Netflix’s critically acclaimed period drama The Crown returns in December for a second season exploring the life of Queen Elizabeth.
Season two moves forward 10-years into Queen Elizabeth’s reign and delves deeper into her marriage with Prince Philip, her influence on politics around the world and the fractures and relationships in her extended family.
New historical figures will appear in season two along with many returning characters from season one.
Here’s a who's who reference guide for the new season.
Michael C Hall – President John F Kennedy
The Dexter actor will play JFK in season two, as two of the biggest figures in British and US history meet for the first time.
Hall is best known for his Golden Globe-winning role as serial killer Dexter Morgan, which he played for 8 seasons. His other screen roles include HBO’s Six Feet Under and films Kill Your Darlings and Cold in July.
Jodi Balfour – Jackie Kennedy
JFK’s wife, who has been the focus of numerous film and TV biopics, will also be introduced in season two.
She will be played by Jodi Balfour, the South African actress who will best known to British viewers for her roles in BBC crime thriller Rellik and HBO drama Quarry.
Matthew Goode – Lord Snowdon
The eventful life of Antony Armstrong-Jones, aka Lord Snowdon, will be played in The Crown by Downton Abbey star Matthew Goode.
Snowdown was a society photographer and season two will follow the start of his relationship with Princess Margaret.
Prince Charles - Billy Jenkins
Season two of The Crown has cast rising star Billy Jenkins as a young Prince Charles. The young royal’s relationship with his father Prince Philip will be explored in the new episodes.
The young actor has previously worked on the Channel 4 sci-fi series Humans and the film Chicken and Egg.
Claire Foy – Queen Elizabeth
Foy returns to the lead role of Queen Elizabeth for her second and final season in The Crown. She will be replaced by Olivia Colman when the show moves forward in time for season 3.
The English actress is best known for her in BBC period dramas Little Dorrit and Wolf Hall.
Matt Smith – Prince Philip
Prince Philip will come to the fore in season two as his relationship with Elizabeth is put under strain.
Matt Smith, best known for his stint as Doctor Who, will also depart the show at the end of the season to be replaced by an older actor.
Vanessa Kirby – Princess Margaret
The life and loves of Princess Margaret are one of the most fascinating stories explored by The Crown.
Vanessa Kirby, who viewers may recognise from the BBC’s Great Expectations or the Richard Curtis rom-com About Time, returns to the role.
She was described “the outstanding stage actress of her generation” by Variety.
Victoria Hamilton – Queen Mother
Jared Harris’s King George won’t be returning for season two, but the Queen Mother remains a central character in the royal drama.
Victoria Hamilton has starred in numerous period dramas including the classic 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice, 1999 film Mansfield Park and the BBC adaptation of Lark Rise to Candleford.
She’s also starred in hits such as Doctor Foster, What Remains and Call the Midwife in recent years.
Jeremy Northam – Anthony Eden
The Queen’s relationship with Eden, the Foreign Secretary who succeeded Churchill as Prime Minister will feature in season two.
Viewers will recognise Northam from the films Gosford Park, the series The Tudors and his role as Mr Knightley in the 1996 version of Emma.
The Crown season 2 is available on Netflix on Friday, December 8th.
Netflix streaming membership required.