The close friendship between Claire Foy and Matt Smith beyond 'The Crown'

What British royalty joins no one to separate. That's what Claire Foy and Matt Smith have to think about their relationship. The actors who starred in the first two seasons of the hit Netflix series, The Crown, she as Queen Elizabeth II and he and Prince Philip, became so pleased that their friendship has pierced the small screen and currently they have a close relationship in which they both profess admiration and affection.

Test for this are the recently released images of the two actors walking the streets of London, hand in hand or enjoying a dinner with more friends in common. There, in London, 35-year-old Foy and Smith, 37, have once again shared the stage play Lungs, which premiered in mid-October at the Old Vic theatre in the British capital. The good harmony between the two is such that some American and British media do not doubt that there is something more special between the actors,

Something that coincides with Smith's separation from what his partner has been for the past five years, also performer Lily James. Although the romantic breakup has not been confirmed by either, the couple have not been attending public events since August and there is no sign of the protagonist of Cinderla on Smith's 37th birthday last October. In fact, James attended the British Independent Film Awards alone last Sunday in London,

zoom in Claire Foy and Matt Smith in a scene from 'The Crown'.

According to the Daily Mail, Foy has become a great comfort to Smith just as he was when she announced the separation of her husband, fellow British performer Stephen Campbell, in February 2018. "Matt and Claire have formed a close friendship and mutual support and have spent a lot of time together in recent weeks," says a source to The Mail on Sunday.

The feeling and the great friendship between the two has long been known, something they have not hesitated to speak openly about. "For me, Matt is a friend I act with and work with, I don't see him as Prince Philip," she said a few years ago, asked about the good tune they both conveyed on screen. In addition, the actor was one of the first to defend and support his partner when the Golden Globe winner publicly denounced the pay gap he had suffered in The Crown. "I think everyone should get a fair and equitable payment. Claire is one of my best friends and I fully support her," Smith said at the Tribeca Film Festival. After Foy made his situation public, the show's producers pledged to restore the wage balance

. zoom in Lily James at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards last Sunday in London. Karwai Tang WireImage

Matt Smith and Lily James began dating in 2014, after starring in the film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The couple have always kept their romance in a discreet background, avoiding paparazis and letting theself be seen in public on rare occasions, such as at the 2017 Met Gala or at the 2018 Burberry parade in London. Rumors of a possible engagement between the actors came in February 2018, after James wore a brilliant ring at the Bafta Awards gala, however she immediately ruled it out. Since last summer, who were caught by the paparazis having dinner with a friend, Smith and James have not let theself be seen together,

For her portrayal of Isabel II in the Netflix series, Claire Foy won the Award for Best Actress at the 2017 Golden Globe. Prior to The Crown, Foy was already a familiar face in the UK to the point that the English press had come to describe her as "the new Sienna Miller" or "the new Keira Knightley". Smith, meanwhile, arrived in the British royal family series after starring for four seasons of the television classic Doctor Who. While the actor waits for the release of his latest film, Morbius: The Living Vampire, new projects on Foy.