Oct 24,2009

Daily Mail (2008) Outtake

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After Claire Foy’s frightening version, I bring you a beautiful and glamorous new outtake from last year’s Daily Mail photoshoot featuring the ‘Young British Actresses to Watch’.

GALLERY LINK:
– Photoshoots: Daily Mail (2008)



Oct 22,2009

Season of the Witch Unleashes First Teaser Trailer

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First look into the forthcoming supernatural film Season of the Witch has come out in the form of a teaser trailer. Brought forth by IGN, the sneak peek is less than a minute long and mostly centers its attention at some of the film’s cast ensemble, Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and Claire Foy.

GALLERY LINK:
Season of the Witch (2010): First Teaser Trailer



Oct 07,2009

New role: Homeland

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Claire Foy has been confirmed for a new role: She will play Erin in multi-award winning writer/director Peter Kosminsky’s upcoming Channel 4 drama ‘Homeland‘. Filming for the 4 hour drama serial will take place February – May 2010. Karolyne Erfurt will play the part of her friend.

Synopsis:

Homeland is a fictional four part drama that tells the story of Erin, an 18-year-old Londoner who, while spending a summer in Israel, finds herself face to face with the brutal realities of the conflict in the Middle East.

The drama will intercut between two timeframes and stories: that of Erin in the present-day, and that of her grandfather who, in the 1940s was part of the peace-keeping force in Palestine and witnessed first hand the violent events during the last years of the British Mandate.

The story begins when Erin’s best friend, Eliza, the daughter of wealthy Israeli-Jewish parents, is called back to Israel for her National Service and invites Erin along to spend the summer with her and her family. En route, Erin starts to read a diary that she has found that was written by her grandfather in the forties. Moved by his account and the realisation that he wasn’t much older than her when he wrote the diary, Erin retraces his steps in modern day Israel, seeing for herself the hard facts of life for both Jewish and Palestinian communities. But as Len’s story unfolds, Erin finds herself on a journey which takes her deep into the Occupied Territories, the unresolved disputes of the Mandate period – and right to the heart of the current conflict in that troubled land.

Sources: Channel 4 and Canal+



Oct 02,2009

Review of Rehearsed Tennessee Williams Reading

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Dotty, an avid theatre goer in London and author of her own blog Oh, for the breath to utter what is like thee!, attended the previously announced Rehearsed Reading of Tennessee Williams’ The Fugitive Kind in which Claire Foy took part on September 15. Here’s what she had to say (excerpt):

This was a gorgeous lump of a play and produced here with levity and sensuousness at a level way beyond a rehearsed reading status.

Claire Foy is like a luminous liquid flowing around the stage and the rapport between Messers Harman and O’Neill was a joy to behold.

The scenes between Claire and Rory seemed much more sexually charged because the actors rarely stood very near each other and had their playtexts on lecterns in front of them. It was all in the delivery and it had me dribbling.

Blissful evening

To read the full review please go here.



Sep 26,2009

Total Film Scans

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Total Film’s Future 100: everything that matters over the next 12 months.

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans: Total Film (UK) – November 2009, thanks to Lorna



Sep 22,2009

‘Little Dorrit’: This year’s best Emmys discovery?

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Perhaps, when the words Little Dorrit kept coming up during last night’s Emmy Awards broadcast, you were all, “Little who?” Or maybe you filtered out the unfamiliar phrase altogether and have no idea what I’m talking about. But wait! There’s a reason why the BBC-WGBH Charles Dickens adaptation picked up so many trophies, including Outstanding Miniseries plus the writing and directing awards in that field.

I’m not even a Dickens fan like that, but my 19th-century-British-literature-obsessive girlfriend sure is, so I watched the miniseries when it aired this spring. The cast was one of those sprawling BBC ensembles, featuring memorable performances from actors I’d never seen before (Claire Foy, as debtor’s daughter Amy Dorrit) as well as some familiar faces (Matthew “Mr. Darcy” Macfadyen as earnest hero Arthur Clennam, Andy “Gollum” Serkis as creepy villain Rigaud). And the plot — all about wealth and class and massive finance-industry malfeasance — was shockingly relevant in 2009. If you’d like to see a melodramatic TV movie about the Bernie Madoff scandal, you’d probably be better off seeking out Little Dorrit on DVD. It’ll be just as much fun, you’ll get a long-suffering love story at the same time, and you know the production values will be higher with the BBC in charge.

Did any of you catch Little Dorrit when it first aired? How psyched are you to see it having a well-deserved Emmy moment? Or are you looking forward to discovering Little Dorrit now that the Emmys have brought it to your attention?

by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Source: EW.com



Sep 21,2009

Being Human

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Thanks to my friend Luciana, we have HQ screencaptures from Claire’s guest appearance in the pilot episode of Being Human.

Being Human is a supernatural drama from the BBC that revolves around the concept of two young men—Mitchell and George–sharing a flat. While this seems like a tried and tested formula for television the twist is that Mitchell (Aidan Turner – The Tudors) is a vampire and George (Russell ToveyLittle Dorrit, The History Boys) is a werewolf. Complicating matters further is pair’s newfound home is haunted by the ghost of Annie (Lenora Crichlow – Sugar Rush).

The “complete” series 1 is already available on DVD in the UK, but… while this is a great show, its DVD release is shockingly poor. This is a terrible DVD “complete” set, one of the very worst lack of efforts they’ve ever done. The BBC did an astounding job of producing extra material for this show for their website (short features filmed specially for the site showing some of the history of the leads prior to the show, actors filming behind the scenes diaries, etc) and for BBC3 (the excellent Unearthed documentary and the pilot episode that started the whole thing). And NONE of it is on the “complete” DVD. On top of that, much of the distinctive music from the show which helped set the atmosphere has been replaced with bland stock stuff.

GALLERY LINK:
Being Human (TV, 2008): Pilot



Sep 20,2009

Emmys

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Claire won’t be attending the Emmy Awards ceremony tonight, but we’ll be rooting for Little Dorrit! 🙂

UPDATE:

Little Dorrit comes up big:
Dark horse miniseries takes home the most Emmys

It was the little engine that could.

After staying off the radar with little marketing push, the BBC/PBS production of Little Dorrit surprisingly became the most honored program of the night with seven Emmys, including best miniseries.

It was a come-from-behind win. At the nomination stage, Dorrit was tied with its competitor in the best miniseries category, HBO’s Generation Kill, for sixth place, behind such heavy hitters as series 30 Rock, Mad Men and movies Grey Gardens and Into the Storm.

But in the end, the Charles Dickens adaptation squeaked past the dominant player in the longform space, HBO. The cabler’s Gardens was second in the program tally with six Emmys.

“This is a fantastic win that Dickens would be proud of,” said BBC Worldwide exec vp programming and production Jane Tranter, who commissioned the mini at the BBC. “If he was around today, he would undoubtedly be writing for television.”

Click here for the full list of Emmy Awards winners.

Dearbhla Walsh with her Emmy

Dearbhla Walsh with her Emmy for directing Little Dorrit

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Little Dorrit on a very well deserved win!!!



Sep 12,2009

Some new HQ pictures

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In a team effort we bring you today HQ photos of Claire at 3 different events and on location on August 25, 2008 on the set of ‘Little Dorrit‘. Most of these simply replace pictures we previously had in the gallery but there are also a few new ones. Enjoy!

GALLERY LINK:
Little Dorrit (2008): On the Set edit Sep 13: replaced 4 more with HQ versions
– Events in 2009: Royal Television Society Programme Awards
– Events in 2009: British Academy Television Craft Awards 2009
– Events in 2009: Cystic Fibrosis Trust Breathing Life Awards



Sep 11,2009

Filming Little Dorrit with Matthew MacFadyen and Eve Myles

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I’ve added 9 new old photos of Matthew MacFadyen, Claire Foy and Eve Myles on the Greenwich London set of Little Dorrit on Saturday May 3rd 2008.

GALLERY LINK:
Little Dorrit (2008): On the Set



Sep 09,2009

Tennessee Williams’ Reading

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Claire Foy will be doing the rehearsed reading of Tennessee Williams’ Fugitive Kind at the Donmar Warehouse on 15 September 2009 at 7.30 pm.

Unfortunately no press photos get taken at the readings. So if you attend it and happen to take any photos of Claire, we’d greatly appreciate if you could share them with us.

All reading tickets £10.
Up to 20 £7.50 standing tickets available once the performance is sold out.

GALLERY LINK:
– Miscellaneous: Rehearsed Reading of Fugitive Kind at the Donmar Warehouse



Sep 07,2009

Vote for Little Dorrit

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Little Dorrit is up for Best Drama in the National TV Awards! Vote now and spread the word!



Aug 16,2009

LA-Story.com Interview

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During the “2009 Winter TCA Tour”, which took place early January 2009, LA-Story.com had the chance to interview Claire Foy about all things ‘Little Dorrit‘ as well as a little about ‘Season of the Witch‘. The video interview was published on their website in late March – which was when ‘Little Dorrit‘ started airing in the US. Be sure to watch the interesting 12-min interview and enjoy our screencaptures in the gallery. Thanks Joe for the link.

The interview which was done a few months ago shows off Claire Foy after a long day of interviews and still she’s got the light, joy and wonder of all that is occuring in her life as her acting is becoming more in demand. She is fabulous!

Gallery link:
– Interviews/News Segments: LA-Story.com | Little Dorrit | Claire Foy interview



Aug 09,2009

Isleham Informer Scan

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Finally something new to update Claire Foy Source with! 😀

Like Guy had informed us in the beginning of July, Claire Foy was then filming the low-budget drama Wreckers, with locations in London and a village in rural Cambridgeshire called Isleham.

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.

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans: Isleham Informer (UK) – August 2009



Aug 01,2009

‘Idyllic’ location for major feature film

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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…



Jul 18,2009

Little Dorrit leads UK Emmy awards charge

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Drama nominated in 11 categories

The BBC’s Little Dorrit will head the British charge for glory at this year’s Emmy Awards, with the drama nominated in 11 categories.

Charles Dickens’ timeless rags-to-riches story concerns the vacillating fortunes of the Dorrit family. Read the rest of this entry »



Jul 15,2009

MASTERPIECE Classic Interview

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Newcomer lead actress Claire Foy discussed the character of Amy Dorrit in an exclusive interview with MASTERPIECE. You can watch the interview on YouTube.

Thanks to everyone who has been visiting Claire Foy Source and those who left comments. Mia and I really appreciate your positive feedback. 🙂

GALLERY LINK:
– Interviews/News Segments: MASTERPIECE Classic | Little Dorrit | Claire Foy interview



Jul 08,2009

You Scans

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I’ve added scans from last year’s You featuring the ‘Young British Actresses to Watch’. The photoshoot is available over here and the article was transcribed by Mia and added to our Press section.

If you have anything concerning Claire, be it old or new, please contact us.

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans: You (UK) – September 14, 2008



Jul 07,2009

New Project: Going Postal

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Sky1 has announced the cast for their upcoming adaptation of the Terry Pratchett discworld novel Going Postal – and Claire Foy is playing one of the lead characters: Adora Belle Dearheart. The rest of the illustre cast include Richard Coyle as Moist Von Lipwig, David Suchet as Reacher Guilt, Charles Dance as Lord Vetinari, Steve Pemberton as Drumknott, Andrew Sachs as Groat and Tamsin Greig as Miss Cripslock.

This is Sky1’s third adaptation of a Terry Pratchett novel – hopefully it’ll be as successful as Hogfather and The Colour of Magic. The story of the fantasy novel Going Postal is happening in Ankh-Morphork and filming has now started in Budapest, Hungary. Directed by Jon Jones (The Diary of Anne Frank, Northanger Abbey), produced by Sue De Beauvoir (Merlin) and adapted by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle the TV adaptation is scheduled to air on Sky1 and Sky1 HD in the UK next Easter (2010) in two parts. Each episode will be an hour and a half long.

Synopsis:
Going Postal is the story of arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig (Coyle) and the beautiful, vengeful Adora Belle Dearheart (Foy). A life long travelling con-artist, Lipwig’s crimes finally catch up with him in the town of Ankh-Morpork. Faced with death by hanging, Lipwig is spared by Lord Vetinari (Dance), who sees him as the perfect man for the role of Postmaster in the decrepit Ankh-Morpork post office. Faced with an almost impossible task, and making an immediate enemy of bloodthirsty tyrant Reacher Gilt (Suchet), owner of the rival money-hungry Grand Trunk Clacks communication monopoly, Lipwig’s first instinct is to run. That is until he meets the spellbinding Adora. Captivated by her beauty and brains, Lipwig will try anything to win her affections…little knowing the part he has played in her family’s downfall.

Sources: SF Crownest, Digital Spy, TV Scoop



Jul 03,2009

New Project: Wreckers

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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.



Jul 02,2009

Season of the Witch Uncaged in March

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Good news! Lionsgate announced that Dominic Sena’s Season of the Witch has been granted a March release! Lionsgate obviously feels confident enough to put it up against Dimension Films’ Piranha 3D.

That’s right, kids! Look for the flick, which stars Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Claire Foy, Robbie Sheehan, and Stephen Graham, in theatres on March 19th, 2010.

The film centers upon the story of 14th century knights transporting a girl suspected of being the witch who has spread the Black Plague, to trial. Along the way they face a mystical and treacherous landscape.



Jun 30,2009

Television Craft Awards Interview

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Angellica Bell introduced the 10th annual British Academy Television Craft Awards from the London Hilton Hotel on Sunday 17 May 2009. She talked to Claire among others. You can watch the video on YouTube.

GALLERY LINK:
– Interviews/News Segments: Television Craft Awards | Intro | BAFTA



Jun 26,2009

WOTV Interview

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Last October, the cast of Little Dorrit talked to whatsontv.co.uk about their characters in the BBC adaption of the Charles Dickens novel. You can watch the interview on YouTube.

GALLERY LINK:
– Interviews/News Segments: WOTV: Meet the cast of Little Dorrit…



Jun 23,2009

Site Opening

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Welcome to Claire Foy Source aka Claire-Foy.org, your newest and first source for Claire Foy! After a few weeks of having up only a temporary site and gallery, we have opened the full version of the site. Claire Foy Source is owned and operated by Anna and Mia. We’ve recently discovered Miss Foy in Little Dorrit and decided to build this site as a tribute to this young actress who managed to captivate our attention like a veteran actress. We tried to make this site as complete as could be, but, at the moment, there isn’t much about Claire out there. Please stay tuned because Claire Foy Source will keep growing, just like Miss Foy’s career! We hope you enjoy this tribute we’ve built for the English star on the rise.



Mar 27,2009

Little Dorrit

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from Variety / by Brian Lowry

Writer Andrew Davies applied his quill pen to adapting a number of Jane Austen novels before tackling Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House,” and he’s back with another sprawling, impeccably cast PBS miniseries, “Little Dorrit.” This Dickens tale includes mystery, romance and dramatically shifting financial fortunes–and at eight hours spread across five nights, there are ample portions of everything. Slow going at first and rushed near the end, it’s nevertheless an absorbing piece of work, reminding us that there are certain things the Brits simply do better.

Although PBS is scheduling “Little Dorrit” across five successive Sundays, as with “Bleak House,” the story is actually told in half-hour chapters. This results in a roller-coaster approach that builds toward those episodic breaks, which requires a bit of getting used to.

Characteristic of Dickens, the story exposes harsh class distinctions in the early 19th century, as well as shadowy financial doings, blackmail and even a big, heartless bureaucracy, the Circumlocution Office, which all makes the author seem a little bit like Nostradamus.

Driving the action is Arthur Clennam (“Frost/Nixon’s” Matthew Macfadyen), who returns from several years abroad with a vague deathbed admonition from his father to “Put it right.” Arthur’s imperious mother (the wonderful Judy Parfitt, in a character much like the one she played in “Dolores Claiborne”), begins to employ a poor seamstress, Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), who has grown up in debtor’s prison, where her addled father, William (Tom Courtenay), has been held for more than 20 years.

Clearly, Mrs. Clennam is hiding secrets of her family’s past, and Arthur is determined to uncover them–fearing that his family is somehow responsible for the Dorrits’ misfortune.

Unfortunately, the saintly, doe-eyed Amy is a true pearl among swine, a different breed than her dad or her money-grubbing sister (Emma Pierson). Along the way, after winning Amy’s heart with his kindness toward the Dorrits, Arthur falls in love with another–one of several impediments that keep the two apart. The teeming cast also includes Andy Serkis under a Cyrano nose as Rigaud, a murderous French blackmailer with a Pepe Le Pew accent; and Alun Armstrong as Mrs. Clennam’s beady-eyed attendant.

Perhaps the biggest wrinkle from Davies–who has a reputation for tatting up Victorian material–involves the mysterious Miss Wade (Maxine Peake), whose plotting with Rigaud also includes several scenes that strongly imply she’s a lesbian.

Davies could have easily shed (or at least pared down) a few of these subplots without seriously diminishing the story’s grandeur, and after the lengthy windup, the last hour races through tying up the assorted loose ends. Even so, there’s so much gaudy talent on display here that those with an appetite for it won’t be able to get enough, and “Little Dorrit” gives them everything they could want in a big, gloriously messy package.



Nov 11,2008

Little Dorrit has a big debt

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from Daily Mail / by Richard Kay

AS THE star of the BBC’s sumptuous adaptation of Little Dorrit, fragile actress Claire Foy should be well-warned about the dangers of owing money. But it seems the 24-year-old newcomer (right) believes that out of sight is out of mind when it comes to the [pounds sterling]10,000 student debt she ran up before landing the plum role in the primetime show.

‘The loan I received at the Oxford School Of Drama remains unpaid,’ says Claire, whose father in the Dickensian drama played by Sir Tom Courtenay is locked up in a debtors’ prison. ‘It’s hideously large and I should do something about it now I’ve earned some decent money. But if I get sent a letter which says: “The interest on your student loan has gone up by [pounds sterling]500”, I just stick it in the back of the drawer. Perhaps not the ideal thing to be doing during a credit crunch.’



Nov 07,2008

Little Claire Foy

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from Evening Standard Magazine / by Emily Bearn

The star of BBC’s Little Dorrit looks appropriately meek and Dickensian. But the girl who’s going on to Hollywood to star with Nicolas Cage is an actress with great expectations…

All hail the 24-year-old Miss Claire Foy of Southwark, who is set very fair to be the next big thing. She is currently topping the bill in the BBC’s autumn blockbuster, a lavish 15-part production of Dickens’ Little Dorrit, and Vogue has declared that she will be the brightest star of the season, placing her at the top of its list of the 40 hottest phenomena to watch out for. Foy, it claimed, is more desirable than a bijou bag.

I have caught up with her at a hotel bar in Soho, peopled by ornamental Buddhas, to which Foy has been chaperoned by a BBC publicist. They have arrived early, and Foy has discreetly hidden herself away at a table in the corner. Dressed in layers of vests and baggy T-shirts, and with a twinge of estuary in her accent (she grew up in Aylesbury), she’s a far cry from the girl in Little Dorrit‘s chocolate-boxy publicity stills. She looks like a student – which, until she graduated from the Oxford School of Drama last year, is what she was. Even so, she appears remarkably undazzled by the sudden fuss being made of her. ‘It’s all complete bollocks,’ she says emphatically, wresting the lid off a bottle of water. ‘I mean, someone said I was hotter than patterned tights! All that stuff is unreal. It’s like a credit card; it doesn’t mean anything.’
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Oct 31,2008

Shooting for ‘Season of the Witch’ started last week

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from Daily Mail

Claire Foy, who – despite being so good in the BBC TV serial Little Dorrit – has moved quickly to ensure she doesn’t get typecast in angelic roles. Claire is playing a sorceress in Season Of The Witch opposite Nicolas Cage and Stephen Campbell Moore. Shooting begins next week in Hungary. The film is set in the 14th century and features tales of witchcraft, religious intolerance and the Black Death. Meanwhile, Eddie Marsan, who plays Mr Pancks the intrepid sleuth in Little Dorrit, is a Scotland Yard detective in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movie. ‘I’m Starse of the Yard,’ he said at the nominations launch for the British Independent Film Awards, in which he was nominated for his performance as a driving instructor in Mike Leigh’s movie Happy-Go-Lucky.



Oct 31,2008

Don’t let me end up like Sienna Miller

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from Daily Mail / by David Wigg

Sir Tom Courtenay calls her ‘a wonderful discovery’. Matthew Macfadyen says she’s ‘no less than brilliant.’ The trade magazine Screen International lists her as one to watch and Vogue tips her as this autumn’s brightest star.

No wonder 24-year-old Claire Foy is smiling. She has landed the title role in BBC1’s new primetime Dickensian costume drama Little Dorrit – yet a year ago she was a struggling drama student, a complete unknown.

‘How jammy can one girl be?’ she asks, her huge blue eyes widening in astonishment at her own good luck. One of the jobs she undertook to help support herself was working for a film catering company. She would serve up bacon sandwiches to hungry actors and ravenous technicians, and she says it was the most demanding week of her life.

But it was the closest she’d been to fulfilling her dream. ‘I’ve always been an attention seeker,’ she says. ‘I used to put on shows at home, dressing up and roping my cousins in to help, but I always gave myself the best parts.’

Little Dorrit – which attracted an audience of more than six million, following close on the success of Bleak House and Cranford, when it launched last weekend – is packed with two dozen established acting names, but it is young Claire Foy – the ‘angel’ of this gritty love story – who has had to be on call each day for every scene.
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Oct 26,2008

Little Dorrit and the next big thing

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from The Sunday Telegraph / by Daphne Lockyer

She’s on the verge of period drama stardom. But Claire Foy isn’t acting famous, says Daphne Lockyer

When the producers of Little Dorrit first clapped eyes on 24- year-old Claire Foy, they were delighted. At just 7st 12lbs, the hitherto unknown actress who leads the starry cast of BBC1’s new costume drama is so petite, she looks as though she might weigh less than a copy of the Dickens novel. But who better to play a girl whose very name refers to her smallness?

“There were three possible actresses for the part,” says Andrew Davies, who adapted the novel about escaping the misery of debt into 30-minute chunks (tonight’s first episode is an hour-long treat). “But, physically, Claire was perfect. She was the youngest-looking and the smallest. And then we discovered other marvellous things about her” – not least her lack of starriness.

Born in Stockport, Foy grafted hard at acting school, taking factory work to supplement her grant. Today, with her career on the verge of lift-off – Vogue put her top of its annual list of 40 new talents – she still shares a house with five other young actors.

For the latest milestone adaptation of a classic Victorian novel, Little Dorrit’s producers were looking for an actress of the calibre of Anna Maxwell Martin or Ruth Wilson – who, like Foy, had both been ingenues before their award-winning period drama roles.

“When I thought about those actresses, I never put myself in the same bracket,” says Foy. “Mostly, I was thinking: ‘They just don’t give a part like that to someone like me.’ ”
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Oct 05,2008

Face of the Moment: Claire Foy

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from The Sunday Times

Who is she? Fresh out of The Oxford School of Drama, the 24-year-old half-Irish actress will be a repeat visitor in bonnet-loving living rooms this autumn, when the BBC’s Little Dorrit rolls out. The cast includes Matthew Macfadyen, Andy Serkis, Mackenzie Crook and Ruth Jones.

Who does she play? The heroine, Amy Dorrit, dutiful daughter of a feckless bankrupt (Tom Courtenay). Foy is presumably better heeled, having appeared at the National Theatre in the gritty “yoof” play DNA, as well as in the BBC3 sci-fi drama Being Human and the medical soap Doctors.



Sep 19,2008

British actresses to watch

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from You Magazine / by Amy Williams

This autumn our TV screens will be set alight by a new generation of talented actresses. Here we present the brightest faces that have bagged the best roles

Claire Foy, 26, from Buckinghamshire, graduated last year from the Oxford School of Drama and will soon hit our screens as Little Dorrit in the 14-part BBC1 dramatisation of the Dickens novel, which starts next month, and also stars Tom Courtenay and James Fleet.

I WAS BORN TO ACT BECAUSE… I was always an attention seeker: I used to put on shows at home and rope in cousins. Eternal were the band of the day, so when we didn’t have a play to perform we’d dress up in our best Tammy Girl clothes and prance around to one of their hits. I like to think it showed a creative streak.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS… the people. We filmed Little Dorrit over five months, and the cast and crew became like a big family. You realise that actors you’ve admired for ages, like Matthew Macfadyen, are just normal, lovely people. The worst bit was having to let my eyebrows grow out – I was told that Little Dorrit would never have plucked hers!

MY IDEAL LEADING MAN WOULD BE… Matthew Macfadyen – how much luckier could a girl get? I’d also love to act with Ben Whishaw – the Brit actor of the moment. Also, the ‘old school’ screen actor Montgomery Clift – my quirky choice – oh, and George Clooney.

THE REAL CHALLENGE FOR ME HAS BEEN… acting for TV. Theatre was always my aim, and I was lucky enough to perform at the National Theatre in London this year, but I’ve loved filming for TV. The only problem is that you don’t really get taught about it at drama school, so I feel I’ve been learning as I go along. But I hope with Little Dorrit I’ve got it right.



Mar 21,2008

Watch out for…

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from Daily Mail / by Baz Bamigboye

CLAIRE FOY, who has beaten a long list of rivals for the title role in Little Dorrit, in which she’ll star for BBC TV.

The production will follow the same format as the award-winning Bleak House, with a one-hour opening drama and then several half-hour episodes, which is appropriate because Charles Dickens originally published the story in instalments.



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