She is now bona fide Hollywood royalty after scooping her first Golden Globe for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.
But just five years ago, the showbiz set who watched Claire Foy take to the stage at the star-studded ceremony in Beverly Hills last night would be hard-pressed to name any of her acting roles.
So how did the 32-year-old go from virtual obscurity to the nation’s sweetheart almost overnight?
The mother-of-one has starring roles in Netflix blockbusters and major TV dramas under her belt, yet she has managed to avoid both the glare of the limelight – and the allure of Los Angeles – for much of her career.
But her story begins in Stockport, Greater Manchester, where she grew up the youngest of three children to a sales consultant and a pharmaceutical company worker from a ‘massive Irish family’.
Claire spent much of her early childhood in the north-west, until her parents split and she moved to Buckinghamshire with her mother and siblings.
Though less academic than her brother and sister, the self-confessed ‘attention seeker’ had dreams of being a ballerina before juvenile arthritis put her dancing ambitions on hold and she turned her attentions to acting.
‘I was never the prettiest or the most talented girl,’ she admitted in a 2008 interview.
‘It was always an uphill struggle. I’ve loved drama, but somehow I just thought everyone else was better than me.’
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