'The Crown' star Claire Foy's husband was secretly battling cancer

By Gemma Strong

Claire Foy had enough to worry about as she stepped into the Queen's shoes once again while filming the second season of The Crown, but she and her husband were secretly battling cancer too. With the fear of becoming a widow while shooting the Netflix show looming, the actress's partner Stephen Cambell Moore was being treated at the for a benign tumour on his pituitary gland at the end of 2016. Claire had also just given birth to their first child, revealing that she struggled to cope with the stress.

Thankfully, Stephen successfully fought the disease after a successful operation. "You realize you're not the most important person in that process, and everybody who loves you goes through far worse," the 38-year-old told the Sun. "My daughter didn't know what was going on at all. But my family did, and I could see it in them."


Clair Foy and her husband Stephen Campbell Moore pose for the camera together for a promotional event
Claire Foy and her husband Stephen Campbell Moore have been married since 2014

The couple met while Claire, 33, was making her first film, the 2011 fantasy Season of the Witch. They were married in 2014, and the following year she gave birth to her daughter and landed the role of the young Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. Speaking about his surgery last summer, Stephen said: "There are certain things that you make sure you've done before you go into surgery. 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."

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Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth II on set of The Crown
The actress won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the Queen in The Crown

Claire is now preparing for a whole new chapter in her career. She has left The Crown – having won a Golden Globe for her work – with Olivia Colman taking over the role of the monarch, and will soon appear in the film First Man as Janet Shearon, wife of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, played by Ryan Gosling. She is also taking on the starring role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web. Speaking about her success in Hollywood, the humble actress told the Sun: "I really cannot see why this has happened to me and not to someone else. I'm under no illusions as to how fickle success can be. I've been on the outside of it enough to see it come and then see it go."

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