Claire Foy: ‘Working on The Crown four months after giving birth felt like a mistake’


Actress Claire Foy regretted not taking a longer break after having her first child when she found herself up a mountain with a broken breast pump.

The Crown star began work on the $132 million Netflix drama, which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times in July 2015 – four months after giving birth to her daughter with History Boys’ actor Stephen Campbell Moore.

In an interview with British Vogue, the cover star admitted she felt like she had made the “worst mistake of my life” in starting work on the show so soon after giving birth after she found herself in an awkward position on set.

“On the first day of filming, I found myself halfway up a Scottish mountain, with engorged boobs and no way of getting down to feed my baby,” she told the magazine of the condition which makes new mums’ breasts swell and enlarge as milk production increases.

Foy revealed she had to make a mercy call to her husband telling him to give the baby a bottle, which made her feel terrible.

“I had to ring my husband and tell him to give her formula. It was like someone had stamped on my heart as I sat in a Land Rover trying to get a broken breast pump to work,” she sighed. “I felt I’d made the worst mistake of my life.”

While she may have initially struggled to combine work with motherhood, the problems weren’t evident onscreen, as Foy’s flawless performance as the British monarch saw her win both a Golden Globe award for best actress in a television drama series and a Screen Actor’s Guild award in 2017.

Recalling her attendance at the star-studded events in Los Angeles, Foy called it an “out-of-body” experience, especially when found herself sat between music legend Stevie Wonder and actor John Travolta at the Golden Globes in January.

“But then I had an espresso martini and WhatsApp-ed my family and friends with all the gossip, and then I felt fine,” she laughed.