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Claire Foy admits she was left ’emotional’ over Anne Boleyn death scene in Wolf Hall

ACTORS may be known for masking their emotions well.

By Stephanie Takyi

However Wolf Hall star Claire Foy has revealed she found it hard not to get emotional while filming her character’s death scene.

The 30-year-old TV star plays the second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, in the hit BBC2 drama alongside Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII.

During an interview with Radio Times the pregnant actress admitted that the execution scene, in front of 200 extras, was a difficult experience.

“I had to have a bit of a word with myself, because I was feeling very emotional about the whole thing whereas Anne, by all accounts, really kept it all together,” she said.

“She takes her death sentence on the chin and that’s what I find really heartbreaking.”

Claire added: “She obviously had real moments of desperation while she was in the Tower, but I think she genuinely believed that if she had been accused falsely in this life, she would find justice in the next.”

The actress, who was in the early stages of pregnancy when she filmed the series, explained: “We used her own words, verbatim, for the scaffold speech and shot the whole thing a bit like a documentary. So for the audience it feels like you’re watching the whole thing live.”

The star, who is expecting her first child with new husband and fellow actor Stephen Campbell, also spoke of filming the scenes while pregnant.

“It was too early to tell anyone and it’s quite unpleasant when you can’t sit down or drink any water but, if I’m honest, all costumes, unless I’m in pyjamas, end up p***ing me off a bit,” she said.

Speaking about her character, Claire said: “For the amount that she achieved, and given the limited role of women in her time, Anne really had massive balls – bigger balls, I think, than anyone at Henry’s court. If she had been born in a man’s body, I think she would have made an extraordinary ruler.”

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Wolf Hall has become BBC2’s biggest new drama series for a decade, attracting an average audience of 3.9 million viewers.

Wolf Hall is based on Mantel’s pair of Man Booker prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.


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