First look: Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Crown’

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  • Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018

Photo: Netflix

Fans of The Crown have much to celebrate with the series garnering 13 nominations in the upcoming Emmy Awards, and a first look on actress Olivia Colman in the role of Queen Elizabeth II in Season Three, all in one week.

Colman is taking over the role from Claire Foy, who has won rave reviews from critics playing the monarch in the last two seasons.

The Crown showrunner, Peter Morgan, has decided to recast the roles of the royals in the series every two seasons.

He reasoned to Variety: “You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds.”

Colman, who is known for her award-winning roles in Broadchurch and The Night Manager, will head the cast which includes Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip (played by Matt Smith in the first two seasons) and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby).

The Crown will return to Netflix next year.

Claire Foy has won rave reviews portraying Queen Elizabeth II in two seasons of The Crown. Photo: Netflix

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Olivia Colman looks regal as Queen Elizabeth II in Season Three of The Crown. Photo: Netflix

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