Jonathan Pryce has said he feels "confident" he can pull off the "daunting" role of Prince Philip in series five and six of Netflix's The Crown after his previous success working with the streaming platform.
The Welsh actor, 73, will take over from Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh in the last two seasons of Netflix’s royal drama.
Veteran actor Pryce, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for his role in the streaming service's film The Two Popes, has had an acclaimed stage career, with two Tonys and two Evening Standard Theatre Awards to his name.
He has appeared in films including The Wife, Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil and Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Age of Innocence. He also memorably played The High Sparrow in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Pryce played The High Sparrow in Game of Thrones (Dave Benett)
"I am delighted to be working with Netflix again," Pryce said in a statement. "The positive experience I had making The Two Popes has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip.
"To be doing so with Peter Morgan in the company of Imelda [Staunton] and Lesley [Manville] will be a joy."
Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip in the final two seasons of The Crown (Seasons 5 and 6), alongside Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville. pic.twitter.com/zI7NotOfc4— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix)August 13, 2020
Imelda Staunton has been cast as Queen Elizabeth II for series five and six, taking on the mantle from Olivia Colman and Claire Foy, while Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret, following in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Kirby.
Further casting for the drama’s final two series is yet to be announced.
The show’s creator Peter Morgan recently made a U-turn on a previous announcement that the fifth series of The Crown would be its last, confirming that it will in fact run for six seasons.
“As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said in a statement.
“To be clear, series six will not bring us any closer to present day – it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
The sixth, and final season, will take the royals into the early 2000s, but the exact storylines and time frame it will cover is not yet known.
Series four of The Crown will reportedly debut on Netflix in November, according to Indiewire.