Queen Claire Foy's Successor for 'The Crown' Has Officially Been Named

Jenna Warner
October 28, 2017

Claire Foy won universal praise for her performance in the first series of "The Crown", bagging a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as a nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at this year's Emmys.

Colman, who has guest starred on Doctor Who, was even briefly rumored to be in the running for the second-most-iconic British character actor role after a member of the monarchy: as Peter Capaldi's successor as the Doctor, when he announced he would be stepping down earlier this year.

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. "He's a source of great happiness for Margaret, exhausted of the buttoned-down conservatism of palace life, but he hides dark secrets". Dame Judi, perhaps? Or will we come full circle, and see Dame Helen Mirren reprise the role she played so beautifully in The Queen?

We couldn't be more excited to hear the news that Olivia Colman of Broadchurch and The Night Manager will be taking the crown and portraying the Queen for seasons three and four.

Olivia's casting answers one question - who'll play Lizzie in the next two-season block?

Colman, herself a Golden Globe victor, is certainly no stranger to portraying members of the English monarchy-which is basically a rite of passage for young British actors.

She will begin filming for The Crown next year, with her first scenes scheduled to air in 2019. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it.

Also a Golden Globe victor for the BBC drama The Night Manager, Colman, 43, was reported to have accepted the role but is yet to formally sign a contract. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds.

Peter Morgan, writer of The Crown, has always said he meant to replace key cast members in later seasons to portray characters as they age.

Fans will next see Foy in season 2, which will drop on December 8 and is said to cover the reign from 1957 to 1964.

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