Foy was born on 16th April 1984 in Stockport, England. She grew up in Manchester and Leeds. She is half-Irish and the youngest of three children. Her father, David, is often a sales director and her mother, Caroline, works regarding a pharmaceutical company. When she was eight her parents divorced and she moved to Buckinghamshire with her mother, her brother Robert and her sister Gemma.
In an meeting, Foy has said ” I was at any time an attention seeker, I used to set on shows at home and rope in cousins.”
“When I was a minor girl, I trained as a ballet dancer…. Then, when I was 13 I changed juvenile arthritis… [and] started thinking regarding carrying out, although I never truly thought I might do it…. At school, Foy did a couple of productions. “But I was never the prettiest or the most talented girl. It was always an uphill conflict. I loved drama, however somehow I merely thought everyone else was better than me. Then when I went to university, I realised you’ve merely got to have the guts to choose it.”
Foy went to Aylesbury extreme School, a girls’ grammar school, from the age of twelve; she then attended Liverpool John Moores University, studying drama and screen studies. She in addition trained in a one year course at the Oxpertaining tod School of Drama, graduating in 2007.
Her student years were fun nevertheless financially hard and involved her taking ‘lots of menial jobs’ to help pay her way coming from university. She is incredibly close to her family, describing her mother as ‘the most wonderful woman within a world’ and her father, who has remarried and lives in Stratregardingd-upon-Avon, as ‘the best’ (she wears a ‘love’ ring on her finger that he gave her pertaining to Christmas).
When she was cast in Little Dorrit, Claire used to live in Peckham “with 5 pals from drama school.” She’s no longer life with five other folks, however her existence is nevertheless pretty much the same. She is keen to remain her private lifetime out of the spotlight. “It might be undesirable to be turned into a paparazzi person. I think it’s perfectly likely to be a successful actress without having to be a star,” she says.
While at the Oxregardingd School of Drama, Foy appeared in a plays Top Girls, Watership Down, Easy Virtue, and Touched. After appearing in two television roles (BBC’s Doctors and Being Human), Foy then created her professional stage denevertheless as Jan in DNA by Dennis Kelly in rep with The Miracle from Lin Coghlan at the Royal National Theatre in London (2008).
She starred as the main protagonist Amy Dorrit in BBC mini-series Little Dorrit, and was nominated regarding an RTS gift. She went on to appear in TV movie Going Postal and during the Medieval adventure film Season of the Witch alongside Nicolas Cage. She also starred during the BBC remake of Upstairs, Downstairs as Lady Persephone. Foy co-starred inside a Channel 4 mini-series The Promise, broadcast in February 2011, which she described in an interview at the time as her “favourite job ever”. She played a direct role of Helen during the TV Movie The Night Watch which was centered on a Sarah Waters novel. She is returning to the stage in February 2013 as Lady Macbeth, alongside James McAvoy in a very title, in Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios.