‘The Crown’: Does the Show Already Have its Third Queen Elizabeth?
Claire Foy, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II, in the first two seasons, won an Emmy for her role and now seasoned actress Olivia Colman will take on the role for the next two seasons.
“Olivia Colman was a list of one,” The Crown’s showrunner Peter Morgan told Entertainment Weekly of his choice. “I think I wanted to know [she would play the part] even before negotiations were done for seasons 3 and 4.”
The only issue with Colman was that she recently portrayed Queen Anne in The Favourite.
“Obviously I’d have preferred her not to be playing another queen before,” Morgan told the outlet. “But it’s so different — such a different tone.”
And Colman was more than happy to accept the role.
“I was incredibly uncool about it,” she told the outlet. “The producers went, ‘So…’ [I said,] ‘Yes! Yes! I’m really excited! Thank you very much!’ I loved the first two seasons.”
But she is nervous about filling her predecessor’s shoes.
“It’s horrendous,” Colman told the outlet jokingly. “Everyone loves Claire Foy, so I have got the worst job in the world at the moment. You’re saying all the worst things, thanks!”
Has Colman ever met the Queen?
Though most people who play Queen Elizabeth don’t get to meet the monarch, Colman actually did run into her once.
“It was at a British Film Institute gathering to raise the profile of British film, independent film,” she told the outlet. “We suddenly found ourselves, two hundred people, in a big queue. I thought maybe we were going in to have some food. I hadn’t read the order of the day. [I] looked around the corner, and there was the Queen and Prince Philip, and went, ‘Oh! Oh no! I don’t know what to do!’ And a gentleman with epaulettes said, ‘Don’t overdo it, little bow, and you say, Your Majesty, and your Royal Highness, and go. Make it as swift as possible and go.'”
And Colman isn’t the only one in the cast who has met the person they are playing.
Helena Bonham Carter, who will play the role of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, also met her royal counterpart.
“My uncle was actually very close to her,” Bonham Carter told the outlet of Princess Margaret. “She was pretty scary. At one point, she met me at Windsor Castle and she said, ‘You are getting better, aren’t you?'”
Bonham Carter thought that the princess was talking about her acting.
“I presume that’s what she meant,” she continued.
Has the next Queen Elizabeth been picked?
Though season three doesn’t air until November, people are already wondering who will reprise the role of Queen Elizabeth II when the cast likely switches again in season five.
Morgan’s obvious choice is Helen Mirren, who played the role both onstage in The Audience and onscreen in The Queen. She has also played Queen Charlotte and Elizabeth I.
Though Morgan hasn’t spoken about the possibility with Mirren, he says that she is a fan of The Crown.
“She loves the show,” he said. “She thought there was nothing left to say, and I think she’s really surprised.”