Claire Elizabeth Foy, born on April 16, 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. Take a look below for 26 more interesting and fascinating facts about Claire Foy.
1. She made her screen debut in the pilot episode of Being Human and in an episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors.
2. Following her professional stage debut at the Royal National Theater, she played the title role in the BBC One production of Little Dorrit, and made her film debut as Anna in Season of the Witch.
3. Foy had main roles as Erin Matthews in the Channel 4 series The Promise and as Kate Balfour in the NBC series Crossbones.
4. Foy received praise for her performances as the ill-fated queen Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s Wolf Hall, 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.
5. From 2016 to 2017, Foy 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.
6. 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.
7. In 2018, Foy starred as Sawyer Valentini in Steven Soderbergh’s thriller Unsane.
8. Foy said that her mother comes from, “a massive Irish family.”
9. She was born in Stockport, England. She grew up in Manchester and Leeds, the youngest of three children.
10. Her family later moved to Longwick, Buckinghamshire for her father’s job as a salesman for Rank Xerox.
11. She went to Aylesbury High School, a girls’ grammar school, from the age of 12; she then attended Liverpool John Moores University, studying drama and screen studies.
12. Foy 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.
13. She was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine’s Young Hollywood Issue.
14. Foy was 2 months pregnant with her daughter Ivy when she completed filming Wolf Hall.
15. She gave birth to her first child at age 30, a daughter Ivy Rose Moore, in March 2015. The child’s father is her now estranged husband, Stephen Campbell Moore.
16. She returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her daughter Ivy to begin filming The Crown.
17. Foy is a lifelong avid fan of Bruce Springsteen.
18. Foy is just 13 years younger than Victoria Hamilton, who played her mother on The Crown.
19. Her childhood celebrity crush was Stephen Gately of Boyzone.
20. She and her now estranged ex-husband, Stephen Campbell Moore, have both played a King and Queen of the same family. He played Kind Edward VIII in Wallis & Edward, and Claire played Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.
21. For sheer magnetic screen presence, she loves Jack Nicholson, and for his good looks, she likes Mark Ruffalo.
22. While at the Oxford School of Drama, Foy appeared in the plays Top Girls, Watership Down, Easy Virtue and Touched.
23. 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 Theater in London.
24. She played the lead role of Helen in the television movie The Night Watch, which was based on a Sarah Waters novel.
25. She returned to the stage in February 2013, as Lady Macbeth, alongside James McAvoy in the title role, in Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios.
26. 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 Genevieve Bujold’s iconic performance in Anne of the Thousand Days.