The Crown series 3: Who is in the cast? Latest rumours and confirmed names for Netflix royal drama

It's all change for season three of The Crown as stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith make way for a new Queen and Prince Philip. Who are they and what events willl the next series cover? Here's everything we know so far about The Crown season three.

Hooked on Netflix's exuberant series about Britain's Royal Family? We certainly are. The Crown is one of the streaming service's most watched shows and the no-expesnes-spared drama is set to return for its third season with an all-new cast.

Find out who will replace the existing stars, what will happen and much more below...

First picture of the new Prince Philip

Prince Philip - Tobias Menzies in The Crown

Netflix has released its first look at Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in season three of The Crown, which is in production. Menzies will play the husband to Olivia Colman’s Queen Ellizabeth II in the third and fourth seasons.

Season 3 is expected to premiere in early 2019, covers from 1964 through the early 1970s.

Helena Bonham Carter takes over the role of Princess Margaret, the queen’s sister, from Vanessa Kirby.

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New Prince Charles, The Queen Mother and Princess Anne revealed

Josh O'Connor will play Prince Charles

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It has just been announced that British actor Josh O'Connor will be playing Prince Charles in the third season of The Crown. Mainly known for playing 'Larry' in the ITV hit The Durrells, Josh will be playing Charles between the years of 1964-1970 - when the young Prince of Wales was aged 16-22.

Josh, who is almost 28 years old, will clearly need to be made to look significantly younger for the role. Josh earned international acclaim for his leading role in British drama God's Own Country, which one multiple awards including the Manner Jury Award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. 

"I am thrilled to be joining The Firm for the next instalment of The Crown," said Josh, "Seasons 3 and 4 will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales’s life and our national story and I’m excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all. I’m very aware it’s a formidably talented family to be joining, but reliably informed I have the ears for the part and will fit right in.

Marion Bailey will play the Queen Mother

Marion Bailey - The Queen Mother

Marion said: “Wonderful to be joining The Crown. It’s a brilliant show and we have a tough act to follow but what a gift to be playing the fascinating and greatly loved Queen Mother. Thrilled to be on board and working with such a top notch team."

Erin Doherty will play Princess Anne

Erin Doherty - The Queen Mother


First look at Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth

Netflix have released the first image of Olivia Colman as the Queen in season 3 of The Crown.

Colman, 44, replaces Claire Foy in the lead role as the series steps forward in time to the next chapter in the monarch's life.

The streaming service shared the first image with a single word post on Twitter - "patience".

Colman will star alongside Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Who will play Prince Philip?

Tobias Menzies

Matt Smith has been widely praised for his uncanny performance as Prince Philip in series one and two of The Crown, but as with all of the key cast members, will be replaced by season three. After rumours about Paul Bettany and Hugh Laurie, Tobias Menzies has been revealed as the new Prince for season 3.

Tobias Menzies is best known for his roles in Outlander, Game of Thrones and The Night Manager. He will also star in upcoming AMC supernatural thriller The Terror - available exclusively to BT customers.

What will happen in series 3?

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Royal Family pictured in 1965

Season two of The Crown ended with the birth of Prince Edward in 1964. The Queen was shown having her fourth and final child after confronting her husband Prince Philip over whether he was indeed the ‘mystery man’ the press speculated to have attended shamed osteopath Stephen Ward’s sex parties.

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We can only imagine that Elizabeth’s doubt and concerns over her husband will continue into season three. By this point, Charles and Princess Anne will also be teenagers, so surely we will see how they fit into the swinging 60s as well as how their individual relationships with their parents will develop.

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Princess Margaret, Lord Snowdon with children David and Sarah

The tumultuous breakdown of Princess Margaret's marriage and eventual divorce with photographer Lord Snowdon will likely also covered in depth. Meanwhile politically it will cover the Wilson era as the Queen welcomes Britain’s Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson to the Palace between 1964 and 1970 and then again from 1974 to 1976.

The series will also feature Edward Heath, Conservative PM from 1970 to 1974, and we may see the beginnings of the apparently tense relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher, Tory leader from 1975 and Prime Minister from 1979.

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And after much speculation, the producers of The Crown have confirmed that both Camilla Parker Bowles and Princess Diana will make appearances.

Will Claire Foy return?

claire foy the crown

Netflix has confirmed that Claire Foy, who played the Queen for series one and two of The Crown, will not be reprising the role.

However, if there are any flashback scenes we can only imagine these will feature Claire - flashbacks from season two back to season one featured former cast members including John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill and Jared Harris as King George VI.

So who is playing the Queen?

olivia colman the crown

The Queen will now be played by Olivia Colman. The 43-year-old British actress has three Bafta awards, three BIFA Awards and even a Golden Globe Award to her name and is perhaps best known for starring in popular British shows such as Broadchurch, The Night Manager and Peep Show as well as movies such as The Lobster and Murder on the Orient Express.

Who will play Princess Margaret?

princess margaret

It has been confirmed that 51-year-old British actress Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret in season three of The Crown. A CBE and ex-partner of directors Kenneth Branagh and Tim Burton, Helena has starred in a host of mainstream and arthouse movies since the 1980s.

Some of her most memorable roles in recent years include playing Edith Ellyn in 2015’s movie Suffragette, Fairy Godmother in 2015’s Cinderella and as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movies. She already has a royal role on her CV - Helena played Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, in the Oscar-winning 2010 movie The King's Speech.



Who will play Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles?

princess diana camilla parker bowles

It has not yet been confirmed who will playing either of Prince Charles' wives.

When is The Crown back on Netflix?

Series three of The Crown is still filming and it is expected to be released on Netflix in early 2019.

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