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Netflix jewel The Crown Season 5 premieres November 9. The streaming service has shared the first look at the all-new cast. 

Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce are cast as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

“What has been nice, and I hope I don’t prove them wrong, is people saying, ‘I’m really looking forward to seeing her as the queen,’ ’’ Staunton tells Tudum. “So, let’s just hope that works out for them because I’ve done it. Nothing I can do about it now!”

Dominic West as Charles, Prince of Wales and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales.

“I think people understand, because the cast has changed every two seasons, that this is not an imitation,” he says. “This is an evoking of a character. That’s really where the show lives: in the imagined conversations of their private life, which is something that no one knows. I think that’s what it gets a lot of criticism for. How can you know what they talk about in their private lives?The obvious answer is we don’t, but we have an incredible writer, a dramatist, who imagines based on exhaustive research, and that’s really part of the fascination of the show.”

Debicki has commented as well on her experience of playing Diana.

“That’s the amazing thing about playing these people at this time, because in the journey of The Crown so far out of all the seasons, this is the most visual content we have of the royal family,” she says. “In the ’90s, everything had started to be filmed, and also it was the birth of the 24-hour news cycle, so there’s just this incredible amount of content that we have access to. Diana was the most photographed person in the world at that time. As an actor, you open the portal and this huge tsunami of information comes at you. I happily swam around in it.”

Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne and  Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major. Peter Morgan says he’s delighted with the casting.

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“I think Jonny Lee Miller is an absolute triumph in the role and a real surprise,” he says.

Netflix has not yet released a full trailer for the upcoming season. The sixth and final season hasn’t started filming.


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