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Emma Corrin to play Princess Diana in Netflix's The Crown

Emma Corrin

Story by Jack Foley

NEWCOMER Emma Corrin has been cast as Princess Diana in Netflix royal drama The Crown.

The iconic character is set to be introduced in season four of the awards darling and not its upcoming third cycle as previously planned.

In announcing the casting news, series creator Peter Morgan said: “Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer.

“As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation.”

Corrin herself added: “Beyond excited and honoured to be joining The Crown for its fourth season. I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal.

“Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!”

The upcoming third season of The Crown will jump forward in time with new stars playing the royals. Hence, Olivia Colman takes over Claire Foy’s role as Queen Elizabeth, while Tobias Menzies steps into the role of Prince Philip, previously played by Matt Smith.

Helena Bonham Carter replaces Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, while Gillian Anderson and Emerald Fennell have also joined the series and will portray Margaret Thatcher and Camilla Parker Bowles, respectively, in seasons three and four.

The third season will focus on the Wilson era, aka the 1964-1970 and 1974-1976 terms of Prime Minister Howard Wilson, and the fourth will focus on Thatcher and Diana.

The drama has already been renewed for seasons three and four with Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos recently revealing that the plan is for the series to run for six seasons in total, to cover the Queen’s entire life.

It’s unclear when season four will air.

Although she remains a relatively unknown name at the moment, Corrin will soon make her feature film debut in Misbehaviour, a historical drama that follows the story of a group of women from the Women’s Liberation Movement seeking to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition, which took place in London.

And on the TV side, she will make her US series regular debut in Epix’s Batman drama Pennyworth, the Warner Bros. TV-produced prequel about the life of butler Alfred Pennyworth.