4YE’s 2017 Year In Review: The Year In Which Claire Foy Became Our Queen

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In the beginning of November 2016, Netflix had released its new original show The Crown and since then Claire Foy’s name has become known in the entire world. Though not only is she quite well known now, but 2017 couldn’t have been better for the British actress. That’s why I decided to take a look back at 2017 and on just how good the year has been for Claire Foy.

The year was only eight days young when Claire Foy won the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the first season of The Crown, and it couldn’t have been more deserved.

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Later that month, it wasn’t surprising either when Foy took the Screen Actors Guild Award for the same role home. In both acceptance speeches, she proved why she had become our queen and they couldn’t have been more heartfelt and humble.

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These two awards, however, were sadly the only major ones Claire won this year. Nevertheless, she was also nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy Award, which alone are great honors for the actress. Though a highlight of her year probably has been the honor of receiving the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. The award was presented to her by her Winston Churchill, also known as John Lithgow in a heartwarming speech in her honor. The actor basically says everything we need to know about Claire and gives the reasons why she’s our queen:

Shooting the second season of The Crown was probably something that has kept her incredibly busy, given that they had to promote season one at the same time and then go back and forth between England and Los Angeles to collect all these awards.

However, she was also quite busy promoting her new movie Breathe in which she played Diana Cavendish alongside Andrew Garfield, who portrayed her husband Robert. It was a heartbreaking and yet very inspiring movie and proved that no matter what your situation may be, you can do whatever you want in your life. Lucky enough, we were able to watch the movie at this year’s London Film Festival and you can read here why the movie was so great and is a bit underrated this year.

Claire wasn’t just busy promoting and shooting The Crown and Breathe, but she also started to work on one of her new projects First Man, which will star Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong and Claire as his wife Janet Armstrong. A role for which she even chopped all of her hair off!

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First Man is based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong and depicts the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. It is set to be released on October 12, 2018, and it will definitely be a movie I will be looking forward to!

Another one will be The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth movie of the Millennium series. After many rumors, it was finally confirmed that Claire would play Lisbeth Salander, the titular role of the series in the upcoming movie. Before her Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara had played the role, so the British actress has large shoes to fill and I am curious to see how she’ll do it and what Lisbeth Salander she’ll be.

Olivia Colman will also have to fill large shoes, as the actress will take over the crown from Claire in the third season of The Crown. While we are still sad about the fact that Claire and the rest of the cast will leave the show, though we knew it for a long time, Claire herself couldn’t be more thrilled to hand over the reign to Colman.

Though before we can admire Colman as Elizabeth II, Netflix finally released the second season of the successful show in the beginning of December. After just one episode, we could already tell that Claire Foy and the rest of the cast would continue to shine throughout the second season and the reviews for the season are equally as good as they had been for the first season. The fact that they were so good, however, made the goodbye at the end even worse and I might have shed a tear or two.

But even though we won’t see Claire return as Elizabeth II, we have other movies to look forward to and I’m quite sure that she’ll continue to amaze us all in 2018.

Anna Hattingen