Biography of Claire Foy
Claire Foy is a British actress whose roles in the series "The Crown" and films like "Season of the Witch", "Breathe", and "Unsane" have brought her popularity.
Childhood and Youth
Claire Elizabeth Foy was born on April 16, 1984 in England, in the city of Stockport, near Manchester. Claire is the youngest of three children born to David Foy, a salesperson for the Rank Xerox company, and Caroline, a pharmacist from a "large Irish family". The actress's older brother is named Robert, and her older sister is Gemma.
Claire's parents divorced when she was 8 years old. According to Foy, she remembers little about this period of her life - she experienced the divorce relatively easily, unlike Robert and Gemma. The children stayed with their mother; the family first moved to Manchester, then to Leeds. Their father continued to see the children and maintained a good relationship with their mother.
Claire showed creative potential at an early age. She was happy to put on plays, dance, and play the piano in front of anyone willing to watch her performance. She enjoyed "singing and impersonating animals" the most. At that time, Foy did not even consider an acting career.
Everything changed when Claire was 13 years old and was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, which required her to significantly reduce her physical activity. She spent a lot of time in front of the TV, and after watching another cinematic classic, the idea of acting came to her.
At the age of 17, the girl began to have health problems again. Doctors found a tumor in her right eye, but fortunately, it turned out to be benign. After the operation, her right eye became slightly different from the left one.
Money was tight in the family, so from the age of 14, Claire combined her studies at the Aylesbury High School for Girls with part-time work in a local pub. This continued until she enrolled at Liverpool John Moores University (preceded by an unsuccessful attempt to enter the journalism faculty), where Foy studied drama and film theory, but later, at the insistence of her teachers, she turned her attention to acting.
After graduation, Foy continued her studies on a one-year acting course at the Oxford School of Drama. After finishing her postgraduate studies in 2007, Claire moved to London, where she settled with five friends from drama school and started working on her acting career. To make ends meet, she had to work in a call center and sell magazines near the metro station.
Claire's acting career began in 2008 when she appeared on screen for the first time in a role as a werewolf's ex-fiancé in an episode of the fantasy series "Being Human," which centered around three neighbors: a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost. She was lucky - she landed this role without an agent, who she did not have at the time. Looking back, Claire admitted that she considered this role terrible, but it was a kind of initiation rite that every actor must undergo.
After that, she appeared in two serious theater productions directed by Paul Miller at the Royal National Theater in London. That same year, Foy landed the lead role in the BBC mini-series "Little Dorrit" based on Charles Dickens' novel. This role earned her a nomination for the RTS (Royal Television Society) award.
In 2010, Claire could be seen in the television movie "Pulse" and in the American adventure film "Season of the Witch" by Dominic Sena, starring Nicolas Cage. The film was released in 2011 and was unanimously declared a failure by critics.
Then Claire had the good fortune to work with Benedict Cumberbatch on the British love drama "Wreckers," and she was also cast in one of the main roles in the dramatic series "Upstairs Downstairs," which was a continuation of the British series of the same name from the 1970s.
From 2012 to 2014, Foy appeared in the series "White Heat" about the lives of seven London students from 1965 to the present, in the American spy saga "Crossbones" with John Malkovich and Richard Coyle, the youth fantasy melodrama "Vampire Academy", and in Jon Stewart's prisoner drama "Rosewater".
In 2015, Claire took on the role of Anne Boleyn, the future mother of Queen Elizabeth I of England, in the six-part film "Wolf Hall". Critics were almost unanimous in their positive reviews of the series, particularly praising the precise and convincing performances of Mark Rylance (as Henry VIII's advisor and Boleyn's husband, Thomas Cromwell) and Claire Foy. The actress was compared to the legendary Genevieve Bujold in the 1969 film "Anne of the Thousand Days", in which the Canadian also played Boleyn. For this role, Foy was nominated for a BAFTA award.
In 2016, Foy was again offered to star in a historical project – she was cast in the role of a young Queen Elizabeth II in the biographical drama series "The Crown", which has won numerous awards. The Duke of Edinburgh, Philip, the queen's husband, was played by Matt Smith (subsequently replaced by Tobias Menzies). It is notable that actress Victoria Hamilton, who played Elizabeth's mother, is only 13 years older than Foy. Claire was replaced by British actress Olivia Colman in seasons 3 and 4 of the series.
The role in the series about the life of the royal family earned Claire a "Golden Globe", two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven nominations for other prestigious awards. However, it was not without scandals. It was noted that Matt Smith was paid more for filming than Foy, partly due to his popularity after the release of the series "Doctor Who". Advocates for gender rights immediately created a petition, after which Smith donated the wage difference to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.
In 2017, Claire starred in the lead role in Andy Serkis's romantic film "Breathe" alongside Andrew Garfield, who portrayed charming adventurer Robin Cavendish, paralyzed as a result of polio.
In 2018, Steven Soderbergh's American thriller "Unsane" premiered, in which Claire Foy's character Sawyer Valentini involuntarily ends up in a psychiatric institution where she has to fight her demons. The film also stars Matt Damon and Juno Temple.
Foy also appeared in the adaptation of the detective novel "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by Swedish author David Lagercrantz, in which she plays the familiar character of the hacker Lisbeth Salander. In other films, this character has been portrayed by Noomi Rapace, Tehilla Blad, and Rooney Mara. The film was directed by Uruguayan director Fede Álvarez.
In November 2018, Claire could be seen in Damien Chazelle's American biographical drama "First Man" about legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong (portrayed by Ryan Gosling) and the true story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon. Foy played Armstrong's first wife.
Personal Life of Claire Foy
Claire Foy met English actor Stephen Campbell Moore, who is seven years her senior, on the set of the film "Season of the Witch" in 2011. Sparks flew between the young couple, and they married in December 2014. Soon after, Foy became pregnant but did not leave the set of "Wolf Hall". Just four months after the birth of their daughter, Ivy Rose, the actress returned to work.
At the end of 2017, Claire Foy's husband had a brain tumor removed. A few months later, the actors announced their separation. According to the couple, they had ended their relationship long before the public announcement. After their divorce, Claire and Stephen remained good friends.
Claire Foy Now
In 2021, the biographical drama "The Electrical Life of Louis Wain" was released, revealing the largely tragic story of the famous artist. Foy played Wain's wife, Emily Richardson, and the artist himself was portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. "Emily was a breath of fresh air for me — I really enjoyed playing a character not burdened by trauma and struggles," Foy said.
That same year, the miniseries "A Very British Scandal" premiered, in which Claire landed the leading role of the Duchess of Argyll. "Margaret seemed complicated to me, and I disagreed and condemned many of her actions. I must say, I learned a lesson here: do not judge the characters you play, it's important to focus on conveying the essence of their nature... " the actress said about her character.
In addition, Foy took on the main female role in the drama "My Son" with James McAvoy, and alongside Rooney Mara, she shone in the Oscar-winning drama "Women Talking".
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