Starring Claire Foy as Elizabeth II, The Crown will look at each decade of our current Queen’s reign, and how her life intertwines with that of the political ruling class.
Ex-Dr Who star Matt Smith plays Prince Philip, and US comedy veteran John Lithgow appears as Winston Churchill, wearing prosthetics and heavy make up.
Each season of The Crown will explore a different decade of the Queen’s reign, looking at the political rivalries that defined the history of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, as well as the personal dramas going on behind the closed gates of the royal palaces.
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Styled by Vogue fashion editor Verity Parker for the issue, the cast of The Crown gather in exquisite creations evoking the era. Elie Saab Haute Couture, Zuhair Murad Couture, Ralph & Russo, and Chanel Haute Couture all feature in the beautiful 10-page shoot.
Having starred in Wolf Hall, actress Claire Foy is more than used to time travelling for her roles.
The actress’ latest incarnation is likely to be her most challenging role yet – taking on the part of a youthful Queen Elizabeth during the early decades of her marriage to Prince Philip.
Dr Who actor Matt Smith plays the Duke of Edinburgh in Peter Morgan’s much anticipated new series The Crown, which documents the couple’s relationship from November 1947 to the Suez Crisis of 1956.
Writer Morgan, of course, earned plaudits for The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, and this time teams up with The Audience’s Stephen Daldry for what has been described as a ‘meticulously researched’ and sumptuous series.
Vogue magazine has printed a series of exclusive pictures with the cast, snapped by photographer du jour Jason Bell, who also photographed Prince George’s christening.
The ten-part drama doesn’t shy away from the grim realities of life, however: including showing a scene in which the Queen’s late father, King George VI, coughs up blood into his toilet bowl.
He died from lung cancer in 1952, propelling his eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, onto the throne in her twenties.
The series also shows one of his daughter’s (it is not yet clear which) seeing his body embalmed, which might cause some upset among viewers.
Scenes were filmed both at Elstree Studios and at some of the magnificent stately homes in the country: Hatfield House, Lancaster House, Loseley Park, Wrotham Park and Englefield.
The beautiful period costumes are the handiwork of Michele Clapton, who also designs the costumes for Game of Thrones.
The Queen is sensitively portrayed by Wolf Hall star Claire Foy, who is said to have captured the transition from carefree young princess, to mother and, then Queen, beautifully. Read the rest of this entry »
This story reveals the political rivalries and romance behind Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the 2nd half of the 20th century.
On-set photos of Claire Foy filming The Crown can be found in our gallery.
Claire Foy finally receives The Crown as she and Matt Smith transform into Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for the Netflix first-look trailer
With a series entitled The Crown, it’s only right that it should open with a coronation.
The first teaser trailer for the hotly-anticipated Netflix series shows Claire Foy’s Elizabeth II struggling to grasp her new role as Queen of England at the age of just 26.
And in spectacular style, it also features a royal wedding portraying the lead up to her coronation, which followed five years after her marriage to Prince Philip, who is played by Doctor Who actor Matt Smith.
The teaser introduces Elizabeth’s anxiety of her new-found power, asking if she can ‘borrow’ the crown to practise with it, following the sudden news that Edward VIII will abdicate.
‘It’s not as easy as it looks,’ she says, balancing the crown as she greets son and daughter Prince Charles and Princess Anne in her private dressing quarters. ‘Do you suppose I might borrow it for a few days, just to practise?’
Looking wholesome in her green cardigan and pearls, the 31-year-old actress is the spit of British monarch.
She’s not the only one who’s struggling to adjust in the storyline, because Elizabeth’s husband Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is seen to ask Elizabeth if he can be excused the custom of kneeling before her at the coronation.
At first, the trailer sees Philip trying to welcome Elizabeth as the next in line to the throne, saying that she should be granted a ‘befitting coronation’.
Addressing the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, he instructs: ‘We have a new sovereign, young and a woman, let us give her a coronation that it is befitting with the wind of change that she represents. Modern and forward-looking.’
Doctor Who actor Matt seems to have nailed the longest-serving consort’s distinctive mannerisms and plays a convincing Philip.
His character is later seen giving Elizabeth advice on how to deal with Churchill (played by John Lithgow) as the fine balance between the monarchy and the government is called into question.
But her reign doesn’t seem to sit well with the Duke and cracks begin to appear in their marriage as the trailer builds up to the coronation.
He says to her: ‘You’ve taken my career from me, you’ve taken my home, you’ve taken my name. What kind of marriage is this? What kind of family?’ adding: ‘Are you my wife or my queen? I want to be married to my wife.’
Enforcing her power, the monarch quickly retorts: ‘I am both and a strong man would be able to kneel to both.’
The drama builds to a climax with her stern expression as she watches him kneel before her at the coronation.
She appeared to be having a spot of bother with the oversized, full-skirted gown, which is almost exactly the same as the one Queen Elizabeth walked down the aisle in at Westminster Abbey with Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh over half a century ago.
With one arm encased in the protective case, she was forced to walk across the pavement with the skirt lifted in her other hand.
The brunette actress also had her hair in the same style as the Queen on her wedding day, while her head was adorned with the same sparkling crown and veil.
As well as the bulky blue sling, Claire lifted up the heavy layered skirts to reveal her very modern brown flat boots, which would otherwise be hidden away during filming.
She did, however, remove the sling on her arm as she commenced with the shoot.
It was previously reported that every detail on the monarch’s iconic Norman Hartnell-designed dress – a duchesse satin bridal gown with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms – would be included in the new version of the dress, to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.
Claire – best known for her roles in Wolf Hall and Little Dorrit – is starring as the royal in the hotly-anticipated new series, alongside Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith as her husband, Prince Phillip.
And Saturday’s filming appeared as lavish as one could expect, with a horse-drawn carriage, two white steeds and extras clad in regal and military costumes all present and correct to bring back to life one of the most famous weddings of the 20th century.
Her Majesty’s wedding in 1947 was presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury and broadcast by BBC radio to more than 200 million people globally.
So the expensive new TV effort will be hoping recreate the hype, the fervour and the glamour of the big day itself.
Filming for the ceremony has already taken place in Ely, Cambridgeshire – the local cathedral acting as Westminster Abbey – with Claire spotted with eight extras as her bridesmaids.
The series focuses on Buckingham Palace and Downing Street as it follows the story of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding day in 1947 to the modern day.
Another famous face among the cast is Hollywood star John Lithgow, who has been seen shooting scenes as Sir Winston Churchill.
All the stops have been pulled out to ensure the new Netflix Originals series, spanning 60 episodes across six seasons, is a success.
A reported $100million is being ploughed into the show, which will trace the life of the Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day.
According to The Telegraph newspaper, The Crown will be the most expensive drama ever made by the US streaming company and its first to be made in the UK.
Billed as the ‘the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street,’ the series promises a look at the intrigue, love lives and machinations behind the most notable events.
The tagline for the show has a blockbuster ring to it, which promises plenty of excitement, reading: ‘Two houses, two courts, one Crown.’
Matt Smith and Claire Foy play Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen in Netflix’s “The Crown” in Central London. Claire Foy shows new haircut before putting on wig, and drops expensive pair of shades whilst getting into car.
Crowds gathered to watch a re-enactment of the Queen’s Wedding as the momentous occasion was carefully reconstructed for upcoming Netflix drama The Crown.
The streets of Ely in Cambridgeshire were brought to a standstill as the royal event from November 20, 1947, was acted out in the Fenland city this lunchtime, with no expense spared.
From a replica Irish State Coach to pretend 1940’s newspaper photographers, every detail had been arranged to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.
Queen Elizabeth II, played by actress Claire Foy, was seen stepping out of a gold horse-drawn carriage and entering Ely Cathedral, which is doubling for Westminster Abbey in the 10-episode series.
Claire, 31, who recently played Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s Wolf Hall, wore a long white lacy wedding dress, veil and red lipstick for her role as the Queen.
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.
Hilary Mantel’s triumphant Tudor novels enjoy a new life on stage and screen
By Sophie Elmhirst
In some ways, it was an accident. A few years ago, Hilary Mantel signed a contract with her publisher for two books: a modern novel set in Africa, and a Tudor novel set in the court of Henry VIII. ‘Theoretically, I was working on the African novel,’ she recalls, ‘and I thought I’d take a day off and play.’ Mantel wrote a line of dialogue and wanted to laugh with delight. She’d got it. She’d got him. Not Henry, but Thomas Cromwell, the King’s adviser and her leading man. There was his voice, clear on the page: his cool, all-seeing gaze. She was off. ‘I had to say to my publisher, “You won’t get that novel, but you will get this one, if you don’t mind.”’ They didn’t mind.
The beginning was an experiment, but the book had been long in the works. Mantel’s Cromwell novels are born of deep, marathon reading. She is as meticulous in her research as she is free and daring in her writing. The facts are rock-hard; the fiction elaborate. I first met her two years ago, on the day the second volume, Bring Up the Bodies, was published. It was already clear that something extraordinary was happening. Wolf Hall had been a hit, won the Booker, sold handsomely, and here she was with Bring Up the Bodies – the most intelligent political thriller you will ever lose a week to – nominated once more. Grateful as she was for the attention and praise, Mantel was impatient to get on with the next volume. Next year, she said, meaning 2013, was to be ‘uninterrupted’, devoted to writing.
It didn’t quite work out that way. A few weeks after we met, Mantel won the Booker for the second time: the first woman, and the first British writer, to do so. There was to be a play, a television adaptation. She was in constant demand. Two years later, the pace has barely slowed. The play, a sell-out hit for the RSC in Stratford and the West End, transfers to Broadway in the spring. The six-part, richly financed BBC production – with Damian Lewis as Henry, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, Mark Rylance as Cromwell – is soon to air. Her publisher, 4th Estate, gave me the latest figures: almost 1.5 million copies of Wolf Hall and just about a million copies of Bring Up the Bodies sold in the UK and the Commonwealth. The books have been published in 36 countries. Mantel has become an industry. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Crown (TV) (2016)
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