It's almost time for viewers to say goodbye to The Crown for good, as Netflix's royal drama is coming to an end following its sixth season, which is being split into two parts.


The first part explores the final days of Princess Diana's life, including her relationship with Dodi Fayed, and how they both tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

As in season 5, Diana is played by Elizabeth Debicki, while Khalid Abdalla also reprises his role as Dodi, with the character having previously been introduced briefly alongside his father, Mohamed Al-Fayed.

But just who was Dodi and who plays him in The Crown season 5? Read on for everything you need to know about Dodi Fayed.

Who was Dodi Fayed?

Dodi Fayed
Dodi Fayed Aaron Rapoport/CORBIS OUTLINE/Corbis via Getty Images

Dodi Fayed was the son of Mohamed Al-Fayed, the Egyptian businessman who went on to buy Harrods department store and Fulham football club amongst other ventures.

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He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and spent time around the world growing up, before being given a flat in Mayfair, London at age 15. He spent time working in the United Arab Emirates air force before going on to become a film financier.

He raised finance for films including Chariots of Fire and the Steven Spielberg film Hook and is credited as an executive producer on them.

Dodi married model Susanne Gregard in 1986, but they broke up eight months later and became known as something of a 'playboy'.

He then met Diana in 1986, reportedly at a polo match in Windsor, but it was in 1997 that they got to know each other when she was reportedly invited to spend time on Mohamed's yacht, the Jonkial.

Later that year they took a trip to Paris together, where they tragically both died in a car accident on 31st August 1997.

Who plays Dodi Fayed in The Crown season 5?

Khalid Abdalla
Khalid Abdalla David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Sky Arts

Dodi Fayed is played in The Crown season 5 by Khalid Abdalla, an Egyptian-British actor best known for his role in the film United 93.

Abdalla has also appeared in other films including The Kite Runner, Green Zone, The Square and Assassin's Creed, and series such as Hanna and Moon Knight.

What has Khalid Abdalla said about playing Dodi Fayed in The Crown?

Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales holds the face of Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed in The Crown season 6.
Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales holds the face of Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed in The Crown season 6. Netflix

Abdalla revealed that he was cast 10 months before filming and spent that time going: "Oh my God, I'm going to be playing Dodi Fayed."

He said: "There was a huge responsibility and a huge sense of privilege of stepping into this figure who all of us have heard about for the last 25 years but pretty much know nothing about."

Abdalla explained: "If you're speaking about Dodi in particular, all you get is one adjective: 'Playboy'. That's it. Imagine if your entire life has been reduced to an adjective? That’s part of the reason, when I was first approached for the role, I was like, 'What, really? Me? I'm not sure, I don't – that adjective doesn't work.'

"But then of course you enter his real story and you find out how much more fascinating it is, how rich, how moving, and – from an actor's perspective – how much there is to live up to in it, and what I hope is a kind of resolution.

"It's a return of dignity. At the end of the day, he's someone who died who wasn't really mourned. He wasn't really known. And there are very big and important questions for all of us about that."

Abdalla gave "credit" to Peter Morgan and those working on The Crown for giving the storyline of the Fayeds "equal respect".

He continued: "I believe that there is a big cultural wound for anyone who has followed the story. If he had died now the media treatment of his death would be given a different space.

"There's no doubt in my mind about that and part of what we're doing, I feel, is gentle work to heal that wound, to give a gesture of respect that really should have been given at the time."

He also spoke about returning for season 6, saying: "I think one of the great things about The Crown, and one of the reasons I think there are such fabulous performances, is that people get to explore over two seasons. Over the first season, for me, you're getting to know your character and establishing them.

"There are all sorts of things that I didn't know or that I was just trying out for the first time, and then you re-enter, and you're like, 'OK, those things we know, now let's focus on these things'.

"It was a joy and a pleasure to re-enter the shoes of this person, who I've really started to get to know and feel comfortable with, and explore them further. The voice, the mannerisms – those things that I know – they're more part of me."

The Crown season 6 part 1 is streaming on Netflix from Thursday 16th November 2023. Sign up for Netflix from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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