Claire Foy

Foy in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Claire Elizabeth Foy

Place of Birth: Stockport, Lancashire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 16 April, 1984

Ethnicity: Irish, English

Claire Foy is a British actress. She is known for her roles on television’s Little Dorrit (2008), Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal, Upstairs Downstairs, The Promise (2011), White Heat (2012), Crossbones (2014), Wolf Hall, The Crown, and A Very British Scandal, and in the films Season of the Witch, Wreckers, Vampire Academy, Rosewater, The Lady in the Van, Breathe (2017), Unsane, First Man, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, My Son, Women Talking, and All of Us Strangers.

Claire is the daughter of Caroline and David Foy, a Rank Xerox salesman. She was raised in Manchester, Leeds, and then Longwick in Buckinghamshire. She has a daughter with her former husband, actor Stephen Campbell Moore. Stephen also has a daughter with his partner, actress Sophie Cookson.

Claire has said:

My granddad, one of 13, is from Dublin, my nan, one of 11, from Naas, and they met, hilariously, at a dance in west London… I do think about generational things. I think how quickly my nan and grandad’s life – coming to London where the Irish were completely stigmatized and they just worked themselves to the bone – six kids in a two up, two down. And then suddenly my mum – the eldest – went to university…

Claire’s maternal grandfather is named James Stimpson.

Claire’s maternal grandmother is named Mary J. Kavanagh.

Source: Genealogy of Claire Foy (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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