“I have loved watching The Crown from the very start,” Staunton said. “As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
Five months after Staunton’s casting was announced, Netflix announced on July 2 that Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Maleficent, Harlots) will play Princess Margaret for the fifth season. Manville takes over from Vanessa Kirby (The Crown seasons one and two) and Helena Bonham Carter (season three and the upcoming season four).
Manville was born in East Sussex, England, and is no stranger to the royal family. In fact, five years ago—on November 17, 2015—Manville was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her services in the dramatic arts. Ironically, it was Princess Margaret’s great nephew, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who presented her with the honor.
On August 13, Netflix announced that Oscar nominee Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones) will play Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in seasons five and six. In Game of Thrones, Pryce played the High Sparrow, and in the 2019 Netflix film The Two Popes, he portrayed Pope Francis opposite Anthony Hopkins.
Matt Smith played Queen Elizabeth’s husband in seasons one and two, and Tobias Menzies took over for seasons three and the upcoming four.
On August 16, 2020, The Crown’s official Twitter account announced that Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana in seasons five and six. She will take over the role from Emma Corrin, who portrayed princes William and Harry’s mother in season 4.
“Princess Diana’s spirit, her words, and her actions live in the hearts of so many,” Debicki said in a statement. “It is my true privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”
The actor is best known for her role as Jed Marshall in the 2016 BBC drama The Night Manager and has also appeared the films Widows and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2.
The Crown finished filming season four right as the United Kingdom shut down production due to the coronavirus in March. In July 2021, Netflix released the first image of Staunton in the role of Queen Elizabeth II, implying that filming had begun on the fifth season.
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