1st photos of Claire Foy as her Majesty The Queen and Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on set of The Crown in London.
By Nola Ojomu
He is famous for stepping into the shoes of Doctor Who, but Matt Smith was playing another famous male whilst at work on Sunday afternoon.
The actor was seen for the first time portraying a young Prince Philip as he began filming scenes for upcoming Netflix drama, The Crown.
Matt was joined by co-star Claire Foy, who will play Queen Elizabeth II, as they worked on the ten episode series.
The pair were pictured in London and Matt was in his full costume as he transformed into the Duke of Edinburgh.
Donning a crisp white shirt, black trousers and blue suspenders, he completed his look with smart black shoes and slicked back hair.
The 32-year-old will play Prince Philip (Philip Mountbatten) in the show, which is inspired by the play, The Audience.
It follows the story of Queen Elizabeth and her relationships with various prime ministers in the post-war era.
Claire Foy, who previously starred as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall, was seen with her hair and make-up in place but dressed in modern attire as she made her way to the set. The show also stars John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.
According to Netflix, the show ‘tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century’.
Each season will focus on a different decade in the Queen’s reign, with the first run of episodes focusing on her coronation and her fledgling relationship with Churchill.
The show – the first original UK commission for Netflix – comes from The Queen writer Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry, who directed Helen Mirren in The Audience.
Since leaving Doctor Who in 2013 Matt has embarked on a number of projects to distance himself from his Gallifreyan alter-ego, including his role as Bully in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River and a mysterious part in the forthcoming Terminator: Genysis.
All ten episodes of The Crown will premiere in all Netflix territories in 2016.