Antony Armstrong-Jones, AKA, Lord Snowdon, the society photographer who was married to Princess Margaret from 1960 until 1978 died peacefully at home this month at the grand old age of 86.
But his eventful life will be played out in The Crown at the end of this year when his character steps into series 2 of the Netflix drama.
And RadioTimes.com can reveal that he will be played by Matthew Goode, known to Downton Abbey fans as the handsome smoothie chops racing driver Henry Talbot who eventually nabbed Lady Mary as his wife (see picture).
Series two has started filming in time for an airing towards the end of this year and there will be plenty of new faces as the action begins with the 1956 Suez crisis and finishes around the mid 1960s.
The Crown’s producers are also on the lookout for a man to play the baronet and gardening expert Roddy Llewellyn for series 3. Llewellyn, who was 17 years Margaret’s junior, had a five-year affair with the Princess starting in 1973.
That Margaret/Roddy romance, which slightly embarrassed the Windsors, will also play out in front of a new Queen who will replace Claire Foy’s peerless Monarch for series 3.
The producers are currently searching for an actress to play the new-look Queen who will be in her 40s and 50s, according to sources. In fact, the third series will pretty much require a wholescale cast change of “principals” who are expected remain in situ for series 3, 4 and 5 under current plans.
There will then be a new Queen again for series six – the last – which will take us quite close to the present day.
But it is a big crown to fill.
Foy’s portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the early days of her reign has already won her critical acclaim – as well as a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama.
She and her co-star Matt Smith, who plays her husband Prince Philip, had previously told RadioTimes.com that they weren’t sure whether it would be a “good idea” to continue playing the royal couple – instead jokingly suggesting that they could be re-cast as Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
The Crown series 2 is expected to air on Netflix in November
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.