‘The Crown’: First Look At Imelda Staunton As Queen Elizabeth II

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30 Jul 21

‘The Crown’: First Look At Imelda Staunton As Queen Elizabeth II

As The Crown enters its final cast change, Netflix has released a first look photo of Imelda Staunton who takes over the leading role of Queen Elizabeth II.

‘The Crown’ tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

As happens every two seasons on ‘The Crown’, we will be getting an all-new cast for the 5th and final 6th Seasons. Imelda Staunton (the ‘Harry Potter’ films) takes the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Olivia Colman, with Jonathan Pryce (‘Game of Thrones’) as Prince Philip. Lesley Manville (‘Save Me Too’, ‘Harlots’) is set to play Princess Margaret, with Elizabeth Debicki (‘The Night Manager’, ‘Tenet’) as Princess Diana. Whilst not yet confirmed by Netflix, the rumours are that Dominic West (‘The Affair’, ‘Brassic’) will take on the role of Prince Charles. On the government side, Jonny Lee Miller (‘Elementary’, ‘Trainspotting’) has signed up as Prime Minister John Major.

The most recent 4th Season took us through the 80s, with the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher and the turbulent relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The 5th Season, which is now filming, will head into the 90s, taking us through the seven years of John Major’s premiership. Major served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary under Margaret Thatcher, before taking the top spot as PM in 1990, which he held until 1997 when he was beaten by Tony Blair’s New Labour. His tenure included events such as the first Gulf War, the Bosnian War, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the start of the Northern Ireland peace process, and the privatisation of British Rail. This season should also feature that controversial bombshell interview between Martin Bashir and Princess Diana…

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