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British Royals

Olivia Colman takes on role of Queen Elizabeth in popular Netflix series ‘The Crown’

She is one of Britain’s most popular on-screen stars, and now Olivia Colman has the honour of portraying Queen Elizabeth in the third season of The Crown.

With Netflix unveiling their first look at Colman in character, the series is set to be as popular as the previous two.

And as Olivia Colman leads a brand new cast of replacements for the next instalment, the new chapter of the story may even go on to win another Golden Globe!

Colman will be leading the cast for the next two seasons and has replaced Claire Foy in the prestigious role.

The decision to recast the royals every two seasons has come from the show-runner Peter Morgan who said:

“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.”

And Colman isn’t the only famous face to be joining the new line-up.

Season 3 will see Tobias Menzies replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham-Carter will succeed Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Line of Duty actor Jason Watkins will appear in the role of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

His role will follow on from John Lithgow’s Emmy award-winning performance of Winston Churchill in the first season.

After appearing in TV favourites, including Broadchurch and The Night Manager, Colman is sure to be a popular choice for the new Queen Elizabeth, and it would also appear this isn’t the only royal role she will be pursuing this year.

Just last week a trailer was released for a new comedy-drama, The Favourite, which shows Colman in character as a very irate monarch.

Fans of The Crown will be happy to know that the series is set to return to Netflix later this year.