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Everything you need to know about the return of Netflix's The Crown


It’s almost here!

The acclaimed Netflix series The Crown is very close to arriving on our screens!

The prestige royal drama stars Olivia Colman as The Queen as writer Peter Morgan explores the trials and tribulations of the House of Windsor and the politicians that they must deal with along the way.

In addition to Colman we can expect returns for Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Josh O’Connor and more.

There are also new additions to the cast with the likes of Gillian Anderson and newcomer Emma Corrin joining as Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana, respectively.

As this is the final season of the cast members in the roles before a new selection of actors take over for the fifth and sixth seasons, we better make the most of them!

Here’s everything you need to know about the next run of The Crown on Netflix.

The Crown season 4 release date

The Crown season 4 will be released on Netflix on November 15, 2020.



Olivia Colman returns as Queen Elizabeth II

 

The fourth run will consist of 10 episodes akin to all other seasons.

The Crown season 4 cast

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II

The Oscar winning star of The Favourite returns as the steadfast monarch for a new season of palace dramas.

This will be Colman’s last season in the role of The Queen, before she is replaced for the show’s fifth and final season by Imelda Staunton.



Tobias Menzies stars as Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh alongside Colman’s Queen

Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Outlander star is back as the Queen’s supportive but sometimes troubled consort, Philip.

The Duke is dealt devastating news about a close family member early in the season.

This will be Menzies’ last season as Philip before he is replaced by Jonathan Pryce in the following season.

Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon



Helena Bonham Carter stars as princess Margaret

The British actress reprises her role as the Queen’s unhappy sister, who is now divorced from her husband, Lord Snowdon.

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Margaret begins to face health issues in the new season and uncovers a family secret.

This is Bonham Carter’s final season as Margaret before Lesley Manville takes over for the next two seasons.

Josh O’Connor as Charles, Prince of Wales




The God’s Own Country actor will play a leading role in the new season as the show focuses on Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana.

However, Charles is torn between love and duty as he continues to hold a torch for his now-married true love, Camilla Parker Bowles.

Charles Dance as Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma



Charles Dance returns as Lord Mountbatten

 

The Game of Thrones actor returns as Philip’s uncle and Charles’ great-uncle and confidante.

The entire royal family will be left shaken when Mountbatten is assassinated by the IRA.

Marion Bailey as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

The veteran stage actress reprises her role as the Windsor family matriarch.



Marion Bailey stars as the Queen Mother in season four

Will she provide comfort to her daughters this season?

Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Princess Royal

Charles’ younger sister will be a married woman in season four, but will she be happy with her husband?

We will also see how Anne reacts to having Diana become such a prominent member of the family.

Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles

The Call the Midwife actress returns as the love of Charles’ life.



Emerald Fennell plays Camilla Parker Bowles

Despite both being married, their passion for each other remains undimmed.

Andrew Buchan as Andrew Parker Bowles

The Broadchurch actor will be back as Camilla’s husband and Anne’s former lover.

Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher

The X-Files star has been cast to play the iconic but controversial prime minister.



Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher

Expect icy scenes between Thatcher and the Queen as season four charts Thatcher’s rise and fall.

Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer

Newcomer Corrin is to play arguably the most beloved royal of all time as the people’s princess, Diana.



Emma Corrin appears as Princess Diana

The season begins as Charles meets the young Diana for the first time, before it begins to chart their marriage and Diana blossoming into a force to be reckoned with.

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Corrin will be replaced by Tenet star Elizabeth Debicki for the final two seasons of the drama.

Stephen Boxer as Denis Thatcher

The British actor will portray Margaret Thatcher’s supportive husband and businessman, Dennis.



Dennis Thatcher (Stephen Boxer) with wife Margaret (Gillian Anderson)

Tom Byrne as Prince Andrew

The newcomer will play the role of the Queen’s controversial second son, Prince Andrew.

Angus Imrie as Prince Edward

The Fleabag actor plays the part of the Queen’s third son and youngest child, Prince Edward.

Georgie Glen as Ruth, Lady Fermoy

The Scottish actress takes on the role of Diana’s maternal grandmother and a close friend of the Queen Mother.

Freddie Fox as Mark Thatcher

The Cucumber actor plays Margaret Thatcher’s son and businessman, Mark.

Rebecca Humphries as Carol Thatcher

The Friday Night Dinner actress plays Margaret Thatcher’s daughter and journalist, Carol.

Geoffrey Breton as Captain Mark Phillips

Breton joins the cast as Princess Anne’s husband and the father of her children.

We can also expect a return cameo for Claire Foy as The Queen in a flashback sequence to an early speech in the Queen’s career.

How many episodes are there?

There will be ten episodes of the new season and all will be released at the same time.

They are entitled…

1. Gold Stick

2. The Balmoral Test

3. Fairytale

4. Favourites

5. Fagan

6. Terra Nullius

7. The Hereditary Principle

8. 48:1

9. Avalanche

10. War

The Crown season 4 plot

The fourth season will primarily focus on the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and the subsequent births of their sons, Princes William and Harry, and their marital issues.



Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher address the press in The Crown


Emma Corrin’s Diana in The Crown

Elsewhere, Netflix will continue to provide a commentary on the relationship between the Queen and the Prime Minister, as creator Peter Morgan tackles the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher and her icy relationship with the Queen as she pursues controversial domestic and foreign policies.

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Other events that the series will tackle will include the assassination of Lord Mountbatten by the IRA, the Falklands War, the marriage of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, along with the health crises of Princess Margaret following her divorce from Lord Snowdon.

The Crown season 4 trailer

There have now been multiple trailers for the fourth season of The Crown.

Catch the most revealing at the top of the article.

The Crown ending

It has now been confirmed by Netflix and creator Peter Morgan that The Crown will end with its fifth and sixth seasons.



Imelda Staunton will play the Queen in the fifth and final season

Imelda Staunton will take on the part of The Queen and portray her in the acclaimed series’ final run.

In a statement, Morgan commented: “Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.”

Also joining Staunton is her Maleficent co-star Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.



Lesley Manville will portray Princess Margaret in the final season

In a statement release by Netflix, Manville said: “I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret.

“The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down.

“Furthermore, to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.”

Meanwhile, Brazil and Game of Thrones star Jonathan Pryce has been cast as an older version of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Pryce said: “I am delighted to be working with Netflix again.

“The positive experience I had making ‘The Two Popes’ has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip.

“To be doing so with Peter Morgan in the company of Imelda and Lesley will be a joy.”



Jonathan Pryce has reportedly landed the role as the Queen’s husband

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The veteran actor is said to have been at the top of the list for the role to join Imelda and Lesley.

A source told The Sun: “The three British actors formed a Holy Trinity of talent, which show bosses targeted to play the senior members of the Royal Family.

“Jonathan was the only name that was discussed to play Philip and the creators of the show were thrilled when he agreed to join the cast.”

Elsewhere, Tenet star Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Diana, Princess of Wales in the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown.



The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki will play Diana, Princess of Wales

“Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many,” said Elizabeth to Netflix.

“It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”

Meanwhile, it has also been reported – but unconfirmed – that Dominic West will portray Charles, Prince of Wales in the final two seasons.

The Crown season 4 airs on Netflix later this year.

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