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Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret in The Crown

The King's Speech

Story by Jack Foley

HELENA Bonham Carter is to play Princess Margaret in Netflix Royal drama The Crown.

The actress is close to closing a deal to play the role in the forthcoming third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Carter would take over the role from Vanessa Kirby, who played Margaret in the first two seasons.

The second season of the drama series from Peter Morgan launched on Netflix on December 8, 2017.

It saw Margaret marry Antony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon (Matthew Goode). The season ended with her pregnant with one of their children.

Olivia Colman is set to replace current lead Claire Foy in the lead role of Her Royal Majesty for the show’s third and fourth seasons.

Along with Foy and Kirby, Matt Smith (who plays Prince Philip) will also be departing the series, as the characters are being recast to cover later years in the royal family’s lives.

Carter is no stranger to playing royalty. She played Queen Elizabeth, the wife of Prince Albert alongside Colin Firth in The King’s Speech.

She has also been made a CBE for services to drama.