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Calling all fans of The Crown! The series’ writer and creator, Peter Morgan, has confirmed that the fifth season will be the show’s last. Also, he has revealed who will play the ageing Queen Elizabeth II in the final season. The hit Netflix show will (sadly) come to an end by ushering the royal family into the 21st Century.
The Crown welcomes a new queen
There will be a new actress playing Elizabeth II in her twilight years. Creator Peter Morgan has confirmed that British actress Imelda Staunton will replace Olivia Colman as the show’s leading lady.
You’ll probably recognise Imelda for her work on the Harry Potter franchise as the deplorable Professor Dolores Umbridge. And if you’re a sucker for all things British drama, you’ll also remember her as Lady Bagshaw in Downton Abbey.
Peter said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty the The Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st century. Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.”
It was initially thought that the hit show would run for six seasons, but Peter explains that it feels more natural to end the show on the fifth season.
He adds, “At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
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The future of the show
It’s believed that this move will mean more recent, contemporary royal events will not be portrayed by the TV show. So no, at this point we won’t be able to peek Harry and Meghan’s recent move and all the #Megxit drama.
Speaking on her new role, the excited 63-year-old Imelda said, “I have loved watching The Crown from the very start.” We’re looking forward to seeing what Imelda will bring to one of our favourite shows.
If her impressive resume is anything to go by, we’re all in for a great treat!