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Claire Foy On…

from the ‘Going Postal‘ Press Pack

Going Postal…
It’s the story of Moist von Lipwig and about him pulling his finger out, really. It’s a very human story, it’s about relationships and you can relate to it; there are a lot of modern references. It’s fantasy, but not a fantasy.

Adora Belle Dearheart…
She’s a badass. She’s hard as nails on the outside and she doesn’t give people much of a chance, but actually, underneath, she’s very vulnerable. She’s had a hard life and she’s a sensitive soul deep down, so there are plenty of moments to play when the mask slips.

Adora works for the Golem Trust and Lipwig’s parole officer is a golem. She’s sort of like a recruitment consultant for them and stands up for their rights. Lipwig wants to learn how to manipulate the golems so that’s when she meets him. After that he’s constantly trying to get a date with her. Both her brother and father have died as the result of a family fortune they lost, and the man she blames for that is Reacher Gilt. She hates him with a passion. It turns out that Lipwig has a plan to bring Gilt down, so that is where it all begins between the two of them…

Adora and Lipwig’s relationship…
It’s a love-hate relationship, based mainly on hate. It’s a hidden love on Adora’s side, while Lipwig is very vocal about his love for her and tries to be romantic. They make such a great couple. I’d like to see how their relationship develops and to see them in later life.

Working in fantasy…
The script helps you dispend your disbelief when you’re acting, and because it’s fantasy, nothing has to make sense – it just is. You don’t think about everything you’d usually question, such as giant clay men. It’s really refreshing because you’re at liberty to take risks.

Pratchett books…
I was never really very good with fantasy growing up, but I’ve loved reading this book. It’s so funny, and I didn’t expect that. Terry’s so witty in his writing and every single character has a different voice and I think that’s incredible. As an actor, that’s lovely to read because you can imagine them a bit more.

A golem is animated clay. It’s not like a robot, but they don’t need to eat and they don’t get tired like a human being would. I think Adora likes them because they’re uncomplicated. Mr Pump is huge. They’ve done such a great job with the costume but poor Marnix boiled in the 37 degree Hungarian heat inside this giant foam suit.

Costume and make-up…
In everything I’ve done before I’ve had almost no make-up and now I get to have red nail varnish, red lipstick and false eyelashes – it’s really exciting. Adora isn’t a tart though, she’s just really ballsy and she doesn’t wear the make-up so that others think she looks nice, it’s like armour for her. And the costume is fantastic. I love it.

The stilettos are an interesting addition. I’ve had to ride a horse in them and getting off can be a challenge because the heel tends to get caught in the dress and then the dress gets ripped. The heels are amazing because I’m in a period costume and then I’ve got these shoes from Soho on my feet – patent leather sex shop boots.

Dancing the tango…
I’m not really a natural dancer; I’m keen and enthusiastic as opposed to being gifted. Richard’s very good and I think I make up for not being very well co-ordinated by just wanting to do well. We’ve had to do a lot of practice because it has to be perfect.

Firing a crossbow…
I was trained by a Hungarian man in a field. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be, maybe I have a natural ability with firearms. He sort of said a few things that I couldn’t really understand, I fired it, and he said yes. So that was that. In one of the takes with the bow, I fired it and it pinged off a wall and hit me in the face. I was fine, but the crew were all hiding behind some sort of giant riot shield.

I have to do a lot of smoking. They’re full-on fags, but they’re in a holder and I can’t really inhale. I can’t be smoking while I’m reciting lines anyway, but I did practise blowing it out through my nose so that it wasn’t in my lungs. But I couldn’t tell if it was working and I probably looked like a right wally. Smoking is a big part of the character and the story explains how she started.

The adaptation…
I think you have a responsibility when you’re doing something like this with such a loyal following to do it right. You can’t take liberties and randomly put things in that aren’t in the books. Throughout the production, the attention to detail has been amazing, in the sets especially. Ank-Morpork Square looks incredible and when all the supporting artists are there in their costumes it’s really surreal.

Differences between Little Dorrit and Going Postal
There are a lot of Dickensian elements to Going Postal, but it’s like Dickens on speed or Dickens in technicolour – the costumes are so bright and the characters so large. Terry’s quite similar to Dickens in that his characters are so defined, and that gives actors a lot of room to really go to town on them. But in Little Dorrit everything was very muted and real. And Dorrit is the complete opposite to Adora. I can’t imagine what would happen if Amy Dorrit met Adora Belle Dearheart, she’d probably have a heart attack.


Claire Foy was born in Stockport and raised in Manchester and Leeds before her family later moved to Buckinghamshire. She studied drama and screen studies at Liverpool John Moores University before completing a one-year course at the Oxford School of Drama. She graduated in 2007.

During her time at drama school, Claire starred in the plays Top Girls, Watership Down, Easy Virtue and Touched. In 2008 she made her professional stage debut in DNA and The Miracle, two of a trio of one-act plays at the Royal National Theatre. Claire’s big break came in 2008 when she won the lead role in the BBC’s 14-episode costume drama Little Dorrit, starring alongside Matthew Macfadyen and Tom Courtenay.

This year will see Claire make her big screen debut, playing a girl who is suspected of being a witch in the forthcoming film Season Of The Witch starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. Claire is currently filming a four-part drama, Homeland, for Channel 4 about an 18-year-old Londoner who spends a summer in Israel and comes face-to-face with the brutal realities of conflict in the Middle East.


2010 The girl, SEASON OF THE WITCH

2010 Erin, HOMELAND, Daybreak Pictures/Channel 4
2010 Adora Belle Dearheart, GOING POSTAL, The Mob Film Company/Sky
2009 The woman, 10 MINUTE TALES: THROUGH THE WINDOW, Endor Prod/Sky
2008 Amy Dorrit, LITTLE DORRIT, BBC
2008 Chloe Webster, DOCTORS, BBC
2008 Julia, BEING HUMAN, Touchpaper Television/BBC

2008 DNA/THE MIRACLE, Royal National Theatre


The daughter of Robert Dearheart, founder of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and sister of the murdered John Dearheart, Adora is cynical, angry and a heavy smoker. She previously worked in a bank but she lost her job when Moist von Lipwig, before he knew her, ruined the banks. Adora currently works for the Golem Trust.

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