Imelda Staunton to play Queen Elizabeth as The Crown is renewed for a fifth and final season
Netflix's The Crown will come to an end with its fifth season and for a second time, the Queen is getting a new look. While Olivia Coleman will continue to Elizabeth for the upcoming fourth season, she will be replaced by Imelda Staunton as the series takes another time jump for its final run of episodes.
The Crown was originally intended to run for six seasons. However the show's creator Peter Morgan was the one who made the decision to end it early.
"At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision."
On taking up the role of Queen Elizabeth for the fifth season, Imedla Staunton added:
“I have loved watching The Crown from the very start. As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion."
Claire Foy played Elizabeth for the first two seasons, with Coleman playing the Queen in the 70s and 80s of seasons three and four.
Seasons one to three are available to watch on Netflix now.