When is The Crown season 3 on Netflix? Who is in the cast, and what is going to happen?

Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies will take over as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when the drama returns to Netflix – but who else is joining them?

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Claire Foy’s reign as Queen Elizabeth II has come to an end, but there is still plenty to look forward to as we gear towards series three of Netflix’s royal family biopic The Crown.


After much speculation, it was announced back in October that Broadchurch star Olivia Colman would be taking on the role of the Queen.

The Crown - Matt Smith, Peter Morgan, Claire Foy - Writer/Creator Peter Morgan with Matt Smith (Prince Philip) and Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth II) (Netflix, TL)

And, after a prolonged search, Tobias Menzies joined the ranks in March 2018 as Prince Phillip. With Claire Foy and Matt Smith now gone, the drama is about to move into a new era…

Find out everything we know about The Crown series three below.

When is The Crown season three released on Netflix?

As production has been delayed due to the re-shuffling of the cast, it appears unlikely that we will see the new episodes before 2019. The good news, however, is that series three and four are being shot back-to-back, so it’s unlikely that we’ll have such a long wait before the subsequent series arrives.

Filming is due to commence in July 2018.

What is going to happen?

The third and fourth series will span the years 1964-76, with series one and two having covered the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, from 1947-63.

Show-runner Peter Morgan is not giving anything away just yet, but history tells us that series three, if it does indeed take us from ’64-’70, will see the monarch cultivating her steadiest relationship with a Prime Minister yet in Harold Wilson, who served as head of the British government during this period.

Speaking at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival 2017, producer Suzanne Mackie said that the new season would also see the introduction of Charles’ second wife Camilla Parker-Bowles.

It should also cover the decolonisation of Africa and the Caribbean, the birth of Prince Edward (March 1964), and Prince Charles’ movement into the public eye following his coronation as the Prince of Wales in 1969.

Is there a trailer?

Sadly not: filming is due to begin in July 2018.

Who is in the cast?

The Queen Olivia Colman was the first new cast member announced – she will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.

She told RadioTimes.com about the moment when she knew she was in the running for the role.

“I got a phone call from my agent when I was in a car [telling her that she had been asked to meet with director Peter Morgan],” she said. “I think I had fairly recently finished watching the first series, which I think I had done in about three nights – and so I was very excited. My agent was trying to be subtle, not knowing who was in the car with me and she went, ‘It’s something about a tiara’, and I went, ‘Oh, it’s The Crown!'”

Check out the full interview below.

Prince Phillip In late March 2018, it was announced that Outlander star Tobias Menzies would be filling the role of Prince Phillip, after much speculation (it was initially rumoured that Paul Bettany was in line to replace Matt Smith).


Princess Margaret Veteran actress Helena Bonham Carter will take on the role of Princess Margaret in series three, after Netflix confirmed the long-rumoured casting.

In January 2018, Vanessa Kirby, the actress who played Margaret in the first two series, shared an Instagram picture with Bonham Carter along with the caption “honoured”. She tagged The Crown’s official Instagram account, too.

Honoured @thecrownnetflix

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Line of Duty star Jason Watkins meanwhile will play Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.


Of course, that still leaves plenty of other empty roles: Prince Charles, the Queen Mother… We’ll be keeping this page updated with the announcements as they come in.