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Imelda Staunton Will Play Queen Elizabeth in 'The Crown' Seasons Five and Six

Town and Country logo Town and Country 7/10/2020 Chloe Foussianes
a close up of Elizabeth II, Imelda Staunton posing for a picture: Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth in The Crown after Olivia Colman finishes her two-season run on the Netflix show about the royal family. © Getty Images Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth in The Crown after Olivia Colman finishes her two-season run on the Netflix show about the royal family.

Fans of the The Crown are currently gearing up for the fourth season, which will feature Olivia Colman once again wearing the titular crown. But already, we know who'll ascend the throne after Colman finishes her two-season arc as Queen Elizabeth.

It'll be none other than Imelda Staunton, the Oscar-nominated actress perhaps best known for playing the sickly sweet Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter series. "I have loved watching The Crown from the very start," Staunton said when her casting was confirmed in January 2020, per the Hollywood Reporter.

"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," she continued. "I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion."

Olivia Colman sitting at a table with a dog: Olivia Colman plays Queen Elizabeth in The Crown’s recently released third season. © Sophie Mutevelian Olivia Colman plays Queen Elizabeth in The Crown’s recently released third season.

At the time, Netflix revealed Staunton's casting alongside an unexpected decision: the show, originally thought to last six seasons, would end after its fifth. Morgan called it "the perfect time and place to stop."

But nearly six months after that news, the streaming service reversed course again, announcing that The Crown would, in fact, span six seasons. This time, Morgan said, "As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons. To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day—it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail." (That same period, to be clear, will end in the early 2000s.)


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