With a diverse and exceptional range of work across television, film and
theater, CLAIRE FOY (Janet Armstrong) is one of the U.K.'s most
In addition to First Man, this fall Foy will star as Lisbeth Salander in Sony
Pictures Entertainment's The Girl in the Spider's Web. The fourth installment in
Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium series, the story follows young hacker
Salander and Mikael Blomkvist as they find themselves caught up in a web of
spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
Foy was most recently seen in Steven Soderbergh's psychological horror film
Unsane as Sawyer Valentini, a young woman involuntarily committed to a mental
institution. The film also starred Joshua Leonard and Sarah Stiles, with
appearances from Juno Temple and Matt Damon. The entire film was shot on an
iPhone 7, and received critical acclaim for both Foy's performance and for
Soderbergh's fresh vision.
Prior to this, Foy was seen in season two of Netflix's critically acclaimed
series The Crown about Britain's Royal Family. Starring in the much-coveted role
of Queen Elizabeth II, her performance won her a Golden Globe Award and two
Screen Actors Guild Awards, along with a British Academy of Film and Television
Arts (BAFTA) Television Award nomination. The drama explores the Royal Family
from both a public and private perspective. It is the largest series Netflix has
commissioned, and other cast members include Matt Smith as Prince Philip and
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. Foy was also seen in Breathe alongside
Andrew Garfield in October 2017, directed by Andy Serkis and written by William
Nicholson. The film tells the remarkable story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, who
navigate life after he is struck down with paralyzing polio.
Foy starred as Anne Boleyn in 2015's Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hilary
Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies,"
and was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Leading Actress. The
critically acclaimed six-part series, written by Oscar-nominated Peter
Straughan, also starred Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as
In 2014, Foy was seen in Crossbones, a series set during the golden age of
piracy in the 1700s and centering on legendary pirate Blackbeard. The show,
which premiered on NBC, saw Foy star alongside John Malkovich, Ezra Buzzington
and Tracy Ifeachor.
Foy has appeared in a number of prestigious theater projects. She last
starred in Macbeth as Lady Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios opposite James
McAvoy. In 2012, Foy appeared at the Royal Court in two separate productions:
Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love and Ding Dong the Wicked. She made her
professional stage debut at the National Theatre in Baby Girl/DNA/The Miracle,
one of a trio of acts, directed by Paul Miller.
Perhaps best known for her incredible television roles, Foy has been on our
small screens since she made a name for herself in the titular role of the
critically acclaimed BBC adaptation Little Dorrit. The drama won Outstanding
Miniseries at the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009, and was nominated for a Golden
Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. That same
year, Foy's performance earned her a nomination for Best Actor (Female) at the
Royal Television Society Awards.
In 2012, audiences watched Foy in the lead role of Charlotte in White Heat
for the BBC alongside Sam Claflin and MyAnna Buring, a semiautobiographical
drama by the award-winning writer Paula Milne. Foy appeared in the controversial
and political one-off film Hacks for Channel 4 and in both seasons of the BBC's
popular revival of Upstairs Downstairs. She also played the female lead in the
four-part hit serial The Promise by award-winning writer/director Peter
Kosminsky. In this topical drama based on the conflict in the Middle East, Foy
played lead character Erin alongside Christian Cooke. Foy's other television
projects include The Night Watch, which also starred Anna Maxwell, Jodie
Whittaker and Anna Wilson Jones, and the Sky 1 series Going Postal, an
adaptation of Terry Pratchett's popular novel of the same name.
Foy's film credits also include Rosewater, Jon Stewart's directorial debut,
which also starred Gael GarcĂa Bernal. In 2011, she starred alongside Nicolas
Cage in Dominic Sena's fantasy thriller Season of the Witch and in the feature
film Wreckers, which also starred Benedict Cumberbatch.
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