Olivia Colman succeeds Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in season three of Netflix’s royal biopic The Crown. After much speculation, it was announced back in October that The Favorite and Broadchurch star Colman would be taking on the role of the Queen.
Following Foy’s Emmy best actress win for her role in the Netflix drama, the expectation is high for Oscar winner Colman’s performance. After a prolonged search, Tobias Menzies joined the ranks in March 2018 as Prince Philip.
With Claire Foy and Matt Smith now gone, the drama is about to move into a new era both with a rebooted cast and with time moving forward in this epic story of the most famous family on the planet. Find out everything we know about The Crown series three below.
When will it be released on Netflix?
It is official: Colman will take her bow as the new Queen on Sunday 17th November 2019. While season one was released on November 2016 and season two in December 2017 – just in time for Christmas – Netflix was always anticipating a longer break in between series two and three due to the introduction of the brand new cast.
Filming began on July 2018, and Olivia Colman confirmed at the Oscars that principal filming had finished in February 2019 – although she was still working on reshoots.
What is going to happen?
The third and fourth series will span the years 1964-76, with series one and two having covered the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, from 1947-63.
Show-runner Peter Morgan confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the new season will focus less upon Prince Phillip and QEII’s relationship – which he suggests became settled after the years of turmoil depicted in season 2 – and more on the breakdown of the marriage of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.
He also added that Charles and Camilla will be a central focus of the season as well.