Olivia Colman Joins Netflix's The Crown As Queen Elizabeth

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Helen Mirren might be Hollywood's foremost Queen Elizabeth impersonator, but she may have met her match in actress Olivia Colman.

The 43-year-old star will play the role for the next two series and then producers will go on the hunt for another actress to take over the reins in order to document the queen's life from her 60s to her 90s - providing Netflix decide to recommision it.

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The character was played as a younger woman by Claire Foy in Season 1 and Foy will once again portray the monarch when the show returns for Season 2 December 8.

Ms Colman will start filming series three next year, but the shows won't air on Netflix until 2019. As the season three production is underway, she is the only confirmed actor for the two upcoming seasons. She was also nominated for an Emmy award. That's a great casting choice, as you can clearly see some similar features to Claire Foy, but the big question here is, will she do a good job with the role? "You can't ask someone to act middle-aged".

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So far The Crown's executive producers have not made any comments as to who will take over the role of Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, who is now played by actor Matt Smith.

Claire Foy plays the younger iteration of Her Royal Highness and has been critically lauded for her impeccable performance. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. "That informs everything we do", the series creator Peter Morgan told Variety ahead of the season one premiere.

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He said: "The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds". (Florence Pugh, Jodie Comer, Foy, Jenna Coleman, just to name a few.) In the 2013 film Hyde Park on Hudson, she played Queen Elizabeth I, now known as the Queen Mother, opposite Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt.

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