Claire Elizabeth Foy (born 16 April 1984) is an English actress. She studied drama and screen studies at Liverpool John Moores University and trained at the Oxford School of Drama, where she appeared in four plays, including Watership Down. She made her screen debut in the pilot episode of Being Human (2008) and in an episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors (2008). Following her professional stage debut at the Royal National Theatre, she played the title role in the BBC One production of Little Dorrit (2008), and made her film debut as Anna in Season of the Witch (2011).
She had main roles as Erin Matthews in the Channel 4 series The Promise (2011) and as Kate Balfour in the NBC series Crossbones (2014). She received praise for her performance as the ill-fated queen Anne Boleyn in BBC2's Wolf Hall (2015), for which she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress and the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries.
From 2016-17, she portrayed the young Queen Elizabeth II on the Netflix series The Crown, a role for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2018, she will star alongside Ryan Gosling as Janet Shearon in Damien Chazelle's biographical drama First Man and portray Lisbeth Salander in the crime thriller The Girl in the Spider's Web. In 2018, Foy starred as Sawyer Valentini in Steven Soderbergh's thriller Unsane.
Foy was born in Stockport. She has said that her mother comes from "a massive Irish family." She grew up in Manchester and Leeds, the youngest of three children. Her family later moved to Longwick, Buckinghamshire for her father's job as a salesman for Rank Xerox. Her parents divorced when she was eight.
She attended Aylesbury High School, a girls' grammar school, from the age of twelve; she then attended Liverpool John Moores University, studying drama and screen studies. She also trained in a one-year course at the Oxford School of Drama. She graduated in 2007 and moved to Peckham to share a house "with five friends from drama school".
While at the Oxford School of Drama, Foy appeared in the plays Top Girls, Watership Down, Easy Virtue and Touched. After appearing on television, she made her professional stage debut in DNA and The Miracle, two of a trio of one acts directed by Paul Miller at the Royal National Theatre in London; the other one act was Baby Girl.
She starred as the protagonist Amy Dorrit in BBC mini-series Little Dorrit, and was nominated for an RTS Award. She went on to appear in TV film Going Postal and in the Medieval adventure film Season of the Witch alongside Nicolas Cage. She starred in the BBC revival of Upstairs Downstairs as Lady Persephone. Foy co-starred in the Channel 4 mini-series The Promise, broadcast in February 2011.
She played a lead role of Helen in the TV movie The Night Watch, which was based on a Sarah Waters novel. She returned to the stage in February 2013 as Lady Macbeth, alongside James McAvoy in the title role, in Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios.
In 2015, Foy played the English queen Anne Boleyn in the six-part drama series, Wolf Hall. Foy's performance as Boleyn was met with critical praise, comparing her to Geneviève Bujold's iconic performance in Anne of the Thousand Days. She would go on to be nominated for the 2016 British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.
In 2016, she began portraying the young Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's Netflix biographical drama series The Crown, opposite Matt Smith as her consort Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill. Her performance earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. She was also nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She reprised the role in the second season, before exiting the series and passing the role over to actress Olivia Colman, who will portray the queen in middle-age. She also played Diana Cavendish in the biographical drama film Breathe (2017) opposite Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish.
Foy was married to actor Stephen Campbell Moore. Together they have a daughter, Ivy Rose, born in March 2015. The couple announced their separation in February 2018, stating that they "have been [separated] for some time."
|2011||Season of the Witch||Anna|
|2014||Vampire Academy||Sonya Karp|
|2015||The Lady in the Van||Lois|
|First Man||Janet Shearon||Post-production|
|The Girl in the Spider's Web||Lisbeth Salander||Filming|
|2011||Night Watch, TheThe Night Watch||Helen Giniver|
|2014||Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night||Narrator|
|2008||Being Human||Julia Beckett||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2008||Doctors||Chloe Webster||Episode: "The Party's Over"|
|2008||Little Dorrit||Amy Dorrit||14 episodes|
|2009||10 Minute Tales||Woman||Episode: "Through the Window"|
|2010||Terry Pratchett's Going Postal||Adora Belle Dearheart||2 episodes|
|2010–12||Upstairs Downstairs||Lady Persephone Towyn||9 episodes|
|2011||Promise, TheThe Promise||Erin Matthews||4 episodes|
|2012||White Heat||Charlotte Pew||6 episodes|
|2014||Crossbones||Kate Balfour||9 episodes|
|2014||The Great War: The People's Story||Helen Bentwich||2 episodes|
|2015||Wolf Hall||Anne Boleyn||6 episodes|
|2016–17||Crown, TheThe Crown||Queen Elizabeth II||20 episodes|
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