The first peek at Imelda Staunton portraying the Queen in the fifth series of The Crown has been released.
Netflix released the picture via Twitter as an “early glimpse” of the latest version of the monarch in the royal drama.
Staunton, 65, takes on the role played first by Claire Foy and then Olivia Colman, as the latest series follows the royal family in the 21st century.
Netflix said the drama’s sixth and last series will end in the early 2000s.
Seasons five and six of The Crown are set to encompass the 90s; Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales split; the collapse of the Duke of York‘s marriage to Sarah Ferguson, the Windsor Castle fire, and Princess Diana‘s death.
Staunton is best know to American audiences from the Harry Potter film series. She takes over from Colman, who previously won the best actress award at the Golden Globes for her portrayal of the monarch in series three.
Oscar-nominated actress Lesley Manville will join series five as Princess Margaret – a role previously played by Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Kirby.
Jonathan Pryce is the Duke of Edinburgh and Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana, opposite Dominic West as Prince Charles.
Jonny Lee Miller, who rose to fame as a heroin addict in hit 1996 film Trainspotting, will portray the former prime minister Sir John Major.
god save the queen pic.twitter.com/vciAiasxK6— leigh. (@jillygilliana) July 30, 2021
(Photo, Netflix; via BBC)