Claire Foy's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the first season of Netflix's The Crown won the 33-year-old a Golden Globe award. As filming for the second season began, Claire knew the stakes were high but she could not have predicted the stress she would endure during that time.
In November 2016 her husband Stephen Campbell Moore, 38, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. According to The Sun, Stephen underwent surgery to remove the benign growth on his pituitary gland at the base of his brain.
“You realize you’re not the most important person in that process, and everybody who loves you goes through far worse,” Moore told the U.K. publication of his health scare. “My daughter didn’t know what was going on at all. But my family did, and I could see it in them.”
“There are certain things that you make sure you’ve done before you go into surgery," he said. “You write a letter. But it’s all very much on the off chance that something did go wrong, because every part of you is saying that nothing will. Waking up and being told the operation had gone well was understandably a huge relief.”
Foy was pregnant with the couple's first child during filming for the first season so she's an expert at juggling both work with her personal life.
Claire, who has never discussed her husband’s illness, has started a whole new chapter. She has now left the series, with the older Queen Elizabeth being played by Olivia Colman.