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Olivia Colman to take over from Claire Foy in The Crown


Story by Jack Foley

OLIVIA Colman is to replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in hit Netflix series The Crown.

The star of Broadchurch and The Night Manager will be in series three and four of the show, which is due to hit screens from 2019.

After being crowned the new Queen, Colman was quick to pay tribute to Foy’s work in the role, saying she will be an “incredibly hard act to follow”.

“I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius… I’m basically going to re-watch every episode and copy her,” she added.

Foy – who almost let slip news of Colman’s casting early when being pressed on the subject on Friday night’s Graham Norton Show – was equally complimentary about her successor, saying she was “apoplectic with joy” when she found out Colman would be taking over the crown.

“I just love her, I admire her so much and the idea that we sort of will be doing the same job but not actually working together is just enough – I’m honoured by that,” she said.

It is yet to be revealed who will play Prince Philip, thereby stepping into the shoes currently being worn by former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith.

Both Smith and Foy will soon be seen in the second series of the show, which is due for release in December.

Expectations remain high for the forthcoming season, given that the first run was one of Netflix’s biggest hits, both critical and commercial. Foy won a Golden Globe for the part.

Netflix’s drama started in 1947 with Elizabeth’s engagement to Prince Philip and is expected to continue up to the present day.