Imelda Staunton pictured as Queen in Netflix’s The Crown for first time

Imelda Staunton pictured as Queen in Netflix's The Crown for first time
Imelda Staunton takes over from Olivia Colman as the Queen for the drama's fifth series. Source: Netflix
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Daily US Times: Actress Imelda Staunton’s first picture of portraying the Queen in the fifth series of The Crown has been released.

Netflix released the picture in the series’ Twitter account, saying it was an “early glimpse” of the new monarch in the drama, depicting British Royal life and characters.

The 65-year-old actress takes on the role played by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, as the latest series of The Crown follows the British royal family in the 21st century.

Netflix announced that The Crown’s sixth and last series will end in the early 2000s.

Seasons five and six of the series are set to encompass the 1990s – a decade that saw the Prince Charles and Princess Diana split, the Windsor Castle fire, the collapse of the Duke of York’s marriage to Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana’s death.

Staunton, who starred in the Harry Potter film series, takes over the Queen’s role from Colman, who previously won the best actress award at the Golden Globes for her portrayal of the monarch in series three.

Lesley Manville, as Oscar-nominated actress, will join series five as Princess Margaret – a role previously played by Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Kirby.

Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana, opposite Dominic West as Prince Charles and Jonathan Pryce will take over as the Duke of Edinburgh,

Jonny Lee Miller will portray the former prime minister Sir John Major.

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