The Crown is an American television drama series created and written by Peter Morgan for Netflix. It is produced by Sony Pictures television and Left Bank Productions.
The series will dive into the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Peter Morgan, who wrote 2006 film The Queen and the recent stage play The Audience, is teaming up with director Stephen Daldry.
This is Netflix’s most expensive drama to date, and the first series to be made in the UK. All ten episodes of The Crown’s first season will be available to stream on Netflix. The series will follow the young Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) as she begins her reign and her husband Prince Philip (Matt Smith) as he struggles to serve her. Other stars include John Lithgow as Winston Churchill and Vanessa Kirby as Elizabeth’s sister Princess Margaret.
- Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II
- Matt Smith as Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
- Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
- John Lithgow as Winston Churchill
- Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden
- Jared Harris as King George VI
- Ben Miles as Peter Townsend
- Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary
- Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
- Harriet Walter as Clementine Churchill
- Alex Jennings as Edward, Duke of Windsor
- Pip Torrens as Tommy Lascelles
- Greg Wise as Lord Louis Mountbatten
- Kate Phillips as Venetia Scott
- Daniel Ings as Michael Parker
- Main page: Season 1
The series is intended to relay 10 years in 10 episodes per season and, should it come to pass, a planned 6 seasons would cover just about the span of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
Season 1 of The Crown premiered on November 4, 2016, and consists of ten one-hour episodes.
- Head of Netflix confirms that there are six seasons planned for The Crown.
- Morgan originally envisioned three seasons chronicling the young, the middle-aged and the elder Queen Elizabeth.