THE CROWN’S ROYAL SHUF­FLE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - INTERVIEW CLAIREFOY -

As the Net­flix se­ries ex­am­in­ing the Bri­tish monar­chy moves to­wards sea­son three there is much shuf­fling of cast mem­bers. The Queen Claire Foy be­comes Olivia Col­man. The two ac­tors should see much of one an­other over the next few months as they cam­paign for Os­car nom­i­na­tions in re­spec­tively First Man and The Favourite.

Prince Philip

Matt Smith be­comes To­bias Men­zies. Just eight years older than the former Doc­tor, Men­zies is a leg­end among fans of time­trav­el­ling bodice-rip­per Out­lander. Princess Mar­garet Vanessa Kirby be­comes He­lena Bon­ham Carter. Ev­ery­one loves this. The break­out star of the first se­ries – great in the last Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble film – Kirby gives way to the­atri­cal aris­toc­racy.

Queen Eliz­a­beth, The Queen Mother Vic­to­ria Hamil­ton be­come Mar­ion Bai­ley. Here’s a top fact. The Queen Mum will now be played by Mike Leigh’s wife.

Prince Charles

Ju­lian Bar­ing hands over to dishy, ris­ing star Josh O’Con­nor. You will re­call him shag­ging mud­dily in Fran­cis Lee’s God’s Own Coun­try.

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