Claire Foy reveals deep anxiety beneath her career success

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Crown star praised for ‘dazzling’ assurance says self-doubt ‘works at a thousand beats a second’

As the young Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix series The Crown, Claire Foy portrayed an under-confident woman growing into steely self-assurance. But away from the camera, the actor has revealed she has battled for many years with paralysing anxiety, characterised by “lots of thoughts about how shit I am”.

Speaking to the Guardian Weekend magazine, Foy, 34, said she had struggled with the condition since childhood, but that it had “exploded” as she got older and began working as an actor.

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