Crown season 5 production is expected to start in the UK in July. The critically acclaimed Netflix series follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth, one of the longest-reigning monarchs in history. The series’ first and second seasons star Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth with Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Matt Smith as Prince Philip. The cast was regularly nominated for Emmy Awards, along with John Lithgow who scored a win for his role as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the first season.
In the third season of The Crown, Olivia Colman took on the role of Queen Elizabeth and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. Tobias Menzies took on the role of Prince Philip. The fourth season, which began in November 2020, became the series’ most acclaimed season with Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin joining the cast since Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana. Since The Crown moves into the modern day with its fifth season, a new cast has arrived in the UK to start production.
The team begins arriving at Elstree Studios north of London in preparation for a summer shoot. The team expects to start shooting in July after the COVID restrictions are lifted. Crown’s production team will continue to shoot under strict security protocols to create the safest possible work environment.
Joining The Crown for the fifth season is a formidable record set by British heavyweights. Elizabeth Debicki, recently found in Tenet, will take on the role of Princess Diana of Corrin, while Dominic West will portray Prince Charles, her estranged husband. Harry Potter actress Imelda Staunton will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth alongside Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) as Princess Margaret. Game of Thrones’ Jonathan Pryce will portray Prince Philip. The rest of The Crown’s season five remains a mystery, and there are a few more important roles to play.
Having picked up the series after the end of season four of The Crown, Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s children will have grown significantly. Princess Anne, who was played by Erin Doherty in season four, is also likely to play a prominent role. With production ramping up in July and a sixth season in the works, it’s hard to say if The Crown will premiere. Typically, the Netflix series debuts in the fall, but a July production could leave the door open to get an earlier premiere. It depends on whether Netflix wants to sit the new season an extra few weeks or whether they want to build on the show’s momentum and make a play for the 2022 Emmy Awards ceremony.