Why This ‘the Crown’ Actor Is ‘in Love’ With Prince Charles
The actor dived into his thought processes in diving into character as he assumes the part of one of the royal family‘s most prominent figures.
Who is Josh O’Connor?
O’Connor, 29, is from Southampton, Hampshire, England. He attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and graduated from there in 2011. He is most known for his role as Johnny Saxby in God’s Own Country.
The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. For his role, O’Connor won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor.
Aside from God’s Own County, O’Connor is known for playing Larry Durrell in ITV’s The Durrells and Marius Pontmercy in the new BBC-PBS adaptation of Les Misérables. He also starred in the 2018 film, Only You.
Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles
Last year, it was announced that O’Connor would be portraying Princes Charles in the third and fourth seasons of The Crown. He is a part of the new crop of actors taking over the royal roles, including Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Erin Doherty and Tobias Menzies.
In an official Netflix statement at the time of his casting, he said, “I am thrilled to be joining the Firm for the next installment of The Crown Season 3 and 4 will follow some of the most turbulent events Princes of Wales’s life and our national story and I’m excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all. I’m very aware it’s a formidably talented family to be joining, but reliably informed I have the ears for the part and will fit right in.”
Josh O’Connor praises Prince Charles
In a wide-ranging interview with The Telegraph, O’Connor said he learned that he was being offered the part in The Crown when he was filming Les Misérables with Colman, The Crown’s new Queen Elizabeth.
He’s friends with Vanessa Kirby, who portrayed Princess Margaret in the first two seasons. “She said, ‘It’s fun, you’ll become obsessed with them, you’ll love it.’ I have the ears, obviously. But I didn’t really know about Charles. I always had in mind a Spitting Image version of him as a bumbling caricature, a bit of a national joke, so in that sense, I wasn’t interested,” he said.
Speaking of Prince Charles, O’Connor, he explained, “There are articles where he’s banging on about the environment in the 1970s. We rightly praise David Attenborough now, but Charles was there before it was fashionable,’ he says, potentially igniting a feud I don’t think anyone wants to kick off. ‘I think Charles is an incredible man, I’m mildly in love with him,'” he said.
We’ll be able to see O’Connor officially channel the Prince of Wales when the show returns to Netflix on November 17.