Netflix has just announced who will play Prince Philip in seasons five and six of The Crown.
According to Deadline, Jonathan Pryce will take over the role of the Duke of Edinburgh from Tobias Menzies, who played the part of Philip in season three and the upcoming fourth season of the royal drama.
Game of Thrones fans will no doubt recognise Pryce as High Sparrow.
Doctor Who's Matt Smith played a young Prince Philip – opposite Claire Foy as the Queen – in the first season of the show.
Pryce – who was nominated for an Oscar for his turn in Netflix's The Two Popes alongside Anthony Hopkins – will join Imelda Staunton who has been cast as the Queen for the final two seasons of the show, following Olivia Colman's star turn.
Lesley Manville has been announced as Helena Bonham Carter's replacement to play Princess Margaret.
Sadly, fans will have to wait until 2022 to see Pryce as Philip. Filming for the firth season won't start until June next year. But, for a change, the delay is nothing to do with the entertainment industry grinding to a halt due to coronavirus. Netflix bosses say the break in filming Peter Jackson's epic royal drama was always planned.
Luckily, there's still series four of the show to look forward to later this year, when Gillian Anderson will join the cast as Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin takes on the role of Princess Diana. All episodes were filmed and finalised before the UK went into lockdown in March.
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