Series five of The Crown will be released in November 2022, Netflix have announced.
Greeting fans from the set of the Emmy Award winning drama, Imelda admitted her ‘stomach has been doing somersaults’ at the prospect of playing the royal in the series which covers the 1990s, but hopes she will look ‘calm, collected and capable’.
Regal: Filming began for the hotly-anticipated fifth series of The Crown in July and Netflix has now revealed the season premiere date – November 2022 – with Imelda Staunton, 65, being unveiled as her version of Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday
Imelda said in the video: ‘I’m currently at the set of The Crown where we have just plugged filming season five. I’m delighted to be here, inheriting the role of Queen Elizabeth from two outstanding actresses.
‘Most recently the wonderful Olivia Colman and who could forget the actress who originated the part Claire Foy. I will do my utmost to maintain the very high standard they set.
‘Hopefully I look calm, collected and capable. My stomach meanwhile has been doing somersaults. From the cast and the crew, we look forward to bringing you the next series of The Crown in November 2022.’
Imelda said in video: ‘I’m currently at the set of The Crown where we have just plugged filming season five. I’m delighted to be here, inheriting the role of Queen Elizabeth from two outstanding actresses’
It’s coming! She added: ‘Hopefully I look calm, collected and capable. My stomach meanwhile has been doing somersaults. From the cast and the crew, we look forward to bringing you the next series of The Crown in November 2022’
The last two seasons of the portrayed the Royal Family from the 1990s and the new instalment will follow on from the early to mid 1990s.
Aside from series one which debuted in December, all series of The Crown have been released in November in time for the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.
It comes after The Crown ruled supreme at the 2021 Emmy Awards with the Netflix drama winning Outstanding Drama Series and Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies all nabbing trophies.
The fan favourite show was the night’s biggest winner, with seven awards including a sweep of the dramatic acting categories.
The series beat out The Boys, Bridgerton, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Pose, and This Is Us for the accolade. The trophy also gave Netflix its first win in the most elite of Emmy categories.
The Crown won for its fourth season, which followed the British royal family in the 1980s and 1990s with Olivia as Queen Elizabeth II, Josh as Prince Charles and Emma as Princess Diana.
Taking home Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series was Olivia for her role as Queen Elizabeth II, who revealed her father died during Covid as she paid tribute to him in her acceptance speech.
Swept the competition: The Crown beat out The Boys, Bridgerton, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Pose, and This Is Us for the accolade (pictured Josh O’ Connor and Emma Corrin as Prince Charles and Princess Diana)
While Olivia won the honor for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Emma had also been nominated for the same award, but looked delighted for her costar as she applauded enthusiastically once Olivia’s name was announced.
Josh was the recipient of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series, and Gillian received the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series.
Tobias won the honor of Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series but did not attend the ceremony.
As Tobias, who plays Prince Philip, did not attend the show, presenter Kerry Washington accepted the honor on his behalf.
Gillian thanked her ex Peter Morgan, who created The Crown, and her best friend Connie Freidberg.
‘I want to say thank you to Peter Morgan for creating this role and to Netflix for everything, everything,’ Gillian said.
‘But I really want to dedicate this award to a woman who was my manager for 20 years, Connie Freiberg, who believed in me when no one else would and believed I had talent when I didn’t even think that I had talent.’
The Crown series five: A London deli owner, a RADA-trained farmer’s wife, a former Cutting It actor and an Australian movie star… a look at the brand new faces of Netflix Royal drama
By Ciara Farmer for MailOnline
Filming is underway in Scotland on the hotly-anticipated fifth series of The Crown – with the last two seasons of the hit drama covering the Royal Family in the 1990s to 2003.
MailOnline takes a look at the brand new faces of the Netflix Royal drama as it prepares to depict one of the most turbulent periods in the Monarchy’s history…
PRINCESS DIANA – PLAYED BY ELIZABETH DEBICKI (REPLACING EMMA CORRIN)
Out with the old… MailOnline takes a look at The Crown’s new stars for series five – it was announced that Elizabeth had been cast as Princess Diana last August, and fans of the Netflix show were delight to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role
Screen star: From her big break in 2013’s The Great Gatsby to becoming a household name thanks to 2016 TV series The Night Manager, Elizabeth steadily climbed up the ranks of showbusiness to secure the career-making role
It was announced that Elizabeth, 30, had been cast as Princess Diana last August, and fans of the Netflix show were delighted to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role – replacing Emma Corrin.
Past: Emma Corrin played the People’s Princess in the show’s fourth series
From her big break in 2013’s The Great Gatsby to becoming a household name thanks to 2016 TV series The Night Manager, the star steadily climbed up the ranks of showbusiness to secure the career-making role.
A former ballerina in training, Elizabeth switched to theatre during high school. She studied at University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, where she was also awarded the Richard Pratt Bursary for outstanding acting students.
She shot to stardom after making her debut in The Great Gatsby in 2013, after impressing the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, with her brief appearance in the 2011 Australian movie A Few Best Men.
Since then, she has appeared in several movies including The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Tenet and The Cloverfield Paradox.
Elizabeth has also done voiceovers for Peter Rabbit and appeared in television series The Kettering Incident and The Night Manager alongside Tom Hiddleston.
The actress said of her casting last year: ‘Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many. It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.’
PRINCESS ANNE – PLAYED BY CLAUDIA HARRISON (REPLACING ERIN DOHERTY)
Who’s who? The actress playing Princess Anne in The Crown’s fifth season has been revealed as The IT Crowd and Humans star Claudia
RADA-trained performer Claudia was spotted in character on-set at Scotland’s Covesea Lighthouse on Tuesday, where she was shooting opposite Imelda Staunton, who is taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix show.
Claudia, 45, boasts a number of TV gigs on her CV as well as a high-profile co-star following her turn in 2005 thriller Archangel, where she starred opposite Daniel Craig in the show about a mystery concerning dictator Josef Stalin.
Throwback: The role of Princess Anne was previously played by Erin Doherty in The Crown’s third and fouth series
She is a farmer’s wife and a mother-of-three and is said to have been ‘shocked and delighted’ when she was chosen to play Anne when the Royal was aged in her 40s.
As well as Imelda, Claudia was also shooting alongside Theo Fraser Steele, who is thought to be playing Anne’s second husband Timothy Laurence.
After she was seen on set of Tuesday, tongues began wagging over the identity of who was playing the royal and also over her remarkable likeness to Princess Anne.
One Twitter account entitled Royal Watcher, shared a message reading: ‘Ok I think the actress playing Princess Anne is called Claudia Harrison? #TheCrown’, alongside a trio of images of Claudia in different roles as well as an image from on-set.
The role of Princess Anne was previously played by Erin Doherty in 2019’s third and last year’s fourth series of The Crown.
TIMOTHY LAURENCE – PLAYED BY THEO FRASER STEELE
Royal role: The Crown’s fifth season will feature The Thick Of It star and London deli owner Theo Fraser Steele playing Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence (pictured on-set on Tuesday)
Busy: Theo’s acting career spans back to 1996, when he starred in Casualty while he also played Christian Holhurst in political satire The Thick Of It in 2005. As well as acting, he is a successful deli owner and runs a shop with his wife in Hackney
He cut a dapper figure during filming to play the role of Anne’s spouse, who she married in 1992 after splitting from Mark Phillips.
Theo’s acting career spans back to 1996, when he starred in Casualty while he also played Christian Holhurst in political satire The Thick Of It in 2005. As well as acting, he is a successful deli owner and runs a shop with his wife in Hackney.
Theo comes from Essex and trained to be an actor in London before working with Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet in Richard Eyre’s production of David Hare’s Skylight at the National Theatre aged just 23.
He went on to have many stage roles both in the capital and across the country. In The Thick Of It he played an MP’s son who was shoved up against a wall and subjected to a torrent of abuse by the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker.
Speaking in 2018 about moving from acting to food, when he told The West Morland Gazette: ‘We didn’t choose to do it – we sort of fell into it. It started with just me. We now own the business and have a staff of 12’.
PRINCE ANDREW – PLAYED BY JAMES MURRAY (REPLACING TOM BYRNE)
The Crown series 5: James Murray is set to take on the role of Prince Andrew following his TV appearances in Cutting It and Primeval (James pictured in 2018)
Working hard: The Mancunian actor (pictured with his wife Sarah Parish and their daughter Nell in 2019) is also currently filming Masters of Air – the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-produced Apple TV series
New guard: Tom Byrne played the Queen’s second son in series four
James Murray, 46, will take on the role of Prince Andrew, replacing Tom Byrne, who played the Queen’s second son in series four.
James’ previous endeavours include his portrayal of Stephen Hart in ITV’s Primeval and playing Liam Carney in BBC One’s season four of Cutting It.
He acted as the lead DCI in completely improvised show Suspects.
The Mancunian actor, who is married to actress Sarah Parish, is also currently filming Masters of Air – the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-produced Apple TV series.
PRINCE CHARLES – PLAYED BY DOMINIC WEST (REPLACING JOSH O’CONNOR)
New role: Dominic West is set to play Prince Charles in the final two series of The Crown
New role: A TV insider said: ‘Show bosses looked at several stars for the sought-after role, but he was by far their preferred actor. Now both parties are hammering out a deal’ (Dominic is pictured in July 2021)
Dominic West is set to play Prince Charles in the final two series of The Crown.
Critically acclaimed: Dominic will replace Josh O’Connor who has played the role for two series
The actor, 51, is understood to be taking on the role of Prince Charles at the time of his affair from Diana, Princess of Wales, with his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles.
A TV insider told The Sun: ‘Show bosses looked at several stars for the sought-after role, but he was by far their preferred actor. Now both parties are hammering out a deal.’
They revealed how the ‘irony’ of the casting will ‘not be lost on anyone’ following his recent scandal where he was pictured embracing actress co-star Lily James last year.
Dominic will replace Josh O’Connor who has played the role for two series.
PRINCE PHILIP – PLAYED BY JONATHAN PRYCE (REPLACING TOBIAS MENZIES)
New role: The Two Popes actor Jonathan Pryce, 73, has said he is ‘confident’ to take on the ‘daunting’ role of Prince Philip in The Crown’s final two seasons
Out and about: The actor’s role in The Crown comes after he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Netflix’s The Two Popes. However he lost out on the gong to Joaquin Phoenix (Jonathan is pictured with his wife Kate in 2011)
Jonathan Pryce has said he is ‘confident’ about ‘tackling the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip’ in seasons five and six of The Crown.
It was revealed in August that the actor, 74, will join the star-studded cast of the hit Netflix show and portray the royal through the 1990s and 2000s.
Past: Tobias Menzies played the late Royal in series three and four
Speaking after the announcement, Jonathan added that it will be ‘a joy’ to act alongside Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.
In a statement shared on social media by Netflix, Jonathan said: ‘I am delighted to be working with Netflix again.
‘The positive experience I had making The Two Popes has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip.
‘To be doing so with Peter Morgan in the company of Imelda [Staunton] and Lesley [Manville] will be a joy.’
As well as praising the other on-screen talent lined up for the show, Jonathan added that he was excited to be working with screenwriter Peter Morgan.
The actor’s role in The Crown comes after he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Netflix’s The Two Popes. However he lost out on the gong to Joaquin Phoenix.
In previous instalments of The Crown Prince Philip has been played by actors Matt Smith, in the first two seasons, and Tobias Menzies, in series three and four.
PRINCESS MARGARET – PLAYED BY LESLEY MANVILLE (REPLACING HELENA BONHAM CARTER)
Congrats! Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown
Exciting: Lesley is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life’ (pictured in February 2020)
Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret.
The actress, 64, will be taking the reins from current star Helena Bonham Carter for the fifth and final series of the Netflix hit.
Goodbye: The actress, 64, will be taking the reins from current star Helena Bonham Carter for the fifth and final series of the Netflix hit
Lesley is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life’.
Confirming the news in a statement, she 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 role has been played by Helena for season three and upcoming season four, and was taken on by Vanessa Kirby in season one and two.
A source told The Sun: ‘Lesley is hugely respected by the creators of The Crown and was their first choice to play Princess Margaret this time.
‘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.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II – PLAYED BY IMELDA STAUNTON (REPLACING OLIVIA COLMAN)
Her Royal Highness: The very first image of Imelda Staunton in character as Queen Elizabeth II was revealed last week
Casual: Speaking about joining the hit show, Imelda, 65, admitted she is ‘frightened’ to take on the Queen Elizabeth role in The Crown
Speaking about joining the hit show, Imelda, 65, admitted she is ‘frightened’ to take on the Queen Elizabeth role in The Crown.
The actress is following on from Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, but says she has an ‘extra challenge’ playing a recent version as it will be fresh in the audiences mind.
Before: Oscar-winner Olivia Colman has played the monarch for two series
Speaking to The Sun, Imelda said: ‘When Claire was in the first series, to all of us that felt like history. Then following on from that with Olivia, again it seems like history.
‘Now we start in 1991 playing someone much more recent. That’s the extra challenge I have, people saying, “Oh, I don’t think she’s like that at all”‘.
Many members of the series four cast have also joked that they won’t be giving any advice to their successors. Oscar-winning actress Olivia said recently: ‘I haven’t spoken to Imelda and I wouldn’t dare offer any advice about playing the Queen.
‘Imelda is extraordinary and she’s going to do it all much better than me. I can’t wait to watch what she does.’
The Crown lovers took to Twitter to react to the news.
One wrote: ‘Gonna miss this Queen [Olivia Colman] but I’m sure Imelda will do a brilliant job. My time with the crown is done, some of last seasons cast and this seasons were just not it for me. Good luck to everyone involved tho.’
One fan simply penned: ‘perfection’ with another calling the new line-up ‘very strong’.
It has also been reported that young actors Lucas Barber-Grant and Arran Tinker are returning to reprise their roles as Princes William and Harry respectively, after making their debut in season four last year, but this yet to be officially confirmed.
The pair appeared in sweet scenes which saw the brothers playing in the swimming pool with their mother Diana, while their father Charles watched on.
The final two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family’s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet known which moments will be seen.
Coming back? It has also been reported that young actors Lucas Barber-Grant and Arran Tinker are returning to reprise their roles as Princes William and Harry respectively, after making their debut in season four last year (pictured)
Filming is already underway in Scotland with Imelda appearing to recreate the Queen and Prince Philip’s Royal trip to Belfast in 2003.
There are several poignant moments which could be used, including the Queen making a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.
She was referring to the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages; Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s and Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana.
Key historical moments involving the Royal Family between 1999 and 2003
1999: The marriage of the Queen’s son Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex: The wedding took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
2000: The Queen celebrates the Millennium: Millennium celebrations take place throughout the UK. The Millennium Dome in London is officially opened by HM The Queen on January 1.
2001: Queen Elizabeth reacts to 9/11 terrorist attacks: A week after the tragedy she sent a message to the British ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer to offer her condolences.
She wrote: ‘Each and every one of us has been shocked and numbed by what we have witnessed in these recent days.
‘At your service today, we think especially of the British victims. These are dark and harrowing times for families and friends of those who are missing or who suffered in the attack – many of you here today.
‘My thoughts and my prayers are with you all now and in the difficult days ahead’.
On September 13 The Queen ordered the Changing of the Guard ceremony to be paused for a two minute silence, followed by the playing of the American national anthem.
2002: The Queen’s Golden Jubilee: The Queen celebrated the milestone on February 6 and it was an international event to mark the 50th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.
On June 4, an estimated one million people headed to central London to line The Mall on the last day of the official celebrations.
Queen guitarist Brian May played ‘God Save The Queen’ from the roof of Buckingham Palace in her honour.
2002: The Queen dines at 10 Downing Street with the five living former Prime Ministers who served under her. She met with Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan and Edward Heath.
2002: The death of Princess Margaret: The Queen’s younger sister dies after suffering a stroke aged 71. The pair had had a troubled relationship after The Queen said she couldn’t marry her love Peter Townsend.
2002: The Queen Mother dies: She passed away aged 101 at Royal Lodge Windsor.