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Claire Foy actressThe Crown Season 2 Premiere - ArrivalsFeaturing: Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby Where: London, United Kingdom When: 21 Nov 2017 Credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com

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Claire Elizabeth Foy is a British actress. She is best known for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of the Netflix series The Crown (2016–2017) for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Years active: 2008–present
Born: April 16, 1984, 40 years old and 2 months, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Sun Sign: Aries
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Blue
Height: 5 ft 3¾ in or 162 cm
Measurements: 35-24-35 in or 89-61-89 cm
Bra Size 34A

Claire Foy - The Crown Season 2 Premiere - Arrivals
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actress Claire Foy in White Heat.
Claire foy in White Heat
Claire Foy actress
Claire Foy actress


Father – David Foy (Sales Director at Rank Xerox)
Mother – Caroline Foy (Pharmaceutical Company Worker)
Siblings – Gemma Foy (Older Sister), Robert Foy (Older Brother)

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).

Claire Foy who plays Queen Elizabeth II in the show and was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress at the 75th Golden Globes in january 2018.

She had main roles as Erin Matthews in the Channel 4 series The Promise (2011) and several other television films and miniseries, including as Kate Balfour in the NBC series Crossbones (2014). She received unanimous praise for her performance as the ill-fated queen Anne Boleyn in BBC2 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.

Early life

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 job as a salesman for Rank Xerox. Her parents divorced when she was aged 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 main 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 performance as Boleyn was met with critical praise, comparing her to Genevieve Bujold 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.

From 2016 to 2017, she began portraying the young Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan Netflix biographical drama series The Crown, opposite Matt Smith as her consort Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill. The role won her widespread critical acclaim and earned her a 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 a 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.

Upcoming film roles include Janet Shearon, wife of American astronaut Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle First Man and an unspecified role in Steven Soderbergh Unsane.


Personal life

Foy is married to actor Stephen Campbell Moore. Together they have one daughter born in March 2015.

First Film

She made her film debut in Nicolas Cage starrer fantasy adventure movie Season of the Witch in 2011 for her role as Anna.

First TV Show

Her first TV appearance came in the pilot of the supernatural drama series Being Human in 2008 in which she played Julia.

Claire Foy Favorite Things

Role – In a drama, titled The Promise

Claire Foy Facts

When she got enrolled in the Liverpool John Moores University, her goal was to become a cinematographer but changed her mind after realizing she wasn’t good at it.

To get into the role she is playing and to prepare mentally, she relies on music so that she can tune her mind to the task at hand.

Claire Foy went for acting after a drama teacher at the John Moores University advised her to enroll into a drama school.

For her debut role in the movie Being Human, Claire was noticed by the casting director after watching her showcase at the end of her drama school and asked her to audition for the role.

Claire was selected for her breakthrough role in the miniseries Little Dorrit because of her big blue eyes and her wonderful straight gaze that made her perfect for the role.

At the age of 17, she developed a benign tumor in her one eye for which she had to undergo steroids treatment leading to weight pile up and bad skin.

Claire Foy was five months pregnant when she auditioned for the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown and she started working just four months after childbirth.

Due to financial struggles, Claire had to do number of menial jobs while studying in university to pay her fees.

While growing up, she wanted to become a ballet dancer but at the age of 13, she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, which put her dancing routines on hold.

After graduating from Drama school, she faced some financial difficulties due to which she had to share a house with five friends and had to hand out sports magazine at Beckenham Junction in London at 5 in the morning.


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