The Crown

'The Crown' cast members

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The Crown is a historical drama series on Netflix that focuses on the British royal family. It was created by Peter Morgan (who was also the principal writer) and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.

Season 1 begins with Queen Elizabeth II marrying Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947, and ends with Princess Margaret‘s engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend ended in 1955.

Season 2 covers the time period between 1956 and 1964 — from the Suez Crisis, to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan retiring and the birth of Prince Edward.

Season 3 picks back up in 1964, covering Harold Wilson’s run as prime minister and, and ends in 1977 after introducing Camilla Shand.

Season 4 covers the time period between 1979 to the early 1990s, including when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer‘s wedding.

Season 5 is set to premiere in November 2022, and season 6 will close out The Crown.

The Crown has snagged 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and has taken home the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama twice.


  • Genres: Historical drama
  • Premiere Date: Nov. 6, 2016
  • Seasons: Four have released so far, out of a total of six planned
  • Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II; Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies, and Jonathan Price as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Vanessa Kirby, Helena Bonham Carter, and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret; Emma Corrin and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana; Josh O’Connor and Dominic West as Prince Charles; Erin Doherty and Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne; Marion Bailey and Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; John Lithgow as Winston Churchill; Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher; Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden; Ben Miles as Group Captain Peter Townsend; Jared Harris as King George VI; Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

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