And, after a prolonged search, Tobias Menzies joined the ranks in March 2018 as Prince Philip. 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.
While series one was released in November 2016 and series two in December 2017 – just in time for Christmas – Netflix was anticipating a longer break in between series two and three. Filming only began in July 2018, after producers confirmed the new cast, and currently The Crown series three is expected to air in 2019.
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.
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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.
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.
“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!'”
Explaining how he prepared to play the Duke of Edinburgh, Menzies told RadioTimes.com, “I just listened to him loads. It’s partly a technical thing: you want to sound and look like him, but move like him too. I’ve gone slightly crazy just listening to him and listening to him.”
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.
The Queen Mother meanwhile will be played by Marion Bailey.
Camilla Shand (now known as Camilla Parker-Bowles, or the Duchess of Cornwall) In October 2018, Netflix confirmed that Call the Midwife star Emerald Fennell would play the key role of Camilla Shand – Prince Charles’ future wife.
“I’m absolutely over the moon and completely terrified to be joining so many hugely talented people on The Crown,” Fennell said, adding cheekily, “I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl hair cut.”
Game of Thrones star Charles Dance will be appearing in The Crown too, although his role is as-yet unconfirmed. Rumour has it however that he will play Prince Charles’ favourite great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten…
Of course, that still leaves plenty of other empty roles: we’ll be keeping this page updated with the announcements as they come in.
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