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The Crown to end with fifth season as Imelda Staunton confirmed as final Queen

Imelda Staunton

Story by Jack Foley

THE Crown, Netflix’s hit drama series about the British royal family, is to end with season five, it has been confirmed.

In revealing the news, series creator and showrunner Peter Morgan also confirmed that Imelda Staunton will take over from Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth for the final season.

He said in a statement: “From the outset, I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”

He added that he was “absolutely thrilled” that Staunton – a British stage and screen icon with a career spanning four decades, five Olivier awards, a BAFTA award and an Oscar nomination (for 2004’s Vera Drake) — would be “taking The Crown into the 21st Century”.

Staunton added: “I have loved watching The Crown from the very start. As an actor, it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts.

“I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”

The Crown has become one of Netflix’s most defining prestige dramas since it first aired in 2016. Its awards haul this far began with back-to-back SAG wins for Claire Foy, a SAG award for John Lithgow, who played Winston Churchill, Golden Globe wins (best television series – drama, and best actress – television series drama for Foy), plus a total of 26 Primetime Emmy nominations.

Season three – which arrived on Netflix in December – has already won Colman (who took over from Foy as Queen Elizabeth) a Golden Globe, while the show itself was awarded the SAG award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

Cindy Holland, Netflix vp, original content, commented: “The first three seasons of The Crown defined an era, and I know the upcoming fourth season will build further on that success.

“It’s a stunning example of award-winning entertainment, created in the UK and loved by millions of fans around the world. I fully support Peter Morgan’s creative decision and am excited to see how he, Imelda Staunton and the cast and crew of season five, bring this landmark series to a fitting and spectacular end.”

The news means that fans anticipating the chance to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “Megxit” or the fallout from Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein way well be disappointed.