I’m happy to pass Crown on to Olivia Star Claire’s de­light over suc­ces­sor

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES DES­BOR­OUGH

THE Crown star Claire Foy has given her royal seal of ap­proval to Olivia Col­man as she pre­pares to suc­ceed her on the hit show.

Broad­church and Peep Show ac­tress Olivia, 43, is to play Elizabeth II in the third and fourth se­ries as the monarch moves into her for­ties.

Claire said: “She’ll be fan­tas­tic, she’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­tress. She’ll com­pletely rein­vent it and make it her own.”

The Net­flix se­ries, which has picked up a host of awards, re­turns for its sec­ond se­ries in De­cem­ber – with Claire, 33, still on the throne. Fans will have to wait a year for their first sight­ings of Olivia. Golden Globe win­ner Claire, who was sworn to se­crecy, added: “I’m glad I can now talk about it. I want to shout it from the rooftops – she’s amaz­ing.” Claire, who won the Bri­tan­nia British Artist of the Year Award in Los An­ge­les on Fri­day, says Olivia has al­ready called to chat about the role. She said: “I can’t wait to see her in it.” Ac­cept­ing her award Claire grinned: “Not a day goes by that I don’t pinch my­self that I’m in­volved in this business. It’s mag­i­cal.” scoops@ sun­daymir­ror.

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