‘The Crown’: The British Royal Family in the Most Expensive Netflix TV Series

‘The Crown’: The British Royal Family in the Most Expensive Netflix TV Series

The other night I was bored to death, scrolling down Twitter in search of who-knows-what and… what did my eyes see?

WHAT?! A new TV series about the Queen of England? Jaaaaaysus! YAY!

With all this enthusiasm, you may think I’m a monarchist. But nothing could be further from the truth. I’m against this European bunch of spongers and blue-blooded morons, really.

But, for me, this is not about politics. Actually, I’ve never been into them. I do always love a good story, though, especially period dramas related to strong women.

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This is the new TV series I’m addicted to at the moment: The Crown, created by Peter Morgan — also known for The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, and Frost/Nixon.

It’s the most expensive Netflix’s series yet, and it’s expected to last for six seasons!

So let’s get to the point and let me introduce you to the cast and characters of The Crown‘s first season:

Claire Foy — Young Queen Elizabeth II

Claire Foy as Princess Elizabeth in 'The Crown'.
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What little girl in this world hasn’t ever dreamt of becoming a Queen? Young English actress Claire Foy has made her dream come true by portraying a Queen of England… Twice!

In 2015, she was Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s Wolf Hall miniseries. You may also know her for Little Dorrit, Season of the Witch, The Promise and Upstairs Downstairs, the sequel to the homonymous TV series from the 70s. And now Foy plays a terrific role as young Queen Elizabeth II.

The bad news is that the actress will be leaving the show in season 3 along with Matt Smith (who plays Prince Philip). After The Crown Season 2, they will be replaced by new casts who will play the older characters versions of Elizabeth and the prince consort. This is such a shame!

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown'.
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Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.
The official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, taken by Cecil Beaton after her coronation on 2nd June 1953. © CAMERA PRESS
Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown'.
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Queen Elizabeth II in 1959 wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Drop Pearls.
Queen Elizabeth II in 1959 wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Drop Pearls. Source: Wikipedia.
Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown'.
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Matt Smith — Prince Philip

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is performed by Matt Smith, best known as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC science-fiction TV series Doctor Who.

He is probably one of the main reasons why I’m totally addicted to The Crown. He looks absolutely stunning. With a prince like this, who doesn’t want to be Queen?

Matt Smith as Prince Philip in 'The Crown'.
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Matt Smith as Prince Philip in 'The Crown'.
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Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinbrugh in 'The Crown'.
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Vanessa Kirby — Princess Margaret

Vanessa Kirby portrays a seductress and carefree Princess Margaret, the four-years-younger and only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II.

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in 'The Crown'.
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She starred as Estella in the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations (2011), and as Joanna in Richard Curtis’ romcom About Time (2013).

In The Crown‘s first season you’ll witness Margaret’s affair with Captain Peter Townsend (played by Ben Miles), 15 years older than the princess.

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in 'The Crown'.
© Julian Broad

Jared Harris — King George VI

Jared Harris as King George VI in 'The Crown'.
© Getty Images / Netflix

Victoria Hamilton — The Queen Mother

Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother in 'The Crown'.
© Getty Images / Netflix

Dame Eileen Atkins — Queen Mary

Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary in 'The Crown'.
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Alex Jennings and Lia Williams — Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson

Getty Images / Netflix
© Getty Images / Netflix

After the introductions, will you be watching The Crown?

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