I know I am the Queen to 200m peo­ple but no one recog­nises me in real life The Crown’s Claire Foy on her hit Net­flix role up for night of glory

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went, ‘this is some­thing very, very spe­cial re­gard­less of whether any­one likes it or not’. “Be­cause you’re so used to be­ing in things no­body watches, or no­body cares about, or ev­ery­one thinks is rub­bish and ev­ery­one’s got an opinion and blah, blah, blah’. And so it felt like, in a weird way, it felt like it was just for me.” Claire’s fears were un­founded as the show be­came a mas­sive suc­cess. Net­flix, along with Left Bank Pic­tures, spared no ex­pense in mak­ing the first series over a year.

It has since won a Golden Globe and been nom­i­nated for four BAFTAs – while Claire was voted out­stand­ing ac­tress at the Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards in LA.

And the most un­com­fort­able on-set ex­pe­ri­ence for Claire turned out not to be baby re­lated at all.

She broke an el­bow in a tum­ble at a friend’s wed­ding – then had to film scenes where the Queen mourns her fa­ther King Ge­orge VI.

Look­ing back on her early days, Stock­port-born Claire re­calls suf­fer­ing stage fright as a young ac­tress. She over­came it and shot to fame with the BBC’s Dick­en­sian drama Lit­tle Dor­rit in 2008.

Claire said: “It was a real learn­ing curve for me. I am quite ex­pres­sive, loud and big and she was very con­tained and tiny and meek.”

She has fin­ished work on the sec­ond series of The Crown, which airs at Christ­mas and will be her last.

And she added: “It’s won­der­ful to be part of some­thing peo­ple have en­joyed. It’s very weird to sud­denly be in a po­si­tion where peo­ple think that you’re worth their at­ten­tion. Even if at all ends from there, it is all re­ally lovely.”

In the Best Ac­tor in a Lim­ited Series cat­e­gory, three Brit stars are nom­i­nated – Cum­ber­batch for Sher­lock, Ewan McGre­gor, for Fargo, and Riz Ahmed for The Night Of.

They are up against Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights Robert De Niro, Ge­of­frey Rush and John Tur­turro.

Matthew Rhys, for The Amer­i­cans, and An­thony Hop­kins, for West­world, are both up for Best Lead­ing Ac­tor com­pet­ing against Ster­ling K Brown, Bob Odenkirk, Liev Schreiber and Milo Ven­timiglia.

Mean­while Bri­tish ac­tress Thandie New­ton was nom­i­nated for Sup­port­ing Ac­tress for her role in HBO’s West­world, along­side Ann Dowd (The Hand­maid’s Tale), Samira Wiley (The Hand­maid’s Tale), Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Mil­lie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Chrissy Metz (This Is Us).

STAR PAIR With hubby Stephen

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