Royal Netflix drama The Crown returned for its third season at the end of last year when actress Olivia Colman took over the reins as Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy. She will appear as the Queen for the next series which is due to air sometime at the end of 2020. After this, it will be someone else’s turn to take over the crown.
In the first two seasons of The Crown, actress Foy portrayed the Queen along with Vanessa Kirby as sister Princess Margaret.
Other original cast members included Matt Smith as Prince Philip and John Lithgow as Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
But it was time for them to be replaced in season three as Broadchurch actress Colman took on the role of Queen in the early 60s and late 70s.
She was joined by Sweeney Todd actress Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
They will return for the fourth season but for the fifth and final series, Colman and Bonham Carter will be replaced.
Who will replace Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter in The Crown?
Who is replacing Olivia Colman?
The final actress to play the Queen will be “taking The Crown into the 21st Century”, according to creator Peter Morgan.
The actress who has been given this honour is Imelda Staunton who is best known for roles in Downton Abby, Vera Drake, Pride and Nanny McPhee.
As well as these, she played Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter franchise.
Talking about casting Staunton, Morgan said: “Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.
When the announcement was made, Staunton said in a statement: “I have loved watching the crown from the very start as an actor.
“It was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts.
“I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking the crown to it’s conclusion.”
Another well-known actress will also be taking on the part of Princess Margaret for season five.
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Who is replacing Helena Bonham Carter?
Staunton will be joined by actress Lesley Manville who is going to step into the shoes of Bonham Carter as well as Kirby before her.
Manville is known for starring in films such as Mr Turner, Dance with a Stranger, Misbehaviour, Secrets and Lies and Maleficent.
She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2017 historical drama Phantom Thread.
Manville will join the cast of The Crown for the fifth series which isn’t expected to be released until late 2021 at the earliest.
In a statement, Manville said: “I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret.
“The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down.
“Furthermore, to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.”
The Crown is available to watch on Netflix.