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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