Netflix confirms 'The Crown' will end with Season 5 starring Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy and Olivia Colman on 'The Crown.' Image: Maria Laura Antonelli / AGF / Shutterstock Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy...

Netflix confirms 'The Crown' will end with Season 5 starring Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy and Olivia Colman on 'The Crown.'
Imelda Staunton will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy and Olivia Colman on 'The Crown.'
Image: Maria Laura Antonelli / AGF / Shutterstock
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Netflix's The Crown has confirmed its final season — and its final queen. 

Harry Potter actress Imelda Staunton (seen most recently in the Downton Abbey film) will play Queen Elizabeth II for The Crown's fifth and final season.

While many viewers and show runner Peter Morgan himself expected six seasons, Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter that Season 5 felt like "the perfect time and place to stop."

Each season of Netflix's The Crown has covered roughly a decade in the British monarch's life and times, with Season 3 taking us up to 1977. Season 4 will likely cover the '80s and some of the '90s (we already have a Princess Diana actress cast, though she has yet to appear), ending with a fifth season before Prince William and Prince Harry's adulthood (so no Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle).

Staunton, a longtime Crown fan, expressed how excited she was to take on the role.

"As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts," she said in a statement. "I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion."

The Crown Seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix.

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