‘I didn’t want to be in it’ Claire Foy admits thinking new project was ‘going to be awful’

Claire Foy explains why she dislikes the phrase 'slut-shaming'

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Claire Foy, 37, is perhaps best known for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix period drama The Crown. And while many may believe her new project would have been quite fitting what with it being another dated film, the actress has admitted otherwise.

It was a period film about a man

Claire Foy

Claire stars in the new quirky biopic The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film explores the extraordinary true story of eccentric Mr Wain, who was an artist, inventor, entrepreneur and caretaker.

After adopting a stray kitten, he went on to paint the extraordinary images of cats that made him world famous.

He rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century for the surreal cat paintings.

Speaking about her role as his wife Emily Richard-Wain, Claire tells Graham Norton on his self-titled show that’s set to air on New Year’s Eve, that she didn’t actually want to be in it.

“It is a beautiful, beautiful film, but I didn’t want to be in it at all,” she giggles.

“Because it was a period film about a man.”

She adds: “I’ve got terrible taste.

“It turns out every single job I have ever done, I’ve gone, ‘That’s going to be awful,’ and some of them have been really good!

“I’m really glad I didn’t go with my instinct on this one as it’s really good; so whimsical, and beautiful.”

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With cats playing an all-important part in the film, Claire revealed Benedict didn’t really enjoy working with the live animals on-set.

She explains: “I loved the cats, but Benedict now has a pathological hatred of working with them.

“They are very high maintenance, and they were more important than him!”

Elsewhere, Claire appeared in A Very British Scandal, which began on Boxing Day.

It follows a dramatised version of real-life events surrounding the scandalous marriage and then divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll during the 1960s.

The esteemed actress has taken on the role of Lady Margaret Campbell, who was a British socialite and was well known for being scandalous in the press.

The three-part drama follows the Duke and Duchess’ marriage through to their messy divorce, which Lady Margaret lost in court.

The Graham Norton show airs on Friday 31 December on BBC at 10:20pm.

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