Foy in March 2011
16 April 1984 |
Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Claire Foy (born 16 April 1984) is an English actress, best known for playing the title role in the BBC One production of Little Dorrit, Anna in the 2011 film Season of the Witch, and Erin Matthews in the Channel 4 series The Promise. She also starred in the NBC series Crossbones as Kate Balfour.
Foy was born in Stockport, and she grew up in Manchester and Leeds, the youngest of three children. Her family later moved to Longwick, Buckinghamshire for her father's job, 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 movie Going Postal and in the Medieval adventure film Season of the Witch alongside Nicolas Cage. She also 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, which she described in an interview at the time as her "favourite job ever". 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.
|2008||Being Human||Julia||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2008||Doctors||Chloe Webster||Episode: "The Party's Over"|
|2008||Little Dorrit||Amy "Little Dorrit" Dorrit||14 episodes|
|2009||10 Minute Tales||Woman||Episode: "Through the Window"|
|2010||Going Postal||Adora Belle Dearheart||Television film|
|2010||Pulse||Hannah Carter||Television film|
|2010–12||Upstairs Downstairs||Lady Persephone Towyn|
|2011||Promise, TheThe Promise||Erin Matthews||4 episodes|
|2011||Season of the Witch||The Girl/Anna|
|2011||Night Watch, TheThe Night Watch||Helen||Television film|
|2012||Hacks||Kate Loy||Television film scripted by Guy Jenkin. Foy plays a thinly disguised Rebekah Brooks|
|2012||White Heat||Charlotte||Paula Milne scripted television series.|
|2014||Vampire Academy||Sonya Karp||Film adaptation of Vampire Academy|
|2014||Crossbones||Kate Balfour||Main cast|
|2015||Wolf Hall||Anne Boleyn|
- Face of the Moment: Claire Foy (5 October 2008)
- "Little Dorrit: cast announced for major BBC One Dickens adaptation" (6 May 2008)
- The Independent, 18 February 2012
- Showcase Presentation 2007 - One and Three Year Students
- "Little Claire Foy" (4 December 2008)
- National Theatre: Claire Foy (January 2008)
- Screen Daily interview with Claire Foy (10 July 2008)
- Variety, "Baby Girl/DNA/The Miracle" (3 March 2008)
- "Interview: Claire Foy". Channel 4. 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
- Nicola Merrifield (4 January 2013). "Claire Foy to play Lady Macbeth opposite James McAvoy". The Stage. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- i from The Independent, 29 February 2012
- ‘Vampire Academy’ Adds ‘Blue Bloods’ Sami Gayle, ‘Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan & More To Cast Deadline.com (2013-05-10). Retrieved on 2013-05-11.