BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Claire Foy has a right royal ambition to crown her career – setting up a screen Queen’s club

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Foy plays Emily Richardson, a governess of Wayne’s younger siblings. In the film she is told in the first line: ‘Please get out of the cupboard, Miss Richardson.’ To me, this immediately indicated that this was not a major costume drama.

Claire Foy without hesitation showed up in the hotel bar with full confidence portraying the Queen in The Crown—wearing fluffy white slippers.

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‘it’s so embarrassing!’ He hooted, explaining that he had given up on his Christian Louboutin stilettos.

They look beautiful, she said. ‘But they are not meant to be comfortable. They’re meant to be in a cabinet,’ Foy said, warning himself not to carry the blister ointment.

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This entire Carrie with the Slippers is delivered with effortless comic timing, which reminds me of how we were first introduced to the character of Foy in his latest film, The Electrical Life of Louis Wayne, in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays that character. Starred as an artist who became famous for his drawings and drawings of bug-eyed cats.

Foy plays Emily Richardson, a governess of Wayne’s younger siblings. In the film she is told in the first line: ‘Please get out of the cupboard, Miss Richardson.’ To me, this immediately indicated that this was not a lead costume drama.

Actually, Foy said as much to the picture’s director, Will Sharp, when he tracked it down while shopping at Ikea.

He told her that she didn’t want to be in a period biopic – ‘I’m not interested in doing things that I’ve done before.’

The beauty of The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is that it explores the life of the artist (and that of Richardson, who would become his soul mate) in a way that is utterly engaging and at times deeply moving .

Louis suffered from a mental illness that was more than just schizophrenia. On the way the cinematic project was handled, Foy said, “The world wants to pigeonhole people in a certain way, but the director doesn’t.

Instead, the film celebrates what Wayne achieved against all odds. He was the sole breadwinner taking care of his mother and sisters.

Foy’s Emily is at the center of the film’ in the sense that she sees Louis very clearly. He has to be quite stable.

The actress is not a cat person in real life, although the film is full of her.

The beauty of The Electrical Life of Louis Wayne is that it explores the life of the artist (and that of Richardson, who would become his soul mate) in a way that is utterly engaging and sometimes deeply moving.

The beauty of The Electrical Life of Louis Wayne is that it explores the life of the artist (and that of Richardson, who would become his soul mate) in a way that is utterly engaging and sometimes deeply moving.

“That doesn’t mean I don’t like cats,” she says quickly. ‘I have a healthy respect for him and really love his disdain for humans and their superiority.’ Dogs though ‘are just so cute and loving. Although I really do think that a cat can defuse a nuclear bomb; A dog will eat it. They are not on the same playing field.

Foy and Cumberbatch have great screen chemistry. ‘I’ve known Ben forever,’ says her co-star K Foy, explaining that she first met him when she worked on the 2011 film Wreckers.

Sherlock (with Cumberbatch in the title role on TV) came out sometime later.

Of Cumberbatch, he said, “I remember watching from afar because you know somebody grows up on a world stage, which will also be seen in Jane Campion’s top prize contender this season, The Power of the Dog.

I’d point out that he didn’t perform poorly, either, playing one of the few guys who has a ticket in his face. Foy won two Emmy Awards for her Elizabeth II in The Crown.

Such is the power of the ongoing Netflix series that people are already saving the next installment which will not be shown for 12 months, which makes no sense.

Foy wonders if people don’t understand that The Crown is a drama. Ultimately, she says, it’s not the queen in The Crown, it’s a succession of actresses playing a ‘version’ of the cast.

In fact, Foy’s thinking of setting up a club for the old Queens – who pretended to be the real HRH. Olivia Colman (‘Or God’ as she jokingly calls her) who stepped into the role after Foy; And Imelda Staunton, who will take…

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