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Who’s playing who in series four of The Crown?


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Sunday is the premiere of series four of the hit Netflix show The Crown, and it will focus on the time period between 1977 and 1990. Lady Diana Spencer will be introduced, and viewers will see Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. Events that will be depicted include the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, their 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Falklands War, and Michael Fagan’s break-in at Buckingham Palace.

With the new series just days away, Royal Central is breaking down who is playing who on the fourth series of The Crown.

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II

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Academy-Award winner Olivia Colman will reprise her role as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Colman has starred in a number of films and tv shows including The Iron Lady, The Favourite, Murder on the Orient Express, and Fleabag. Colman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress- Television Series for her portrayal of Her Majesty on series three of The Crown.

Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Menzie is also returning to the show after portraying the Duke of Edinburgh during series three, a performance which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. Menzies has appeared in several works but is most known for playing Frank and Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall in STARZ’s Outlander.

Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

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Returning to her role as Princess Margaret, Helena Bonham Carter is known for a wide range of large-scale blockbuster films including the Harry Potter series, Ocean’s 8, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Dark Shadows.

The Crown isn’t Bonham Carter’s first time playing royalty. The actress was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth in the 2010 film, The King’s Speech.

Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon

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Daniels is rejoining as the Earl of Snowdon after playing him in series three. Daniels has been in a number of works, notably, House of Cards, The Exorcist (tv series), Law & Order: UK, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Marion Bailey as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

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The 69-year-old actress is returning at The Queen Mother after playing her in series three. Bailey’s previous works include Vera Drake, Mr Turner, and Peterloo.

Erin Doherty as Princess Anne

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Before playing Princess Anne in series three, the Irish actress has had minimal TV appearances. She was on a 2017 episode of Call the Midwife, and a 2018 episode of the BBC miniseries, Les Misérables.

Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles

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Playing Prince Charles on series three wasn’t O’Connor’s first brush with one of his costars. O’Connor starred as Marius in BBC’s Les Misérables alongside Erin Doherty (who plays Princess Anne.) The Southampton native was nominated for a BAFTA and a Screen Actors Guild for his role as Prince Charles in 2020.

Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles

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Fennell made minimal appearances during series three of The Crown as she was only in three episodes. Viewers can expect to see a lot more of the London actress as she takes on another series of playing Camilla Parker Bowles. Fennell has also starred in The Danish Girl, Pan, and, Call the Midwife.

Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer

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Newcomer actress Emma Corrin will make her Crown debut as Lady Diana Spencer. The actress has only appeared in a handful of other programs including Misbehaviour and Cesare.

Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

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Dance will be reappearing as Lord Mountbatten on series four. Lord Mountbatten, the former British Royal Navy officer, and statesman is an uncle of Prince Philip and a second cousin once removed from Queen Elizabeth II. Lord Mountbatten had a strong influence in the upbringing of his grand-nephew Charles, Prince of Wales.

Dance has been on several programmes including Game of Thrones.

Gillian Anderson as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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The American actress will be joining the show as the late Margaret Thatcher. Anderson was born in Chicago but split time between London and Grand Rapids, Michigan while growing up. The actress has resided in London since 2002.

Thatcher served as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. Thatcher died in 2013 after suffering a stroke.

Tom Byrne as Prince Andrew

The rising 25-year-old actor will play the Duke of York on the upcoming series. The actor is a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and appeared on the popular series Black Mirror.

Jessica Aquilina as Sarah Ferguson

The actress trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Aquilina’s works mostly include theatre work. She is a member of the Dinosaur World Live company.

Angus Imrie as Prince Edward

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The British actor is most known for playing Josh Archer in BBC Radio 4’s long-running drama, The Archers. Imrie made his on-screen debut in the BBC film drama Station Jim when he was five-years-old.

Tom Brooke as Michael Fagan

The Hull University graduate will be taking on the role of Michael Fagan. Fagan entered Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom in Buckingham Palace in 1982. The incident was considered one of the 20th century’s worst royal security breaches.

Brooke has appeared in multiple BBC One series including Sherlock and Bodyguard.

Freddie Fox as Mark Thatcher

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The Cucumber and Three Musketeers star will take on the role of Mark Thatcher, the son of Margaret Thatcher.

Rebecca Humphries as Carol Thatcher

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The 33-year-old actress will take on the role as Carol Thatcher, an English journalist who is the daughter of Margaret Thatcher.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.