Now that series two of The Crown seems but a distant memory, we’re eagerly looking forward to series three which will see Olivia Colman take over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth; Helena Bonham Carter replace Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret; and Tobias Menzies take on the role of Prince Philip, previously played by Matt Smith.
The last series – set in the late 1950s and early ’60s – explored the Queen and Prince Philip’s tumultuous relationship, as well as documenting the events that led to Princess Margaret’s wedding to Lord Snowdon. Season three jumps ahead to the 1970s when the Queen and Philip will be in their 50s, which is the reason for hiring an entirely new cast.
Here is everything we know about season three of The Crown so far…
Olivia Colman as the Queen
Replacing Claire Foy was never going to be easy, but the new casting for the older HRH is perfect – Olivia Colman will take on the role. “You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged,” said The Crown creator Peter Morgan. “Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds. That informs everything we do.”
Colman has already struck up a close relationship with Foy to prepare for the role – and admits to being a little nervous to take on the baton. “She’s fucking amazing and it’s a very difficult act to follow,” Colman told the Radio Times. “She’s one of the sweetest people ever and she’s brilliant.”
The first image of Colman in character has been released (above), showing her in a pink cardigan and drinking a cup of tea at her desk. The caption Netflix chose as they revealed it on Twitter was, “Patience”.
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Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret has become the people’s favourite over the past two series, as Vanessa Kirby played her as an irreverent, progressive and sometimes vulnerable young woman who often feels trapped by her circumstances. Who better to portray her in middle-age than Helena Bonham Carter? The actress has already previously played the Queen Mother in the Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech.
Bonham Carter looked just the part in the first image released of her as the princess, looking glamorous in a blue hat with her trademark cigarette in hand.
Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip
Theatre actor Ben Daniels (who has also appeared in House of Cards) will play Princess Margaret’s husband, photographer Anthony Armstrong Jones, taking over from Downton Abbey‘s Matthew Goode. The image released shows him looking intensely down a camera lens.
Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles