The wildly successful show The Crown has arrived on Netflix with a new season, and the British monarchy is none to pleased about it. They actually claim that the things mentioned in The Crown are only very loosely based on the true history of the royal family, and they want Netflix to add a disclaimer to the show that it’s a work of fiction. Naturally, Netflix declined to do so, so we can expect this story to continue in the press and the courts.
But what better reason than a bit of controversy to look at the different people playing the characters in the show, and how they compare to the “real deal”. Especially now that the latest season introduces two very important people in recent British history.
Tobias Menzies, also known as Edmure Tully, is barely recognisable as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Tobias also starred in Outlander and Casino Royale, among a plethora of other things.
The role of Prince Charles was given to Josh O’Connor, who is probably the best visual match with his character of all the people on this list. Playing in The Crown is his first big role so I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more from this guy in the future.
Queen Elizabeth II
In the recent seasons, Queen Elizabeth II is portrayed by none other than famous British actress Olivia Colman. You probably know her from her roles in Murder on the Orient Express, The Iron Lady and of course The Favorite, for which she received an Oscar.
The Queen Mother
The unforgettable “Queen mum”, Queen Elizabeth, is portrayed by none other than Marion Bailey. She’s not the most famous actress on this list, especially outside of the UK, but she has played in Allied and Vera Drake.