Claire Foy's best red carpet looks – and they're all fit for a Queen

It’s one of the most talked-about Netflix drama of the year, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

While the first series of The Crown is said to be one of the most expensive TV series ever – made at £100m – we can’t wait to see the glitz and glamour of the royal costumes in the second series, which starts on 8 December.

And it’s also thrown actress Claire into the limelight, who has previously starred in Little Dorrit, Season of The Week and Wolf Hall.

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Claire and Matt Smith star in The Crown

The 33-year-old from Stockport is starting to move away from her usual monochrome fashion choices.

Favouring simple LBDs and vintage-style frocks, the mum-of-one opted for a punchy Erdem number for the London premiere of The Crown series one, and an embellished Dior maxi for the second season.

We take a look back on her red carpet style.

The strapless LBD

Claire Foy
At the British Academy Film Awards, 2011
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A fresh-faced Claire kept things simple for the British Academy Film Awards in 2011, wearing a strapless black gown with a silver necklace. Some might say it’s nothing spectacular but it’s an elegant fail-safe.

Understated elegance

Claire Foy
In New York, 2011
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Not one to flash too much flesh, Claire’s chic ensemble showed off a subtle bit of leg for the Season of the Witch afterparty in 2011. The colour block dress from Israeli-American designer Yigal Azrouel also featured an open back detail and she polished off her sophisticated outfit with a pop of red lippie and a very regal-looking updo.

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Monochrome

Claire Foy
At the London Film Festival in 2013
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The actress knows which styles suit her and she’s often coveting vintage pieces, like this monochrome dress from Ladbroke Grove-based studio The Gathering Goddess. Claire tends to wear her locks in a lot of updos, so it’s a nice change to see her with a blowdry.

Another Claire classic

Claire Foy
Olivier Awards 2013
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We can see why Claire was picked to play the part of Her Maj – she has that timeless English rose look. Once again she opted for a simple black gown at the 2013 Olivier Awards, this time a 1958 Hartnell silk and velvet number from William Vintage.

Going bold

Claire Foy
At The Crown London premiere
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For the London premiere of The Crown last year, she surprised us all with this bold Erdem number, going out of her comfort zone. While there’s a lot going on, with the bardot neckline and ruffled sleeves, we love that she’s finally having fun with fashion – watch this space.

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