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Claire Foy splashes out £500,000 to her London home with works finally complete on the ‘eyesore’

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She’s playing the scandal hit ‘Dirty Duchess’ in A Very British Scandal.

But Claire Foy has cleaned up her north London home, with works finally completed on the ‘eyesore’ making it fit for a Queen.

The Crown actress, 37, could have splashed out as much as £500,000 on carrying out extensive renovations to her £1.3 million three storey maisonette flat.

Tidy: Claire Foy has cleaned up her north London home, with works finally completed on the ‘eyesore’ making it fit for a Queen (pictured in upcoming BBC drama A Very British Scandal)

Claire put in an application to overhaul the ‘dilapidated state of the existing roof extension and terraces’ in February last year.

Neighbours supported the proposed works, branding the prior terrace an ‘eyesore’, and the actress was granted permission in June.

Construction work, which could have totalled £250,000, started in March.

Experts predict Claire could have spent an additional £20,000 on an architect to design the project and £25,000 on a site manager to ensure operations ran smoothly.

Wow! The Crown actress, 37, could have splashed out as much as £500,000 on carrying out extensive renovations to her £1.3 million three storey maisonette flat

Wow! The Crown actress, 37, could have splashed out as much as £500,000 on carrying out extensive renovations to her £1.3 million three storey maisonette flat

Pricey: She returned home last month having splashed out almost £40,000 for her nine month stay

Pricey: She returned home last month having splashed out almost £40,000 for her nine month stay

It is likely she would have had to fork out around £30,000 on scaffolding to enable to work to be completed.

The star moved into a two bedroom flat nearby, with monthly rent close to £4,000, while work was completed.

She returned home last month having splashed out almost £40,000 for her nine month stay.

The top floor consisted of a small kitchen tucked in the eaves of the living area.

Renovations: Claire has also installed a steel black balustrade to provide extra safety on the balcony and terrace (pictured at Kit Kat Club in 2021)

Renovations: Claire has also installed a steel black balustrade to provide extra safety on the balcony and terrace (pictured at Kit Kat Club in 2021)

But this has now been replaced by an open plan space featuring a large island and floor to ceiling cupboards.

If the design has replicated drawings submitted to planners it could have set the actress back up to £100,000 thanks to the use of marble.

A window seat now looks out onto the small refurbished balcony decorated with plants.

The dormer has been moved back from the road and centralised with a decking laid on the roof terrace which features two new skylights, while natural slate tiles have been laid to match the existing ones.

New role: Claire plays Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll in the upcoming BBC drama A Very British Scandal

New role: Claire plays Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll in the upcoming BBC drama A Very British Scandal

Divorce: Claire's own split was less salacious with the actress releasing a joint statement with her ex-husband and History Boys star Stephen Campbell Moore (pictured in 2013)

Divorce: Claire’s own split was less salacious with the actress releasing a joint statement with her ex-husband and History Boys star Stephen Campbell Moore (pictured in 2013)

Claire, who has a six-year-old daughter, has also installed a steel black balustrade to provide extra safety on the balcony and terrace.

One neighbour wrote: ‘I as Neighbour totally support this application. It will tidy up a very untidy roof terrace with ugly railing which has been in existence for a long time.

‘As it will give a better living environment for the resident… All neighbours support the tidying up of this eyesore.’

The flat, part of a semi-detached Victorian townhouse, has a study and bedroom on the first floor as well as a bathroom, two further bedrooms, including a large master bedroom, and a spacious living area on the second floor.

Claire plays Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll in the upcoming BBC drama A Very British Scandal.

The British socialite was at the centre of scandal in the early 1960s when her divorce case exposed her adventurous sex life.

Claire’s own split was less salacious with the actress releasing a joint statement with her ex-husband and History Boys star Stephen Campbell Moore.

The couple, who share daughter Ivy, ended their four-year marriage in 2018.

‘We have separated and have been for some time,’ they said. ‘We do however continue as great friends with the utmost respect for one another.’ The pair met while working on 2011 film Season of the Witch.

Ex-husband: The couple, who share daughter Ivy, ended their four-year marriage in 2018 (pictured in 2013)

Ex-husband: The couple, who share daughter Ivy, ended their four-year marriage in 2018 (pictured in 2013) 

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