The Crown star Claire Foy announces she’s split from husband Stephen Campbell Moore

Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix drama The Crown, has announced that she has split from her husband Stephen Campbell Moore.

The pair shared the sad news by releasing a joint statement, where they revealed they have split a while ago.

‘We have separated and have been for some time. We do however continue as great friends with the utmost respect for one another’, the statement read.

The duo were together for seven years, after meeting in 2011 on the set of movie Season of the Witch.

In 2014, three years after meeting, Stephen and Claire tied the knot and welcomed their first child in March 2015, a baby girl who they named Ivy Rose.

The couple’s split comes after Stephen, who’s best known for his role in film The History Boys, had to undergo a life-saving operation to remove a brain tumour.

Speaking to The Sun about his health scare, Stephen said: ‘You realise you’re not the most important person in that process, and everybody who loves you goes through far worse.

‘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. 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’, he said.

Stephen’s health battle happened while Claire was filming season two of The Crown, and she’s also spoken about how difficult it was to have started filming season one just four months after giving birth to her daughter.

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‘On the first day of filming, I found myself halfway up a Scottish mountain, with engorged boobs and no way of getting down to feed my baby.

‘I had to ring my husband and tell him to give her formula. It was like someone had stamped on my heart and, as I sat in a Land Rover trying to get a broken breast pump to work, I felt I’d made the worst mistake of my life’, she told Vogue magazine last year.