Season four will continue to feature Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth, Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, and Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret. (Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and Vanessa Kirby famously originated the roles in the first two seasons. ) We’ll also get the first appearance of Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) in the fourth season.
Netflix also confirmed that famed British stage actress Imelda Staunton—who some may remember played Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter films—will take over as Queen Elizabeth in season five. “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.
However, even with the good news, fans shouldn’t expect a deep dive into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s—courtship, or their decision to step back from senior roles. (That’s still good news for Prince Harry, who reportedly hoped this would happen. ) Says Morgan: “To be clear, season six will not bring us any closer to present day—it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.
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.
In a statement from Netflix, Morgan said that as he and the team began discussing storylines for season five, it became apparent that “in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story, we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.
Manville takes over from Vanessa Kirby (The Crown seasons one and two) and Helena Bonham Carter (season three and the upcoming season four).
Six months after creator Peter Morgan announced he would end the award-winning series with season five, he has reversed course and will proceed with the original plan for six seasons.
Here's who will join Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in seasons five and six! 👑 https://t.co/gSHwaKVCXb— Glamour (@glamourmag) August 15, 2020