Saturday, February 5, 2011
Claire Foy stars as 18 year old Erin Matthews in Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama serial The Promise, a powerful tale of love, war and betrayal, telling the stories of Erin and Len - two young people caught up in the same struggle more than 60 years apart.
Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend, Eliza, she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len. Intrigued by the life of this old man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine.
Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life - for both Jews and Arabs - in this troubled land. And as Len's story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed in the 1940s.
Retracing Len's steps in modern-day Israel, Erin sets out on a heart-breaking journey in an effort to understand and fulfil a promise made by her grandfather over 60 years ago.
Claire Foy was born in Stockport in 1984 and grew up in both Manchester and Leeds before moving with her family to Buckinghamshire. She studied drama and screen studies at Liverpool John Moores University, and in the summer of 2007 graduated from the Oxford School of Drama.
Recently, Claire won acclaim for playing the title role in the award-winning BBC adaptation Little Dorrit. Claire's performance earned her a nomination in the best actress category at the 2009 RTS Television Awards.
Her other television credits include the BBC series Being Human, Going Postal on Sky 1, and the BBC's 2010 remake of Upstairs, Downstairs in which Claire played Lady Persephone.
Claire made her film debut as the female lead alongside Nicolas Cage in Season of the Witch - a fantasy/thriller about 14th-century knights who transport a suspected witch to a monastery.
Her role as Erin has made a big impact on Claire:
"I remember the very first audition very clearly. I got sent 25 scenes, and was asked to prepare all of them, which is what Peter does, God love him. It was so much work.
I remember reading a scene, and I had no idea what it was about. But then when I got the finished script, I couldn't stop reading it. It was just the most amazing story."
Christian Cooke (represented by United Agents) plays Sergeant Len Matthews. Christian started acting when he was 10, appearing in commercials before landing the role of Luke Kirkwall in the ITV1 series Where the Heart Is.
Since then, Christian has also appeared in Dr Who for the BBC and has played leading roles in ITV series Demons, and Trinity.
Prior to filming The Promise in 2010, Christian starred in the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant film, Cemetery Junction. He has recently finished filming a new feature, Break The Fall.
Perdita Weeks plays Eliza Meyer, Erin's best friend. Perdita was born in South Glamorgan in Wales and raised in Sussex among an acting family. Along with her sisters Honeysuckle Weeks and Rollo Weeks she appeared in numerous productions as a child including Goggle Eyes and Stig of the Dump.
The Promise starts on Sunday 6th February at 9PM on Channel 4.