Netflix hit The Crown, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of the British Royal Family, has reportedly cast Lesley Manville to play Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon for the final series.
The worldwide smash created by Peter Morgan will come to an end after series five, which will see Harry Potter legend Imelda Staunton step into The Queen’s shoes, taking over from Olivia Colman.
Now, BAFTA nominee Lesley will follow in the footsteps of Vanessa Kirby and Helena Bonham-Carter to play the socialite Princess, known as “P2” to her family.
Lesley is best known for working with on the Maleficent films as well as her stint opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread.
Speaking to The Sun, a source claims that Manville was one of the first names bosses wanted.
The insider added: “They wanted a star who could tackle the difficult role of a royal entering one of the darkest periods of her life when the Windsors faced endless scandals and she was dogged by ill-health.
“That’s why Lesley was one of the first actors they approached to join the new cast and remains one of the few who has fully committed to The Crown.”
It suggests that Lesley will play the late Princess during her later years which saw her health take a turn for the worse.
Princess Margaret had part of her lung removed following years of smoking.
She later suffered a stroke while holidaying at her home in Mustique in 1998 – she later suffered scolds to her feet following a bathroom accident.
Imelda and Lesley are the only two members of the cast to be reportedly confirmed for the fifth series.
The Crown will likely pick up on the story of the Royal Family around 1990 when Princess Margaret was in her 60s.
Princess Margaret died in February 2002, aged 71 following a stroke and cardiac issues. Her son, Lord Linley and daughter Lady Sarah Chatto were both by the princess’s side.
The Crown seasons one to three are available to stream on Netflix.