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Imelda Staunton to Play Queen Elizabeth in Fifth and Final Season of ‘The Crown’

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Imelda Staunton (Credit to Charlie Gray)

“The Crown” will end after season five and the show has found its final Queen.

Deadline reports that Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”) will take the role of Queen Elizabeth, taking over from Academy Award winner Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) who has one more season left on the show before Staunton takes over. Claire Foy was the leading lady for the first two seasons.

It’s a role that has been an awards magnet for Netflix ever since the show debuted. In the first two seasons, Foy won back-to-back SAG Awards for leading actress, as well as a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe. Colman also won a Golden Globe for the third season, as well as a SAG Award as part of the ensemble.

The news that the show will end at season five will now raise intrigue as to what period of time that will cover and whereabouts in history the show will finish. Thus far 30 years have passed from the first episode to the end of season three. With the ability to time jump between seasons, there’s a good chance the final season will cover the events of the most recent decade.

Staunton is no stranger to award winning productions. She swept through awards season in 2004 including an Oscar win for “Vera Drake,” as well as playing a part in Best Picture winner “Shakespeare in Love” six years prior. She has also been nominated for a total of 13 Olivier Awards for her work in British theatre, winning four.

“The Crown” has been an expensive venture for Netflix, but has become beloved worldwide and a staple in the Netflix library for the last few years. It will no doubt be missed when the final two seasons are wrapped up, but this casting news means the final season should be just as good as those prior.

“The Crown” season four is expected to be released later in 2020.

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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!


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Addison Wong

Staunton didn’t win the Oscar for Vera Drake. She lost to Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby.


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