Foy Is Crowned as Lisbeth the Third; the Crown Star Claire Foy Takes a Very Different Direction to Play Tattooed Vigilante Lisbeth Salander in the Girl in the Spider's Web, Taking over the Iconic Role from Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara. She Chatted to LAURA HARDING

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Foy Is Crowned as Lisbeth the Third; the Crown Star Claire Foy Takes a Very Different Direction to Play Tattooed Vigilante Lisbeth Salander in the Girl in the Spider's Web, Taking over the Iconic Role from Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara. She Chatted to LAURA HARDING


Byline: LAURA HARDING

TO think of Claire Foy is to think of the Queen. She has become as closely associated with the monarch as corgis. Indeed it seems likely that she is one of those stars that will forever be associated with the role that made her famous, in this case playing a young Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's big budget drama The Crown.

Even though Olivia Colman will soon pick up the mantle when the show makes a time jump, Claire's performance looms so large in the public consciousness that it gave her pause when it came to choosing her next part.

She will next be seen as shavenheaded, heavily tattooed and pierced vigilante hacker Lisbeth Salander in the latest instalment of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series.

"I was a bit worried everyone would think it was a bit obvious," the British star, 34, says with a chuckle.

"Or they would say I've gone, 'No, I throw off the shackles of being the Queen and want to shave my head!' but that wasn't it at all.

"If anything I thought this could be a bit extreme, but I loved it so couldn't not do it."

It isn't the first time that playing Queen Elizabeth II has given her pause about another role that followed.

"When I did Breathe, it was in my head it was too similar but I did it anyway because I loved it," she says, referring to her turn as the wife of Robin Cavendish, who was paralysed from the neck down by polio at the age of 28.

"That is the same sort of thing. If something else like that had come along, I wouldn't have turned it down purely because I didn't want to repeat the same thing.

"If I love something, I'm doomed. I'm like, 'Oh God, I've got to do it' and it was sort of the same with this."

In The Girl In The Spider's Web, based on the first novel in the series not penned by late author Stieg Larsson, Stockport-born Claire takes over the role of Salander from Rooney Mara, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in 2012.

It's not just Mara who has played the role before though - Noomi Rapace has also donned black leather to take on the part in the Swedish-language films.

"It's not ideal, is it?" Claire laughs.

"Hopefully at some point, I will be able to meet both of them and say, 'I think you're amazing and great' but it's a weird thing, isn't it? "I feel very, very honoured to share this part with them, but at the same time we are all playing a different woman because we are all different women."

Did she try to discuss the role with either of them? "Dear God no, of course not! …

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