‘Doctor Who’ Alum Matt Smith Cast in Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ with John Lithgow, Claire Foy

Netflix The Crown Cast
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Netflix has found its cast for “The Crown,” an original decades-spanning drama about Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers who shaped post-war Britain. The 10-episode series will premiere in 2016.

Claire Foy (“Wolf Hall”) will play Queen Elizabeth II; Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) will play Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh; and John Lithgow (“Third Rock From the Sun”) will play Winston Churchill.

The series is based on Peter Morgan’s play “The Audience.” Morgan also serves as writer on the series, which is described as telling the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street — and the intrigues, romances and machinations behind the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

“The Audience” starred Helen Mirren, who also played Queen Elizabeth II in Miramax’s “The Queen” feature film, for which Morgan wrote the screenplay.

The Crown” is produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures TV with Morgan, Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin, Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, Tanya Seghatchian, Robert Fox and Matthew Byam Shaw serving as exec producers. Andrew Eaton serves as producer, and Daldry, Martin and Julian Jarrold will direct.

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  1. si says:

    It sounds a real clunker to me! How can all those knowing ironies from The Queen be transposed to a historical series when the audience will be unfamiliar with the references. Bail out, everyone! before this ship sinks under a barrage of criticism and indifference.

  2. John says:

    Lithgow as churchill is surprising!

  3. Hannah_10 says:

    This has got ‘hit’ written all over it with this cast and writer. Wonder how many seasons they are planning.

  4. Shauna says:

    Claire Foy is one of the best young British stage and television actresses and like Matt Smith, widely regarded as one of the most talented currently working. With the caliber of the acting talent – John Lithgow! and the writing and production team, this looks llike it will be very high quality, possibly a modern Wolf Hall and probably win heaps of awards, but wonder if it will appeal to the Netflix crowd?

  5. maria says:

    Thrilled for Matt Smith! This is a different role from the sci-fi fantasy genre. Glad he was cast.
    I have not heard of Claire Foy and John Lithgow as Churchill sounds intriguing.

  6. Manatee1 says:

    Great news. Matt Smith’s career is finally going stellar. Three big movies ready to roll out and finally a television series worthy of his talent. Excellent casting with Claire Foy and John Lithgow and with Peter Morgan’s name associated with this, this has got Emmy written all over it for next year.

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