The Crown is back for a third season on Sunday, November 17th, and some new faces are stepping into the iconic roles.
Since it’s been nearly two years since Season 2, and because the entire cast has changed, here’s a quick before and after guide to help ease you back into The Crown‘s story.
Queen Elizabeth II
Before – Claire Foy
After – Olivia Colman
Oscar and Emmy winner Olivia Colman (The Night Manager, Broadchurch) is wearing the crown of Queen Elizabeth II, taking over the role that Claire Foy has played so beautifully for the first two seasons. Season 3 covers the period from 1964 to 1977 and will include major historic events including the Apollo 11 moon landing, the nomination of Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Before – Matt Smith
After – Tobias Menzies
Matt Smith isn’t a stranger to a character’s regeneration from his time on Doctor Who, and on The Crown, Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Game of Thrones) will be stepping into the role of Prince Philip. Also, this isn’t the first time he’s worked with Olivia Colman. They both appeared together in The Night Manager.
Before – Vanessa Kirby
After – Helena Bonham Carter
Following a perfectly sublime performance, Vanessa Kirby passes the torch to Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, Fight Club) in a season that will see Princess Margaret’s marriage come to an end, an infamous trip to the White House, and the beginnings of her affair with landscape gardener Roddy Llewellyn.
Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon
Before – Matthew Goode
After – Ben Daniels
Matthew Goode has moved on to the lead role in A Discovery of Witches, and Ben Daniels’ incarnation of Lord Snowdon will cover the dissolution of his marriage to Princess Margaret. If Daniels looks familiar, he previously starred on House of Cards and Law & Order: UK.
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Before – Victoria Hamilton
After – Marion Bailey
Film, TV, and stage veteran Marion Bailey is playing the Queen Mum in Season 3, the role previously held by Victoria Hamilton.
Lord Louis Mountbatten
Before – Greg Wise
After – Charles Dance
Charles Dance, best known as Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones, inherits the role of Lord Mountbatten from Greg Wise. Mountbatten is Prince Philip’s uncle who was close with both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
Before – Julian Baring
After – Josh O’Connor
Prince Charles has grown up, and Josh O’Connor (The Durrells in Corfu) will be playing him as he’s crowned Prince of Wales. We’ll also see the start of his relationship with Camilla Shand (Emerald Fennell). You might know her as Camilla Parker Bowles, and as of April 2005, the Duchess of Cornwall when she married Prince Charles.
Before – Lyla Barrett-Rye
After – Erin Doherty
Erin Doherty (Call the Midwife) plays Princess Anne in Season 3. She grapples both with the family and role she was born into.
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Are you looking forward to watching Season 3 of The Crown and this impressive new cast? Get your tea and scones ready for a royal watch party on November 17th.
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