Claire Foy pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth as The Crown looks to future seasons
VOD News | On 09, Jan 2017
Claire Foy hailed Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2017 Golden Globes, thanks to her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. Netflix’s royal drama swept the nation away when it premiered last year, chronicling the rise of the young Elizabeth following the death of her father, and her relationship with Winston Churchill.
John Lithgow was also nominated for his turn as the former Prime Minister, while the show took home the Best Drama prize overall – Netflix’s first major series win at the Globes. (See the full list of winners.)
Speaking to the press, Foy paid tribute to the real life Queen, thanking the monarch in both her speech and in her backstage press interviews.
On stage, she called Elizabeth II “extraordinary”, celebrating the fact that she “has been at the centre of the world for 63 years”.
“I think the world could do with a few more women at the centre of it, if you ask me,” she added.
When asked what she’d say to Elizabeth II, Foy joked that she’d want to know if she’d seen the show.
“I’d just like to hear her talk for about two hours. That would be nice,” she said.
Foy, who beat Stranger Things’ Winona Ryder and Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood to take the prize, also singled out Lithgow and Matt Smith for their performances.
Lithgow was trumped by The Night Manager’s Hugh Laurie in the Supporting Actor category, but said the popularity of Netflix’s show was “astonishing”.
“It delights all of us,” he told the press. “We knew we were doing something fine – from day one, we knew this was going to be extraordinary, but we didn’t dream it would so popular globally.”
The show is currently filming its second season, with Foy and Smith returning as Elizabeth and Prince Philip. With the Queen still going strong today, though, the programme could continue with many more seasons to come – and, after Season 2, will need to recast its leads to keep up with the characters’ ages.
Series creator Peter Morgan confirmed to the press that the next run will take the royal couple up to 1964.
“We leave behind a certain kind of Britain and we enter a new Britain,” he commented. “At the end of Season 2, we will have to start thinking about a new cast because our cast will reach a limit about what they can play.”
The future, he admitted, was daunting.
“The danger of writing a story about someone with a long life is that the story goes on and on and on,” he joked.