The Crown: Elizabeth Debicki to play Princee Diana

The Crown: Elizabeth Debicki to take over from Emma Corrin and play Princess Diana for final two series of hit Netflix show

  • The Australian actress, 29, will take over from Emma Corrin in the hit Netflix show, playing Diana for the fifth and sixth series
  • The actress told The Sun of her casting: ‘It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked’
  • At 29, the Elizabeth is the same age the late princess was in 1990, the year the fifth series begins 
  • A show insider has said: ‘When Elizabeth walked into the room producers were immediately struck by a sheer force of personality and energy’
  • Emma Corrin will make her debut as Diane in the upcoming fourth series of The Crown, which is expected to return to Netflix this autumn 

The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Princess Diana for the final two seasons of The Crown.

Elizabeth will take over from Emma Corrin in the hit Netflix show, playing Diana for the fifth and sixth series, which will include Diana’s death in 1997.

At 29, the Australian actress is the same age the late princess was in 1990, the year the fifth series begins. 


Royal role: The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Princess Diana for the final two seasons of The Crown

The actress told The Sun of her casting: ‘Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many.

‘It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.’ 

Meanwhile, show insiders reveal the Netflix show’s creators were impressed with Elizbeth’s ‘star quality’ as she beat out a number of big names for the coveted role. 

The show insider said: ‘Season five and six will see Diana emerging as an effortless icon with superstar quality but yet still retaining that fragility. 

Princess: Emma Corrin will make her debut as Diane in the upcoming fourth series of The Crown, which is expected to return to Netflix this autumn

‘The role requires a fearless actor to bring truth to this beloved yet complex icon. Elizabeth had that perfect combination of megawatt star quality and vulnerability.

‘She was an instant hit – when Elizabeth walked into the room producers were immediately struck by a sheer force of personality and energy and they knew they had found the perfect Diana for the final chapters of The Crown.

‘As well as having the acting ability to tackle such a challenging role, the obvious similarities between Elizabeth and Diana in terms of appearance also made her a natural choice.’

Talent: Elizabeth’s next big screen role is in Christopher Nolan movie Tenet, after famously landing her breakthrough role as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann’s movie, The Great Gatsby

Elizabeth’s next big screen role is in Christopher Nolan movie Tenet, after famously landing her breakthrough role as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann’s movie, The Great Gatsby. 

The 6ft 1 beauty was fresh out of drama school when she auditioned for the movie.

She also won acclaim in the 2016 BBC drama The Night Manager, starring opposite Tom Hiddleston in the adapataion of John le Carré’s novel. 

Emma Corrin will make her debut as Diane in the upcoming fourth series of The Crown, which is expected to return to Netflix this autumn.  

Star: Elizabeth’s next big screen role is in Christopher Nolan movie Tenet, after famously landing her breakthrough role as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann’s movie, The Great Gatsby (pictured with co-star Tobey Maguire)

Rising star Emma, 24, plays the younger Diana who married Prince Charles in 1981. Josh O’Connor, 30, reprises his role as Charles in the new series. 

The long-awaited fourth series of the Netflix show  will document Diana’s meeting and eventual marriage to Prince Charles along with the births and early years of the two Princes.

Diana married Charles in 1981, and the couple welcomed sons William in 1982 and Harry in 1984. After separating in 1991, the couple divorced in 1997. 

Emma’s casting was announced in April 2019, with The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan calling her ‘a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer.’ 

Accolades: She also won acclaim in the 2016 BBC drama The Night Manager, starring opposite Tom Hiddleston in the adapataion of John le Carré’s novel

While the fourth series will follow a young Diana and her marriage, the fifth instalment is thought to begin in the early nineties and end in the early noughties, with writer Peter Morgan saying Imelda Staunton would be ‘taking The Crown into the 21st century’.  

Elizabeth’s casting comes days after it was announced that Jonathan Pryce will take over the role of Prince Philip.

It was revealed on Wednesday that the actor, 73, will join the star-studded cast of the hit Netflix show and portray the royal through the 1990s and 2000s.

Speaking after the announcement, Jonathan added that it will be ‘a joy’ to act alongside Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. 

New role: Elizabeth’s casting comes days after it was announced that Jonathan Pryce will take over the role of Prince Philip

In a statement shared on social media by Netflix, Jonathan said: ‘I am delighted to be working with Netflix again. 

‘The positive experience I had making The Two Popes has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip.

‘To be doing so with Peter Morgan in the company of Imelda [Staunton] and Lesley [Manville] will be a joy.’  


Royally good: Imelda Staunton is to play the Queen in The Crown’s final two series. The 63-year-old will take over the role of Elizabeth II for seasons five and six of the Netflix drama

As well as praising the other on-screen talent lined up for the show, Jonathan added that he was excited to be working with screenwriter Peter Morgan.  

The actor’s role in The Crown comes after he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Netflix’s The Two Popes. However he lost out on the gong to Joaquin Phoenix.

In previous instalments of The Crown Prince Philip has been played by actors Matt Smith, in the first two seasons, and Tobias Menzies, in series three and four. 


Congrats! Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown

Other cast members already confirmed for the final seasons of the hit show include Imelda, as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. 

On Wednesday a TV insider told The Sun: ‘The three British actors formed a Holy Trinity of talent, which show bosses targeted to play the senior members of the Royal Family.  

‘Jonathan was the only name that was discussed to play Philip and the creators of the show were thrilled when he agreed to join the cast.’ 

Earlier this month, it was announced The Crown will run for six series instead of five. 

Creator Peter revealed he decided to ‘return to the original plan,’ meaning Imelda Staunton will now appear for two series as an older Queen Elizabeth II.

Producers decided to a U-turn after their January announcement The Crown would end after its fifth series, with series four, starring Olivia Colman as The Queen, expected to air later this year. 

Peter said: ‘As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.’ 

Pivotal moments from The Crown so far… 

King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love    

Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson, a married woman, and planned to marry her after his coronation when her divorce had come through.

However they were denied the opportunity to marry and due to divorce being forbidden for the Royals and decided to move to France together.

Edward later returned to England to face his family for the funeral of George VI following his death and went on to form a close bond with Prince Charles.

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Princess Margaret is also denied her happy ending 

Princess Margaret, who is painted as the Royal rebel throughout the first and second seasons, hoped to step outside tradition and marry divorcee Peter Townsend.

However growing public chatter over the illicit relationship begins to overshadow Elizabeth’s post coronation fame.

Margaret makes her intentions to marry Peter clear to Queen Elizabeth II and she asks her to wait until she is 25 to tie the knot with her love.

However when her 25th birthday does roll around the Queen has to go back on her word due to pressure from the Crown, and tells Margaret that she cannot grant her permission to marry Peter.

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Winston Churchill’s rise and fall

The first and second seasons depicted the Queen’s relationship with the Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill.

Following his successful leadership during the Second World War, Winston rises to power again for a second time during Elizabeth’s reign.

The Crown follows Winston’s journey as he adjusts to answering to a woman in power and his deteriorating health. 

Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

The power struggle in the relationship is clear to see as Elizabeth’s role as the Queen takes priority over her marriage, while Prince Philip isn’t used to taking a backseat. 

The Crown also hints at infidelity in their relationship as Elizabeth finds a picture of Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova among his possessions, before sending him off on a five-month tour on the Royal yacht.

The tension comes to a head during the premiere for season two when the Royal couple argue on board the HMY Britannia as they strive to find a resolution to their problems, due to divorce not being an option for a monarch.

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

Elizabeth’s journey to accepting the Crown 

The start of the series shows a more wary and shy Elizabeth, compared to the formidable monarch she has grown into.

One of the key moments in the first series is her journey to accepting the Crown, after having to reconfigure all of the relationships in her life.

The series shows the Queen growing in confidence as she finds herself on a path of self-discovery.

The Queen visits Aberfan 

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Episode three of the third season focuses on the Aberfan disaster which killed 144 people, including 116 childrne, after a colliery spoil tip collapsed over a school in a Welsh village.

The Queen did not immediately visit the disaster site, citing that she did not want to distract away from the tragedy with her presence.

However after reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets.

 The Royal Family documentary 

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months.

The Crown depicts the whole thing as a disaster with the family reportedly banning the programme from ever being aired again.

However in actuality, the documentary was well-received and had sky high viewing figures.

Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

After receiving backlash for the title ‘Prince of Wales’, despite not being a citizen or speaking the language, Prince Charles was sent to Aberystwyth University to learn the language.

Charles, who was 20 at the time, finished the trip with an elaborate investiture to pledge his allegiance to the Queen in Welsh.

However he asked to tweak the speech to add in his own voice, promising the Welsh residents that they wouldn’t be forgotten by England again.

Princess Margaret wows at the White House

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The whole night appeared a huge success thanks to Margaret’s quick-wit and charm, with President Johnson seemingly lapping it up.

However across the pond Margaret’s success appeared to worry the Queen as she seemed concerned she was being outshone by her sibling.   

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