Claire Foy is a British actress, best known for playing the title role in the BBC’s big-budget costume drama Little Dorrit (2008).

Foy was born on 16th April 1984 in Stockport, England. She grew up in Manchester and Leeds. She is half-Irish and the youngest of three children. Her father, David, is a sales director and her mother, Caroline, works for a pharmaceutical company. When she was eight her parents divorced and she moved to Buckinghamshire with her mother, her brother Robert and her sister Gemma.

In an interview, Foy has said ” I was always an attention seeker, I used to put on shows at home and rope in cousins.”

“When I was a little girl, I trained as a ballet dancer…. Then, when I was 13 I developed juvenile arthritis… [and] began thinking about acting, although I never really thought I could do it…. At school, Foy did a couple of shows. “But I was never the prettiest or the most talented girl. It was always an uphill struggle. I loved drama, but somehow I just thought everyone else was better than me. Then when I went to university, I realised you’ve just got to have the guts to go for it.”

Foy went to Aylesbury High School, a girls’ grammar school, from the age of twelve; she then attended Liverpool John Moores University, studying drama and screen studies. She also trained in a one year course at the Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2007.

Her student years were fun but financially hard and involved her taking ‘lots of menial jobs’ to help pay her way through university. She is incredibly close to her family, describing her mother as ‘the most wonderful woman in the world’ and her father, who has remarried and lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, as ‘the best’ (she wears a ‘love’ ring on her finger that he gave her for Christmas).

When she was cast in Little Dorrit, Claire used to live in Peckham “with five friends from drama school.” She’s no longer living with five other people, but her life is still pretty much the same. She is keen to keep her private life out of the spotlight. “It would be terrible to be turned into a paparazzi person. I think it’s perfectly possible to be a successful actress without having to be a celebrity,” she says.

While at the Oxford School of Drama, Foy appeared in the plays Top Girls, Watership Down, Easy Virtue, and Touched. After appearing in two television roles (BBC’s Doctors and Being Human), Foy then made her professional stage debut as Jan in DNA by Dennis Kelly in rep with The Miracle by Lin Coghlan at the Royal National Theatre in London (2008).

She starred as the main protagonist Amy Dorrit in BBC mini-series Little Dorrit, and was nominated for an RTS Award. She went on to appear in TV movie Going Postal and in the Medieval adventure film Season of the Witch alongside Nicolas Cage. She also starred in the BBC remake of Upstairs, Downstairs as Lady Persephone. Foy co-starred in the Channel 4 mini-series The Promise, broadcast in February 2011, which she described in an interview at the time as her “favourite job ever”. She played a lead role of Helen in the TV Movie The Night Watch which was based on a Sarah Waters novel. She is returning to the stage in February 2013 as Lady Macbeth, alongside James McAvoy in the title, in Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios.

After her acclaimed performance in Macbeth, Claire Foy joined the Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters family. She was cast as Sonya Karp, a Moroi who teaches at St. Vladimir’s Academy. Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is based off of a novel series by Richelle Mead. The adaptation stars Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures), Danila Kolovsky, and Lucy Fry (Lightning Point). It was directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls).

It seems our talented young woman is just getting started. The sky’s the limit for this talented and charming actress. Watch this space.

Location: London
Height: 5’4″ (162cm)
Weight: 7st. 12lb. (50kg)
Playing Age: 16 – 25 years
Role Types: White
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Length: Mid Length
Voice Quality: Warm

Accents & Dialects: American-Standard, Australian, Dublin, Irish-Southern, Midlands-East*, RP, Scottish-Standard, Yorkshire
(* = native)
Music & Dance: Mezzo-Soprano, Piano*
(* = highly skilled)
Vehicle Licences: Car Driving Licence

The Oxford School of Drama – 1 year Postgraduate