The Crown's Claire Foy says filming sex scenes is the "grimmest thing you can do"

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The Crown star Claire Foy has spoken out about filming sex scenes, saying it's the "grimmest thing you can do" and adding that it can often feel exploitative as a woman.

Foy is set to star in the BBC's upcoming miniseries A Very British Scandal, in which she plays the Duchess of Argyll, Ethell Margaret Campbell. The drama is based on the British socialite's very high profile divorce back in 1963, in which explicit photos and salacious tales made headlines and gripped the nation.

Speaking in a recent interview on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour Foy opened up about filming intimate scenes, describing the process as "grim."

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Photo credit: BBC

"It's a really hard line because basically you do feel exploited when you are a woman and you are having to perform fake sex on screen," she explained, adding, "You can’t help but feel exploited ... It’s grim – it’s the grimmest thing you can do.

"You feel exposed," she explained. "Everyone can make you try to not feel that way but it’s unfortunately the reality."

She continued, saying how she wanted the sex scenes in A Very British Scandal to be different to the kind scenes we often see.

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Photo credit: BBC

"But my thing was that I felt very strongly that it had to be in it, but I wanted it to be female ... I did not want it be that sort of awful climactic sexual experience you often see on the cinema screen."

A Very British Scandal will be released at 9pm, BBC One on 26th December.

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