Actress Claire Foy's quick climb to lead roles has made her a hit with British and American audiences. Growing up in Manchester and Leeds, the British actress is an alumna of the Oxford School of Drama. She started working as an actress in theater following graduation at the Royal National Theatre. Foy's first major role was that of Amy Dorrit in the 2008 television mini-series "Little Dorrit". The British drama, based on a work by Charles Dickens, tells the story of a young girl supporting her family while her father is imprisoned for his debts. The role, which launched her career, earned her a nomination for a Royal Television Society award. Foy's next lead role came with the 2010 mini series "The Promise" as Erin Matthews, who sets out for Israel/Palestine to learn more about her grandfather, who was stationed there in the 1940s. Amid her successful television career, Foy took the role that would break her into motion pictures. In "Season of the Witch", the fantasy action thriller set in the 14th century, Foy starred as Anna, a young witch believed to be demonic. Foy said the manipulative nature of the character is what appealed to her about the part.