Who could replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip in The Crown season 3?

With Olivia Colman set to take the reigns as Queen Elizabeth II, we examine the potential replacements for the former Doctor Who star

Matt Smith, The Crown season 2 (Netflix, BA)

We’ve known for a while now that the current regal pairing at the heart of The Crown, Claire Foy and Matt Smith, will depart the series at the end of its upcoming second season, with new actors set to take over the roles as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip enter middle age.

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Netflix have already announced that Broadchurch star Olivia Colman will take over from Claire Foy, but we are still none the wiser as to who will fill Matt Smith’s shoes.

Early indications are that there’ll be a time leap from when season two ends in 1963, with the next instalment of Peter Morgan’s drama expected to take place in the seventies and include Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Thus, the show’s producers will likely be looking for a white British actor in or around his mid forties. A flair for period drama would likely be an advantage too.

Check out our top picks for Prince Philip 2.0 below – and vote for your favourite in our poll.


Mark Strong

British actor Mark Strong, cast from the thriller tv series 'Deep state', poses for a photograph during the MIPCOM trade show (standing for International Market of Communications Programmes) in Cannes, southern France, on October 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YANN COATSALIOU (Photo credit should read YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images, BA)

Age: 54

The Kingsman actor is certainly at back end of the ideal age range, but his resemblance to Prince Philip and pedigree in British drama has to put him high up on our potential list of suitors to the throne. His illustrious on-screen career has seen him star in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Zero Dark Thirty, while he won the Laurence Olivier award in 2015 for his role in A View From The Bridge.

Jude Law

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: Actor Jude Law of the limited series 'The Young Pope' speaks onstage during the HBO portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 14, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, BA)

Age: 44

Law made his first foray into the TV landscape in 2016, as the tyrannical head of the Catholic church in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope. While his schedule is looking pretty full with roles in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel and a third Sherlock Holmes blockbuster keeping him busy for the moment, we reckon he’d make a fine Prince Philip.

Benedict Cumberbatch

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the premiere of "The Current War" during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic, BA)
Age: 41

Think of the fans, Netflix. That’s another few hundred thousand viewers right there – although, honestly, we’d prefer him make time for just a little more Sherlock…

David Tennant

David Tennant

Age: 46

There are two obvious reasons for this one: David Tennant has fantastic chemistry with nouveau queen Olivia Colman from their days on Broadchurch together, AND he was succeeded on Doctor Who by Matt Smith – so it would be lovely to see the baton passing ritual come full circle with the 10th Doctor replacing the 11th in The Crown.

Matthew Macfadyen

Matthew Macfadyen (Getty, JG)

Age: 43

The Norfolk-born actor, best known for his roles in Spooks and Ripper Street, is due to star in the upcoming BBC miniseries Howard’s End, alongside Hayley Atwell and Tracey Ullman. A period drama veteran, he’s always managed to make his roles still feel contemporary. The Crown could do with that sleight of hand.

Tobias Menzies

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Tobias Menzies discusses "Outlander" at AOL Studios In New York on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Adela Loconte/WireImage, BA)

Age: 43

Outlander’s Tobias Menzies has a pedigree in period romance after roles in Atonement and Finding Neverland. He has previously appeared alongside Olivia Colman in The Night Manager.

Paul Bettany

WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Actor Paul Bettany arrives at the premiere of 'Only the Brave' at Regency Village Theatre on October 8, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic, BA)

Age: 46

A spell in 1960s London would probably represent a refreshing change of pace for the Avengers star, who is currently filming his third Marvel blockbuster in as many years.

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The Crown Series 2 arrives on Netflix on 8th December