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Claire Elizabeth Foy (16 April, 1984 in Stockport, England) is an English actress who's probably best known for playing Queen Elizabeth II on the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown (2016).

Before that however, she was a relatively obscure actress, appearing in movies like Season of the Witch and the short-lived BBC revival of Upstairs Downstairs. (Though fantasy fans may remember her as the intimidating Adora Belle Dearheart in the TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal, and she also registered for some watchers as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall.) The Crown (2016) changed all that and she won two Screen Actors Guild awards for her role; she then demonstrated the ability to switch accents as Neil Armstrong's wife Janet in First Man.

And yes, her middle name is Elizabeth. Fans have had fun with this.

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Not related to Mackenzie Foy.


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  • Dye Hard: She is a brunette but she dyed her hair blonde including for her role in Unsane. She also dyed her hair reddish-blonde to play Diane Cavendish in Breathe.
  • The Other Darrin: In The Girl in the Spider’s Web, she’ll be replacing Rooney Mara as Lisbeth since Mara declined to reprise the role.
  • Playing Against Type: She’s mostly known for playing regal or English Rose type characters, though that's largely an accident related to a couple of big parts; her range also encompasses the sexy-psychotic Adora Belle Dearheart and the brittle all-American Janet Armstrong, after all. Anyhow, her next big role? Lisbeth Salander.
  • Romance on the Set: Met her ex-husband Stephen Campbell Moore on the set of Season of the Witch. They married in 2014 and have a daughter but got divorced.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Her as Queen Elizabeth II and Vanessa Kirby who plays her sister Princess Margaret on The Crown look like they could be related.
  • Star-Making Role: To say Queen Elizabeth in The Crown (2016) is a star-making role for her is an understatement.

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