'The Crown' Season 3: Olivia Colman to Replace Star Claire Foy

Oliva Colman

New reports indicate that Olivia Colman will be the next actress to play the role of Queen Elizabeth in the highly acclaimed Netflix series for Season 3. (Similarly, Claire Foy took home both a Golden Globe victory and an Emmy nomination for her performance in The Crown this year.) Over the years, Colman has also proven an incredible gift for comedy, with performances in Peep Show and, more recently, Fleabag, in which she plays Phoebe Waller Bridge's evil stepmother.

Are you excited to see Colman in future seasons of The Crown?

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

The lavish biographical drama series, created by Peter Morgan and which stars Matt Smith as Prince Philip, John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, debuted a year ago. "It's over, I'm done". I always knew it was only going to be two series and then the part would be reincarnated and someone else takes over. "That's the nature of the part".

The first instalment proved a huge hit with viewers - with Claire winning a Golden Globe for her portrait of Elizabeth II in the first ten episodes - and it's thought the second will be equally as successful when it airs at the end of the year.

Evening Standard TV editor Toby Earle echoed many people's opinions, saying Colman was "already the Queen". The veteran thespian is not necessarily new to playing royalty on-screen, she played the Queen in 2012 British biographical historical comedy-drama Hyde Park in Hudson, opposite Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Samuel West as King George VI. She won a Golden Globe Award past year for the latter.

The series tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart.

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