Of all the actresses who have played Queen Elizabeth, Claire Foy’s portrayal of the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the world tops that of all other actresses. This actress is mostly known for playing the Queen – a performance that earned her a Golden Globe and many other prestigious awards, but her body of work contains other television shows and films where she displayed her brilliance as an actress. Keep reading to learn more about the career of this actress and other facts of her life.
Claire Foy Bio (Age)
Claire Elizabeth Foy is the last child of the three children her parents (Caroline and David) have. She was born in 1984 on the 16th of April. Foy spent her childhood in different locations in England as her father needed to move with the family because of his job, almost always. The actress is part Irish as her mother comes from Ireland and has a large Irish family.
Acting for this Foy was something she had always wanted to do even as a child and when she was at Aylesbury High School, she was part of the school’s drama program. Liverpool John Moores University was the next point in her educational pursuits and while there she studied Drama and screen studies. After that, she attended the Oxford School of Drama where she took a course in acting for one year.
Claire Foy started professional acting when she was at the school of drama, her earliest performances were in theater productions, Top Girls, Easy Virtue, and Watership Down were the plays she acted in. It was not until 2008 that she had her first role in front of the camera and it was in the pilot episode of the show, Being Human. She had one more small role before she got cast in the BBC show, Little Dorrit, on the show she appeared in 14 episodes.
Claire has had the opportunity to act as two different characters in the English royalty. The first person of royalty she played was Anne Boleyn in the 2015 series, Wolf Hall. Her performance was applauded and for the role, she was nominated for the Bafta for Best Actress which she lost to Brie Larson for her role in Room.
Claire Foy’s next portrayal as a royal figure is that of Queen Elizabeth in the 2016 Netflix show, The Crown. This can be rightfully described as the magnum opus of her career and for the role, she received the most awards and nominations she has ever received in her career. The actress was on the show for two seasons before some members of the cast were changed so as to better reflect the ages of the characters. Olivia Colman was cast as the older version of the Queen, hence taking Foy’s position on the show.
It was while Foy was on the show that the gender pay gap debate took the media by storm and it was discovered she earned significantly lower than her male counterpart. This caused an outrage and the producers of the show had to find a way to resolve it which they did by increasing Foy’s earnings.
The actress has had notable roles in these films; First Man, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Breathe and Unsane.
Her Net Worth
When the news of her getting underpaid was revealed, the studio announced that they will back-pay the difference of the past salaries. Claire Foy has stated that she never received it. Despite this, Foy has a good net worth of $4 million.
Claire Foy’s Husband and Daughter
Claire Foy got married to fellow actor, Stephen Campbell Moore sometime in 2014 and their marriage produced a daughter, Ivy Rose. She was born a year after they got married and four weeks before Foy started to shot scenes for The Crown. The actress has said in an interview how she had felt that taking on the job was a mistake because she could not comprehend juggling being a mother and acting. But she was able to pull through and do the job.
Four years after they got married, Moore and Foy split up; none of them have stated the reason for their break up.
It is clear from pictures and videos of this actress that she is not the tallest person there is. Claire Foy is 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 50 kg. Her body statistics are 35-24-35 inches.