Helen Mirren rules out replacing Olivia Colman on The Crown

It's a no from the Oscar winner

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II

Olivia Colman’s tenure as Queen Elizabeth II has only just begun, but we’re already trying to work out who will replace her for the fifth and sixth series of The Crown. And now we know one name that won’t be in the mix: Helen Mirren.


The Netflix series will overhaul its entire cast again for what are expected to be its final two seasons, but legendary British actress has said she is not interested in revisiting the role of the Queen.

“I don’t think so,” she told Lorraine Kelly when the host asked her if she would consider following in Colman’s footsteps. “I think it’s more interesting when you see other portraits and it builds into a more interesting picture than just someone coming back.”

She was, however, full of praise for both of the women who have taken on the role in Peter Morgan’s drama. “I thought Claire was wonderful, [and] I know Olivia will be fantastic,” she said.


Mirren won an Oscar in 2006 for her portrayal of the monarch in The Queen, which was penned by The Crown writer Peter Morgan. But she’s got other things on her mind for now. She currently stars in Sky Atlantic’s Catherine The Great, as the titular Russian Empress who was the nation’s longest ruling female leader, serving between 1762-96.