russell Beale, John Simm and Harry Melling.
After four weeks of rehearsals Claire Foy’s new play Love, Love, Love will open with previews tomorrow at the Royal Court Theatre – Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in London. It’s been extended and now runs until June 9 (one week longer). If you’re in London during the coming weeks why not book a ticket to see Claire Foy perform live? Here’s the trailer (no Claire):
Sorry for the long absence. But I added loads of new stills and promotional pictures from ‘White Heat‘. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow at 9pm when the sixth & final episode set in 1990 of ‘White Heat’ airs on BBC Two in the UK.
It’s 1990 and the flat is for sale; Orla organises one last reunion for the flatmates. A brutal revelation has cataclysmic consequences. Back in the present, the last surviving flatmate arrives and the identity of the deceased flatmate is finally revealed.
This is a bit late – but Claire Foy was featured in the first ever issue of Rankin’s new biannual magazine The Hunger that was launched last November. A video on Hunger TV accompanied the magazine feature.
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.
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.
Tune in tonight at 9pm when the third episode set in 1973 of ‘White Heat’ airs on BBC Two in the UK.
In 2012, a fourth former flatmate arrives. In 1973, London is targeted by an IRA bombing campaign. Alan finally makes his long-awaited play for Lilly, while Charlotte’s volatile relationship with Jack implodes and she realises she must move on. Orla faces a family crisis that will haunt her for life.
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.
Character: Diana Director: Andy Serkis Status: In Production Synopsis: Based on the true story of Robin (Garfield), a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
The Crown (TV) (2016)
Character: Queen Elizabeth II Director: Peter Morgan (created by) Status: Now streaming on Netflix Synopsis: The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne....a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan's masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen's private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await.
Character: Anne Boleyn Director: Peter Kosminsky Status: Aired 2015 on BBC2 Synopsis: Wolf Hall chronicles the life of Thomas Cromwell, based on the book series by Hilary Mantel. Witness Cromwell's rise of power in the Tudor household run by King Henry VIII.
Character: Lois Director: Nicholas Hytner Status: Now on Blu-ray, DVD & Streaming Synopsis: The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home.