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.
Seasons 1 & 2
- Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II
- Matt Smith as Prince Philip
- Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
- Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
- Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary
- Greg Wise as Lord Louis Mountbatten
- Ben Miles as Peter Townsend
- Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden
- Alex Jennings as Edward, Duke of Windsor
- Lia Williams as Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
- Jared Harris as King George VI
- John Lithgow as Winston Churchill
- Matthew Goode as Antony Armstrong-Jones
- Anton Lesser as Harold Macmillan
- Pip Torrens as Tommy Lascelles
- Will Keen as Michael Adeane
- Harry Hadden-Paton as Martin Charteris
- Daniel Ings as Michael Parker
- Harriet Walter as Clementine Churchill
- Simon Chandler as Clement Attlee
- Patrick Ryecart
- as Jock Colville
- Kate Phillips as Venetia Scott
Featured cast are billed with the main cast in the episode in which they appear.
- Stephen Dillane as Graham Sutherland, a noted artist who paints a portrait of the ageing Churchill
- Gemma Whelan as Patricia Campbell, a secretary who works with Altrincham and types up his editorial
- John Heffernan as Lord Altrincham, a writer who penned a scathing criticism of the Queen
- Paul Sparks as Billy Graham, a prominent American preacher with whom Elizabeth consults
- Michael C. Hall as John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States who visits the Queen
- Jodi Balfour as Jacqueline Kennedy, the First Lady of the United States
- Burghart Klaussner as Dr. Kurt Hahn, the founder of Gordonstoun, where Philip and Charles went to school
Seasons 3 & 4
- Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II
- Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip
- Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret
- Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones
- Erin Doherty as Princess Anne
- Jason Watkins as Harold Wilson
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|102||Hyde Park Corner||Peter Morgan||Stephen Daldry|
|103||Windsor||Peter Morgan||Philip Martin|
|104||Act of God||Peter Morgan||Julian Jarrold|
|105||Smoke and Mirrors||Peter Morgan||Julian Jarrold|
|106||Gelignite||Peter Morgan||Julian Jarrold|
|107||Scientia Potentia Est||Peter Morgan||Benjamin Caron|
|108||Pride & Joy||Peter Morgan||Philip Martin|
|109||Assassins||Peter Morgan||Benjamin Caron|
|110||Gloriana||Peter Morgan||Philip Martin|
|201||Misadventure||Peter Morgan||Philip Martin|
|202||A Company of Men||Peter Morgan||Philip Martin|
|203||Lisbon||Peter Morgan||Philip Martin|
|204||Beryl||Amy Jenkins and Peter Morgan||Benjamin Caron|
|205||Marionettes||Peter Morgan||Philippa Lowthorpe|
|206||Vergangenheit||Peter Morgan||Philippa Lowthorpe|
|207||Matrimonium||Peter Morgan||Benjamin Caron|
|208||Dear Mrs. Kennedy||Peter Morgan||Stephen Daldry|
|209||Paterfamilias||Tom Edge and Peter Morgan||Stephen Daldry|
|210||Mystery Man||Peter Morgan||Benjamin Caron|
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.