Claire Foy on her hope for equality in the film industry

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This week, we honoured Claire Foy at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, where she was chosen to take home the Actress accolade.

The star – who has become a global name in recent years thanks to her award-winning performance as the Queen in Netflix's The Crown – continues to impress critics, while the people she works with seem to be completely enamoured with her. This goes for director Will Sharpe, who was on hand on the evening to present Foy with her award.

Describing her as "such a kind, genuine and all-round wonderful human being", Sharpe added that she has not let fame go to her head. "Despite now being such a big deal, she is also one of the most humble and gracious people I have ever met."

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Foy, of course, continued to be humble with her speech, opening with: "I told him not to be too nice and that was way too nice."

"It's such an honour to be here and I've never felt more inadequate in my entire life. I am so humbled, unlike many other award-winners, I've done nothing to further the course of humanity so thank you so much for having me."

In her speech, the actress touched on the work that needs to be done regarding equality for women in the workplace – and then went on to dedicate the award to her sister Gemma, who was sat in the audience.

"There is so much work to do, and I think we all know that. In my industry, we know that we need to give women more opportunity and equality and support, but evenings like this give me a lot of hope and people like Will give me an awful lot of hope as well."

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"There is only one person that I want to dedicate this to and she's going to be mortified – and that's my sister, Gemma Matthews, who is the best person alive, basically. And thank god for her, because she taught me not only to be a human being, but every single day, she teaches me how to be a woman and a mother, and how to be alive with a heart and integrity and humour."

Read a preview of Claire Foy's December cover interview here – and head here for more on our 2021 Women of the Year Awards.

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